Dear Colleague,

It is my great personal privilege and pleasure, as Conference Chairman, to inform you about the Fourth International Conference "Frontiers of Nonlinear Physics" and to invite you to attend it and to make it a great scientific event. The Conference will be held on board a comfortable boat cruising from Nizhny Novgorod up the Volga river and further to St.-Petersburg from July 13 through July 20, 2010.

Nizhny Novgorod
the Volga river

Like the three previous FNP conferences held in 2001, 2004 and 2007, FNP 2010 will be focused on the hot topics of nonlinear dynamics and its most advanced applications to physical systems of different origins. Our previous conferences clearly demonstrated that, in spite of wide diversity of the specific problems and their origins, nonlinear physics still unifies the interrelated fields of modern science. Nonlinear approaches and techniques provide a powerful research tool to study different processes ranging from nonlinearities in laser-matter interactions to nonlinear phenomena in environment or in the astrophysical objects.

Coming back to the last FNP 2007 Conference (www.fnp.sci-nnov.ru/2007), we would like to emphasize the set of its focus issues such as coherent phenomena in quantum systems; optoelectronics and THz physics; nonlinear physics of the ultrahigh-power laser and high-field optics; nonlinear phenomena in high-energy plasma; weak turbulence, flows and solitons in fluid dynamics; nonlinear acoustics and freak waves in the upper ocean;  nonlinear problems in astrophysics and cosmology. More than150 scientists from 18 countries took part in the Conference. The plenary talks were given by world-famous experts and provided a good opportunity to catch up the most recent results and trends from neighboring areas.
In spite of the limited number of participants, most of the key problems of modern nonlinear physics were presented convincingly. A nice opportunity for a broad exchange of knowledge from different fields and the informal atmosphere of the river cruise itself stimulated, no doubt, new links between scholars. This positive experience is a good stimulus for us to hold the next FNP Conference as a multi-topical meeting aimed at discussing the state-of-the-art in the studies of nonlinear phenomena of a broad nature.
We also schedule a special program of sightseeing in Russian historical centers on the cruise route and a set of social events. The prospective boat is a comfortable 4-deck river liner, and the route itself is planned to be very interesting, along the upper Volga to the Russian North (Onega and Ladoga lakes) and further along the Neva river to St.-Petersburg. This could be a unique occasion for many participants to get familiar with both, the Russian history and nature.

If you intend to take part in the Conference and if it does not interfere with your schedule for the next year, please fill in and return to us the enclosed Pre-registration Form.

I am looking forward to seeing you at FNP 2010.

Conference Chairman

Alexander Litvak
Institute of Applied Physics
Russian Academy of Science
Nizhny Novgorod

Contact the Conference Chairman: fnp@appl.sci-nnov.ru