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Joint Summer Research Conference in the Mathematical Sciences

Waves in Periodic and Random Media

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

June 22 -- June 28, 2002

Registration deadline: March 2nd 2002 (passed). The late registration information can be found here.
Check in: Saturday June 22, 2002
Sessions: Sunday, June 23 - Thursday, June 27
Check out: Friday, June 28

Conference topics

It is expected that the topics of the conference will be addressed from analytic, numerical, and physics perspectives.

Organizing Committee

David Dobson, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Alex Figotin, University of California, Irvine
Peter Kuchment (co-chair), Texas A&M University
Stephanos Venakides (co-chair), Duke University


Peter Kuchment
Office phone: (979)862-3257
FAX: (979) 862-4190


  1. M. Aizenman (Princeton Univ.) "Moment methods for continuum Schroedinger operators with random potentials"
  2. H. Ammari (Ecole Politechnique) "Guided waves in a photonic bandgap structure with a linear defect" (joint work with F. Santosa)
  3. A. Babin (UC Irvine) "Multilinear spectral decomposition for nonlinear Maxwell operators"
  4. E. Bonnetier (Ecole Politechnique) "Radiation properties of a planar antenna mounted on a photonic crystal substrate"
  5. J.-M. Combes (Univ. de Toulon, France) "Spectral properties of absorptive photonic crystals"
  6. D. Dobson (Univ. of Utah) "Optimal mode localization in heterogeneous media"
  7. P. Exner (Nuclear Institute, Czech Republic) "Magnetic transport in presence of perturbations"
  8. A. Figotin (UC, Irvine) "Basic properties of nonlinear Maxwell equations in inhomogeneous media"
  9. L. Friedlander (Univ. of Arizona, Tucson) "Application of Dirichlet-to-Neumann operators to spectral theory"
  10. R. Grigorchuk (Steklov Math. Institute, Moscow, Russia) "On spectral problems and two-dimensional dynamical systems associated with some self-similar structures"
  11. D. Hundertmark (Caltech) "A variational bound for eigenvalues of discrete Schroedinger operators with potentials of arbitrary sign"
  12. Y. Karpeshina (Univ. Alabama, Birmingham) "Periodic magnetic Schroedinger operators. The isoenergy surface and density of states"
  13. A. Klein (Univ. of California, Irvine) "A characterization of the Anderson metal-insulator transport transition"
  14. F. Klopp (U. Paris-Nord, France) "Regularity properties for the density of states of random Schroedinger operators"
  15. T. Kriecherbauer ((Universit\"{a}t M\"{u}nchen,Germany) "Multi-phase waves in discrete media"
  16. A. Krokhin (Instituto de Física, Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico) "Homogenization of photonic and phononic crystals"
  17. P. Kuchment (Texas A&M University, College Station) "Graph models of thin media"
  18. A. Maradudin (UC Irvine) "Designer surfaces"
  19. C. Nedelec (Ecole Politechnique) "Preconditioning for harmonic integral equations for Maxwell"
  20. B. Pavlov (Auckland Univ. New Zealand) "Dirichlet-to-Neumann map and mathematical modeling of nano-devices"
  21. J. Sipe (Univ. of Toronto) "Gap and Bragg solitons in artificially structured materials"
  22. A. Sobolev (Unic. Sussexx, UK) "Lattice points and periodic operators"
  23. T. Suslina (St. Petersburg State Univ., Russia) "Absolute continuity of the spectrum of periodic operators of mathematical physics"
  24. B. Vainberg (Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte) "Schroedinger operators with matrix potentials. Transition from absolute continuous to singular spectrum"
  25. S. Venakides (Duke University) "Resonances and surface waves in photonic crystal slabs"
  26. M. Weinstein (Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies) "Stopping light on a defect: Nonlinear waves in periodic structures with defects"

In order to have enough time left for informal communication among participants, no contributed talks are planned at this time. It is planned, however, to have poster sessions. Participants wishing to present a poster should notify the organizers.

Tentative schedule

June 23
June 24
June 25
June 26
June 27
8.45-9.00 Conference opening
Chair Kuchment Venakides Figotin Ammari Pavlov
9.00-9.50 Aizenman Weinstein Friedlander Maradudin Krokhin
9.50-10.10 Coffee break
Chair Combes Dobson Exner Klopp Bonnetier
10.10-11.00 Klopp Sipe Suslina Combes Dobson
11.10-noon Grigorchuk Figotin Sobolev Nedelec Venakides
12.00-2.00 Lunch break (lunch noon - 1:00)
Chair Aizenman Sipe Friedlander Nedelec Klein
2.00-2.50 Hundertmark Babin Karpeshina Pavlov Ammari
2:50-3:10 Coffee break
Chair Kriecherbauer Vainberg Sobolev Karpeshina Hundertmark
3:10-4:00 Klein Kriecherbauer Vainberg Exner Bonnetier
4:10-5:00 free time, informal discussions poster session poster session Kuchment free time, informal discussions
5.00-6:00 free time, informal discussions poster session poster session free time, informal discussions free time, informal discussions
6:00-7:00 Dinner


Participants need to register through the

AMS Summer Research Conferences

page by March 2nd 2002. For late registration complete and e-mail to the application form below. You will be notified of acceptance.
  1. Full name.
  2. Mailing address.
  3. Phone numbers (including area code) for office, home, and fax.
  4. E-mail address.
  5. Your anticipated arrival/departure dates.
  6. Scientific background relevant to the Institute topics; please indicate if you are a student or if you received your Ph.D. on or after 1995.
  7. Please indicate whether you are interested in giving a poster presentation.
  8. The amount of financial assistance requested (or indicate if no support is required).

Financial assistance.

The conference is supported by an NSF grant. Some financial assistance will be provided for the participants (especially for students and junior faculty), albeit the participants are encouraged to use other funds if available.

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