January 2013      ISSUE 52


Job Opening


The Optical Remote Sensing Laboratory of the City College of City University of New York (CCNY) invites applicants for a Research Associate position in Optical Sensing and Imaging of the Marine Environment. Candidates with an expertise in marine optical sensing, sensor development, spectroscopy, calibration/validation, satellite remote sensing and especially polarized radiative transfer are specifically sought. Duties will include research in instrumentation and algorithm development, graduate student mentoring in above areas, participation in laboratory experiments and field campaigns, and preparation of manuscripts, reports, and proposals for external funding.


Core Competencies/Qualifications:

A PhD in engineering or a related scientific field. A combination of experimental and theoretical experience in development of optical sensors and their applications to the coastal marine environment, strong simulation abilities are required as is the ability to work and interact within a well-established multidisciplinary research team which includes faculty, postdocs, undergraduate and graduate students. The demonstrated ability to prepare proposals and seek funding is also highly desirable.


Send resume to:
Prof. Alex Gilerson

Electrical Engineering Department
City College of New York (CUNY)


AOGS Meeting, Brisbane, Australia, 24 - 28 June 2013


Abstract due: 29 January 2013


Session PS07:  Spectropolarimetric Exploration of Planetary Systems and Their Habitability

Spectro-polarimetry is becoming a valuable remote sensing tool to explore our solar system (including earth, planetary atmospheres, satellite, ring systems, comets, asteroids, trans-Neptunian objects, etc.) to understand its formation and evolution. With the increasing diversity of extrasolar planetary systems, it important to understand their formation and evolution and place our solar system in context. This session will include invited and contributed talks on: (i) application of the principles of polarization to remote sensing; and (ii) role of polarization as an independent and complementary remote sensing tool to imaging and spectroscopic techniques; (iii) laboratory measurements and modeling; (iv) instrumentation and missions and (v) astrobiology and habitability. We welcome both polarimetrists and non-polarimetrists (observers, theorists and experimentalists) that study planetary systems to identify the challenges and advances in this growing field.


Padma A. Yanamandra-Fisher (Space Science Institute, USA), padmayf@gmail.com (main convener)

Jeremy Bailey (UNSW, Australia)

Motohide Tamura (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

Sujan Sengupta (Indian Institute of Astrophysic, India)

Ludmilla Kolokolova (University of Maryland, USA)

Anny-Chantal Levasseur-Regourd (Univ. P and M Curie, France)


Session PS6: Studies of Small Solar System Bodies (including Cosmic Dust) and Insight into Planetary System Formation

Small solar system bodies, such as asteroids, comets, trans-Neptunian objects, meteors, and interplanetary dust particles, are remnants of proto-solar nebula from which major objects in solar system were formed. Scientific interests for these primitive bodies include, but not limited to, physical characterization, understanding of the origin and early evolution of our solar system, and formation processes and configuration of other planetary systems. Recently, synergies of theoretical and modelling studies, laboratory experiments / analysis, ground and space-based observational studies, and in-situ measurements are making significant progress in research on small bodies and planet forming regions. This session reviews latest results on research of small bodies in the solar system and beyond, and discuss future
development of this research field.


Daisuke Kinoshita (National Central University, Taiwan), kinoshita@astro.ncu.edu.tw (main convener)

Henry Hsieh (University of Hawaii, United States)

Takashi Ito (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Japan)

Miriam Rengel (Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany)

Ludmilla Kolokolova (University of Maryland, United States)

Junichi Watanabe (National Astronomical Observatory, Japan)

Daniel Boice (Southwest Research Institute, United States)

Masateru Ishiguro (Seoul National University, Korea, South)

Alain Doressoundiram (Paris Observatory, France)

A.-Chantal Levasseur-Regourd (PMC Univ. Paris 6 / CNRS-IPSL, France)


Polarization Science and Remote Sensing VI

Conference OP410; Part of program track on Remote Sensing

25 - 29 August 2013

San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California United States



Papers are solicited on the following and related topics:


Polarization in Remote Sensing

-          atmospheric polarization measurements and modeling

-          polarization for characterizing clouds, haze, and aerosols

-          atmospheric and biological aerosol measurements

-          terrestrial and planetary surface polarization

-          agricultural crop and soil polarization and modeling

-          solar, astronomical, or astrophysical applications

-          ocean and marine applications

-          polarization remote sensing programs

-          spectropolarimetry

-          polarization lidar/ladar and other active polarimetry.

Polarization Phenomenology of Natural and Artificial Scenes

-          polarization phenomenology measurements

-          polarization phenomenology simulations.

Polarization Properties of Sources and Detectors

Polarization Metrology and Instrumentation

-          passive and active polarimetry

-          ellipsometry

-          polarization scattered light measurements

-          spectropolarimetry

-          imaging polarimetry

-          polarization-based biological microscopy, imaging, and instrumentation.

Polarization in Vision and Computer Vision

Polarimetric Image Quality Metrics

Polarization Analysis of Optical Systems

-          polarization in optical design and polarization ray tracing

-          polarization aberrations

-          instrumental polarization

-          polarimeter calibration.

Polarization-Based Optical Systems and Components

-          passive polarimeters

-          laser radar (lidar or ladar) and other active polarimeters

-          polarization imagers

-          optical signal processors and computers

-          optical data storage

-          fiber optic sensors

-          optical modulators.

Polarization Properties of Materials

-          liquid crystals and crystalline materials

-          ceramics and plastics

-          organic and biological materials

-          optical fiber.

Mathematics of Coherence, Polarization, and Scattering Polarization

Methods of Displaying Polarization Data


Conference Chairs

Joseph A. Shaw, Montana State Univ. (United States); Daniel A. LeMaster, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Elsevier/JQSRT Raymond Viskanta Award (more details)


We are very pleased to issue a Call for Nominations for the 2013 Elsevier / JQSRT Raymond Viskanta Award.


This young-scientist award in the category of Radiative Transfer is named after Professor Raymond Viskanta of Purdue University, Indiana, USA to honor his profound contributions to the field of Radiative Transfer since late 1950s. He is a W. F. M. Goss Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Purdue and a member of US National Academy of Engineering. He has written more than 500 papers, has guided more than 85 graduate students, and has influenced many engineers and researchers during his stellar career.


The Viskanta Award will be competed among early-career scientists and engineers who work on the theory and application of radiative transfer (including thermal sciences, atmospheric radiation, optical sciences, near- and far-field radiation transfer, remote sensing or all other relevant areas) will be eligible. The Award will be presented at the RAD'13: 'The Seventh International Symposium on Radiation Transfer' during June 2-8, 2013.


A nominee:

-Can be an undergraduate, a graduate or a post-graduate student, or in his/her early career path with an outstanding record of scholarship and/or applications;

-Has not received a JQSRT Young Scientist Award previously;

-Has published in JQSRT previously, although this requirement may be relaxed in exceptional cases;

-Must be under 37 years of age on June 1, 2013 or finished his/her PhD within the 10 years preceding that date;

-Must present a paper at RAD'13;

-Must attend the award ceremony at RAD'13.


The recipient of the award will be awarded a monetary prize of Euro 500 and an official certificate. The winner will be selected by the JQSRT Editors-in-Chief (M.P. Mengüç, M. Mishchenko, L. S. Rothman), JQSRT Publisher (J. Stoop) and the RAD'13 Co-Chairs (B.W. Webb and D. Lemonnier) and will be announced during the Symposium Gala Dinner on June 6, 2013.


The nomination package of a candidate should be sent to M.P. Mengus by March 1, 2013. The package should include a cover letter, the CV and the PDFs of up to 5 best peer-reviewed journal papers. Please note that any nominee to be considered for the Elsevier/JQSRT Raymond Viskanta Award should present a paper at RAD'13. The details of paper submission procedure are available here. http://www.ichmt.org/rad-13/ .


Yours sincerely,


M. Pinar Mengus


Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer



See recently indexed and summarized papers on the optics of particles and dispersions in TPDSci: http://www.tpdsci.com/Sv_.phplist=SvPdo