Conference Program

This is the final program for the conference. The invited talks are 30 minutes long, and all other talks 20 minutes long. Each minisymposium runs in parallel with one other minisymposium.

The schedule is fairly hectic the first two days, when participants should still have lots of energy, and more relaxed on subsequent days. The program will remain strong until its finish, and will end on a high note with the Nanostructures session, which will highlight this active research area. Due to the tight schedule it will be important for speakers not to go beyond their allotted time (which includes question and laptop setup time).

All sessions, except some of the minisymposia and the poster session, are being held in Ballroom 3 in the Cliff Lodge. The remaining minisymposia and the poster session are being held in the Wasatch room.

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Sunday, July 14th

4.00-5.00pm Preregistration, Wasatch Room, Cliff Lodge
5.00pm-7.00pm Hors'd'oeuvres and cash bar, Wasatch Room, Cliff Lodge

Monday, July 15th

7.30-8.05 Coffee, Pastries and Registration, Outside Ballroom 3.

8.05-8.10 Welcome by Graeme Milton and Ken Golden, Conference Chair and Co-chair.

8.10-8.20 Welcome by J. Bernard Machen, President of the University of Utah, Ballroom 3, Cliff Lodge
8.20-8.50 Sajeev John (opening talk): Chair, Graeme Milton
           Photonic band gap materials: semiconductors of light

SEA ICE: Chair, Ken Golden
8.50-9.20 Donald Perovich
           Complex yet translucent: The optical properties of sea ice
9.20-9.50 Hajo Eicken
           Microstructural controls on transport phenomena in sea ice
9.50-10.10 Bonnie Light
           Structural, optical, and structural-optical properties in first-year arctic sea ice

10.10-10.40 BREAK and Registration

BIOCOMPOSITES: Chair, Ross McPhedran
10.40-11.10 Jim Keener
           The importance of microstructure in defibrillation
11.10-11.40 Toshiyuki Nakagaki
           Design of transportation network by an amoeba-like organism

NUMERICAL: Chair, Oscar Bruno
11.40-12.00 Chris Johnson
           Inverse bioelectric field problems: modeling, simulation, and visualization
12.00-12.20 Herve Moulinec
           Comparison of FFT-based methods for computing the response of composites with highly contrasted mechanical properties
12.20-12.40 McKay Hyde
           Fast, high-order methods in computational scattering

12.40-1.40 LUNCH

Ballroom 3
1.40-2.10 John Pendry
           Refining the perfect lens
2.10-3.30 First 4 talks of Monday's two minisymposia:

LEFT HANDED MATERIALS (organized by Steve Blair): Chair, John Pendry
Ballroom 3
2.10-2.30 David Smith
           Negative refractive composite media
2.30-2.50 Alexei Efros
           Diffraction in left-handed materials and theory of Veselago lens
2.50-3.10 Gennady Shvets
           Novel left-handed material based on a network of plasma channels
3.10-3.30 Andrey Sarychev
           Plasmons in nano-wires and left-handed plasmonic materials

In parallel with PERCOLATION AND POROUS MEDIA (organized by Robert Ewing): Chair, Robert Ewing
Wasatch Room
2.10-2.30 Peter King
           Predicting oil recovery using percolation theory
2.30-2.50 Mike Sukop
           Single component, multiphase lattice Boltzmann models (LBM) in invasion percolation
2.50-3.10 Robert Ewing
           Correlation structure effects on edge-accessible porosity and chemical distance near the percolation threshold
3.10-3.30 Ken Golden
           Percolation in sea ice

3.30-4.00 BREAK

Ballroom 3
4.00-4.30 Jim Berryman
           Electrokinetic effects and fluid permeability
4.30-5.00 Dani Or
           Time domain reflectometry measurement of bulk permittivity of porous mixtures containing bound water
5.00-6.20 Last talks of Monday's two minisymposia:

METALLIC PHOTONIC CRYSTAL (organized by Steve Blair): Chair, Steve Blair
Ballroom 3

5.00-5.20 Alexander Pletzer
           Stimulating photons and plasmons in a three dimensional metallic lattice
5.20-5.40 Sung Yong Park
           Theory of the optical properties of DNA-modified gold nanoparticle composites
5.40-6.00 Vladimir Kozhevnikov
           Physical properties of gallium infiltrated into opal photonic crystals
6.00-6.20 Hae-Yong Park
           Improved transmittance in one-dimensional metallic photonic crystals

In parallel with PERCOLATION AND POROUS MEDIA (organized by Toby Ewing): Chair, Toby Ewing
Wasatch Room
5.00-5.20 Gennady Margolin
           Generalized conductivity scaling and transport in random networks
5.20-5.40 Todd Skaggs
           Fluid permeability and DC conductivity of networks with a broad distribution of bond resistances: comparison of the critical path approximation with 3-D Monte Carlo simulations

Tuesday, July 16th

NON-LINEAR I: Chair, Alan Bishop, Ballroom 3
8.20-8.50 John Sipe
           An effective field perspective on the nonlinear optical properties of artificially structured materials
8.50-9.20 Al Sievers
           Probing the spontaneous generation of nanoscale energy localization

9.20-11.20 POSTER SESSION + Coffee + Registration in the Wasatch Room

Posters can be set up in advance in the Wasatch Room, either 8pm-9pm on Monday Evening, or after 7.30am Tuesday Morning. Posters should be taken down by 1.30pm Tuesday.

The following people will be presenting posters:

Ivan Alvarado-Rodriguez: 2D Photonic Crystal Defect Cavities: Fabrication and Characterization

Vadym Apalkov: Directional emission from a microdisk resonator with a linear defect

Biswajit Banerjee: Micromechanics-based determination of effective elastic properties of polymer bonded explosives

Sergey Barabash: Superfluid Inhomogeneity and Microwave Absorption in Model High-T_c Superconductors

Sergey Barabash: Effective macroscopic response of an almost periodic composite: application to the linear and non-linear properties of a colloidal crystal

David Bergman: Critical points in the macroscopic magnetotransport of normal conductor/perfect insulator/perfect conductor disordered composites

Yan Chen: Towards a better nonlinear phase shifting element

Il-Sug Chung: Effect of boundary layers on transmittance of defect mode in one-dimensional photonic band structures

Gagik Demirjian: Binding energy of hydrogen-type impurities in quantum well wires of InSb/GaAs

Lev Deych: Dichotomic random processes and scaling properties of one-dimensional Anderson model with diagonal disorder

Bahruz Gadjiev: On the crystal optics of ferroelectric-semiconductors

Dentcho Genov: Metal-dielectric composites: Local-field distribution function and high-order field moments

Ilarie Gontia: Photophysics of pristine and C60 doped disubstituted polyacetylene

Matthias Kretschmann: Surface plasmon polariton band structures for two-dimensional periodic surfaces

Ismail Kucuk: Analysis of stress fields in optimal structures: Two-dimensional and three-dimensional cases

Yongdong Liu: Fluorescence excitation in a periodic array of sub-wavelength metal apertures

Arthur McGurn: Photonic crystal slab

David McLachlan: Fitting the dc conductivity and first order ac conductivity results of continuum percolation media, using percolation theory and a single phenomenological equation.

David McLachlan: 3-D DC conductivity of polymer--carbon fibre composites

Graeme Milton: Exact solutions for the dispersion relation in a wide class of periodic media with complex moduli

Guillermo Ortiz: Bulk response of composites from finite samples

Sergey Serkov: Statistical modeling of light propagating through a semi-transparent cone

Asya Skal: Vector percolation model for flow of fluid and diffusion of air through a porous medium

Brian Stout: Absorption in multiple scattering systems of coated spheres

Alexei Vinogradov: The frequency dependence of the localization length in one-dimensional systems

Cungeng Yang: Photoinduced electronic interaction between a poly(p-phenylene vinylene)-derivative and single wall carbon nanotubes

Dali Zhang: Estimation of the permeability of a porous medium using the geometric structural function

NONLINEAR II: Chair, Al Sievers, Ballroom 3
11.20-11.50 Alan Bishop
           Modeling intrinsically complex matter: nonlinear, nonadiabatic, nonequilibrium
11.50-12.10 Andrej Cherkaev
           Dynamics of structures of bi-modal elements

12.10-1.10 LUNCH

Ballroom 3
1.10-1.40 George Papanicolaou
           Time reversal, imaging and communications in random media
1.40-2.10 Hui Cao
           Lasing with resonant feedback in random media
2.10-3.30 First 4 talks of Tuesday's two minisymposia:

MATHEMATICAL METHODS (organized by Niklas Wellander): Chair, Niklas Wellander
Ballroom 3
2.10-2.30 Carlos Garcia-Cervera
           New advances in numerical micromagnetics simulations
2.30-2.50 Anatoli Babin
           Nonlinear interactions of wavepackets in a periodic media
2.50-3.10 Sebastien Guenneau
           Properties of conically propagating electromagnetic and elastodynamic waves in periodic media
3.10-3.30 Alexandre Pokrovsky
           Electrodynamics of metallic photonic crystals and problem of left-handed materials

in parallel with RANDOM LASING (organized by Valy Vardeny): Chair, Misha Raikh
Wasatch Room

2.10-2.30 Diederik Wiersma
           Liquid crystal infiltrated random media: From the optical NTC-resistor to temperature tunable random lasers
2.30-2.50 Randy Polson
           Random lasing in Pi-conjugated polymer films
2.50-3.10 Alexander Burin
           Understanding and control of random lasing
3.10-3.30 Vadym Apalkov
           Random lasing and random resonators in disordered dielectric films

3.30-4.00 BREAK

Ballroom 3
4.00-4.30 Oscar Bruno
           Wave scattering by inhomogeneous media: efficient algorithms and applications
4.30-5.00 Vladimir Prigodin
           Quantum hopping in doped conducting polymers
5.00-6.00 Last 3 talks of Tuesday's two minisymposia:

MATHEMATICAL METHODS (organized by Niklas Wellander): Chair, Carlos Garcia-Cervera
5.00-5.20 Jeffrey Picka
           Estimating conductance in small samples of heterogeneous materials by random walks
5.20-5.40 Niklas Wellander
           Homogenization of Maxwell's equations
5.40-6.00 Radjesvarane Alexandre
           Some tools from homogenization and applications in electromagnetism

in parallel with CONDUCTING POLYMERS (organized by Valy Vardeny): Chair, Valy Vardeny
5.00-5.20 Oleg Korovyanko
           Photoexcitations in trans-polyacetylenes: Long-living story about short-living species
5.20-5.40 Wei Jiang
           Morphology-dependent optical properties of substituted poly(p-phenylene-ethynylene)
5.40-6.00 Markus Wohlgennant
           Measurements of spin-dependent exciton formation cross-sections in pi-conjugated oligomers and polymers

Wednesday, July 17th

PHOTONIC BAND GAP I: Chair, David Dobson
8.30-9.00 Ping Sheng
           Locally resonant sonic materials
9.00-9.30 Vicky Colvin
           From opals to optics: Building photonic band gaps in nanostructured materials
9.30-9.50 Hanjo Lim
           Tuning of anisotropic optical properties of two-dimensional dielectric photonic crystals
9.50-10.10 Michael Weinstein
           Homogenization study of resonances in photonic structures

10.10-10.40 BREAK + Registration

PHOTONIC BAND GAP II: Chair, Vicky Colvin
10.40-11.10 Ross McPhedran
           Structural colours through photonic crystals
11.10-11.30 David Dobson
           Optimal mode localization in heterogeneous media
11.30-11.50 Jean Pol Vigneron
           Bistable behavior of a photonic crystal non-linear cavity


11.50-12.10 Susan Weekes
           Numerical computation of wave motion through dynamic materials
12.10-12.30 Robert Lipton
           Design of functionally graded dielectrics using prescribed microstructures
12.30-12.50 Liya Zhornitskaya
           Dynamics of damage in two-dimensional structures with waiting elements

12.50-1.50 LUNCH

2.15 pm Buses leave for AFTERNOON/EVENING tour. The tour will first visit Bingham Canyon Copper Mine, which is the largest manmade excavation on earth, go on to Provo Canyon, Bridal Veil Falls, then Sundance Resort, proceeding to Park City where tour participants can visit the many interesting shops and have dinner (not included) at various restaurants. We expect that the buses will arrive back at Snowbird at around 11.20pm. Bring a sweater since Park City can be cold at night. The tickets cost $20. There are a limited number left. Contact us Monday at the latest if you want to go on the bus tour and do not already have tickets.

Thursday, July 18th

PHOTONIC BAND GAP III: Chair, John Sipe, Ballroom 3
8.30-9.00 Steven Johnson
           High-Q cavities without a complete photonic band gap
9.00-9.20 Steven Blair
           Large nonlinear optical response of photonic microcavity arrays
9.20-9.40 Anabelle Da Silva
           Multiple light scattering in multistratified media: Model, experiment

9.40-10.10 Ad Lagendijk
           Light scattering and fluctuations under extreme conditions

10.10-10.40 BREAK + Registration

10.40-11.10 David Wilkowski
           Light transport in cold atoms : The fate of coherent backscattering in the weak localization regime

11.10-11.30 Valentin Freilikher
           Localization and diffusion of transient waves in random media
11.30-11.50 Ruben Barrera
           Is there an effective medium for the coherent reflectance from a system of random Mie spheres?
11.50-12.10 Daniel Mittleman
           Using terahertz pulses to study light scattering
12.10-12.30 Guillermo Ortiz
           Scaling conditions for multiple scattering in fractal aggregates

12.30-1.30 LUNCH

Ballroom 3
1.30-2.00 Inna Kaganova
           The impedance boundary conditions and effective surface impedance of inhomogeneous metals
2.00-2.30 David Bergman
           Exact relations between critical exponents for elastic stiffness and electrical conductivity of percolating networks
2.30-3.00 Alexander Granovsky
           Magnetic nanocomposites close to the percolation threshold: Magnetotransport and magnetooptics
3.00-3.30 Muhammad Sahimi
           Transport of fluid mixtures in nanoporous materials

3.30-4.00 BREAK

4.00-5.20 Thursday's two minisymposia:

Wasatch Room
4.00-4.20 Weijia Wen
           Two and three dimensional ordered structures in electro-magneto-rheological fluids
4.20-4.40 Joel Miller
           Spin glass behavior in metalloporphyrin-based magnets
4.40-5.00 Gagik Demirjian
           The peculiarities of hydrogen-type systems in thin semiconductor films (QWS) in the presence of a transverse magnetic field
5.00-5.20 Xuan-Zhang Wang
           Nonlinear polaritons of antiferromagnetic superlattices

in parallel with PERCOLATION AND CRITICAL BEHAVIOR: Chair, David Bergman
Ballroom 3
4.00-4.20 Andrey Lagarkov
           Influence of concentration fluctuation on mv properties of composites
4.20-4.40 David McLachlan
           The correct modeling of the second order terms of the complex ac conductivity results for continuum percolation media, using a single phenomenological equation
4.40-5.00 Francois Carmona
           To what extent is the structure of a random composite compatible with a percolation model?

6.30 Buses leave for BANQUET at Red Butte Garden. One banquet ticket is included in the regular registration fee. Students and postdocs and additional guests can purchase tickets for $60, but let us know Monday at the latest if you do not already have one. There are a limited number of tickets left.

Friday, July 19th

EFFECTIVE PROPERTIES: Chair, Ruben Barrera, Ballroom 3
8.40-9.10 Roy Day
           A spectral representation for the dielectric properties of layered materials
9.10-9.30 Elena Cherkaev
           Reconstruction of the microstructure of a random mixture
9.30-9.50 Ohad Levy
           Dielectric and electro-optical properties of dilute suspensions
9.50-10.10 Alexei Vinogradov
           A new method of homogenization of the maxwell equations
10.00-10.30 Alexander Balk
           Propagation in multiscale media

10.30-11.00 BREAK +Registration

NANOSTRUCTURES SESSION I: Chair, Jerry Stringfellow, Ballroom 3
11.00-11.30 Naomi Halas
           The manipulation of light: One nanoparticle at a time
11.30-12.00 Vladimir Shalaev
           Plasmonic nanophotonics: Manipulating light and sensing molecules

12.00-1.00 Lunch

NANOSTRUCTURES SESSION II: Chair, Naomi Halas, Ballroom 3
1.00-1.30 James Hone
           Phonons and thermal transport in nanoscale devices and nanomaterials
1.30-2.00 Jerry Stringfellow
           Control of nano- and micro-scale inhomogenities using surfactants in III/V alloys

NANOSTRUCTURES SESSION III: Chair, James Hone, Ballroom 3
2.00-2.20 Mark Stockman
           Femtosecond energy concentration in nanosystems: coherent control
2.20-2.40 Anne Lazarides
           Dynamic effective medium theory of nanosphere materials

2.40-3.00 BREAK

3.00-3.20 A.B. Pakhomov
           Resistance switching and memory in a metal-dielectric nanocomposite system
3.20-3.40 Victor Boev
           Dipole-dipole interaction effect on the optical response of quantum dot ensembles
3.40-4.00 Hai-Guang Zhou
           The study of 5CB absorbed on nano-roughened Ag and Au electrodes by surface-enhanced raman scattering

Cars to BARBEQUE leave at 5pm. At the barbeque site there will be the opportunity for a fairly easy, and optional, hike to the beautiful Cecret lake (1.5 miles roundtrip, 360 feet elevation gain). Part of the trail is rocky, with loose sharp stones, so sneakers or similar footware is recommended. The barbeque is free to all conference participants.