St.Petersburg, Russia            June 3 – 6, 2008
                                                                                               

     Conference program


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Announcements on recent books in Diffraction Theory,
Alpha Science Series on Wave Phenomena

   V.M. Babich, V.S. Buldyrev. Asymptotic Methods in Short-Wavelength Diffraction Theory             V.M. Babich, M.A. Lyalinov, V.E. Grikurov. Diffraction Theory. The Sommerfeld-Malyuzhinets Technique



      
Division of Phys.,St.Petersburg Univ. St.Petersburg Dept. Steklov Math. Inst. Euler International Math. Inst.

hold the annual International Conference "Days on Diffraction". The aim of the event 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 "Days on Diffraction-2008"  will be opened June 3, 2008, in St.Petersburg
We are always pleased to see active researchers from all over the world!



 Days on Diffraction -2008 is co-sponsored by: 

Russian Foundation for Basic Research Russian Academy of Sciences IEEE ED/MTT/AP St.Petersburg Chapter

 


ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

V.M.Babich (Co-Chair)

  V.S.Buldyrev  (Co-Chair)
A.S.Kirpichnikova (Secretary) I.V.Andronov  (Publications) Ya.Shibaeva (Visa support)
V.N.Troyan A.M.Samsonov A.P.Kiselev 
R.Stone N.Y.Zhu  V.P.Smyshlyaev 
  M.A.Lyalinov
M.V.Perel N.Ya.Kirpichnikova
E.V.Novikova     N.Zalesskaya

 V.E.Grikurov 

The organizing committee informs with sorrow about untimely death of Valery Grikurov, who was one of the founders of "Days on Diffraction", its permanent Secretary and an active member of St.Petersburg Diffraction Team. Valery Grikurov passed away on February, 15th.




SCOPE  

MATHEMATICAL ASPECTS OF WAVE  PROPAGATION                              ASYMPTOTIC TECHNIQUES
SCATTERING AND DIFFRACTION ELECTROMAGNETICS
ELASTIC WAVES AND SEISMOLOGY INVERSE PROBLEMS
SOUND PROPAGATION AND VIBRATION NON-STATIONARY PHENOMENA
MICROWAVE AND QUANTUM WAVEGUIDES NONLINEAR WAVES
NUMERICAL APPROACHES
WAVELETS AND APPLICATIONS
special session(s)                              and other topics concerning various nature wave phenomena

(see, e.g., recent "DAYS on DIFFRACTION - 2007" Programme)

The Organizing Committee is open for proposals to organize a special session(s)!


CONFERENCE

History

The  "Days on Diffraction"  are annually organized in the beginning of summer by the St.Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg Branch of Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Euler International Mathematical Institute.

The  "Day on Diffraction" have been held since late 1960-s. Originally these were one-day  seminars summing 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 one 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 event occupied two days: the first was organized in Leningrad, the second was at the faculty of Physics in Peterhoff. Within the last decade "Day on Diffraction" (recently "Days on Diffraction") became international and occupies four days with the number of participants exceeding one hundred. Conference's web-history available since 1997.

"Days on Diffraction-2008" will be the four-days Conference, June 3 - 6, 2008. Venue for the  first three days is St.Petersburg Branch of the Steklov' Mathematical Institute, address:   27 Fontanka  Quay.   Parallel concurrent sessions will be organized there, each presentation of 15 or 30 minutes (total amount of presentations is expected to exceed 100). Last day Conference  moves to the  Institute on Physics  at the University campus (transportation for participants will be provided)  and is devoted to the plenary sessions (consisting of 40--50 minutes  lectures) and to the poster presentations.

Math. Inst. is located at the downtown center closely to the most of historical places.  
The University campus is close to Petrodvoretz (another name is Peterhoff) - one of satellite cities with world famous palace park with fountains (excursion for participants will be organized).

             Working language is English           

Conference registration fee is 240 euro with reduction for students and participants from FSU
The registration fee covers invitation and organizational costs, access to all conference's sessions and publications and some extras. In particular, the extras include the coffee break buffet (offering beverages, pastry and sandwiches), airport transportation, daily lunches served at a restaurant, the boat excursion, visit to the Peterhoff  gardens, and the conference picnic party. Accompanying persons are expected to pay the quarter price, and there will be an extra excursion or two for them.


IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Pre-registration and proposals to organize a session 
ASAP*
Registration for visa support March 16, 2008**
Abstract  submission April 16, 2008
Tentative Conference Program
May 10, 2008
Conference  June 3, 2008
Full paper submission
Sept. 15, 2008

   *   Earlier pre-registration would be highly appreciated.
  
* * Earlier registration is necessary to finalize visa formalities in time. We would be happy to receive abstract submission by this date as well. It can be, however, updated  up to next deadline, if necessary. Registration fee is not requested at this stage.


WAYS OF SUBMISSION

    Basically, one person is expected to give one presentation and possibly to co-authorize another one. Normally, if one presentation is oral, then the other is poster. Participation in more than two talks is an extraordinary event, and this requires a special decision by the Organizing Committee. The authors of multiple contributions are encouraged to advise the Organizing Committee one of the above categories for each of their submissions.

Electronic submission (highly  recommended!)  A.S. Kirpichnikova   dd08@pdmi.ras.ru
FAX: +7-812-310-5377
Hard copies to be addressed:
Steklov Mathematical Institute, St.Petersburg Department,
Fontanka, 27, 191023 St.Petersburg, Russia.

We expect to receive camera-ready abstract limited, if possible, by one A4 page of 10pt font size
PDF and Word documents are accepted.
However, LaTeX  submissions are preferable and mandatory for abstracts with significant amount of formulas and/or figures.


  Contact information: Anna Kirpichnikova


PUBLICATIONS

Booklet of abstracts of all papers accepted for presentation will be available at the Conference.  
Full manuscripts are invited in the Fall 2008 for the peer selection to be included into the
Proceedings
(rules for preapering of manuscripts can be found here).


VISA SUPPORT

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  Ms. Yanina Shibaeva

   Thank you!


SATELLITE MEETINGS:

SPECIAL SESSIONS on DD'08
RELATED AND CLOSE CONFERENCES

Special session on "Metamaterials"     
organized by Dr. P. Belov and Prof. C. Simovski
    Call for papers in pdf format   
    Please pay attention to special submission deadline for this session!

Special session on "Wavelets"     
organized by Dr. M.V. Perel
Mini-symposium on "Linear and nonlinear water waves"
organized by Profs. N.G. Kuznetsov and O.V. Motygin

    Co-organized RVK08/MMWP08 Conferences
  
12th Nordic Conference on Radio Science and    Communications,   June  9-11, 2008, and
  
3d International Conference on Mathematical Modelling of Wave Phenomena, June 9-13, 2008,    Växjö University, Sweden
        

ST.-PETERSBURG, Russia

St.Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities of Europe founded by Peter the Great. 
 The city is specially beautiful 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  (including the word-known Hermitage)
and famous
Theaters (opera, ballet) and philharmonic hall.  The electronic newspaper "The St.Petersburg Times" gives many helpful tips about the city. 
 ACCOMMODATION:  hotels in downtown, St.Petersburg Yellow Pages, University Student's Hostel

 WEATHER: around 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 Anna Kirpichnikova  
  FAX: +7-812-310-5377
 
Steklov Mathematical Institute, St.Petersburg Department, Fontanka, 27, 191023 St.Petersburg, Russia.

FEEDBACK
Dear Guests!
The Organizing Committee would highly appreciate your assistance in improvement of Conference's  web-site and organization of the event. We would be very much obliged for your time by filling of this very short form
Thank you!
 
NAME
E-MAIL
YEAR(S) OF PARTICIPATION
COMMENT
Barbara  ATAMANIUK
batama@ippt.gov.pl
2001
High level, nice place, fantastic people
Donato FORTUNATO
fortunat@dm.uniba.it
2001, 2004
The conferences I attended were very interesting from a scientific point of view and very well organized
Miguel LOBO Hidalgo
miguel.lobo@unican.es
2005
Interesting Conference
PASTRONE Franco
franco.pastrone@unito.it
2003, 2004, 2005
A high level conference- very well organized- useful and interesting discussions and informal talks out of the presentations - good balance between pure and applied topics
SHESTOPALOV Yury
Youri.Shestopalov@kau.se
1986, 1987,  1992, 1999, 2003, 2005
An excellent forum for both novel and classical mathematical items in diffraction theory
 TIROZZI Brunello b.tirozzi@libero.it
2003 - 2007
DD's conferences are very interesting because there are advanced mathematical talks and interesting applications

Department of Mathematics  & Mathematical Physics
St.Petersburg University

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