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EUROPHOTON 2016 - Postdeadline Submission Open Until 1 July 2016

Posted By Administration, 24 May 2016

Dear Colleagues,

The postdeadline submission for the Europhoton 2016 is now open and possible until FridayJuly 1st, 08:00 PM (GMT+1, local time on site). Only oral submissions will be accepted.

For postdeadline paper submission, topical information and preliminary program, please visit the offical site of the conference:


Europhoton 2016 will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of world-renowned researchers and scientists, industrials, and students to discuss the latest breakthroughs in the field. The conference will feature high-quality scientific presentations and invited speakers from a wide range of topics, including:




Keynote Speaker: 

Scott Diddams, NIST, USA 

Advances in optical frequency combs and their applications

Invited Speakers:

Dietmar Kracht, Lazerzentrum Hannover, Germany 

High-power single-mode cw lasers for gravitational wave detection

Xavier Délen, Institute of Optics, France 

High-power single-crystal fiber amplifiers

Guina Mircea, Tampere University, Finland 

Progress in development of gain and saturable absorber mirrors for semiconductor disc lasers

Peter Schunemann, BA Systems, USA

Advances in nonlinear optical materials for mid-infrared solid-state laser sources

G. K. Samanta, Physical Research Laboratory, India

Structured laser beams and novel applications 




Keynote Speaker: 

Siddharth Ramachandran, Boston University, ECE Department, Photonics Center, Boston, MA, USA

Intermodal nonlinear fiber optics: a new pathway to power scalable sources

Invited Speakers: 

Olivier Vanvincq, Université Lille 1, France

Active and passive solid-core microstructured fibers for laser applications

Thomas Gottschall, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

All-fiber optical parametric oscillator for bio-medical imaging

Pu Zhou, National University of Defense Technology, China 

Multi-kW-level near-diffraction-limited coherent polarization beam combining of fiber laser sources

Tso Yee Fan, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, USA

Beam combining of fiber amplifiers

Jean-Emmanuel Broquin, L'Institut de Microélectronique Electromagnétisme et Photonique et le Laboratoire d'Hyperfréquences et de Caractérisation (IMEP-LaHC), France

Rare-earth-doped waveguide amplifiers and lasers (tentative title)




Franz Kaertner, University of Hamburg, Germany

THz Linear Acceleration and Compact X-ray Sources

Robin Marjoribanks from University of Toronto, Canada

Energy partition and dynamics of absorption and ablation in burst-mode (>100 MHz) ultra-fast pulsed laser ablation in biotissues


Chris Barty, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, USA

Giulio Cerullo, Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Fisica, Milano, Italy

Micro/nanostructuring with ultrashort laser pulses

See Leang Chin, Center for Optics, Photonics and Laser (COPL)
Laval University, Quebec City, Canada

Femtosecond laser filamentation and some applications

Paul B. Corkum, Joint Attosecond Science Laboratory, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Attosecond technology: exploiting extreme nonlinear optics

Altamantas Galvanauskas, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

High Brightness Fiber Laser Technologies

Ursula Keller, Department of Physics, Institute for Quantum Electronics, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM)

During Europhoton 2016 the second Prize for Research in Laser Science and Applications will be awared.


We look forward to welcoming you in Vienna. You will find more details on the conference programme on the website at:

The EPS Conferences Department,

The conference is organized by the Technical University of Vienna and the European Physical Society in cooperation with its Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD).

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2016 EPS CMD Europhysics Prize

Posted By Administration, 23 May 2016

The prize is awarded every 2 years by the Condensed Matter Division of the European Physical Society for outstanding achievement in condensed matter physics.

The European Physical Society Condensed Matter Division is proud to announce that the 2016 EPS CMD Europhysics Prize is awarded to

  • Peter Böni
  • Aleksandr N. Bogdanov
  • Christian Pfleiderer
  • Achim Rosch
  • Ashvin Vishwanath

“for the theoretical prediction, the experimental discovery and the theoretical analysis of a magnetic skyrmion phase in MnSi, a new state of matter.”

Discovery of a Skyrmion Phase in MnSi

Initially proposed as a model for hadrons in a mesonic field theory in particle physics, skyrmions have recently been discovered in magnetic systems thus establishing the existence of a new state of matter. Such structures exhibit a topological Hall effect and can be moved by currents much smaller than those required to displace domain walls thus opening the door to applications in data storage.

This nomination is in support of an exemplary collaboration of both theoretical and experimental groups on a most intriguing magnetic state of topological nature: a magnetic skyrmion crystal. In the remarkable pioneering studies by the nominees, this state was first proposed theoretically and subsequently discovered by neutron scattering in MnSi and its features have been impressively analyzed theoretically.

Magnetic skyrmions are spin textures on length scales of tens of nanometers that behave like particles. Similar to a vortex in a superconductor, a skyrmion cannot be unwound without creating discontinuities. This topological stability is reflected by a nonzero topological index also known as the skyrmion number.

Prior to the theoretical work by A.N. Bogdanov and co-workers [1, 2], conventional wisdom stated that skyrmions cannot spontaneously form as ground states in magnetic materials. It thus came as a considerable surprise that these authors were able to demonstrate that skyrmion lattices may spontaneously form in noncentrosymmetric magnetic systems if longitudinal fluctuations of the magnetization are facilitated. MnSi was proposed as one of the suitable candidates for such a scenario as it exhibited strong longitudinal magnetization fluctuations and the absence of a centre of inversion may result in a Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya contribution to the Hamiltonian.

Independently of these authors, A. Vishwanath and co-workers [3] theoretically proposed the existence of a “helical spin crystal” in MnSi, motivated by its enigmatic high-pressure phase. These authors also showed that the resulting skyrmion spin crystal can be interpreted as a multimode superposition of helical spin spirals. In subsequent work, Vishwanath and co-author also predicted the existence of a topological Hall effect resulting from a fixed phase relationship of these spin spirals, a phenomenon which has subsequently been verified in Ref. [4].

These theoretical proposals were taken up by a team around C. Pfleiderer, P. Böni, and A. Rosch, building on their respective expertise in transport properties of unconventional phases in MnSi, neutron scattering on noncollinearly ordered magnetic systems, and the provision of visionary theoretical support. Resulting from this combined expertise, the team was able to identify and theoretically explain the novel skyrmion phase in MnSi. The first experimental evidence for the existence of a skyrmion crystal in MnSi was provided by small angle neutron scattering (SANS) [5]. The SANS diffraction pattern was consistent with a hexagonal skyrmion lattice which was interpreted as a triple wavevector state. While prior theoretical work suggested the exclusive stability of a conical helical state in a field, the authors demonstrated within a sophisticated theoretical analysis in Ref. [5] that the thermodynamic fluctuations around the skyrmion crystal were fundamental in stabilizing the observed skyrmion crystal.

While highly suggestive of a skyrmion crystal, the SANS results did not yet unambiguously prove a fixed phase relationship between the spin spirals. To settle this issue, C. Pfleiderer, P. Böni, A. Rosch and co- workers investigated the Hall effect in Ref [4]. The observed Hall resistivity showed an additional contribution, in quantitative agreement with a Berry-phase induced emergent magnetic field originating from the nonvanishing skyrmion number of the topologically nontrivial skyrmion lattice.

Finally, C. Pfleiderer, P. Böni, A. Rosch and co-workers demonstrated that skyrmions can be manipulated similarly to other magnetic topological defects such as domain walls. Applying currents that were more than five orders of magnitude weaker than those used in similar experiments on domain walls, the authors observed a distinct rotation of the skyrmion lattice. This demonstrates the extraordinarily weak pinning of the skyrmion lattice and opens the door to manipulation of skyrmions in related systems.

This unique effort led by this group of theorists and experimentalists has resulted in the identification of a new state of matter that has literally created a “skyrmion-boom” in the condensed matter community. Not only have skyrmions also been identified in a larger class of systems, but also explicit proposals emerged to use skyrmions instead of domain walls for racetrack-type memory technologies. It is testament to the excellent work by P. Böni, A.N. Bogdanov, C. Pfleiderer, A. Rosch, A. Vishwanath that skyrmions have become such an exciting field of current research and they highly deserve the EPS CMD Europhysics Prize 2016.

Publications relevant for this nomination

[1] U.K. Rössler, A.N. Bogdanov, C. Pfleiderer, Spontaneous Skyrmion Ground States in Magnetic Metals, Nature 442, 797 (2006).

[2] A.N. Bogdanov , D.A. Yablonskii, Thermodynamically Stable “Vortices” in Magnetically Ordered Crystals – The Mixed State of Magnets, Sov. Phys. JETP 68, 101 (1989).

[3] B. Binz, A. Vishwanath, V. Aji, Theory of the Helical Spin Crystal: A Candidate for the Partially Ordered State of MnSi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 207202 (2006).

[4] A.Neubauer, C. Pfleiderer, B. Binz, A. Rosch, R. Ritz, P.G. Niklowitz, P. Böni, Topological Hall Effect in the A-Phase of MnSi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 186602 (2009).

[5] S. Mühlbauer, B. Binz, F. Jonietz, C. Pfleiderer, A. Rosch, A. Neubauer, R. Georgii, P. Böni, Skyrmion Lattice in a Chiral Magnet, Science 323, 915 (2009).

[6] F. Jonietz, S. Mühlbauer, C. Pfleiderer, A. Neubauer, W. Münzer, A. Bauer, T. Adams, R. Georgii, P. Böni, R.A. Duine, K. Everschor, M. Garst, A. Rosch, Spin Transfer Torques in MnSi at Ultralow Current Densities, Science 330, 1648 (2010).

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EPS Emmy Noether Distinction: nominate an outstanding physicist

Posted By Administration, 19 May 2016
Updated: 19 May 2016

In 2013, the European Physical Society [EPS] launched the Emmy Noether Distinction to recognize noteworthy women physicists.

Emmy Noether was an influential theoretical physicist, and a role model for future generations of physicists. The laureates of the Emmy Noether Distinction are chosen for their capacity to inspire the next generation of scientists, and especially encourage women to handle careers in physics.

The previous prizes were awarded to:

  • Prof. Sibylle Günter, IPP, Germany (2015)
  • Prof. Anna Fontcuberta i Morral, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland (2015)
  • Prof. Anne L’Huillier, Faculty of Engineering, LTH in Lund, Sweden (2014)
  • Dr. Alessandra Gatti, Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnologies [IFN-CNR], Como, Italy (2014)

  • Prof. Nynke Dekker, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands (2013)
  • Dr. Rumiana Dimova, MPI Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany (2013)

The EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics is awarded twice a year. The selection committee, appointed by the EPS Equal Opportunities Committee, will consider nominations for female scientists working in Europe.

To make a nomination, please email the following information to the EPS Secretariat:

  • A cover letter, detailing (in no more than 3 paragraphs) the motivation for awarding the Emmy Noether distinction to the nominee;
  • The nominee’s name, institution and email;
  • The nominee’s résumé;
  • The nominator’s name, institution, and email.

    Download the distinction charter.
    Read more about the Emmy Noether distinction on the EPS website.

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    Prof. Ulf-G. Meißner wins the 2016 EPS Lise Meitner Prize

    Posted By admin, 17 May 2016
    Updated: 17 May 2016

    The Lise Meitner Prize is awarded biennially by the European Physical Society for outstanding work in the fields of experimental, theoretical or applied nuclear science.

    The 2016 Prize Laureate is:

    • Prof. Ulf-G. Meißner, Universität Bonn and Forschungszentrum in Jülich, Germany

    "for his developments and applications of effective field theories in hadron and nuclear physics, that allowed for systematic and precise investigations of the structure and dynamics of nucleons and nuclei based on Quantum Chromodynamics."

    The prize consists of a Medal, a Diploma with the above citation, in addition to a cash award.

    The Lise Meitner Prize is sponsored by:

    • The Karin and Carlo Giersch Foundation
    • The KVI Centre for Advanced Radiation Technology, Groningen
    • The Nuclear Physics Institute Research Centre, Jülich
    • The Institute of Nuclear Physics, Orsay
    • The GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt
    • The 3rd European Nuclear Physics Conference, Groningen, 2015.

    The prize medal and the diploma will be presented to Prof. Meißner at a scientific meeting on Advances in Effective Field Theories to be held in Jülich later in the year.

    More information about the Lise Meitner Prize and the EPS Nuclear Physics Division can be found on the division's website.

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    Nominations for the EPS Liquid Matter Prize

    Posted By Administration, 17 May 2016

    Dear Colleague, 

    In 2017, the Liquids Section of the EPS Condensed Matter Division will award the European Physical Society’s Liquid Matter Prize. The prize will be awarded to a single person who has made outstanding contributions to the science of liquid matter in the experimental or theoretical area and who is still active in research.  The award may be given for pure or applied research. 

    The prize will be awarded during the 10th Liquid Matter Conference to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 17–21 July 2017. We would appreciate receiving your suggestions for deserving candidates. The nomination must include a short citation and a brief description of the main achievements of the candidate. 

    Nominations should be sent by email to the Chair of the Prize Jury, Professor Igor Musevic, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia, no later than 1 June 2016. 

    With best regards, 

    Igor Musevic
    Chair of the Prize Jury and LMC 2017 conference

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    CMD26: deadline for abstract submission extended to May 14th, 2016

    Posted By Administration, 10 May 2016
    Updated: 10 May 2016

    This is the final week for abstract submission to CMD26 - Condensed Matter in Groningen.
    Please see
    for abstract submission in the following CMD26 Minicolloquia / Topical Sessions :

    1. Complex oxide interfaces
    2. Mesoscopic superconductivity and quantum circuits
    3. From topological materials to topotronics
    4. Molecularly functionalized low dimensional systems
    5. Quantum One-Dimensional Systems
    6. Nanoporous materials and nanotubes – fabrication, characterisation and applications 
    7. X-ray spectroscopy of correlated oxides
    8. Experimental and Computational techniques to investigate Proteins: folding, aggregation and Chaperones<
    9. Understanding and tuning the mechanical properties of defective graphene
    10. 2-Dimensional Electron Systems in Complex Oxides
    11. Excitons in Condensed Matter
    12. Multiferroics, Skyrmions and Electric Control of Magnetism
    13. Quantum-dot solids and functional nano-assemblies
    14. Condensed Matter Science in Porous Frameworks: Metal-Organic Frameworks, Covalent-Organic Frameworks & Zeolites
    15. Theory and simulation of two-dimensional materials
    16. Thermoelectric materials  
    17. Casimir force: From fundamental science to technology
    18. Geometric 2-D semiconductors
    19. Magnons, Phonons, and their Interactions
    20. Ultrafast Electron and X-ray Science
    21. Functional molecules on surfaces
    22. Theoretical spectroscopy: extending the ab-initio landscape
    23. Catalytic surface science
    24. Physics of protein nanoshells
    25. Anomalous transport in crowded cells and soft matter   
    26. Nanoscale quantum optics
    27. Granular Materials
    The 26th Conference of the Condensed Matter Division will be held in Groningen, the Netherlands, from September 4th through 9th, 2016. As the two-yearly rendez-vous of CMD, CMD26 follows up on CMD25 - Condensed Matter in Paris 2014, and reconducts a large number of the colloquia that were held there. CMD26  will encompass all areas of Condensed Matter Physics, from soft matter and biophysics to correlated electron systems.
    CMD26 Confirmed invited plenary and semi-plenary  speakers:
    Daniel Bonn (Amsterdam)     
    Anna Fontcuberta y Morral (Lausanne)
    Ricardo Garcia (Madrid)
    Ray Goldstein (Cambridge)
    Ewa Gorecka (Warsaw)
    Frank Koppens (Barcelona)
    R.J. Dwayne Miller (Hamburg)
    Elisa Molinari (Modena)
    G. Sawatsky (Vancouver)
    Tanja Schilling (Luxembourg)
    Nicola Spaldin (Zürich)
    Jean-Marie Tarascon (Paris)


    For more information on CMD26 please visit the conference webpage We believe that CMD26 will represent a lively occasion to share research results as well as providing networking and collaboration opportunities. We look forward to welcoming you in Groningen !

    Further links :

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    VII EPS Forum Physics and Society: "Getting the Diversity Balance Right in Physics"

    Posted By Administration, 10 May 2016

    VII EPS Forum Physics and Society
    "Getting the Diversity Balance Right in Physics"
    26-28 October 2016, Institute of Physics, London, United Kingdom


    The VII EPS Forum Physics and Society will take place from 26-28 October 2016 at the Institute of Physics in London, United Kingdom. It is organised by the European Physical Society in collaboration with the Institute of Physics.

    Details on the venue can be found at:

    An optional visit to the Science Museum, South Kensington, London, is organised on Wednesday 26 October 2016.

    The on line registration will open soon.

    The VII Forum will focus on the perennial problem that is faced by many member countries, namely the lack of girls studying physics beyond age 18 and the lack of women working, particularly at the higher levels, in physics related careers.

    The following topics will be discussed:

    • How different is the diversity problem in physics across Europe?
    • How can employers gain business advantage by recruiting and retaining a more diverse workforce?
    • How can informal learning encourage under represented groups to study physics?
    • How important are families and schools in supporting under represented groups into physics careers?

    The meeting will welcome Keynote and Invited Speakers. Registration fees of 300€ (for regular) and 200€ (for students) include meals (lunch for both dates, coffee breaks and sessions).

    More information can be found on the website of the FPS.

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    ECHOPHYSICS - submission deadline extended to 7 May 2016

    Posted By Administration, 29 April 2016

    Echophysics, the 2nd International Conference on the History of Physics, will take place in Pöllau, Austria, from 5-7 September 2016.

    The deadline for submission of papers is extended to 7 May 2016. 

    Visit the conference website for complete information:

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    Echophysics - deadline for paper submission 28 April 2016

    Posted By Administration, 25 April 2016

    Echophysics, the 2nd International Conference on the History of Physics, will take place in Pöllau, Austria, from 5-7 September 2016.

    The deadline for submission of papers is Thursday 28 April 2016. 

    Visit the conference website for complete information:

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    Research in Laser Science and Applications Prize 2016 - open nominations

    Posted By admin, 13 April 2016

    European Physical Society - Quantum Electronics and Optics Division - Prizes 2016

    Research in Laser Science and Applications Prize 2016


    The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD) of the European Physical Society is presently soliciting nominations for their biennial prize in ‘Research in Laser Science and Applications’ to be presented at the 2016 Europhoton Conference on Solid-State, Fibre and Waveguide Coherent Light Sources.  Details of the application procedure and information required are given below.

    Nominations are to be received online by April 15th, 2016 at the latest.

    The European Physical Society (EPS) Prize for Research in Laser Science and Applications is a major prize awarded on behalf of the European Physical Society through its Quantum Electronics Optics Division (QEOD). The prize is awarded every 2 years in recognition of recent work by one or more individuals (no more than three) for scientific excellence in the area of laser science and applications in its broadest sense.

    The work for which the individual(s) is (are) nominated must be such that a significant component of it was performed during the period 5 years prior to the award. In addition, the award will recognise research for which a significant portion of the work was carried out in Europe or in cooperation with European researchers, and may be given for either pure or applied research. 

    The award is accompanied by an engraved glass medal, a certificate, and a monetary sum of 2000 euros.

    The Prize Ceremony and Lecture will be highlights of the EPS Europhoton Conference in Vienna, Austria between the 21st and 26th August 2016.

    Nominations must include:

    * A cover letter provided by the nominator with proposed citation

    * A two-page summary of the significance of the work which is the subject of the nomination. For a nominated team of more than one person, the summary should clearly specify the individual contribution of each nominee, and when and where the work has been performed.

    * Nominee CV(s)

    * A list of publications covering the last five years (a few earlier articles particularly relevant for the nomination can also be included).  Five articles of most significance should be highlighted.

    * Up to three letters of endorsement of the nomination.

    Online Submission Details

    All material must be prepared in English and combined into either a single consolidated PDF file or a ZIP archive.  Please click the link below to access the submission site:

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