ELS newsletter new location is at the Department of Astronomy,
The Publisher and Editors of JQSRT are very
pleased to inform the light-scattering community of two important recent
First, according to the ISI Journal Citation
Reports database, the 2010 Impact Factor for JQSRT is 2.331. This represents a
25% growth over the 2009 value 1.862, thereby demonstrating that the journal is
in excellent shape. The 2010 Immediacy Index for JQSRT is also a very healthy
0.740, up from 0.641 a year ago.
Second, we wholeheartedly congratulate
Professor Joachim W. Hovenier on becoming the first
recipient of the Van de Hulst Light-Scattering Award.
This prestigious professional Elsevier award is intended to commemorate landmark
life-time achievements of a leading authority in the field of electromagnetic
scattering by particles and particle groups and is administered under the
auspices of JQSRT. The 2011 Van de Hulst Award was
voted on by the JQSRT Editors-in-Chief and Associate Editors and will be
presented during the 13th Conference on Electromagnetic and Light Scattering in
Taormina, Italy in September 2011 during the conference banquet. The following
morning Joop is scheduled to give a memorial lecture.
AGU FALL 2011 SESSION: P29.
POLARIMETRY AS AN INVALUABLE TOOL TO STUDY
THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND
We kindly invite you to submit an abstract
to the session P29: "Polarimetry as an
Invaluable Tool to Study the Solar System and Beyond" of AGU Fall Meeting
2011, which will take place in San Francisco, CA, 5-8 December.
Polarimetry is a
powerful tool providing a wealth of information about astronomical objects that
cannot be obtained by traditional photometric/spectroscopic observations. In
the solar system polarimetry has been widely used
e.g. to characterize the surface of atmosphereless
bodies and in solar physics to explore the magnetism of the solar atmosphere.
This session is open to papers about recent spectropolarimetric observations of solar system bodies
(including comets), theoretical or experimental investigations and instrumental
developments for spectropolarimeters to be included
in ground-based facilities or onboard future space missions. Presentations
about polarimetry of exoplanets
and circumstellar envelopes are also welcome.
More information: Session P29 "Polarimetry as an Invaluable Tool to Study the Solar System
and Beyond" http://sites.agu.org/fallmeeting/scientific-program/session-search/663
Deadline for abstract submission: 04 August
Herve Lamy, Mathieu Barthelemy, Javier
Trujillo-Bueno, Cyril Simon Wedlund
A new book on "Polarimetric
Detection, Characterization, and Remote Sensing" has just been published
by Springer. For more information, see
We highly appreciate the hard work of the
editors Michael Mishchenko, Yaroslav
Yatskiv, Vera Rosenbush and
Gorden Videen who prepare
the book for publication in a record short time after the NATO ASI in Kyiv.
The new Amsterdam-Granada Light Scattering
Database is freely available at www.iaa.es/scattering
The database contains experimental
scattering matrix elements as functions of the scattering angle of small
irregular particles measured in Amsterdam (Hovenier
2000) and Granada (Munoz et al 2010). The database also includes information of
the sample under study such as, size distribution, composition, origin, optical
and/or scanning microscope images, and refractive indices. Apart from that, to
facilitate the correct use of the experimental data, detailed theoretical basis
are also provided. The particle samples studied in both experimental apparatus
are relevant for astronomy and studies of the Earth's atmosphere, but the light
scattering results may also be applicable e.g. in the paper and paint industry,
or in the fields of chemistry or biology. For more detail see
Measuring scattering matrices of small particles at optical
wavelengths. In: Light scattering by nonspherical
particles, edited by M. I. Mishchenko, J. W. Hovenier, and L. D. Travis,
Academic, San Diego, CA, 2000:355-365.
----O. Munoz, F. Moreno, D. Guirado, J.L. Ramos, A. Lopez, F. Girela,
J.M. Jeronimo, L.P. Costillo,
I. Bustamante. The new IAA Light scattering apparatus.
JQSRT 2010; 111: 187-196.