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The 2016 prizes of the EPS Plasma Physics Division are announced

Posted By Administration, 26 May 2016
Updated: 26 May 2016

The EPS Plasma Physics Division (EPS PPD) recognises outstanding research in plasma physics with several prizes.

The 2016 Hannes Alfvén Prize is awarded to

  • Sergei Bulanov, National Institute for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, Japan and A.M. Prokhorov, Institute of General Physics of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia and
  • Hartmut Zohm, Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Germany
    “for their experimental and theoretical contributions to the development of large-scale next-step devices in high-temperature plasma physics research”.

The 2016 EPS Plasma Physics Innovation Prize is awarded to

  • Klaus-Dieter Weltmann Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Germany and
  • Thomas von Woedtke, Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Germany
    “for their pioneering work in the field of plasma medicine”.

The 2016 EPS Plasma Physics Division PhD Research Award goes to

  • Bastien Bruneau (LPICM, France) for his PhD thesis on the “control of radio frequency capacitively coupled plasma asymmetries using Tailored Voltage Waveforms”,
  • Arnaud Colaitis (CELIA, France) for his PhD thesis on a “multiscale description of the Laser-Plasma Interaction, application to the physics of shock ignition in Inertial Confinement Fusion” and
  • Natasha Jeffrey (U. Glasgow, United Kingdom) for her PhD thesis on the “spatial, spectral and polarization properties of solar flare X-ray sources”.

The 2016 APS-EPS Landau Spitzer Award is awarded to

  • John Berkery (Columbia University, USA),
  • Steven Sabbagh (Columbia University, USA),
  • Yueqiang Liu (CCFE, UK), and
  • Holger Reimerdes (EPFL, CH)

“for their seminal joint research providing key understanding and quantitative verification of global mode stability in experimental high performance tokamak plasmas, based on drift-kinetic MHD theory, and made possible by strong and essential partnership between Europe and the USA”.

The prize ceremony will take place during the annual conference of the Division that will take place in Leuven (Belgium) from 4-7 July 2016. Click here for details about the conference.

More information can be found on the website of the EPS Plasma Physics Division.

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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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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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EPS Fellows 2016

Posted By Administration, 05 April 2016

The EPS has distinguished following members as EPS Fellows 2016:

  • Luc Bergé, French Commission for Atomic Energy, CEA, Paris, FR
    For his outstanding theoretical contributions to the wave propagation in nonlinear media and for his service to the European Physical Society.
  • Eberhard Bodenschatz, Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization Göttingen, DE
    For contributions to the dynamics of pattern formation, thermal convection and in particular to Lagrangian turbulence, as Editor in Chief of the New Journal of Physics, and his role promoting opportunities for European researchers.
  • Reinhard Brinkmann DESY Hamburg, DE
    For his outstanding leadership and achievements in accelerator physics and technology, including ground-breaking solutions for modern free-electron lasers and linear colliders based on super-conducting accelerator technology and the success of longitudinally polarized electron beams in the HERA collider.
  • Sydney Galès, Institut de Physique Nucléaire, Orsay, FR
    For his decisive contributions to the strategic roadmaps taken on national and international level with regard to the important orientations related to the physics of the nucleus, and to the associated accelerator and instruments technologies.
  • Victor Malka, Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée Palaiseau, FR
    For his major contributions for the development of compact laser-plasma accelerators, and for their innovative applications for science (ultra fast phenomena, accelerators physics) and society (medicine, radiobiology, chemistry and material science).
  • Karlheinz Meier, Kirchhoff Institute for Physics, Univerity of Heidelberg, DE
    For substantial service to the particle physics community, exceptional contributions in bringing physics to bear in other disciplines, especially neuromorphic computing, and his commitment to inspire young scientists.

More information about the EPS Fellows and the complete list of citations can be found at:

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EUROPHOTON: the call for papers is now open

Posted By Administration, 08 March 2016

The 7th EPS-QEOD EUROPHOTON CONFERENCE on "Solid-State, Fibre, and Waveguide Coherent Light Sources" will take place from 21 - 26 August 2016 in Vienna,  Austria. The call for papers is now available on line.

The deadline for abstract and summary submission is 21 April 2016 (a 50-word abstract and a one page summary in pdf format). 

The Conference programme includes:

  • a two-days Summer School on "Frontiers of Solid State Light Sources"
  • the main Conference on "Solid-State Lasers & Fibre and Waveguide Devices"
  • a half-day Special Symposium on "Novel Laser-matter Interaction Regimes"
  • a Table-top Exhibit for Laser and Photonics related companies increasing their visibility and promoting their new products among attendees. 

The conference is organised by the Technical University of Vienna and the European Physical Society [EPS] in cooperation with its Quantum Electronics and Optics Division [QEOD].

More details to appear at:

Pencil the 7th Europhoton Conference on Solid-State, Fibre and Waveguide Coherent Light Sources.

Looking forward to meeting you in Vienna, 

Andrius Baltuska, Technical University of Vienna, Austria - General Chair
Ömer Ilday
, Bilkent University, Turkey - Progamme Chair
Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh
, The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Barcelona, Spain - Programme Chair SSL
Johan Nilsson
, University of Southampton, UK - Programme Chair FWD

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Astrid Lambrecht was awarded the Gentner-Kastler Prize 2016

Posted By Administration, 01 February 2016
Updated: 01 February 2016

Astrid Lambrecht was awarded the Gentner-Kastler Prize 2016.
Read the presse release in French (Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel):
or in German (webite of the DPG):

Astrid Lambrecht is member of the EPS, member of EPL’s Advisory Board and member of the German Physical Society (DPG).

More about the Gentner-Kastler Prize on Wikipedia (DE).

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2016 Lise Meitner Prize: Call for Nominations

Posted By Administration, 02 November 2015

The call for nominations for the 2016 Lise Meitner Prize is now open.
See this web page for further information:

Deadline for submission of nominations: 31st January 2016.

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EPS Edison Volta Prize 2016: Call for nominations

Posted By Administration, 23 October 2015

Nominations are now open for the Edison Volta Prize of the European Physical Society [EPS]. The award – intended to promote excellence in research – will be given in recognition of outstanding research and achievements in physics.

The EPS Edison Volta Prize is given biennially to individuals or groups of up to three people. The award consists of a diploma, a medal, and €10,000 in prize money.

The Prize was established in 2011 by the Fondazione Alessandro Volta, EDISON S.p.A. and the EPS. It has been awarded for the first time in 2012.

The Prize Selection Committee is composed of:

  • the EPS President
  • an EPS Division or Group Chair
  • an EPS Honorary Member
  • a Representative of an EPS Associate Member institution
  • a Representative of Centro Volta.

Nominations for the EPS Edison Volta Prize 2016 should include:

  • personal details about the nominee(s), including biographical statements
  • citations highlighting the work of the nominee(s)
  • up to three statements of support from individuals who are familiar with such.

The deadline for nominations is extended to 31 January 2016.

For more information, in particular to read the Prize Charter, and for the detailed procedure for nominations, please visit the European Physical Society webpage.

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