August 2014

Issue 63




The 15th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference will be held in Leipzig, Germany from 21 to 26 of June 2015. ELS-XV will build on the remarkable success of the previous ELS conferences held in Amsterdam, Helsinki, New York, Vigo, Halifax, Gainesville, Bremen, Salobrena, St. Petersburg, Bodrum, Hatfield, Helsinki, Taormina, and Lille. The main objective of the conference is to bring together scientists and engineers studying various aspects of light scattering and to provide a relaxed atmosphere for in-depth discussions of theoretical advances, measurements, and applications.

ELS-XV will support the United Nations Year of Light, the 150th anniversary of Maxwell`s electromagnetics. Maxwell`s paper ``A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field`` was published in 1865 and has widely been acknowledged as one of the supreme achievements in the history of science.

With a history going back almost 1,000 years, Leipzig is famous as a city of culture and trade, history and music. It is the site of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989. Passageways and exhibition halls evoke the city's tradition as a center for trade fairs, which goes back over many centuries. Significant artists worked here, like Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert and Clara Schumann. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who was a student in Leipzig, named the City Little Paris.

For more details and regular updates please check the conference website



There will be 5 Elsevier awards presented at ELS-XV:

The 3rd Hendrik C. van de Hulst Award for fundamental lifetime contributions to the discipline of electromagnetic scattering.

The 2014 and 2015 Peter C. Waterman Awards presented to young scientists in the category of electromagnetic scattering.

The 2014 and 2015 Richard M. Goody Awards presented to young scientists in the category of atmospheric radiation and remote sensing.

The official announcements can be found at


AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 15-19, 2014 []

Please, submit your abstracts to the session

Polarimetry as an invaluable tool to study the Solar System Exoplanets, Brown Dwarfs and Disks

Deadline for abstract submission : 6 August 2014, 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT

Student and Early Career Travel Grants are now available for those who need financial assistance getting to the meeting. Application Deadline: 13 August.

Session Description: Polarimetry is a powerful tool providing a wealth of information about various solar system objects (e.g., planetary atmospheres; atmosphereless objects, comets, dust, asteroids, ring systems; etc.); exoplanets, circumstellar disks, brown dwarfs; and biological markers for habitability that cannot be obtained by traditional photometric and spectroscopic observations. The session is open to invited and contributed oral and poster papers about recent observational results; advances in vector radiative transfer theory (including non-sphericity effects on single scattering); laboratory measurements; instrumental developments for imaging and spectropolarimeters to be included in ground-based facilities and space missions. Polarization across the entire electromagnetic spectrum is also included.

Primary Convener: Padma A Yanamandra-Fisher,

Co-Conveners:  Chester Maleszewski, Anny-Chantal Levasseur-Regourd, Ludmilla Kolokolova

New Book

Scattering by Aggregates on Surfaces

Series: ScattPort Series, Vol. 1

Wriedt, Thomas; Eremin, Yuri (Eds.) epubli, Berlin 2014, Softcover 31,59Euro, ISBN:9783844299441


See recently indexed and summarized papers on the optics of particles and dispersions in TPDSci: