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ALC ’17
11th International Symposium on Atomic Level Characterizations
for New Materials and Devices ’17
December 3 (Sun) – 8 (Fri), 2017
Aqua Kauai Beach Resort, Kauai, HI, USA
(Current date/time: April 30, 2017 / 17:55 JST)

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Important Dates

Abstract (<150 words) Deadline: June 23 (Fri), 2017
Preliminary Program: July 28 (Fri), 2017
Early Registration Deadline: September 22 (Fri), 2017
Proceedings (duty*) Deadline: October 13 (Fri), 2017
Hotel Reservation Deadline: October 31 (Tue), 2017
(Subject to availability)
Symposium: Dec 3 (Sun) - 8 (Fri), 2017
SIA/e-JSSNT Deadline: January 12 (Fri), 2018
* Authors submitting no proceedings manuscripts will be judged to have withdrawn their papers.

About ALC Symposia

The series of international symposia entitled “Atomic Level Characterization (ALC)” started in 1996 with the meeting in Kyoto, Japan under the auspices of the 141st Committee on Microbeam Analysis of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The ALC symposia focus on practical applications of atomic level characterization (both atomic dimensions and energy levels) of new materials and devices, including bio- and organic materials as well as inorganics. Descriptions of new applications and instrumentation for various analytical techniques of surface and interface analysis are solicited in these symposia. The goal is to promote stimulating discussions among researchers specializing in different probe methods. The symposium also encourages discussion of fundamental problems to be solved in the further development of atomic level characterization of materials, including approaches based on theory and simulations.

The 2nd ALC symposium was held at Maui (Hawaii) in 1997, the 3rd one at Nara (Japan) in 2001, the 4th at Kauai (Hawaii) in 2003, the 5th Kailua-Kona (Hawaii) in 2005, the 6th at Kanazawa (Japan) in 2007, the 7th at Maui (Hawaii) in 2009, the 8th at Seoul (Korea) in 2011, the 9th at Kona (Hawaii) in 2013, and the 10th at Matsue (Japan) in 2015. It is time to gather again for ALC'17, which is planned to be held in Kauai, Garden Island in Hawaii.

The official language of the symposium is English.

Scientific Topics

The sessions will cover the following topics:

  1. Fundamental Phenomena
  2. Characterization by Electrons / Ions / Infrared / Ultraviolet / X-rays
  3. Imaging Techniques
  4. Applications for Nanotechnology
  5. Advanced Materials Characterization
  6. Special Sessions
  7. Tutorials

Invited Speakers

in preparation...

Committee Members

International Advisory Committee

Y. Homma (chair)
E. Bauer, C.S. Fadley, H. Freund, T. Gustafsson, H. Ibach, J. Kirschner, T. Koshikawa, H. Lichite, J. Matsuo, S. Morita, H. Neddermeyer, Y. Nihei, C. Oshima, C.J. Powell, H. Rose, Y. Saito, M. Scheffler, C. Schneider, W.-D. Schneider, R. Shimizu, G.A. Somorjai, G. Thornton, P. Varga, D.B. Williams

Organizing Committee

Y. Saito (chair)
M.S. Altman, F. Aumayr, H. Daimon, K.-H. Ernst, D. Fujita, K. Goto, T. Gustafsson, H. Hibino, A. Ichimiya, S. Ichimura, H.J. Kang, J. Kawai, K. Kimura, T. Kohashi, T. Koshikawa, M. Kudo, A. Locatelli, G. Mizutani, K. Morita, Y. Nihei, K. Obori, R.Oiwa, C. Oshima, A.K. Schmid, M. Setou, H. Shimoyama, S. Suzuki, Y. Takakuwa, S. Taniguchi, Y. Takai, S. Tanuma, Y. Watanabe, J.F. Watts, W. Widdra, H.W. Yeom, H. Yurimoto

Steering Committee

J. Matsuo (chair)
K. Obori (vice-chair) / R. Oiwa (vice-chair) / S. Shiraki (vice-chair)
T. Hayasaka (secretariat) / H. Nakahara (secretariat) / S. Ninomiya (secretariat) / S. Suzuki (secretariat)
Y. Abe, S. Awata, H. Daimon, K. Dohmae, Y. Goto, S. Hashimoto, Y. Hori, S. Imashuku, T. Imazawa, H. Ishii, H. Iwai, T. Jach, S. Kakehashi, Y. Kawano, M. Kiuchi, A. Kurokawa, H. Masudome, H. Murata, S. Nagai, M. Nojima, E. Nomura, M. Owari, Y. Sakai, T. Sakamoto, J. Sameshima, H. Sawaragi, K. Shiozawa, I. Sugimoto, A Takano, T. Takeuchi, K. Tanaka, S. Taniguchi, K. Yanagiuchi, J. Yoshii

Finance Committee

T. Sato (chair)
S. Awata (vice-chair) / K. Sasakawa (vice-chair) / R. Oiwa (vice-chair)
K. Miyazaki, E. Nomura, Y. Ominami, K. Shingu

Program Committee

H. Yurimoto (chair)
Y. Takai (vice-chair) / K. Yanagiuchi (vice-chair)
H. Hibino (advisor) / T. Koshikawa (advisor) / C. Oshima (advisor)
S. Nagai (secretariat) / K. Tanaka (secretariat)
K. Asakura, T. Hasebe, T. Hirayama, J. Kawai, K. Kimura, T. Kohashi, S. Morita, T. Nagatomi, S. Tanuma

Publication Committee

T. Yasue (chair)
G. Mizutani (vice-chair) / M. Takeguchi (vice-chair)
S. Aoyagi (secretariat) / F. Matsui (secretariat)
Y. Fujii, S. Ichimura, A. Kurokawa, R. Shimizu, S. Suzuki

Call for Papers

We encourage the submission of papers describing work related to the symposium topics. Each contributor should submit a talk title, brief abstract (text only, within 150 words) and contact information via the ALC'17 web site by an application deadline shown below. The program committee will make a decision to accept or reject titles by July 28, 2017, and the decision will be announced by e-mail to each author. The submitted brief abstract will be appeared on a program book.

All accepted authors are then required to submit 2-6 pages of camera-ready manuscripts for the proceedings. Authors submitting no proceedings manuscripts will be judged to have withdrawn their papers. The book of proceedings is not a publication. The books are handed out at the registration desk only to the participants. See “Proceedings” page for details of preparation and submission of manuscript for proceedings.

Accepted authors can also submit papers to reviewed journals (see “Reviewed Journals” page).

Students and young scientists can apply to the student awards and/or the excellent presentation awards at the same time as an application. See “Student Awards” and “Excellent presentation Awards” pages for instructions.

Authors who needs a financial support can apply to the travel support at the same time as an application. See “Support for Young Scientist” page for instructions.

Abstract Deadline (Regular Papers)

Abstract submission site will be opened at April 1, 2017.
June 23 (Fri), 2017

Abstract Submission

New Application

If you are new to submit presentation information, click on the [New Application] button below. A confirmation e-mail will be sent just after the submission, which includes uploaded information and an ID number. Before an application, be sure that the secretariat e-mail (alc17(AT)jsps141.surf.nuqe.nagoya-u.ac.jp; here ‘@’ is replaced by ‘(AT)’) does NOT filtered by your e-mail software.

Revise Submitted Information

To revise the submitted information, put your application ID (the ID number which was given upon application) and the registered e-mail, then click on the [Revise Submitted Information] button below.

Revisions of the submitted information should be made before the abstract deadline. Revisions sent after the deadline will be ignored.

Your Application ID:
E-mail (should be the same as submitted):

Manuscripts for Proceedings

All authors of accepted contributions and invited speakers are asked to submit a 2-6 pages of camera-ready manuscript for proceedings by deadline described below. No distinction will be made between oral and poster presentations. The proceedings will be published by electronic version (in USB memory) and will be handed out at the registration desk.

Authors submitting no proceedings manuscripts
will be judged to have withdrawn their papers.

There is no reviewing for the proceedings and the distribution of the book is only limited to participants of the symposium and members of the 141st Committee on Microbeam Analysis (the symposium sponsor).

Authors can also submit papers to a reviewed journal for publication (see “Reviewed Journals” page).

Proceedings Deadline

October 13 (Fri), 2017

How to Prepare a Manuscript for Proceedings

2 to 6 pages of camera-ready manuscript must be in clear English and typed within a rectangle 170 mm wide by 240 mm high (left/right/top/bottom margins of 20/20/27/30 mm) on A4 paper (NOT US letter). The required format is:

Templates for a Camera Ready Manuscript

You can use one of the following templates for preparation of a manuscript for proceedings.

How to Submit a Manuscript for Proceedings

Put your application ID (the ID number which was given upon application) and the registered e-mail, then click on the [Submit a Manuscript] button below. If you submit a manuscript twice, the last one overwrites the prior one.

Your Application ID:
E-mail (should be the same as submitted):

Manuscripts for Reviewed Journals

Selected papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of “Surface and Interface Analysis” (SIA; Wiley) or “e-Journal of Surface Science and Nanotechnology” (e-JSSNT; SSSJ).

i. Special issue of Surface and Interface Analysis (SIA)
This is a traditional hard copy journal published by Wiley InterScience. This option is offered only for a paper with the maximum page length of 4 journal pages (about 4000 words) for contributed papers and 6 journal pages (about 6000 words) for invited ones including figures and tables. Figures and tables should be counted as 250 words equivalent each at normal size. Abstract should not exceed 250 words. Since the pages of the special issue are limited, the publication committee will select papers to be accepted in SIA. The paper will be published according to a normal publication procedure of SIA (see http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1096-9918. Only a corresponding author in the issue can receive a free issue copy.
ii. e-Journal of Surface Science and Nanotechnology (e-JSSNT)
This is a non-paper version of scientific journal published by the Surface Science Society of Japan. There are no page limitations and use of color figures. All the papers including review papers will be peer-reviewed, and will be published in the e-JSSNT web site soon after being accepted. Detailed information of e-JSSNT can be found at http://www.sssj.org/ejssnt/.

Authors can submit the same contents as the proceedings, however, submission format should follow respective instructions of journals which you want to submit.

SIA/e-JSSNT Deadline

January 12 (Fri), 2018

Details of the paper preparation/submission for reviewed journals will be announced here by the end of November 2017.

Presentation Instructions

Instructions for Oral Presentations

A PC projector is available for oral presentations. Please bring your own laptop and connect it to our system during a break time prior to the session featuring your presentation. Since the projector has a normal VGA connector (analog RGB), do not forget to bring a VGA adopter if your PC has a non-VGA (i.e. HDMI, DVI, mini DisplayPort etc.) connector. Please note that overhead projectors, 35mm slide projectors or any other presentation equipment is NOT available.

Presentation Duration

Instructions for Poster Presentations

When preparing your poster, please include a program number, a title of your presentation and listed author(s). A sign with your program number will be placed at the location where you are to display your work.

Presenters are requested to be present at (or near) their poster during the times scheduled for poster viewing. Posters must be removed following your session by the presenting authors. Please note that we cannot take responsibility for any posters left on the boards after the session. Posters will be removed and discarded by the conference committee if they remain on the poster boards the next morning after the poster session.


Registration & Payment

Registration Fees

Registration fees are listed in the table below.

  Early Registration
(until September 22)
Late Registration
(after September 23)
Regular Participant ¥50,000 ¥60,000
Student Participant * ¥25,000 ¥30,000
Accompanying Person ¥12,000 ¥12,000

* If you are registered as a student, please bring your student ID at the registration desk for confirmation.
† Fees for children of age less than or equal to 6 years old are waived, however, registrations are required.

The regular and student registration fee includes a participation fee, a book of abstracts, a digital version of proceedings (USB memory), and a manuscript submission fee. None of social program (mixer, lunch, excursion and banquet) fees are included in the regular and the student fees. However, ALC participants can attend these social programs for free of charge with subsidies from our sponsors. The accompanying person registration fee only includes the social programs.

Cancellation Policy

In the event of cancellation of registration, 50% of registration fee will be refunded if the cancellation notice was received by September 24, 2017 (the bank transfer fee shall be borne by the participants). No refund will be made if the cancellation notice was received after September 25, 2017. It should be noted that all refunds will be made after the symposium.

On-Line Registration

Details of the on-line registration procedure will be announced here by the end of July 2017.

Off-Line/On-Site Registrations are NOT acceptable!

Both of off-line and on-site registrations are NOT acceptable. All participants should be registered via the registration site. Even if you want to register at the symposium site, you must access to the registration site and pay on-line. Paying by cash is not accepted.

Hotel Reservation

in preparation...


Excellent Presentation Award

The Excellent Presentation Awards are designed to encourage scientists under 40 years old (rough guideline) on October 2017 to present their work. The award will be given to a limited number (around 5) of applicants.

The applicant must be the first author of the presentation. To apply for the Excellent Presentation Award, please check off an item "Apply to the Excellent Presentation Awards" when you submit your abstract.

The deadline is the same as that for the regular application, June 23 (Fri). You can also apply for the student award if you are a student, but you will not win both.


The program committee will announce the winners at the banquet. Each winner will receive prize money the same price as the registration fee. Winners must submit a manuscript for SIA (Surface and Interface Analysis).

Student Awards

The Student Awards are designed to encourage students to present their work. The award will be given to a limited number (around 5) of students.

The applicant must be the first author of the presentation. To apply for the Student Award, a letter of application, 1 page of abstract and a recommendation from your supervisor must be prepared. An application without supervisor recommendation will not be accepted. The application form, including the abstract and the recommendation, can be written in English or Japanese. A written form must be saved in a PDF format and should be sent together with a presentation application. A template file for an application can be downloaded below.

The deadline is the same as that for the regular application, June 23 (Fri). You can also apply for the excellent presentation award, but you will not win both.

The program committee will announce the winners on the website by the end of August. Each winner will receive ¥25,000, which is only available to winners who attend the symposium and submit their manuscript to the special issue of Surface and Interface Analysis (SIA). Note that winners must still pay the registration fee. The winners will give short oral presentations (5 min each) at the Symposium.

Templates for an Application to the Award

You can use one of the following templates for an application.

Travel Support for Young Scientists

A limited number of partial travel support is available for researchers under 40 years old (rough guideline) on December 2017. Only those who are accepted for paper presentation and have financial difficulty in traveling will be considered for the support. Students are ineligible for this support (students can apply to the Students Awards).

The applicant must be the first author of the presentation. To apply for the Travel Support, a letter of application, 1 page of abstract and a statement of reason must be prepared. A written form must be saved in a PDF format and should be sent together with a presentation application. A template file for an application can be downloaded below.

The deadline is the same as that for the regular application, June 23 (Fri).

The steering committee will strictly judge whether the application should be accepted or not, and a notification will be sent by an e-mail to the applicant by the end of August.

Accepted authors receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to ¥50,000 in cash, only available at the registration desk and are obligated to submit their manuscript to the special issue of Surface and Interface Analysis (SIA).

Templates for an Application to the Support

You can use one of the following templates for an application.


Scientific Program

Time Slot of the Symposium
(TENTATIVE)

Time/Date Dec. 3 (Sun) Dec. 4 (Mon) Dec. 5 (Tue) Dec. 6 (Wed) Dec. 7 (Thu) Dec. 8 (Fri)
Morning Plenary Plenary Tutorial Plenary Oral
Oral Oral Oral
Afternoon Oral Oral Free Oral
Evening Mixer Poster Poster Banquet Oral

Social Programs

Mixer (Welcome Reception)

Dec 3 (Sun), 2017; 18:00-20:00
(tentative)

All participants can attend the mixer for free with subsidies from our sponsors, however, you and your accompanying persons need a reservation to attend the mixer via the registration web site. Place of the mixer will be announced at the registration desk.

Group Photo

The group photo will be taken after the tutorial session on Wednesday morning. Details about the group photo will be announced at the registration desk.

Banquet

Dec 6 (Wed), 2017; 18:00-21:00
(tentative)

All participants can attend the banquet for free with subsidies from our sponsors, however, you and your accompanying persons need a reservation to attend the banquet via the registration web site. Place of the banquet will be announced at the registration desk.

Excursion

Instead of the excursion program, no scientific session will be scheduled on Wednesday afternoon.

Symposium Venue

ALC'17 will be held at Aqua Kauai Beach Resort located in Kauai, Hawaii, USA. Kauai is geologically the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. You can find useful information on Aqua Kauai Beach Resort and Kauai Island in the following URLs.

Location, Transportation and Climate

Aqua Kauai Beach Resort located on the eastern shores of the gorgeous Garden Isle, about 5 km from Lihue Airport on Kauai Island. Beautiful 25-acre property is nestled in an oceanfront country setting and centrally located near Lihue. The “Garden Island” of Kauai is the furthest north of Hawaii's main islands, making it slightly cooler than the others.

The typical summer daytime high is in the range of 28-30 °C, the nighttime low is typically 21-22 °C, and the fall temperatures are only slightly different from those in the summer.


Sponsors & Supports

Host Organization

Joint Sponsor

Call for Exhibitions and Advertisements

Sponsorship of the ALC’17 comes with the opportunity for substantial exposure to a focused audience. Details of the sponsorship are described in the application form below.

If you would like to be a sponsor, please download the application form below and follow the instruction described in it. Contact address of the corresponding person is also written in the application form. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

— English Version —
Details and Application Form for Exhibitors (PDF: 389KB)

— Japanese Version —
Details and Application Form for Exhibitors (PDF: 526KB)

Exhibitions & Advertisements

Gold Sponsors

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Financial Supports

Supports

Links to the Previous ALC Symposia

Contact Address

Secretary of ALC’17 Steering Committee
   Susumu SHIRAKI
   Nippon Institute of Technology, JAPAN
   e-mail: alc17(AT)jsps141.surf.nuqe.nagoya-u.ac.jp
             (‘@’ of the e-mail address is replaced by ‘(AT)’)
             (Do NOT attach a file to an e-mail to the secretary)

JSPS Logo Sponsored by The 141st Committee on Microbeam Analysis
of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)