Electromagnetic and Light Scattering by Particles

N e w s l e t t e r

June 2016

Issue 74


AGU Fall Meeting 2016,

San Francisco, USA, 12-16 December 2016


Abstract submission deadline: Wednesday, 3 August 23:59 EDT.

Submission page: https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm16/preliminaryview.cgi/


Submit your abstracts to the special sessions:

A067: Light Scattering and Radiative Transfer: Basic Research and Applications

Session ID#: 12310

Light scattering and radiative transfer are two important branches of atmospheric physics essential to the implementation of advanced remote sensing techniques and the investigation of the radiative forcings caused by various atmospheric constituents (clouds and aerosols, in particular). This session provides a forum for the presentation of recent advances in electromagnetic scattering, such as the scattering properties of nonspherical aerosol particles and ice crystals, 3-D radiative transfer, vector radiative transfer simulations, fast radiative transfer models for the interpretation of hyperspectral measurements, and the use of fundamental light scattering and radiative transfer theories in active and passive remote sensing applications.


Ping Yang, Texas A&M University College Station, College Station, TX, USA

Michael Mishchenko, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY, USA


A044: The Underappreciated Aerosol Coarse Mode

Session ID#: 12675

Many areas of the world show an aerosol volume distribution with a significant coarse mode. The large coarse mode is usually due to dust, but other aerosols can also play an important role. This mode tends to be ignored because it is difficult to measure, and the perception that it does not exert a large effect on aerosol forcing or chemistry. However, coarse mode aerosols can have substantial impact on ice nuclei concentration and significant effect on shortwave and longwave radiative forcings, and these forcings must be accounted for in atmospheric models. Forcings based only on fine mode aerosols have the potential to be misleading, as demonstrated in recent studies. We seek papers regarding: coarse mode aerosol generation mechanisms, transport and deposition, chemical composition and interaction with fine mode aerosols, contributions to ice nucleation, visible and thermal IR radiative properties, coarse mode effects on forcings, and specific instrumentation needs.


Evgueni Kassianov, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA

William P Arnott, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV, USA

Jim Barnard, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV, USA

Allison C McComiskey, NOAA Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA


P022: Polarimetry as an invaluable tool to study the Solar System and beyond

Session ID#: 13392

Polarimetry is a powerful observing tool and modeling technique, providing information about astronomical objects that cannot be obtained by traditional photometric/spectroscopic observations. Applications include characterization of solar system objects (Sun, Earth, planetary atmospheres, aurorae, comets, asteroids, planetary satellites/ring systems, dust, etc.) to the detection of exoplanets and identification of biological markers in search of habitability. Innovative developments in vector radiative transfer theory; laboratory measurements, and the increasing significance of non-sphericity effects on retrieval efforts showcase the importance of polarimetric exploration of the solar system and other planetary systems. This session is open to papers about observations of solar system bodies, theoretical or experimental investigations, instrumental developments ground-based facilities or onboard future space missions.


Padma A Yanamandra-Fisher, Space Science Institute, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

Anny-Chantal Levasseur-Regourd, LATMOS Laboratoire Atmospheres, Milieux, Observations Spatiales, Paris Cedex 05, France,

Jungmi Kwon, NAOJ National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan

Ludmilla Kolokolova, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA.


Special issue of JQSRT


We are preparing a special issue for publication in the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (JQSRT) of full-size papers documenting research either reported at the last Laser-light and Interactions with Particles (LIP2016) conference or pertaining to the related topics:

- Laser beam shape description (papers on acoustical and quantum beams are also welcome),

- Time-resolved scattering,

- Near fields and morphology-dependent-resonances,

- Far-field scattering,

- Complex shaped particles and aggregates,

- Multiple scattering in dense media,

- Mechanical effects of light, 

- Optical particle sizing and characterization methods.


All the community is invited to contribute to this special issue (and not only the conference attendees). Each paper will be thoroughly reviewed by at least two independent referees to ensure that all accepted manuscripts satisfy the highest standards of scientific quality adopted for JQSRT.


The special issue is already opened on the editorial and peer-review system EVISE since May 15th, the final deadline for submission is scheduled for September 15th and the acceptance deadline (including all revisions steps if any) for Dec 15th, 2016. Our goal is to have the entire special issue published in less than 10 months. This implies a tight review and production schedule. In the same way, to allow a rapid communication of your work, each manuscript will be published on-line shortly after it is accepted.


You can already submit your manuscript by going to:



You will need to register in order to create a personal account unless you have it already. The submission process is quite straightforward, but one aspect of it is especially important. When <Article Type> is reached, select SI: LIP2016 to make sure that your manuscript is flagged as an LIP2016 submission and is not misplaced. All special issue submissions will be first received by the Editor-In-Chief (Dr. Michael Mishchenko) and then transmitted to the guest editors for the other steps. 


To publish in a special issue helps increase the visibility and impact of your work to your peers!


Best regards,

Prof. Gerard Gouesbet and Dr. Fabrice Onofri


JQSRT (Guests Editors; SI:LIP2016)

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