July   2012      ISSUE 48


New Meetings


You are kindly invited to participate in a session of the AGU 2012 Fall Meeting

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

(session P22 in Planetary Science)


The Meeting will be held on 3 - 7 December, 2012, in San Francisco, CA, USA.

The meeting website is http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2012/

The registration and housing is open on July 12, 2012.

The abstract submission website is http://agu-fm12.abstractcentral.com/ , the submission deadline is August 8, 2012



Polarimetry is a powerful tool providing a wealth of information about astronomical objects that cannot be obtained by traditional photometric/spectroscopic observations. Recent applications include characterization of solar system objects (sun, planetary atmospheres, moon, comets, asteroids, satellites, ring systems, asteroids, dust) to the detection of exoplanets and identification of biological markers. This session is open to papers about recent spectropolarimetric observations of solar system bodies, theoretical or experimental investigations,instrumental developments for spectropolarimeters to be included in ground-based facilities or onboard future space missions, exoplanets and circumstellar envelopes.



Herve Lamy, Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Brussels, Belgium

Padma Yanamandra-Fisher, SSI, Boulder, CO, United States

Ludmilla Kolokolova, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD, United States

Mathieu Barthelemy, IPAG, Grenoble, France.


Call for Papers:

Special Issue of Earth, Planets and Space (EPS): Cosmic Dust V


This issue of EPS will be primarily devoted to the 5th meeting on Cosmic Dust held at CPS (Center for Planetary Science), Kobe, Japan between August 6-10, 2012, by containing the papers presented at this particular meeting. Nevertheless, it is also open to submission of any other papers, following the regular EPS submission procedures, provided that the contributions discuss some aspect of cosmic dust.


All kinds of cosmic dust such as intergalactic dust, interstellar dust, protoplanetary disk dust, debris disk dust, cometary dust, asteroidal dust, interplanetary dust, circumplanetary dust, stellar nebular condensates, presolar grains, micrometeorites, meteoroids, meteors, regolith particles are the subject of discussion. Papers on other dust related topics, for example, the formation of molecules and their reactions on and their desorption from the surface of dust particles, are also welcome.


All submitted papers go through a peer review process, wherein experts review, recommend, or reject the papers for publishing. Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Papers must be submitted online through the Editorial Manager for Earth, Planets and Space at http://www.editorialmanager.com/eps/ .


For details, please visit the EPS website: http://www.terrapub.co.jp/journals/EPS and click on Guidelines for Authors.


The deadline for manuscript submissions is 31 October 2012.


The cover letter should mention Submitted to the Special Issue: Cosmic Dust V. After papers are accepted, the authors will receive instructions for the final manuscript from the editorial office. This special issue will hopefully be published in July 2013.


For more information on this special issue, please contact the corresponding editor

H. Kimura dust-inquiries@cps-jp.org .

Questions on manuscript preparation should be addressed to the EPS editorial office eps@terrapub.co.jp .


Note: EPS accepts manuscripts of original research contributions only, and so-called review papers will not be accepted.


Guest Editors:

Hiroshi Kimura, CPS (Center for Planetary Science), Japan

Akio Inoue, Osaka Sangyo University, Japan

Cornelia Jager, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Germany

Ludmilla Kolokolova, University of Maryland, USA

Alexander Krivov, Friedrich Schiller University, Germany

Aigen Li, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA

Keiko Nakamura-Messenger, NASA Johnson Space Center, USA

Tetsuo Yamamoto, CPS/Hokkaido University, Japan


New paper


William Sparks (Space Telescope Science Institute) Thomas A. Germer (National Institute of Standards and Technology), John MacKenty (Space Telescope Science Institute), Frans Snik (Sterrewacht Leiden, Universiteit Leiden)

A compact and robust method for full Stokes spectropolarimetry

We present an approach to spectropolarimetry which requires neither moving parts nor time dependent modulation, and which offers the prospect of achieving high sensitivity. The technique applies equally well, in principle, in the optical, UV or IR. The concept, which is one of those generically known as channeled polarimetry, is to encode the polarization information at each wavelength along the spatial dimension of a 2D data array using static, robust optical components. A single two-dimensional data frame contains the full polarization information and can be configured to measure either two or all of the Stokes polarization parameters. By acquiring full polarimetric information in a single observation, we simplify polarimetry of transient sources and in situations where the instrument and target are in relative motion. The robustness and simplicity of the approach, coupled to its potential for high sensitivity, and applicability over a wide wavelength range, is likely to prove useful for applications in challenging environments such as space.

See full text.

Accepted for publication in Applied Optics (provisionally, v.51, No 22, 08/01/2012)


Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)

Cite as:

arXiv:1206.7106v1 [astro-ph.IM]