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The first 2019 Vladilen Letokhov Medal goes to Ferenc Krausz

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Monday 11 February 2019
Updated: Thursday 14 February 2019

The first 2019 Vladilen Letokhov Medal, jointly presented by the European Physical Society and the Russian Academy of Sciences is awarded to

  • Prof. Dr. Ferenc Krausz, Director of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) and Chair for Experimental Physics Laser Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich.

The prize is awarded to Prof. Krausz “for his contribution to the development of high-field laser physics, in particular for pioneering attosecond physics, through which real-time views of electron motion in atoms, molecules, and solids have become possible”.

Ferenc Krausz studied Electrical Engineering and Physics in Budapest, received his Ph.D. and Habilitation in laser physics at the Vienna University of Technology (VUT) in 1991 and 1993, respectively, where he became full professor in 1999. In Vienna, he and his co-workers were able, for the first time, to generate and measure light pulses of attosecond duration. Since 2004, he has been director at MPQ and chair of experimental physics – laser physics – at LMU Munich, in Garching, Germany. He also founded the Centre for Advanced Laser Applications (CALA) in Garching, which he leads as director. With his seminal advancements in few-cycle laser technology, Ferenc Krausz and his team have pioneered the generation and application of ultrashort, intense optical light pulses with tailored waveform. These permit to reproducibly generate isolated attosecond pulses, and – together with them – to probe electron motion in atoms, molecules, and solids on their natural, attosecond-femtosecond timescale. Among the exciting applications of his work is the possibility to implement light-wave driven electronics for scaling ultrafast information processing to the petahertz regime. Furthermore, Ferenc Krausz and his team made seminal contributions to the development of high-peak and high-average power ultrafast laser systems with tailored light fields. These enable the generation of well-controlled high-energy photons, electrons and ions for novel applications in cancer medicine. His most recent efforts focus on evaluating the potential of infrared molecular fingerprinting of blood for early cancer detection.

Ferenc Krausz is a highly-cited scientist and has been named as Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate (Thomson Reuters, 2015). He has been awarded numerous honours and is a member of a variety of national and international scientific associations, such as OSA, the German National Academy, Leopoldina, and the Russian Academy of Sciences.

More info about the Vladilen Letokhov Medal on the EPS QEOD website

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EPS Plasma Physics Innovation Prize 2019

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Monday 4 February 2019

The EPS Plasma Physics Innovation Prize 2019 for technological, industrial or societal applications of research in plasma physics is awarded jointly to

  • Professor Hana Barankova and

  • Professor Ladislav Bardos

both of the Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Hana Barankova and Ladislav Bardos have contributed significantly to the fundamental understanding, and to novel designs, of hollow cathodes and new processes leading to enhanced performance of functional thin films. Linear Arc Discharge (LAD) and Magnets in Motion (M-M) technologies have been patented, licensed, and adopted by industry. They have contributed significant novel work on environmental protection by the conversion of hazardous gases, and on the reduction of energy consumption in industrial processes  by means of plasma technology.

Among the several non-conventional high-density plasma sources which they invented or developed, the radiofrequency hollow cathode plasma jet (RHCPJ) deserves special mention. Their use of graphite cathodes has opened up new hybrid processes which combine plasma vapour deposition (PVD) and plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PE CVD). These have led to extremely high deposition rates, up to 2.5 microns per minute, of amorphous carbon coatings that have good adhesion to insulators, without an interlayer.

They have recently developed a new magnetron with a magnetised hollow cathode enhanced target, which can enhance the TiN deposition by 50% compared to the deposition rate of Ti. The resulting stoichiometric coatings exhibit very high micro-hardness (up to 31.4 GPa) and a dense structure comparable with that of HIPIMS films. These findings are of a significant interest for upgrading conventional magnetrons.

They have made significant contributions both in reduced pressure and atmospheric plasma hollow cathodes. They invented the fused hollow cathode (FHC) cold atmospheric plasma source, which has an integrated open structure with flowing gas. Combination of the hollow cathode plasma with the microwave antenna was used in a new hybrid hollow electrode activated discharge source (H-HEADS). International patents have been granted on gas and surface treatment by FHC and on H-HEADS. Both sources have been exploited in many applications, from the surface treatment of heat sensitive substrates to the sintering of powders.

Their work on gas conversion for environment cleaning is noteworthy. Results in NOx + air confirmed that plasma can act as a 100% oxidation catalyst, without any additives and without any further heterogeneous catalyst. The conversion of CO2 to glassy deposits was achieved, thus suggesting a path for CO2 fixation. They performed field experiments at Vattenfall AB Värme and verified the results in the real environment.

Hana Barankova and Ladislav Bardos are also currently working on the use of plasma for hydrogen production in liquids. Results from their novel plasma source design confirm the highly efficient production of a hydrogen rich (65%) synthesis gas, from ethanol-water mixtures. The energy corresponds to 7 kWH per 1 kg of  hydrogen. They continue this applied research, in cooperation with  industry, for the development of a hydrogen-on-demand concept using renewable electric energy. The system can be also used for production of high value chemicals from low value feeds.


More info on the website of the EPS Plasma Physics Division

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Open nominations for EPS-QEOD 2019 Prizes

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Friday 1 February 2019

European Physical Society - Quantum Electronics and Optics Division

The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) is soliciting nominations for the biennial Quantum Electronics and Optics Prizes, Fresnel Prizes and Thesis Prizes, which will be presented at the 2019 Edition of the CLEO/Europe-EQEC Conference in Munich, Germany, between Sunday 23 June and Thursday 27 June 2019.

Nominations are to be received on line by March 25th, 2019 at the latest.

EPS Quantum Electronics & Optics Prizes

Two Quantum Electronics & Optics prizes are awarded for outstanding contributions to quantum electronics and optics. There is one prize for fundamental aspects and another one for applied aspects.

Each Prize winner will receive a medal and 5000 Euro.

Fresnel Prizes 2019

Two EPS-QEOD prizes will be awarded for outstanding contributions to quantum electronics and optics made by young scientists before the age of 35 (as of December 31st, 2019). There is one prize for fundamental aspects and one prize for applied aspects.

The prize winners will each receive a medal and 2000 Euro.

EPS-QEOD Thesis Prizes 2019

Four EPS/QEOD prizes will reward excellence in PhD research and scientific communication in quantum electronics and optics related to a PhD thesis defended in the period June 2017 - June 2019.

The prize winners are each to receive a diploma and 1000 Euro.

Online Submission

All material must be prepared in English and combined into either a single consolidated PDF file or a ZIP archive. 

Please click the links below to access the submission site:

On behalf of the European Physical Society - Quantum Electronics and Optics Division

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Award of EPS Alfven Prize 2019 to Victor Malka and Toshiki Tajima

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Tuesday 8 January 2019

The EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize 2019 for outstanding contributions to plasma physics is jointly awarded to:

  • Professor Victor Malka, of the Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée of the CNRS/ENSTA-ParisTech/Ecole Polytechnique, France,  and the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel; and
  • Professor Toshiki Tajima, of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine, U.S.A.

Professor Malka is recognised for His major contributions to the development of compact laser-plasma accelerators, and to their innovative applications to science and society, which span ultra-fast phenomena, accelerator physics, medicine, radiobiology, chemistry and material science.”

Professor Tajima is recognised for His seminal, broad, and novel contributions to plasma physics and plasma-based accelerator physics, including the concept of laser wakefield acceleration.


Victor Malka is an international research leader in the field of laser-driven plasma accelerators. He was one of the first researchers to realize the potential of laser-driven particle and radiation sources, and has dedicated much of his research career to developing this subject.

His numerous world-leading achievements are frequently reported in leading international journals including Science, Nature, Nature Physics, and Physical Review Letters. He has more than two hundred scientific publications and has given more than two hundred invited lectures at international scientific conferences, workshops and summer schools. Prof. Malka’s most significant contributions to the field include: the production of the first relativistic electron beams in the wave breaking regime; leading one of the first experiments to demonstrate monoenergetic electron beam acceleration in a laser-plasma wakefield; the introduction of colliding laser pulse techniques for controlling electron injection and acceleration; and pioneering measurements on laser-plasma accelerators as a driver of high energy synchrotron radiation. His most recent work includes the first use of wide-band spectral coherent transition radiation to temporally characterise electron acceleration, leading to identification of a 1.5 femtosecond electron bunch. In addition, he has made important contributions to laser-driven ion acceleration, and he is a pioneer of the application of laser-plasma accelerators to address several societal challenges. For example, he collaborates with clinicians and industry to pursue medical applications, both in terms of imaging and cancer therapy.

Professor Malka has demonstrated scientific leadership in the field of laser-plasma accelerators at the highest level. He has initiated and coordinated many joint European projects, and shown leadership in shaping European strategy in this research field. He has served on numerous scientific committees, and collaborates widely with many internationally leading groups in the field. He is also passionate about training the next generation of researchers in laser-plasma physics; many of the sixteen PhD students whom he has supervised have received awards for their research achievements. Professor Malka has contributed to many summer schools, and has been very active in promoting plasma physics to the general public, in the popular press and in interviews.

Professor Victor Malka



Toshiki Tajima has exceptional scientific accomplishments. He is recognized, with the late John Dawson, as one of two inventors of the concept of laser wakefield acceleration (LWA). Their seminal scientific contribution on LWA was published in Physical Review Letters in 1979, and has been cited over four thousand times; his total citations exceed twenty-four thousand. These statistics eloquently express his work’s extensive impact on physics, together with its wider applications. LWA has been a transformational concept: both in the physics of high-intensity laser-plasma interactions, and in particle acceleration technology. Driven by a laser at optical wavelengths, LWA has the potential to shrink the size of future accelerators by a factor of at least a thousand. It is seen as the preeminent solution to the limitations of conventional accelerator technology that the accelerator community is seeking. Professor Tajima’s formidable impact is evidenced by the fact that several thousand researchers and engineers are now involved in LWA work, in 150 laboratories worldwide. The field remains one of the most exciting topics in laser physics. The continuing high level of financial investment is telling, and estimated at five billion dollars over the next five years. Within Europe, four large scale facilities are being built: Apollon in France, and the three Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) facilities in central and eastern Europe.


Professor Toshiki Tajima

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Call for EPS Fellows

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Monday 26 November 2018

EPS Members are invited to nominate EPS Individual Members as EPS Fellows. Individuals whose achievements in physics, whether in research, industry or education and/or through commitment to the SOCIETY warrant specific recognition are eligible to become EPS Fellows.

More information about EPS Fellows, including the list of current EPS fellows and the rules for nomination, is available here:

Nominations should be sent to EPS Secretary General, David Lee (), by 31 January 2019.

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2019 Vladilen Letokhov Medal - Call for nominations

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Sunday 25 November 2018
Updated: Monday 26 November 2018

The European Physical Society
The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division
The Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Division
The Institute of Spectroscopy of the Russian Academy of Sciences

are happy to announce the 2019 Vladilen Letokhov Medal . 

The call for nominations is now open.


Established in memory of Vladilen Letokhov (1939-2009), former Vice-Director of the Institute of Spectroscopy of the Russian Academy of Sciences and pioneer in several fields of laser physics, the Letokhov Medal aims at recognizing outstanding contributions in laser-matter interaction, in particular spectroscopy of atoms and molecules, laser manipulation of atoms, and strong field processes. The prize consists of a medal, a certificate and a monetary award of 5000 euros. The medal will be presented every odd year at a major conference alternatively sponsored by the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division and the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Division of the EPS. In 2019, it will be awarded at the 13th European Conference on Atoms, Molecules and Photons (ECAMP).

Details of the application procedure and information required are given below.

Nominations are to be received on line by December 15th, 2018.

The medal will be awarded without restriction of nationality of the recipient. The award shall be preferentially awarded to a single person. However, in exceptional cases, it can be shared by up to three recipients when all of them have contributed equally to the same achievement. Nominations are active for three years. Self-nominations will not be considered. The nomination package must include:

  • A nomination letter of no more than 5000 characters evaluating the qualifications of the nominee(s) and indicating the exceptional achievement(s) of the nominee(s) and his/her pioneering contribution(s), as well as a suggestion for a proposed short citation.
  • For a nomination of a team of more than one person (but at most three), the nomination letter should clearly specify the individual contribution of each nominee to the awarded work.
  • A two-page biographical sketch of the nominee(s).
  • A list of the most important publications of the nominee(s) with the 10 most important articles highlighted.
  • At least two but no more than four letters of support (which should not come from the same institution as the nominator or the nominee).

On line 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 following link to access the submission site:

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EPS Survey on Open Science & Career Development for Researchers 2018

Posted By Administration, Thursday 8 November 2018

The survey was addressed to physicists in Europe, asking as many as possible to express their views on 'Open Science and Career Development'. It was formulated by the European Physical Society (EPS) in collaboration with the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc). It was launched in December 2017 and ran essentially during the first quarter of 2018. Information of the survey went through the usual channels of EPS to its Divisions, Groups and Individual Members, hoping also for the support of its member national societies.

The purpose of this survey is to help define European policy on open science and to improve the career development of researchers. In particular it was to help EPS to provide specific advice and solutions related to needs and expectations of the European community of physicists.

Open science aims to make scientific data and research accessible to all levels of an inquiring society and includes practices such as:

  • open data = open sharing of research data
  • open source = open sharing of research software/code
  • open notebook = open sharing of research notebooks
  • open access = open publishing of research results in journals/textbooks and/or depositing them in repositories/archives
  • open peer review = open sharing of research peer reviews
  • open education = open sharing of education and resources
  • citizen science = involving the general public in scientific research.

The expectation for a large number of respondents was unfortunately not reached. In total 329 persons responded to the survey. If this number is not really enough to achieve a statistical significance the results can nevertheless be used as a trend on the actual information level of the community of physicists.

Christophe Rossel
European Physical Society

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Call for the EPS Emmy Noether Distinction

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Tuesday 23 October 2018

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

Emmy Noether, with her fundamental and revolutionary work in the areas of abstract algebra and on the conservation laws in theoretical physics, is a role model for future generations of physicists. The laureates of the Emmy Noether Distinction are chosen for their capacity to inspire with their scientific merits the next generation of scientists, and especially encourage women to pursue a career in physics.

The previous recipients of the Emmy Noether distinction are:

  • Dr. Françoise Remacle, University of Liege, Belgium (2017)
  • Dr. Catalina Curceanu, INFN Frascati , Italy (2017)
  • Dr. Patricia Bassereau, IC-CNRS Paris,France (2016)
  • Dr. Eva Monroy (2016), INAC-CEA Grenoble,France (2016)
  • Prof. Sibylle Günter, MPI- IPP Garching, Germany (2015)
  • Prof. Anna Fontcuberta i Morral, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland (2015)
  • Prof. Anne L’Huillier, Faculty of Engineering, LTH Lund, Sweden (2014)
  • Dr. Rumiana Dimova, MPI Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany (2014)
  • Prof. Nynke Dekker, TU Delft, Netherlands (2013)
  • Dr. Alessandra Gatti, IFN-CNR Como, Italy (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 and read more about the Emmy Noether Distinction on the EPS website.

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EPS-PPD Prizes call for nominations

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Monday 8 October 2018

The Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society (EPS PPD) opens calls for its 2019 prizes.

  • Call for nominations for the 2019 EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize.
    Deadline: November 2nd, 2018. More information here.
  • Call for nomination for the 2019 EPS Plasma Physics Innovation Prize.
    Deadline: November 15th, 2018. More information here.

  • Call for nomination for the 2019 EPS Plasma Physics Division PhD Research Award.
    Deadline: December 7th, 2018. More information here.
  • Call for nominations for the 2019 Dendy Europe-Asia Pacific Award for Outstanding Research Collaboration in Plasma Physics.
    Deadline: January 18th, 2019. More information here.

For details about the prizes and the EPS PPD, please visit the division's website.

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ESIPAP school on Detectors - Apply now!

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Sunday 7 October 2018
Updated: Thursday 8 November 2018

Registrations for the 2019 session of the European School of Instrumentation in Particle and Astroparticle Physics (ESIPAP) are open here: ESIPAP

The school offers an intensive programme taught by experts in the field : ESIPAP comprises two month-long independent courses which can be followed separately or consecutively.

The first course (21 January to 15 February) offers a comprehensive programme of 4 weeks. The second course proposes 4 separate modules on specific topics (18 February to 15 March).

Applications are welcome from staff, PhD and post-graduate students wishing to further their knowledge in the field.

The deadline for submission of the full application form is 15 November 2018 (Late applications may be considered in the light of available places).

For more information and details about the programme please visit us here :


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