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Scope & Background

  • Scope
  • Background
  • Flyer and Posters

The 10th international conference series on Laser-light and Interactions with Particles (LIP) is organized by IUSTI and Fresnel institutes on August 25-29th, 2014, in Marseille, France. The conference is focused on interactions between laser beams and particles, from theory to practice, encompassing in particular the following topics (download the flyer):

  • Beam shape description,
  • Far-field scattering,
  • Time-resolved scattering,
  • Mechanical effects of light,
  • Near fields and morphology-dependent-resonances,
  • Complex shaped particles and aggregates,
  • Multiple scattering in dense media,
  • Optical particle sizing and characterization methods.

Although the conference is mainly intended to deal with electromagnetic beams (vectorial scattering), papers dealing with acoustical and quantum beams (scalar waves) however presenting significant enough correlations with the main issues of the conference will be welcome.

Applications may range from multiphase flow characterization to aerosol science and atmospheric environment, biomedical optical engineering, remote manipulation of objects, plasma and soft matter physics, quantum electrodynamics in cavities, etc.

This conference series has been continually providing forums for promoting the interchange of new ideas on the development of advanced theories and models, as well as the latest experimental developments. Since nearly three decades this series, whose topics are continuously evolving, provides a source of state-of-the-art in light and shaped beam interactions with particle and particle systems.

The present edition follows the former Optical Particle Sizing (OPS) and Optical Particle Characterization (OPC) conferences held in Rouen 1987; Tempe, AZ, 1990; Yokohama, 1993; Nürnberg, 1995; Minneapolis, MN,1998; Brighton, 2001; Kyoto, 2004; Graz, 2007 as well as the reformulated LIP conference, held in Rouen, in 2012.

Over the years, selected papers from this conference series were published in books and special issues of highly ranked journals (Applied Optics, Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer).

Download the flyer and poster of the conference:


Flyer A4


Poster A4



Poster A2

Committees, sponsors & partners

  • Honorary chairs
  • Scientific Committee
  • Advisory committee
  • Organizing Committee
  • Partners, Sponsors & Exibitors

  • Institutional partners :

Sponsors and partners


Keynote lectures

  • P.L. Marston
  • M. Mishchenko
  • K.-F. Ren
  • R. Xu
  • P. Zemanek
Philip L. Marston

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA

"Surprises and anomalies in acoustical and optical scattering"

Experiments on radiation torques and negative radiation forces by various groups display how the underlying wave-field geometry influences radiation forces. Other situations strongly influenced by wave-field geometry include high-order caustics present in light scattering patterns of objects as simple as oblate drops of water or oblate bubbles of air in water. Related theoretical and experimental investigations are considered. Scattering enhancements associated with guided waves having negative group velocities are also examined.

M. Mishchenko

Senior Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New-York, USA

"Electromagnetic scattering by dense discrete random media: physics and numerically exact results "

While it is recognized that the Maxwell equations (MEs) control the transport of electromagnetic energy in particulate media (clouds, particulate surfaces, particle suspensions), direct solutions of the MEs for such media had been impracticable until quite recently. This has led to the widespread use of the radiative transfer (RT) equation in situations when its very applicability is questionable. This situation has now changed owing to the development of efficient computer solvers of the MEs applicable to macroscopic multi-particle groups. In fact, a new branch of statistical optics emerged several years ago wherein the scattering of light (and other electromagnetic radiation) by particulate media is modeled directly by using numerically exact computer solutions of the MEs without invoking any assumptions underlying the RT theory.

This lecture is intended to summarize this profound recent development. We describe the application of the numerically exact superposition T-matrix method to extensive computations of electromagnetic scattering by 3D volumes filled with randomly distributed wavelength-sized particles. These computations are used to simulate and analyze the effect of randomness of particle positions as well as the onset and evolution of various multiple-scattering effects with increasing number of particles in a statistically homogeneous volume of discrete random medium. These exact results illustrate and substantiate the methodology underlying the approximate microphysical theories of RT and coherent backscattering and quantify the range of particle packing densities beyond which both theories break. We show that even in densely packed media, the light scattered along strings of widely separated particles still provides a significant contribution to the total scattered signal and thereby makes quite pronounced the classical RT and coherent backscattering effects. Numerical experiments with Gaussian laser beams provide a vivid demonstration of the robustness of the RT methodology.

Kuan Fang REN

CORIA UMR 6614 CNRS – University of Rouen, France

"Numerical techniques for shaped beam scattering by large and absorbing particle using variable separation methods"

Shaped beam scattering and numerical computations are two very active domains of research in light interaction with particles. The shaped beams may invoke special effects when interacting with particles which are essence of many applications. The variable separation methods, typically the Generalized Lorenz-Mie theory, solve the problem rigorously, but the numerical evaluation of relevant physical quantities is always a challenge for practical applications. The talk will illustrate how to surmount these difficulties by combining physical, mathematical and algorithmic efforts. Sophisticated techniques will be presented to solve numerical problems arising in the calculation of the scattering and absorption properties, the internal and near fields, the radiation pressure and torque exerted on very large and strong absorbing particles illuminated by circular and elliptical Gaussian beams, Bessel and Doughnut beams. The talk will end with a short presentation of a software summarizing 20 years of research in this field. .
Renliang Xu

General Manager, Micromeritics China operation, Shanghai, China

"Laser scattering in particle characterization: application perspective"

The talk will be focused on recent advancement in laser scattering instrumentation, the standardization of several scattering technologies, and the applications in various fields of particle characterization.
P. Zemanek

Institute of Scientific Instruments of the ASCR, Acad. Sci. of the Czech Republic, Brno

"From optical tweezers to optically self-arranged and propelled microstructures"

Basics of optical forces will be mentioned together with their most frequent applications. Force interaction between several illuminated particles will be described (optical binding) and its utilization for creation of optically bound structures will be demonstrated.


  • Draft

The preliminary program is now available (download the draft program).

Draft program


Authors: contributions and special issue

  • Conference papers
  • Special issue papers: JQRST

The submission and selection procedures are closed. All selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings (with ISBN).

There will be three kind of presentations during this 14th edition:

  • 6 Keynote lectures (invited talks of 40 minutes, including 5 minutes for questions),
  • 60 regular presentations (20 minutes, including 5 minutes for questions)
  • 50 posters (special session and award)

Publication: special issue of JQRST

A special issue is planned for publication in Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (Guest editors : Prof. Gérard Gouesbet, Prof. Marc Brunel). This special issue will consist only of full-size papers documenting research either reported at the conference or pertaining to the main topics of LIP2014. Extended abstracts of conference presentations will not be considered. Each submission will be thoroughly reviewed by at least two independent referees to ensure that all accepted manuscripts satisfy the highest standards of scientific quality adopted for JQSRT. Again, this will be a special topical issue of JQSRT rather than a conference proceedings.

Our goal is to have the entire special issue published in less than 12 months after the conference. This implies a tight review and production schedule. You can submit your manuscript by going to : http://ees.elsevier.com/jqsrt/. You will need to register in order to create a personal account unless you have it already. The submission process it quite straightforward, but one aspect of it is especially important. Specifically, please select the paper category called “LIP2014” to make sure that your manuscript is flagged as an LIP2014 submission and is not misplaced.


  • Important dates
  • Regular participants
  • Exhibitors & Sponsors
  • Procedure

Early registration opens............................January 1st, 2014

Late registration after...............................May 1st, 2014

There are 3 categories for the registration fees (in Euros, all taxes included, and depending on whether it is an early or a late registration):
  • Student (Master, Ph.D)..... .: 400/450
  • Academic & industry.............: 600/650
  • Accompanying person(1).....: 75/75

Regular registration fees include: the Conference attendance, book and electronic copy of the conference abstracts, lunches and coffee breaks mentioneed on the program, LIP 2014 excursion and social dinner.

(1) Gala dinner, excursion and reception dinner.

One important objective of this conference series is the development of the relations between the academic, the industrial and business communities. Thus, three packages are offered to companies willing to sponsor this conference or, to exhibit their products and services (instrumentation, scientific publishing, etc.) during the conference.

Proposed packages:

  • Pack S (300 Euros - all taxes included): brochures & flyers are included in the conference bags plus one double sided color page advertisement in the conference proceedings (template). Your company logo appears on the conference proceedings and web site (up to Jul. 2015).
  • Pack B1 (900 Euros - all taxes included): Pack S + 1 regular participation + simple booth + 5 minutes to present your company during the dedicated plenary session.
  • Pack B2 (1100 Euros - all taxes included): Pack S + 1 regular participation + double booth + 10 minutes to present your company during the dedicated plenary session.

More details may be found in the flyer dedicated to sponsors & exibitors.

  • Step 1 - Pre-registration: you will be directed to a secured web site of the French National Center for Scientitic Research (CNRS), called 'azur-colloque'(1). Find the LIP2014 conference in the list and fill out(2) the pre-registration form by entering your personal information as well as your participant category (Academic or Industry, Student, Sponsor,...).

  • Step 2 - Confirmation and payment: After a few days you will receive a confirmation email permitting you to proceed with the payment of the registration fees via the same website. Your identification code is based on your "Last name", "First name" and "E-Mail", as specified during the pre-registration step. Note that registration fee payment by a credit card(3) (4) is the preferred payment method. No registration by cash or cheque will be accepted.

  After completing the registration procedure, you will receive by email a registration certificate (payment by credit card) or a purchase order (payment by bank transfer (3): the certificate will be sent to you once payment has been received)

(1) Azur-colloque may be found directlly at: http://dr12.azur-colloque.cnrs.fr
(2) Only with your professional address. These informations will be used to edit the bill, the receipt and the list of participants.
(3) Purchase orders or bank transfer will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances (contact us before).
(4) Registrations cancelled before July 25th, 2014, will be refunded 50% of the registration fees. Registrations cancelled after this date will not be eligible for a refund.



  • Conference venue
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • About the city
  • About the region
  • Map

The conference venue is the Campus St Charles of Aix-Marseille University (AMU). It is within two minutes walking distance from the main railway station of Marseille "Marseille St-Charles" which is also the stop of the airport shuttle as well as subways. Marseille St-Charles is about 10-15mn walking distance (or 2-4 subway stations) from the "Vieux-port" (old harbour) and the city centre where most hotels and restaurants are located.

images   Address:

  • 3 Place Victor Hugo, Marseille (13003)
  • GPS (+43° 18' 16.71"N, +5° 22' 42.59"E) or (43.304642, 5.378498)


From the International Marseille-Provence airport (MRS)

Every 20mn from 5h10 to 10h10 & from 18h10 to 00h10 and every 15mn from 10h25 to 17h55 there is a departure of a shuttle bus from "Marseille-Provence Airport" to Marseille train station (city center) "gare Saint-Charles". It takes usually 30/45 minutes and costs about 9 € to reach the railway station (map). The "Vieux-Port" and most central hotels are located within 20 mn walking distance or 10 mn by subway from St-Charles. The shutlle bus tickets can be purchased on-line.

At the airport you will also find many taxis and car rental companies to bring you to Marseille centre.

Bus shuttle

Attractive discounts on flights

As the official carriers of the LIP2014 conference, Air France & KLM offers attractive discounts on public fares. Use the website of www.airfranceklm-globalmeetings.com to access:

• the preferential fares granted for the conference,
• make your booking,
• issue your electronic ticket,
• select your seat.

Valid for participants and accompanying persons - from August 16th, 2014 to September 7th, 2014 (download the aggreement).
Event-code ID: 20761AF (at www.airfranceklm-globalmeetings.com)

Getting around in Marseille

You can use buses, tramways and subways (recommended) from the public transport company called "RTM". From the compagny website you can download several maps for subways and tramways. However, all these maps wil also be included in the conference bags. For your stay the best is probably to buy a ten travels card ("Carte 10 Voyages") at a subway station (electronic payment by credit card).

The Organizing Committee has selected a variety of accommodation arround the Vieux-Port (Old-Harbor) of Marseille. If you select other accommodation, please keep in mind the distance from Vieux-Port since the latter will be our meeting point for social events. It is also very advisable to book hotels as soon as possible because the period of conference is the peak season in Marseille!

    Intercontinental InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu
1 Place Daviel, 13002 Marseille
Ph : (+33) (0) 4 13 42 42 42
Price starts at 275€
    Sofitel Sofitel- Marseille Vieux-Port
36 Boulevard Charles Livon, Le Pharo - Îles du Frioul, 13007 Marseille
Ph : (+33) (0) 4 91 15 59 00
Price starts at 185€
    Grand Tonic Hotel Grand Tonic Hotel Marseille
43 Quai des Belges, 13001 Marseille
Ph : (+33) (0)4 91 55 67 46
Price starts at 82€
    Alizée Hotel Alizée
35 Quai Des Belges, 13001 Marseille
Ph : (+33) (0)4 91 33 66 97;
Price starts at 89€
    Hermes Hotel Hermes
2 Rue Bonneterie, 13002 Marseille
Ph : (+33) (0)4 96 11 63 63
Price starts at 89€
    NewHotel New Hotel Vieux Port
3 bis, rue Reine-Elisabeth, 13001 Marseille
Ph : (+33) (0)4 91 99 23 23;
Price starts at 85€
    Edmond Rostand Hotel Edmond Rostand
31 rue Dragon, 13001 Marseille
Ph : (+33) (0)4 91 37 74 95
Price starts at 80€
    Hermes Kyriad Marseille Centre Paradis-Prefecture
115 et 117, rue Paradis, Castellane et Préfecture, 13006 Marseille
Ph : (+33) 4 96 10 06 10
Price starts at 72€
    IBIS Vieux Port Hotel Ibis Budget Marseille Vieux Port
46 rue Sainte, 13001 Marseille
Ph : (+33) (0)8 92 68 05 82
Price starts at 62€
    IBIS Vieux Port Première Classe Marseille Centre Ville
13 Rue Lafon, Castellane et Préfecture, 13006 Marseille
Ph : (+33) (0)8 92 68 05 82
Price starts at 62€
    Appart'City Marseille Euromed Appart'City Marseille Euromed
118-120 rue de Ruffi, 13003 Marseille
Ph : (+33) 0)4 57 38 37 13
Price starts at 39€!
    Hotel Montgrand Hotel Montgrand
50, rue Montgrand, 13006 Marseille
Ph : (+33) (0)4 91 00 35 20;
Price starts at 60€

The ratio confort/price fluctuates strongly for 2 and 3 stars hotels.
Additional information for french researchers: this hotel can be reserved via Simbad website.
Close to a tramway or subway station but at 10-15 minutes walking distance from the Vieux-Port.
Close to a tramway or subway station but at 25-35 minutes walking distance from the Vieux-Port.
Small appartements (with a µ-kitchen), may be convenient for an accompanying person or for vacations.

Located on the southeast Mediterranean coast of France, Marseille is the capital of the state "Provence-Alps & French Riviera (PACA)" and the second largest city in France, after Paris, with a population of 853,000. The urban area and metropolitan area of Marseille extends beyond the city limits (and notably towards the old university town of "Aix-en-Provence", with a population of around 1.6 million [wiki].

  • Corniche J.F. Kennedy (cliff road)
  • Vallon des Auffes (typical small fishing port)Château d'If (Monte-Cristo castle)
  • Palais du Pharo (Napoleon III 'gift' to the Empress Eugenie)
  • Vieille charité (almshouse dedicated to Our Lady, Mother of Charity)Notre Dame de la Garde (Our Lady of the Guard)
  • Marseille Cathedral (Cathédrale de la Major)
  • Palais Longchamp (water castle)
  • MuCEM (Museum of Civilisations from Europe and the Mediterranean )
  • Euroméditerranée (New business district)

Marseille is sometimes considered as the oldest city in France, as it was founded in 600 BC by Greeks from Phocaea as a trading port under the name "Massalia (or Massilia)". The city's main thoroughfare, the wide boulevard called the "Canebière, stretches eastward from the "Vieux Port" to the "Réformés" quarter. Two large forts flank the entrance to the "Vieux-Port" & "Fort Saint-Nicolas" on the south side and "Fort Saint-Jean" on the north. Further out in the Bay of Marseille is the "Frioul" archipelago which comprises four islands, of which, If, is the location of "Château d'If", made famous by the Alexandre Dumas novel "The Count of Monte Cristo". To the south west are the hills dominated by the famous basilica of "Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde".

Marseille has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm to hot, mostly dry summers. July and August are the hottest months, averaging temperatures of around 30 °C (86 °F) during the day and 19 °C (66 °F) at night.

If you want to swim..., the easiest way is via the "Corniche J.F. Kennedy" (cliff road). Take bus no. 83 starting from the "Vieux Port", direction "Rond Point du Prado". Depending on the traffic, after 15-30mn, hop off at the "Prado" beaches, near the reproduction of the "David" (statue) of Michelangelo. The metro line 2 to "Rond Point du Prado" and the bus no. 19 will also take you to "Escale Borély" and "la Pointe Rouge" for beaches bordered by bars and restaurants.

Provence is a geographical region and historical province of southeastern France which extends from the left bank of the lower "Rhône" river on the west to the Italian border on the east, and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the south [wiki]. The Romans made the region into the first Roman province beyond the "Alps" and called it "Provincia Romana", which evolved into the present name.

  • View of Porquerolles island (near Toulon)
  • Calanque d'En-Vau (steep-walled inlet near Cassis)
  • Calanque de Sormiou (steep-walled bay near Marseille)
  • Pink flamingos in Camargue (western Europe's largest river delta)
  • Cistercian Abbey of Sénanque (with lavender field)
  • Countryside near Valensole
  • Mont Ventoux (Provence's highest peak)
  • Sheeps on Lure mountain (second highest peak)
  • Pont du Gard (Ancient Roman aqueduct bridge, 1st AD)
  • Square house of Nîmes ( of the best preserved Roman temples, 1st AD)
  • Roman amphitheatre of Nîmes (two annual bullfights)
  • Tarascon Castle on the Rhône River (early 15th century)
  • Medieval city and bridge of Avignon: residence of catholic popes and the famous song
  • Medieval city of Aigues-Mortes (Departure to the Crusades)
  • Place Albertas in Aix-en-Provence
  • Cezanne's painting of 'Montagne Sainte-Victoire'

In 1309, Pope Clement V, moved the Roman Catholic Papacy to Avignon (North of Provence). From 1309 until 1377, seven Popes reigned in Avignon before the Schism between the Roman and Avignon churches, which led to the creation of rival popes in both places. At that time the Palais des Papes was the largest gothic palace in Europe. In 1481, Provence became a province of the Kings of France. In the 19th and 20th centuries, many of the most famous painters in the world converged on Provence, drawn by the climate and the clarity of the light.The special quality of the light is partly a result of the "Mistral" wind, which removes dust from the atmosphere, greatly increasing visibility.
The "Garrigue" is the typical landscape of Provence; is a type of low, soft-leaved scrubland or chaparral found on limestone soils around the Mediterranean Basin. Most of Provence has a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers, mild winters, little snow, and abundant sunshine. However there are micro-climates and local variations, and local variations, ranging from the Alpine climate inland from "Nice" to the continental climate in the northern "Vaucluse".

Conferences sites, highlights of Marseille and Provence
Click here for a bigger map with pictures (by M. Sentis)


  • Secretariat of the Conference
  • Last update


IUSTI - UMR n°7343 CNRS/Aix-Marseille Université
Polytech'Marseille-Dept. Mécanique-Energétique
Technopôle Château Gombert - 5. r. Enrico Fermi
13453 Marseille cedex 13, France
Ph:(+33) 4 91 10 68 82 / Fax:(+33) 4 91 10 69 69
Email for the conference: contact@lip2014.eu

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