Halo Bibliography Extended to Celestial Light Sources

<a href="http://www.halo-bibliographie see this site.net/service/halos_faint_objects.html”>At this 2010 meeting of The Color and Light in Nature Conference Rainer Schmidt introduced a comprehensive bibliography of halo observations, particularly those reported before the internet age. As of earlier this month there were 9719 entries in this invaluable resource. You can find out more about that project by reading the English description he presented at the conference.

Recently Rainer has announced a new section/service of the website which extracts and goes into greater depth, with quotations and comments, those entries of the bibliography pertaining to halos generated by celestial light sources. Due to the difficulty in observing these phenomena, there are few documented sightings listed so far. Your submissions for entries missed in the bibliography are desired, see the contact information listed on the website.

The Optics of Life: A Biologist’s Guide to Light in Nature

Sönke Johnsen, a long time member of our group and associate professor of biology at Duke University, has recently published an accessible, humorous, and practical introduction to understanding and measuring light. Officially aimed at biologists, it would be useful to anyone who wants a less mathematical and more intuitive introduction to the field additional resources. It also has a distinctly phenomenological bent and some nice photos. Here is the official blurb:

Optics–a field of physics focusing on the study of light–is also central to many areas of biology, including vision, ecology, botany, animal behavior, neurobiology, and molecular biology. The Optics of Life introduces the fundamentals of optics to biologists and nonphysicists, giving them the tools they need to successfully incorporate optical measurements and principles into their research. Sönke Johnsen starts with the basics, describing the properties of light and the units and geometry of measurement. He then explores how light is created and propagates and how it interacts with matter, covering topics such as absorption, scattering, fluorescence, and polarization. Johnsen also provides a tutorial on how to measure light as well as an informative discussion of quantum mechanics.

The Optics of Life features a host of examples drawn from nature and everyday life, and several appendixes that offer further practical guidance for researchers. This concise book uses a minimum of equations and jargon, explaining the basic physics of light in a succinct and lively manner. It is the essential primer for working biologists and for anyone seeking an accessible introduction to optics.

The book is now available in both hardcover and paperback and is published by Princeton University Press.

Publisher’s Information Page
Chapter 1 [PDF]
Amazon Link

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2013 Conference

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CLICK HERE for the agenda (updated 25 June 2013)

The 2013 conference will be held during 5-8 August 2013 at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks (Fairbanks, Alaska). Click here for the call for papers. Click HERE for registration.

The registration fee is $250 per person. This covers the following:

  • meeting registration
  • coffee/snack breaks each day
  • lunches on August 5, 6, and 7
  • icebreaker social on Monday evening (Aug 5), at the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks campus (museum entrance fee included)
  • Riverboat Discovery excursion and dinner on evening of Tuesday, August 6
  • Expedition on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 8, to nfl jerseys shop the Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks, where rockets are launched and remote sensing instruments are used to study the Aurora Borealis, noctilucent clouds, etc. (a van is available to transport a limited number of participants).

Accompanying persons can attend both the Monday evening icebreaker social and the riverboat excursion for $50. Registration will be available online soon (meanwhile, you may submit abstracts via email).

Reduced registration – an electronic system will be available shortly where you can request travel assistance and a reduced registration rate of $50 for students and some presenters needing partial support.


For attendees of the 2013 Light and Color in Nature conference, a hotel group rate has been set up through Fountainhead Hotels in Fairbanks. Please use LICN813 at any of the following hotel locations to receive the listed reduced rate:

Bridgewater Hotel $139
Wedgewood Resort $159
Sophie’s Station $169
Bear Lodge $159

Please note that the group rate will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations should be made as soon as possible, as August is during the peak tourism season and hotel space will fill up quickly.

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