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EPS Council 2020: Luc Bergé is the next EPS President-Elect

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 9 June 2020

The 2020 Council meeting of the European Physical Society [EPS] took place on 29 May 2020. The EPS Secretariat organised the meeting on-line, allowing more than 70 people to participate in the meeting. The EPS President, Petra Rudolf, summarised the activity of the EPS and its Committees, Divisions and Groups. The accounts for 2019 were presented by the EPS Honorary Treasurer, Frances Saunders.

The two candidates for President-Elect, Luc Bergé (FR) and Zsolt Fülöp (HU), also presented their programmes to the EPS Council delegates. The EPS is pleased to announce that Luc Bergé has been elected as the next EPS President-elect. He will take up office as the President of EPS in April 2021, when the term of the current President, Petra Rudolf, comes to an end. The EPS warmly thanked Zsolt Fülöp, for standing as a candidate.

Luc Bergé graduated in mathematics and physics from the Universities of Toulouse and Paris-Sud, Orsay, France. In 1989, he received his PhD in theoretical physics, devoted to the strong Langmuir turbulence in laser-driven fusion plasmas. In 1990, he was employed as research scientist at CEA (French Commission for Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies). Working first on parametric instabilities in plasmas, he then turned to nonlinear optics in 1995. In 1997, he passed his Habilitation thesis on wave collapse in physics. He next devoted his research to the filamentation of ultrashort laser pulses in transparent media and related properties such as supercontinuum generation and pulse self-compression, which he pioneered in the early 2000. More recently, Luc Bergé focused his scientific activities on terahertz pulse generation induced by femtosecond pulses in gases. With his team he is exploring new ways to produce energetic THz waves by using ultra-intense laser pulses. Also involved in experimental efforts on innovative detection methods, Luc Bergé coordinates the French ANR project ALTESSE, which is devoted to ultrabroadband terahertz spectroscopy of molecules.

Luc Bergé’s research activities have been expressed in about 150 articles, six book chapters and 170 conferences (100 invited). He was elected Fellow of The Optical Society (OSA) in 2009, EPS Fellow in 2016, Fellow of the European Optical Society (EOS) in 2018 and Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in 2019. He received the DGA-Young Researcher Prize in 1997, the second Bull-Fourier Prize in 2012 and the 2018 Gentner Kastler Prize jointly attributed by the German and French Physical Societies. He is Director of Research at CEA Direction Ile de France, where he is heading a laboratory dedicated to radiation-matter interaction. Luc Bergé served as Chair of the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of the EPS until 2017. He was General coordinating Chair of the conference CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2015. Elected a member of the Executive Committee of the EPS, he was in charge of its Associate Membership policy and of the Equal Opportunities Committee. He co-created the Letokhov Medal awarding exceptional achievements in laser-matter interaction in partnership between the EPS and the Russian Academy of Sciences.


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