December 2016


Issue 76

Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference ELS-XVI


Travel support applications deadline is extended: Funds will be available to sponsor travel of a limited group of participants. Preference will be given to graduate students and early career scientists. In most cases only partial support will be provided, often in the form of waiving the registration fee. Please submit your application for partial travel support by 15 January 2017 to Ludmilla Kolokolova at with a copy to Michael Mishchenko at Please provide a detailed explanation and justification of the travel expenses that you ask the ELS-XVI Organizing Committee to reimburse.



Bremen Workshop on Light Scattering 2017

Institut fuer Werkstofftechnik, IWT, Bremen, 20-21 February 2017


This time we like to have a focus on single particle scattering and experiments such as /Mie scattering imaging, rainbow refractometry, scattering cytometry, holographic microscopy, morphological resonances, Total Internal Reflection Microscopy (TIRM), optical tweezers, single particle spectroscopy, spatial modulation spectroscopy and include T-Matrix Methods, Generalized Multipole Methods, Discrete Dipole Approximation, Particle surface scattering interaction, Evanescent wave scattering, Evanescent wave scattering, Near field enhancement, Plasmonics, Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy in the low loss region


Preliminary list of talks

Christopher L Wirth, Cleveland State University: Total internal reflection microscopy (TIRM)

Adrian Doicu, DLR: TIRM simulation for nonspherical particles

Yu-Lin Xu: New development of GMM-PA

Jiajie Wang 汪加: Internal field distribution of a multilayered sphere with an incident shaped beam


If you are interested to participate in the workshop please send an email to register. If you like to present a talk or present some input for discussion please send a four page abstract to one of the organizers ( ) by 1. Jan. 2017 using this Wordtemplate.;


Programme starts at 9.00 on 20.2.2017 and ends at 17.00 on 21.2.2017 duration for talks 20 mins + 10 mins discussion

Venue: IWT, Institut fuer Werkstofftechnik,

Room FZB1250, Badgasteiner Str. 3, 28359 Bremen, Germany


Proceedings: The proceedings and the final program will be sent by email prior to the workshop.

Fee: There will be no fee.

Organizing Committee:

Thomas Wriedt, mail to , subject=Workshop%202015 Process & Chemical Engineering , Institut fuer Werkstofftechnik, Bremen, Germany

Yuri Eremin subject=Workshop%202015 Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty,, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia



Postdoctoral position at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) encourages finishing US Citizen graduate students to apply for the National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateship Program. Applicants are encouraged to contact specific NIST staff members before submitting applications to discuss their proposals and align them with current facilities and capabilities. Application deadlines are February 1st

and August 1st of each year. More information can be found at


Specifically, members of the Optical Properties of Materials team in the NIST Sensor Science Division have an opportunity at


Description: Research opportunities are available to advance the measurement of properties of materials from the terahertz to extreme ultraviolet for applications in remote sensing, nanoscale science, microelectronics, photonics, color and appearance, medical imaging, homeland security, and defense. State-of-the-art research instruments are available for accurate measurement of such optical properties as reflectance, transmittance, scattering, emittance, and fluorescence in a variety of geometries using laser, lamp, and blackbody radiation sources. Specialized capabilities exist for light scattering ellipsometry, index of refraction, optical grating scatterometry, bidirectional optical scattering and reflectometry, polarimetry, spectroscopy, emissometry, and retroreflectometry. We are interested in efforts that develop new or improved measurement capabilities, standards, or applications.



Cosmic Dust X

VENUE: Mitaka Campus of National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) 2-21-1 Osawa, Mitaka Tokyo 181-8588, JAPAN

DATE: Monday, August 14 - Friday, August 18, 2017


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 objective of the meeting is to bring together professionals who deal with cosmic dust as well as provide an opportunity for participants to develop interpersonal relationships and scientific interactions among themselves.

SCOPE: All kinds of cosmic dust (such as intergalactic, circumnuclear, interstellar, protoplanetary and debris disk, cometary, interplanetary, and circumplanetary dust, stellar nebular condensates, presolar grains, micrometeorites, meteoroids, meteors, regolith particles, and 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.). Also welcome are papers on dust-related topics, for example:

-the formation of molecules and their reactions on and their desorption from the surface of a solid substance

-light scattering by non-spherical particles and particulate surfaces

-space missions and instrumentation for measurements of particulates


ADMISSIONS APPLICATION: Please complete online meeting application at the CPS website in order to attend the meeting. The deadline for the application is May 13, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Japan Standard

Time (GMT+09:00). Because the number of participants is limited to a maximum of 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, 2017. 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, 2017. The registration fee for those who complete admissions application on and after May 1, 2017 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.


BEST POSTER AWARD: The best poster award will be given to the most excellent content and presentation of a poster at the Cosmic Dust meeting, although higher priorities are given to posters by students and junior scientists. The award winner will be announced in the closing minutes of the meeting.


PROCEEDINGS: The proceedings of the meeting is planned to be published as a special issue of original papers (or in exceptional cases, review articles from invited speakers) in a peer-reviewed journal. All participants are strongly encouraged to publish a paper in this special issue of the journal, although paper submission to the proceedings is not obligatory. In recent years, the proceedings were published in Planetary and Space Science:



30 April 2017, Deadline for Early-Bird Application

13 May 2017, Deadline for Admissions Application

31 May 2017, Notification of Admissions Decision

14-18 August 2017, Cosmic Dust



Jean-Charles Augereau (IPAG, France)

Cornelia Jaeger (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Germany)

Hidehiro Kaneda (Nagoya University, Japan)

Hiroshi Kimura (Nagoya University, Japan) [Chair]

Ludmilla Kolokolova (University of Maryland, USA)

Aigen Li (University of Missouri-Columbia, USA)



Hiroki Chihara (Osaka Sangyo University)

Takayuki Hirai (JAXA/CAC)

Akio Inoue (Osaka Sangyo University)

Hidehiro Kaneda (Nagoya University)

Hiroshi Kimura (Kobe University)

Hiroshi Kobayashi (Nagoya University)

Takaya Nozawa (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) [Chair]

Tomomi Omura (Kobe University, Japan)

Takafumi Ootsubo (The University of Tokyo, Japan)

Hiroki Senshu (Chitec/PERC)

Takashi Shimonishi (Tohoku University)

Ryo Tazaki (Kyoto University)

Koji Wada (Chitec/PERC)


CONTACT INFORMATION: Please mind that any email attachment will be blocked.


BRIEF HISTORY: The Cosmic Dust meeting started in 2006 as a session called Cosmic Dust of 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.