1st Joensuu Conference on Coherence and Random Polarization

Electromagnetic Optics with Random Light

June 3–6, 2014, Joensuu, Finland

Within the last two decades, partial coherence and partial polarization have attained a remarkable interest among the optical-physics community. In particular, the vector nature of light has been found to act as a matchmaker in the intimate relationship between the coherence and polarization. Hence it is natural to deal with both in the same topical meeting. The current conference, Electromagnetic Optics with Random Light, may be seen as a continuation of The ICO Topical Meeting on Polarization Optics and Koli Workshop on Partial Electromagnetic Coherence and Polarization, that were organized in Polvijärvi in 2003 and Koli in 2009, both within a short distance from Joensuu. Our aim is to continue this tradition, and hence we boldly nominate the conference as "1st Joensuu Conference on Coherence and Random Polarization".

The main purpose of the conference is to gather the leading scientists around the world to present newest results on the broad topic of partial electromagnetic coherence and polarization of light. In addition to the scientifically appealing program, we expect to have lively discussions on the conference topics during the social programs, such as the boat trip to the Lake Pyhäselkä.


Important Dates
Abstract deadline: March 31
Registration deadline: April 30
Hotel booking due date: April 30
Conference dates: June 3–6



Tero Setälä (Conference chair)
Jani Tervo (Co-Chair)
Jari Turunen (Co-Chair)
Ari T. Friberg (Co-Chair)
Hannele Karppinen (Conference Secretary)
Timo Vahimaa (Webmaster)


Confirmed Speakers

Franco Gori
Philippe Refregier
Colin Sheppard
Carlos Fernandez-Pousa
Victor Torres-Company
Taco Visser
Olga Korotkova
Bernhard J. Hoenders
Jesus Lancis
Wolfgang Elsaesser
Goery Genty
Ivan Vartanyants
Manuel Nieto-Vesperinas
Jose Jorge Gil
Juan P. Torres
Gunnar Björk
Miguel Alonso
Rosario Martinez-Herrero
P. Scott Carney
George Barbastathis
Laura Waller
Andriy Schevchenko 
Remi Carminati
Sergey Ponomarenko
Vasudevan Lakshiminarayanan
Itamar Vidal
Omar Gamel
Shawn Divitt
John Schotland
Sergei Popov
Mayukh Lahiri

(Univ. Roma Tre, Italy)
(Fresnel Institute, France)

(Italian Inst. of Tech. Genova, Italy)
(Univ. Miguel Hernández, Spain)
(Chalmers Univ. of Tech., Sweden)
(Delft Univ. of Tech. & Vrije Univ. Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
(Univ. Miami, USA)
(Univ. Groningen, The Netherlands)
(Univ. Jaume I, Spain)
(Tech. Univ. Darmstadt, Germany)
(Tampere Univ. of Tech., Finland)
(DESY, Germany)
(Univ. Autonoma de Madrid, Spain)
(Univ. Zaragoza, Spain)
(IFCO, Spain)
(Royal Inst. of Tech., Sweden)
(Univ. Rochester, USA)
(Univ. Complutense Madrid, Spain)
(Univ. Illinois, USA)
(MIT, USA & Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ., China)
(Univ. California, USA)
(Aalto Univ., Finland)
(ESPCI ParisTech, France)
(Dalhousie Univ., Canada)
(Univ. Waterloo, Canada)
(Federal Univ. of Paraiba, Brasil)
(Univ. of Toronto, Canada)
(ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
(Univ. Michigan, USA)
(Royal Inst. of Tech., Sweden)
(Univ. Rochester, USA)


Final program can be found here.

Monday, June 2


Welcome Reception


Tuesday, June 3


Session 1: Novel Light Sources


Lunch break


Session 2: New Imaging Techniques


Conference Dinner


Wednesday, June 4


Session 3: Light in Nanostructures


Lunch break


Session 4: Fundamentals of Optical Coherence


Poster Session


Thursday, June 5


Session 5: Coherence and Polarization of Quantum Light


Session 6: Polarimetry and 3D Polarization


Lunch break


Social Program: Pyhäselkä Cruising


Evening Program


Friday, June 6


Session 7: Applications of Electromagnetic Coherence and Polarization


Closing Ceremonies



Registration and Fees
The registration deadline is April 30. The fee (240 €) for participants includes:

  • Lunches and coffee breaks at the conference site
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Welcome Reception on Monday, June 2nd
  • Conference Dinner on Tuesday, June 3rd
  • Workshop Excursion on Thursday, June 5th

The fee for accompanying persons is 120 €. It includes:

  • Welcome Reception on Monday, June 2nd
  • Conference Dinner on Tuesday, June 3rd
  • Workshop Excursion on Thursday, June 5th

Please download and fill in the registration and payment form, and send it in pdf format to hannele.karppinen@uef.fi.


Abstract Submission
Abstract submission deadline is March 31. Templates for two-page abstracts are available in Word and LaTeX formats. Color figures are allowed in one page of the abstract. Submit your abstract by e-mail to the conference mailbox coherence2014@uef.fi. Please attach:

  • Two-page abstract in pdf format and
  • The source file(s), i.e., the Word document or LaTeX file + figures



Joensuu can conveniently be reached by plane, train, or car from Helsinki.

There are several daily connections between the Helsinki-Vantaa airport (the main hub in Finland) and Joensuu. The flight time to Joensuu is around one hour. Please consult your travel agency for up-to-date information.

Train or car
The land connection between Helsinki and Joensuu takes around four or five hours. Participants who arrive by plane to Helsinki, and who like to continue by train to Joensuu, may either go to Helsinki City train station (e.g. by airport bus) or to Tikkurila train station (e.g. by taxi). Please see http://www.vr.fi/en/ for timetables and for online tickets.


The conference site is located at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu campus. There are a number of hotels within a walking distance to the conference site. The organizers have blocked rooms at special rates (valid till April 30) in

Hotel Cumulus
Single room: 96.85 € / night
Double room: 117.03 € / night
Prices include buffet breakfast
Tel: +358 13 511 2100
Use the code "Coherence 2014" to benefit from the special rates
Note: Online booking form cannot be used to reserve rooms at special rates

Hotel Vaakuna
Single room: 99.80 € / night
Double room: 119.10 € / night
Prices include buffet breakfast
Tel: +358 10 7823100
Use the code "Coherence 2014" to benefit from the special rates
Note: Online booking form cannot be used to reserve rooms at special rates

Other hotels in downtown (no special rates)
Hotel Aada http://www.hotelaada.fi/
Hotel GreenStar http://www.greenstar.fi
Hotel Kimmel http://www.sokoshotels.fi
Summer Hotel Elli http://www.summerhotelelli.fi (budget option e.g. for students)