Welcome to the website of
The Sixth International Conference on
Electrical Transport and Optical Properties
of Inhomogeneous Media

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
July 15--19, 2002

Last update: Wed Nov 21 09:36:22 2001

The history of ETOPIM

The year 2002 will mark the 25th anniversary of the first ETOPIM conference. The meetings have been held in

These conferences have provided a unique forum for experimentalists and theorists to get together and advance our understanding of the electrical transport and optical properties of inhomogeneous media. For further information, please look at the proceedings of these meetings

ETOPIM 6 is to be held from July 15th to July 19th, 2002,at Snowbird, a mountain resort near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Topics of the conference

The topics to be covered encompass new areas as well as traditional topics. They include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Electrical transport and optical properties in composites
  2. Localization in non-linear periodic media
  3. Photonic crystals and band-gap structures
  4. Semiconductors
  5. Porous media and percolation
  6. Biocomposites (e.g., electrical activity in the heart and brain
  7. Transport in complex biological systems (e.g., slime molds and algal colonies)
  8. Active composite systems (e.g. electro- and magneto-rheological fluids, smart composites and sensors)
  9. Transport in geophysical media (e.g. sea ice, glacial ice, soils, and rocks)
  10. Electromagnetic inverse problems and imaging in geopohysics, biology, and medicine
  11. Numerical methods for composites
  12. Conducting polymers
  13. Active composites (e.g., electrorheological fluids, smart composites and sensors)
  14. Optimal design of composite structures
  15. Giant magnetoresistance
  16. Magnetic nanostructures and spintronics
  17. Transport properties of nanostructures
  18. Thin film composite structures
  19. Quantum phenomena in composites

Invited Speakers

ETOPIM 6 will include talks by the following distinguished scientists:

    David J. Bergman (Tel-Aviv University)
    Alan Bishop (Los Alamos )
    Hui Cao (Northwestern University)
    Alexander B. Granovsky (Moscow State University)
    James P. Keener (University of Utah)
    Ross C. McPhedran (Sydney University)
    George C. Papanicolaou (Stanford University)
    John B. Pendry (Imperial College)
    Donald K. Perovich (CRREL)
    Albert J. Sievers (Cornell University)

We are still in the process of inviting additional speakers, and waiting for confirmations from others.

Scientific Advisory Committee:

International Advisory Subcommittee:

    Ruben G. Barrera (Mexico)
    David J. Bergman (Israel)
    Haydn Chen (Hong Kong, China)
    Jacques Lafait (France)
    Andrey N. Lagarkov (Russia)
    Ad Lagendijk (Netherlands)
    Ross C. McPhedran (Australia)
    Ping Sheng (Hong Kong, China)

U.S. Advisory Subcommittee:

    Alexei Efros
    Alexei Maradudin
    Donald K. Perovich
    Pabitra N. Sen
    Albert J. Sievers
    Vladimir Shalaev
    David G. Stroud
    David Tanner
    Eli Yablonovitch

Local Organizing Committee

    Steven Blair
    Andrej Cherkaev (Conference webmaster)
    Elena Cherkaev
    David Dobson
    Ken Golden (Co-chairman)
    Jim Keener
    Graeme Milton (Chairman)
    Valy Vardeny

Conference Secretariat

    Eleen  Collins


The early registration fee for the conference is US$300. It includes the book of abstracts, a copy of the conference proceedings, refreshments during coffee breaks and the banquet. This registration fee must be received by us by April 30th 2002. After that date the cost of registration goes up to US$400. The registration fee is non-refundable under any circumstances. Students may apply for a reduction in the registration fee.

More information about registration will be available later. In the meantime if you would like to be placed on our email mailing list for updated conference information please send an email to etopim@math.utah.edu requesting this. If you wish to receive the conference brochure when it becomes available please indicate this in your email and include your postal address.


Previous ETOPIM proceedings represent an outstanding collection of leading research that includes some landmark papers. Following this tradition the proceedings of ETOPIM6 will be published as a special issue of Physica B. The guest editors are David Dobson, Ken Golden, Graeme Milton, and Valy Vardeny. Invited speakers and participants with accepted contributed presentations are required to hand in the manuscripts before or during, but absolutely no later than, the meeting. The manuscripts will go through the usual review process. Further details on the preparation of manuscripts will be sent to authors with the acceptance notice. The conference proceedings will be published as a special issue of Physica B. Participants with accepted papers are required to hand in the manuscripts before or at the start of the meeting. The manuscripts will go through the usual review process.

Location and weather

Snowbird is a resort complex near the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, located 29 miles from Salt Lake International Airport. The conference will be held in the Cliff Lodge, which is a modern, first class resort and business hotel and conference center. It is set at an elevation of about 8000 feet (2440 meters) amidst the spectacular alpine beauty of the Wasatch Mountains, with surrounding peaks reaching to over 11,000 feet (3350 meters). Temperatures and weather conditions during July are generally pleasant, yet in this environment they can be quite variable, with an average daily high of about 85 F (30 C) and an average daily low of about 45 F (8 C). Afternoon mountain thunderstorms are a possibility. The average rainfall in July is about 1.6 inches (40 mm).


The program is still being finalized. However we are planning for a welcoming get together on the night of Sunday July 14th, 2002. The conference itself will begin the morning of Monday July 15th and end the afternoon of Friday July 19th. An excursion is being planned for one afternoon and there will be a banquet one evening. It is anticipated that the post conference tours will begin on the morning of July 20th. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Attractions in the area

Recreational opportunities in summer at Snowbird include hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, tennis, swimming, extensive spa facilities, and the Aerial Tram which takes passengers to the top of Hidden Peak in 6 minutes. Deer, mountain goats, and the occasional moose may be seen in the vicinity of Snowbird. Alpine flowers are abundant. There are many other options in the surrounding areas, including golf, fishing, boating, ballooning, horseback riding, hunting, river rafting, and rock climbing. In Salt Lake City itself there is a wide selection of restaurants, microbreweries, bars, dance clubs, entertainment and shopping. In the downtown area, popular tourist attractions include Temple Square , the Mormon Tabernacle Choir , Ballet West , and the Utah Symphony . Outside downtown the Hansen Planetarium , the Utah Museum of Natural History , the Museum of Fine Arts , the Red Butte Garden , Deseret Village , Tracy Aviary and the Hogle Zoo are worth visiting. Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas are hosting the Winter Olympics.

Within reasonable driving distance of Salt Lake City are many of America's best National Parks and National Monuments; including to the east (about 4 hours drive) Dinosaur ; to the southeast (about 4.5 hours drive) Arches and Canyonlands ; to the south (about 6 to 8 hours drive) Bryce , Capitol Reef , Grand Canyon , Grand Staircase-Escalante , Natural Bridges , Rainbow Bridge (boat trips leave from Wahweap near Page, Arizona), and Zion ; to the southwest Great Basin ; to the north (about 7 to 10 hours drive) Grand Teton and Yellowstone ; and nearby (about 1 hour drive) Timpanogos Cave .

Also worth visiting are a number of State Parks including Antelope Island (see also these photos ) in the Great Salt Lake , Dead Horse Point , Goblin Valley (see also the nearby Little Wild Horse Canyon ), and Kodachrome Basin and other playgrounds such as the Bonneville Salt Flats , Desolation and Grey Canyons , Labyrinth Canyon , Little Sahara , Monument Valley , Nine Mile Canyon , the San-Rafael swell , and Westwater Canyon .

Additional attractions include Antelope Canyon , the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine , Flaming Gorge , Glen Canyon and Lake Powell , the Great Salt Lake , and the Uinta mountains , and the Wind River Range , and resort towns such as Deer Valley , Jackson Hole , Moab , Park City , and Sundance Resort . In Cedar City there is Utah Shakespearean festival with outdoor play performances during the summer.

In general the desert areas are very hot in summer and you should be careful to carry plenty of water when driving on remote roads or hiking, and be aware of danger of flash floods in the desert canyons caused by thunderstorms upstream and not necessarily where you are. Mountains and other high elevation areas (including Bryce, Zion and the north rim of the Grand Canyon) are pleasant during summer. We hope to arrange post-conference tours which cover some of these attractions.

More information about Snowbird, Salt Lake City, and Utah can be found at www.snowbird.com , utah.citysearch.com , and www.utah.com .

How to contact us

Contact conference secretariat:

    Eleen Collins
    Address: University of Utah
    155 S 1400 E Room 233
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0090
    Phone: (801) 581-6896
    Department Fax: (801) 581-4148
    Email: etopim@math.utah.edu

Contact conference chairs:
    K. Golden     G. Milton

Contact conference webmaster:
    A. Cherkaev