November 2013

Issue 57



Cosmic Dust VII


VENUE (tentative): Umeda Satellite Campus of Osaka Sangyo University; Osaka station 3 building (Osaka Ekimae 3rd Bldg.), Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0001, JAPAN

DATE: Monday, August 4 - Friday, August 8, 2014

OBJECTIVES: This series of Cosmic Dust meetings aims at finding a consensus among experts on the formation and evolution of cosmic dust: where it comes from and where it goes. The meeting is organized by dust freaks who are very enthusiastic not only to make the goal achievable but also to establish a dust community across every scientifically relevant discipline for the development of cosmic dust research. For this reason, the primary objectives of the meeting are to bring together professionals who deal with cosmic dust and to provide an opportunity for participants to develop human relations and interactions among the participants.


SCOPE: All kinds of cosmic dust such as intergalactic dust, circumnuclear dust, interstellar dust, protoplanetary disk dust, debris disk dust, cometary dust, interplanetary dust circumplanetary dust, stellar nebular condensates, presolar grains, micrometeorites, meteoroids meteors, regolith particles, planetary aerosols are the subject of discussion. The meeting is open for any aspects of dust research by means of different methods of studies (in-situ and laboratory measurements, astronomical observations, laboratory and numerical simulations, theoretical modeling, data analyses, etc.). All dust-related topics, for example, the formation of molecules and their reactions on and desorption from the surface of dust particles, are also welcome. Publishing the proceedings of this meeting is currently being planned as a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal, while paper submission to the proceedings is not obligatory.


ADMISSIONS APPLICATION: Please complete online meeting application at the CPS website in order to attend the meeting (deadline: May 13, 2014, 11:59 p.m. Japan Standard Time).

Because the number of participants shall be limited to approximately 50, the online application does not guarantee admission to the meeting. Participants will be determined at the discretion of the SOC and all applicants will be notified of the admissions decision by May 31, 2014. Priority will be given to those who contribute to oral or poster sessions and retain enthusiasm for discussions throughout the meeting. For further details, please visit the Cosmic Dust website.


REGISTRATION FEE: The early bird rate of 10,000 JPY is available for those who complete both admissions application and abstract submission by April 30, 2014. The registration fee for those who complete admissions application on and after May 1, 2014 is 15,000 JPY. While no payment is required at the time of admissions application and abstract submission, the registration fee should be paid by cash on arrival at the venue. No matter what circumstances are specified, the registration fee will not be waived.



30 April 2014, Deadline for Early-Bird Application

13 May 2014, Deadline for Admissions Application

31 May 2014, Notification of Admissions Decision

4-8 August 2014, Cosmic Dust



Akio Inoue (Osaka Sangyo University, Japan)

Cornelia Jaeger (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Germany)

Hiroshi Kimura (Kobe University, Japan) [Chair]

Ludmilla Kolokolova (University of Maryland, USA)

Aigen Li (University of Missouri-Columbia, USA)



Hiroki Chihara (Osaka Sangyo University)

Akio Inoue (Osaka Sangyo University)

Hiroshi Kimura (Kobe University) [Chair]

Hiroshi Kobayashi (Nagoya University)

Hiroki Senshu (Chitec/PERC)

Takashi Shimonishi (Kobe University)

Koji Wada (Chitec/PERC)

Daisuke Yamasawa (Tohoku University)



Hiroshi Kimura

Graduate School of Science, Kobe University

c/o Center for Planetary Science (CPS)

Chuo-ku Minatojima Minamimachi 7-1-48

Kobe 650-0047, Japan

Fax: +81 78 599 6735


BRIEF HISTORY: The Cosmic Dust meeting started in 2006 as a session called Cosmic Dust the 3rd AOGS (Asia-Oceania Geoscience Society) annual meeting in Singapore. Dust freaks have kept on organizing the session at subsequent AOGS meetings in Korea (2008), India (2010), and Taiwan (2011). The Cosmic Dust series has been recognized as the most successful session of the AOGS Planetary Sciences Section. In 2012, the time was ripe to be free from organizing restrictions on the AOGS meeting. From that time on, the Cosmic Dust meeting is totally independent of any international conference. The past meetings on Cosmic Dust have been held in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere. So will be the coming one.


See a short movie on plans to use polarimetry in the search for exoplanets Also note link about future workshop WG3 meeting on polarization techniques and technology in Leiden March 24-28 2014.



New publications


Electromagnetic Wave Scattering on Nonspherical Particles, 2nd Edition by Tom Rother and Michael Kahnert Series: Springer Series in Optical Sciences, Vol 145.

This book gives a detailed overview of the theory of electromagnetic wave scattering on single, homogeneous, but nonspherical particles. Beside the systematically developed Greenās function formalism of the first edition this second and enlarged edition contains additional material regarding group theoretical considerations for nonspherical particles with boundary symmetries, an iterative T-matrix scheme for approximate solutions, and two additional but basic applications. Moreover, to demonstrate the advantages of the group theoretical approach and the iterative solution technique, the restriction to axisymmetric scatterers of the first edition was abandoned.


The textbook Mishchenko, M. I., 2014: Electromagnetic Scattering by Particles and Particle Groups, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, ISBN-13:9780521519922 is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2014. This xviii + 434 pp. hardback folio has 16 pages of color plates and a list price of about $70, owing to the fact that the author has waived the royalties and provided to the publisher a complete final PDF. On top of that, Amazon offers a guaranteed discount on pre-orders.

The Table of Contents of the textbook is available at


Chinese edition of the book Mishchenko, M. I., L. D. Travis, and A. A. Lacis, 2002: Scattering, Absorption, and Emission of Light by Small Particles, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, has been published by the National Defense Industry Press, Beijing (2013; ISBN-10: 7118078506, ISBN-13: 9787118078503). The book is available from many retailers including Amazon (search for one of the ISBNs in the Books category). Another useful search engine is .


Mishchenko, M. I., D. Goldstein, J. Chowdhary, and A. Lompado, 2013: Radiative transfer theory verified by controlled laboratory experiments. Opt. Lett. 38, 3522-3525 is available at



ADDA news

Please take a look at a new wiki page at ADDA web site, which contains a number of links to related codes and other things

In particular, there are a couple of other codes, which can be used as wrappers for ADDA: One may use them for spectrum calculation or other automatic tasks, or just if command line interface of ADDA seems too tedious.

Also, feel free to suggest additions to this page.

Best regards, Maxim Yurkin