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Program in  MS Word and PDF formats.

List of references to the lecture "Deconstructing shadows: Sommerfeld’s half-plane and beyond"
given by Prof. Michael Berry  June 8, 2002

DD'02 Photo Gallery

 Faculty of Phys.St.Petersburg Univ.,     St.Petersburg Division  Steklov' Math. Inst. Euler International Math. Inst.   
hold the annual International Seminar "Day on Diffraction". The aim of the Seminar is to bring together scientists working in the area of mathematical theory of waves' diffraction and propagation and researchers interested in application of various nature wave phenomena.

The "Day on Diffraction -2002" Seminar will be opened on 5 of June 2002 in St.Petersburg. 
We are always pleased to see active researchers from all over the world!

      Day on Diffraction -2002 is co-sponsored by:     
Russian Foundation                                                            IEEE ED/MTT/AP
for Basic Research                                                    St.Petersburg Chapter


V.M. Babich, Co-Chair                                                                                          V.S. Buldyrev,  Co-Chair
R.Stone (USA)     N.Y.Zhu (Germany)        V.P.Smyshlyaev (U.K.)           A.P.Kiselev  (St.Petersburg)


V.E.Grikurov  (Secretary)                                                  I.V.Andronov  (Publications),
E.V.Novikova     (Visa support)                                                                M.A.Lyalinov   
N.Ya.Kirpichnikova                                                                   N.M.Sharkova


 SCATTERING AND DIFFRACTION                                                                                    E/M ANALYSIS 
ACOUSTIC WAVES                                                                            PLATES, SHELLS AND VIBRATION
 ELASTIC WAVES AND SEISMOLOGY                                                                  INVERSE PROBLEMS
 NONLINEAR PHENOMENA                                                                                            FLUID DYNAMICS 
NON-STATIONARY PHENOMENA                                                                NUMERICAL APPROACHES

and other topics concerning various nature wave phenomena!


"Day on Diffraction-2002" will be the four-days Conference, June 5 - 8, 2002. Venue for the  first three days is St.Petersburg Division of the Steklov' Mathematical Institute,    address:   27 Fontanka  Quay.   Parallel concurrent sessions will be organized there, each presentation of 30 minutes. Last day Conference  moves to the    Institute on Physics  at the University campus (transportation for participants will be provided)  and is devoted to plenary sessions consisting of lectures of 40--50 minutes 

Persons who've already  agreed to attend:                                               Prof. Michael Berry, Bristol, U.K.         
Prof. Sergei Dobrokhotov, Moscow, Russia          
Prof. Alexei Popov, Moscow, Russia          
Prof. Vladimir Borovikov, Mexico, Mexico          
Prof.D.F.Parker, Edinburgh, U.K.          

Math. Inst. is located at the downtown center closely to the most of historical places.  
The campus is close to Petrodvoretz  which is on of satellite cities with world famous palace park with fountains

             Working language is English           

Conference registration fee is 200 USD with concession for students and participants from FSU
and covers the invitation and organizational costs, postage, proceedings, airport transportation, 
lunches during conference days and picnic party


  Abstract  submission                                                                                     March. 1, 2002
  Notification of acceptance                                                                              March 15, 2002

  Registration                                                                                                     April 15, 2002
  * Earlier registration is necessary to finalize visa formalities in time. Registration fee is  not requested at this stage.

  1. Electronic submission (highly recommended!)
  I.V.Andronov              iva@aa2628.spb.edu
  V.E.Grikurov              grikurov@mph.phys.spbu.ru
  A.P.Kiselev                Kiselev@pdmi.ras.ru

2. FAX: +7-812-428-7240

3. Hard copies to be addressed: Dept. Math.& Comp.Phys.
                                                            Inst. On Physics, St.Petersburg Univ.
                                                            Ul'yanovskaya 1 198504 Petrodvoretz

We expect to receive camera-ready abstract limited, if possible, by one A4 page of 10pt font size
TeX and Word documents are accepted


Booklet of abstracts of all papers accepted for presentation will be available at the seminar. Full manuscripts will be invited Fall 2002 for the peer selection to be included into  the Day on Diffraction Proceedings


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or fill the short form below. 

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Please be aware that government regulation requires the visa to enter Russia for almost all foreign visitors. If you need an official invitation from Organizing Committee to apply for Russian visa, please fill the VISA FORM (either by downloading the template  or by filling on-line
and contact    Mrs. Elena Novikova 

   Thank you!


The Seminars "Day on Diffraction" are annually held in late May or early June by the St.Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg Division of Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Euler International Mathematical Institute.

The Seminars "Day on Diffraction" have been held since late 1960-s. Originally these seminars summed up the results of the famous Leningrad Diffraction Theory School headed by V.A.Fock and V.I.Smirnov. The works of V.I.Smirnov and S.L.Sobolev on functionally-invariant solutions of wave equation in the beginning of 30-s, the method of partial separation of variables suggested by V.I.Smirnov in 1937, widely known works of V.A.Fock on diffraction of radio-waves around the surface of the Earth of 40-s laid the cornerstone of Leningrad - St.Petersburg school. The main body of the diffraction school in 60s - 70s was constituted by the students of G.I.Petrashen' who proceed with and developed the subjects of diffraction after the World War II.

The idea of organizing annual seminars on diffraction theory and wave propagation has arisen in 1968, and the first seminar was held in June 1968. The next day after the Seminar its participants, which were young in those times, went to Komarovo on the bank of the Gulf of Finland, played volleyball, football on the beach, drank tea. All the sessions since have always ended with friendly picnic parties with a camp fire and traditional Russian games. Year by year the Soviet scientists from other cities began to participate and the "Day on Diffraction" became an All Union Seminar. Since 1986 the Seminar occupied two days: the first was organized in Leningrad, the second was at the faculty of Physics in Peterhoff. Nevertheless the name "Day on Diffraction" preserved.  Within the last decade the Seminar became international: the sessions occupy 3-4 days and the number of participants is up to one hundred.

 Recent "DAY on DIFFRACTION - 2001" Programme


St.Petersburg one of the most beautiful cities of Europe founded by Peter the Great about 300 years ago. It is specially nice this time of year (called "white nights") when day light continues from 3 a.m. to 12 p.m. The DD logo symbolizes open bridges with ship traffic at the night - world famous St.Petersburg landscape! There are many other ways for interesting excursions, including visiting of small satellite towns Peterhoff (not far from the University campus), Pushkin, Pavlovsk and Gatchina with wonderful gardens and palaces of 18th-19th century.

St.Petersburg is also world known as a great cultural center with reach Museums and Exhibition Halls  and famous Theaters (opera, ballet) and philharmonic hall.  The electronic newspaper "The St.Petersburg Times" gives many helpful tips about St.Petersburg.

 ACCOMMODATION: a lot of hotels in downtown, from cheap ($15) to luxurious ones ($100 and more).

 WEATHER: about 20C, mostly sunshine.

 Please find here  map of St.Petersburg or metro scheme of St.Petersburg.

  For any questions please be free to contact: Ivan Andronov or Valery Grikurov  
  Department of Mathematics  & Mathematical Physics, St.Petersburg University

  FAX: +7-812-428-7240
  Dept. Math.& Comp.Phys.

  Inst. On Physics, St.Petersburg Univ.
  Ul'yanovskaya 1 198504 Petrodvoretz

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