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ERICE-SICILY: JULY 21-27, 2003

.:: A NATO Advanced Research Workshop ::.

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Sponsored by:

  • NATO Science Program
  • EC Network LOCNET
  • Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Sicilian regional Government
  • UNESCO Venice Office


Over the last decade a major advance of the theory of nonlinear excitations in discrete lattices is the discovery that some localized vibrations in perfectly periodic non-integrable lattices can be stabilized by lattice discreteness. This realization has led to extensive studies of intrinsic localization in various nonlinear nonintergrable lattices, and it proved to be a conceptual and practical breakthrough. In the literature these localized excitations are called either "intrinsic localized modes" (ILMs) with the emphasis on the fact that their formation involves no disorder, or "discrete breathers" (DBs) with the emphasis on their similarity to exact localized breather soliton solutions in nonlinear continuum theories.

This Advanced Research Workshop is intended to bring together in a workshop forum both junior and senior workers to discuss the common research topic of intrinsic localization of vibrational, atomic and spin energy, electric charge, electromagnetic energy and magnetic flux in nonlinear, spatially discrete systems from the theoretical, numerical, and experimental perspectives.

The Organizing Committee of the Workshop is composed of G. Benedek, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, A. R. Bishop, Los Alamos Natl. Lab., Los Alamos, NM, USA, S. Flach, MPI Dresden, Germany, V. Hizhnyakov, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, M. Peyrard, Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon, France, and A. J. Sievers, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.

This workshop will be held in conjunction with the final conference of the EC network LOCNET.

Topics include:

  • Nonlinear Lattice Dynamics/Intrinsic Localized modes
  • Intrinsic Localized Elementary Excitations
  • Intrinsic Localization in Electronic and Structural Materials
  • Nonlinear Photonic Crystals and Optical Waveguides
  • Discrete Nonlinear Schrodinger Equation
  • Quantum Breathers and their Interactions
  • Intrinsic Localized Modes in Micromechanical Arrays
  • Breathers in Josephson Junctions
  • Localized Energy Transport in Biopolymers
  • Structure and Nonlinear Excitations in Bose-Einstein Condensates

Speakers include:

  • S. AUBRY, CEA Saclay, France
  • M. BARTHES, University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France
  • A. R. BISHOP, Los Alamos Natl. Lab., NM, USA
  • P. L. CHRISTIANSEN, Technical University Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
  • S. FLACH, Max-Planck Institut, Dresden, Germany
  • L. M. FLORIA, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza. Spain
  • V. HIZHNYAKOV, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
  • Y. S. KIVSHAR, Australian Natl. University, Canberra, Australia
  • A. M. KOSEVICH, Natl. Academy of Sciences, Kharkov, Ukraine
  • A. S. KOVALEV, Inst. of Low Temperature Phys. & Eng., Kharkov, Ukraine
  • R. LIVI, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
  • R. S. MacKAY, University of Warwick, Coventry, England
  • B. MALOMED, University of Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • J. B. PAGE, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
  • M. PEYRARD, Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon, France
  • M. SALERNO, University of Salerno, Baronissi, Italy
  • A. J. SIEVERS, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
  • S. TAKENO, Osaka Institute of Technology, Osaka, Japan
  • N. THEODORAKOPOULOS, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece
  • G. P. TSIRONIS, University of Crete, Greece
  • A. USTINOV, University of Nurnberg, Germany


Interested candidates should send a letter to:

Professor V. Hizhnyakov,
Institute of Theoretical Physics
University of Tartu, Tahe 4
Tartu, EE2400, ESTONIA
e-mail: hizh@eeter.fi.tartu.ee

  1. full name(s), address, age, nationality;
  2. academic qualifications, present position and affiliation and/or a short CV
  3. their specific interest in the Workshop.
Junior participants should enclose a letter of recommendation from the group leader or the director of their institution.
Travel form is coming around May 15, 2003.


V. Hizhnyakov - A.J. Sievers
G. Benedek
A. Zichichi

Last updated: July 6, 2003