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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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EPS-PPD PhD Research Award

Posted By Administration, Thursday 12 April 2018

The EPS Plasma Physics Division Board has pleasure in announcing four winners of its 2018 PhD Research Award. These were selected on the basis of their outstanding PhD theses, which were among many submitted for evaluation by Professor Stefano Atzeni (University of Rome 1) and Professor Hartmut Zohm (Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Garching), in a process co-ordinated by Professor Carlos Silva (Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon) for the EPS-PPD Board. Each winner receives a prize of one thousand euros, together with the opportunity to give an oral presentation at the 45th Annual EPS Conference on Plasma Physics, to be held in Prague in early July.

The winners (in alphabetical order of surname) are:

  • Matteo Falessi of Roma Tre University, for his thesis on "Gyrokinetic theory for particle transport in fusion plasmas", supervised by Fulvio Zonca; 
  • Jack Hare of Imperial College London, for his thesis on "High energy density magnetic reconnection experiments in colliding carbon plasma flows", supervised by Sergey Lebedev;
  • Adrien Leblanc of the University of Paris-Saclay, for his thesis on "Plasma mirrors and plasma gratings under ultra-intense laser illumination: high-order harmonic generation, and relativistic electron beams", supervised by François Amiranoff;
  • Wei Zhang of Ghent University, for his thesis on "Plasma edge modeling with ICRF coupling", supervised by Jean-Marie Noterdaeme.


More information:

- website of the EPS Plasma Physics Division

- website of the 45th Annual EPS Conference on Plasma Physics

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The EPS PPD Innovation Prize 2018 has been awarded to Professor Arutiun Ehiasarian

Posted By Administration, Friday 2 March 2018

The EPS Plasma Physics Division is happy to announce that the EPS PPD Innovation Prize 2018 has been awarded to

Professor Arutiun Ehiasarian

"for the use of plasma physics in coating technology and engineering, through seminal contributions to the science and industrial applications of High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering for substrate pre-treatment and deposition of coatings and thin films."

 

Long citation

The emergence of the High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS) is the most significant development in plasma vapour deposition (PVD) technology in the past decade. Its importance to the field is at the same level as the invention of the magnetron itself. After more than a decade of dedication to the development of this technology, the undisputed leader in the area of HIPIMS is Professor Arutiun P. Ehiasarian of Sheffield Hallam University, UK. His accomplishments are many, and include: significantly deepening the understanding of the fundamentals of the process; being the first to implement the technique using industrial scale equipment; patenting HIPIMS metal ion surface pre-treatment; and being the first to analyze the growth mechanisms of complex films.  Furthermore Professor Ehiasarian has been a leader in organising scientific forums to exchange knowledge and accelerate the progress of this new area of plasma physics applications.

Professor Ehiasarian's central role in developing understanding of the physics of the HIPIMS discharge and applications to thin film technology is reflected by the fact that, in 2003, he was awarded the first UK grant to study the fundamental physics of HIPIMS. His research provided the first direct evidence of the presence of large fractions of singly and doubly charged metal ions in HIPIMS, through electron impact ionisation.  He discovered a new regime of plasma confinement and mechanism for discharge sustainment. He elucidated the origins of the ion and electron energy distribution functions, and found conditions for high levels of dissociation of reactive gas, leading to changes in crystallographic texture and extreme densification of the deposited films. In 2006 he discovered strong instabilities in the HIPIMS plasma which self-organised along the racetrack, causing localised ejection of plasma across magnetic field lines. This has led to a revision of the understanding of the working principle of the magnetron itself.

Professor Ehiasarian is among the world leaders in the effort to make HIPIMS accessible to the wider community and to develop its industrial applications. He was the first in the field to accomplish the scale-up of the HIPIMS process. Based on his design, Hüttinger manufactured the first industrially viable power supply to drive targets with an area of 2000 square centimetres. This instigated the industrialisation of the HIPIMS technology worldwide. Professor Ehiasarian has supported the establishment of the largest production HIPIMS coating facility at Ionbond UK in 2014. Based on his work, Zimmer Biomet successfully implanted HIPIMS-coated artificial joints in a sheep test model; this demonstrated unparalleled biocompatibility, metal ion release reduction, and adhesion.

Professor Ehiasarian patented the HIPIMS etching technology which has been licensed to number of companies in Europe and the USA. Both Hauzer and CemeCon market HIPIMS systems for hard coatings, with impressive sales.  Two of their customers, Walter AG and Mitsubishi Materials, offer HIPIMS-coated cutting tools in their commercial portfolio. Collaboration with Oerlikon Balzers to introduce production technology for wafer metallisation led to several systems operating in the field. Together with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK), Professor Ehiasarian developed HIPIMS technology for coatings for cryogenic coolers for space satellites, achieving spaceflight qualification.

Professor Ehiasarian has been the clear leader in rallying the international scientific community to focus on the new HIPIMS technology, and to promote the dissemination and exchange of knowledge. As early as 2003 he organised and chaired the first HIPIMS sessions at international conferences in the USA. Since 2010 he has chaired the International Conference on HIPIMS, organised jointly with the Fraunhofer IST and endorsed by the European Joint Committee.

In general the whole body of Professor Ehiasarian’s work is impressive. It provides a rare example of exceptionally broad research across the whole spectrum from fundamental studies to large scale industrialisation.


 

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Landau-Spitzer Award for excellence in plasma physics research: Call for nominations

Posted By Administration, Thursday 22 February 2018

The Landau-Spitzer Award on the Physics of Plasmas for “Outstanding contributions to plasma physics” is jointly sponsored by the Plasma Physics Divisions of the American Physical Society and the European Physical Society.

The Award is given to an individual or group of researchers for outstanding theoretical, experimental or technical contribution(s) in plasma physics and for advancing the collaboration and unity between Europe and the USA by joint research or research that advances knowledge which benefits the two communities in a unique way. The award may be given to a team or collaboration of up to four persons affiliated with either the European or US institutions.
See details in http://plasma.ciemat.es/eps/awards/landau-spitzer-award/131-2/
 
This year the award is intended for an early career researcher (in the first 10 years of their career following the award of a PhD). This year the winner/-s would be offered an invited talk at the 2018 APS DPP meeting.
 
Establishment & Support
The American Physical Society (APS) and the European Physical Society (EPS), through their respective Plasma Physics Divisions, will each contribute $2000 per prize.
 
Rules & Eligibility
Self-nominations are not accepted. Members of the APS Division of Plasma Physics Executive Committee or members of the EPS Plasma Physics Division Board are not eligible.

Nomination & Selection Process

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Professor Tony Bell is awarded the Hannes Alfvén Prize 2018

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 19 December 2017

The European Physical Society, through its Plasma Physics Division, is pleased to announce the Hannes Alfvén Prize 2018 is awarded to

Professor Tony Bell FRS of Oxford University

Tony Bell has opened up new research fields in both astrophysics and the laboratory. His seminal contributions cover cosmic ray acceleration by shocks, magnetic field amplification by cosmic rays, flux limited electron transport, generation of magnetic field by laserproduced energetic electrons, collimation of electron beams for inertial fusion, prolific production of electronpositron pairs.

Scientific background

Tony Bell is a theoretical plasma physicist. During the course of his career he has opened up new research fields in both astrophysical and laboratory plasmas. His foremost achievement is the leading role he played in the development of what is now the standard model of astrophysical particle acceleration and cosmic ray (CR) origins.

He was the sole author of two particularly seminal papers:

(i) In 1978 Tony Bell proposed the theory of diffusive shock acceleration

(ii) In 2004 he showed how streaming cosmic rays can excite a new plasma instability and amplify magnetic fields as required for CR acceleration to PeV energies in supernova remnants (SNR) and to explain the strong magnetic fields observed at shocks.

The process of diffusive shock acceleration was independently proposed by Bell and by three other research groups. The theory of magnetic field amplification was proposed by Bell alone. Shockaccelerated relativistic electrons are responsible for the synchrotron and inverse Compton radiation from radio to gammaray wavelengths that contributes a substantial part of our knowledge of the universe.


In the field of laboratory plasma physics Tony Bell has been one of the main players over three decades in developing the understanding of electron transport in laserproduced plasmas. A longterm aim is the development of laserdriven thermonuclear fusion as a commercially viable source of electricity. In the medium term, laserplasma interactions at high laser intensity are increasingly seen as a shortpulse source of energetic photons, protons, electrons and positrons with a variety of applications. Tony Bell’s main achievements in laboratory plasma physics are:

(i) Explanation of ‘fluxlimited’ inhibition of thermal conduction in Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) capsules. This initiated the development of the nonlocal theory of electron transport that has proved to be one of the building blocks of the understanding of laserproduced plasmas.

(ii) Theory of energetic electron transport, showing how selfgenerated magnetic field can focus beams of energetic electrons into the dense thermonuclear fuel as required for high gain ICF by ‘fast ignition’.

(iii) Theoretical demonstration that Quantum Electrodynamics (QED) will play an important role in experiments with next generation high power lasers leading to prolific gammaray and electronpositron pair generation.

The common theme uniting these apparently disparate researches is the generation and transport of energetic particles whether they are cosmic rays in astrophysics or energetic electrons and electronpositron pairs in laserproduced plasmas.

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Nomination for the EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize 2018

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 19 September 2017
Updated: Tuesday 19 September 2017

The call for nomination for the EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize 2018 “For outstanding contributions to plasma physics” is open.

The prize was established by the EPS Plasma Physics Division in 2000 and is awarded for research achievements which have either already shaped the field of plasma physics or have demonstrated the potential to do so in the future. To recognise collaborative research, a group of up to three individual scientists may be nominated.

The previous Alfvén Prize laureates are:

  • R Balescu (2000)
  • V Shafranov (2001)
  • M Rosenbluth (2002)
  • V E Fortov (2003)
  • J W Connor, R J Hastie and J B Taylor (2004)
  • M G Haines, T W L Sandford and V Smirnov (2005)
  • P H Rebut (2006)
  • F Wagner (2007)
  • L Chen (2008)
  • J Meyer-ter-Vehn (2009)
  • A H Boozer and J Nührenberg (2010)
  • P Diamond, A Hasegawa and K Mima (2011)
  • E Parker (2012)
  • M Porkolab (2013)
  • P Mora (2014)
  • N Fisch (2015)
  • S Bulanov and H Zohm (2016)
  • K A Razumova (2017)

The closing date for nominations for the 2018 prize is November 3rd, 2017.

The completed nomination form should be sent to the Chair of the Plasma Physics Division Board of the European Physical Society, Prof Richard Dendy, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3DB, U.K., preferably by electronic mail: r.dendy@warwick.ac.uk

The board treats all nominations in full confidence and requests that nominators inform only those persons directly involved. 

Download the nomination form in .doc or .pdf below.

 

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EPS Plasma Physics Division “PhD Research Award” - call for nominations

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 19 September 2017
Updated: Tuesday 19 September 2017

The Award

The Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society (EPS) shall grant up to four prizes annually to young scientists from the 38 European countries associated with the EPS in recognition of truly outstanding research achievements associated with their PhD study in the broad field of plasma physics. The prize shall be known as “The 2018 European Physical Society Plasma Physics Division PhD Research Award1“ (or, in short, PhD Research Award). The purpose of the prize is to encourage and reward excellence of young researchers in the field of plasma physics.

Value of the PPD PhD Research Award

The award winners will receive an award certificate from the EPS, prize money of EUR 1000 and a 3-year individual membership of the EPS, presented during the opening ceremony of the annual divisional conference. The award winners will be encouraged to present their work as an oral contribution during the following annual divisional conference and their conference fee will be waived. The award winners will receive an invitation to the conference dinner. The laudations will be printed in the Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion Special Conference Issue.

Nominations

Nominations for the PhD Research Award may be made by any individual member of the Plasma Physics Division of the EPS (the Nominator). No self - proposals shall be considered. Complete nominations must be lodged by the Nominator with the Chairman of the Plasma Physics Division or the organizing member of the board of the plasma physics division between 2 October and 3 December 2017 at the address given on the divisional web site http://plasma.ciemat.es/eps/awards/phd-research-award/. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.

Criteria for selection

The PhD thesis must have been formally accepted by a degree awarding institution in the EPS member states during the two years preceding the nomination. The PhD must typically have been awarded within 10 years of the candidate starting his/her first undergraduate course.

A candidate's academic qualifications must be recognized and supported by proven outstanding success in research work, including the potential impact of the nominee's published work. The Selection Committee will attempt to discern excellence in any field of plasma physics. The jury will weigh the depth of the PhD work against the time taken for the work, to respect the significant variation of the time required to complete a PhD within Europe. There will not be a numerus clausus between sub-fields of plasma physics.

Supporting Documentation

A nomination shall include the following documentation:
1. Personal details of the nominee to be provided on the nomination form (available
on the divisional web site http://plasma.ciemat.es/eps/awards/phd-research-award/) as well as a short CV;
2. A 5-page synopsis of the PhD thesis and associated research in English, to be
written by the candidate;

3. A 2-page nomination letter from the Nominator, including a detailed statement of the nominee's academic qualifications, acknowledging in particular:
the nominee's international standing,
the outstanding quality of the work performed by the candidate,
the nominee's recognized discoveries, theories and findings,
– the significance of the nominee’s research work for the research field,
the nominee's academic curriculum and time taken in the research,
the nominee's publications, citation index.
4. Chronological list of the nominee's academic publications;
5. A signed confirmation by the nominee that the research work has been executed
by himself/herself;

The documentation items 1 - 5 shall be assembled as a single pdf-file and shall be submitted by electronic mail to the address on the divisional website.
6. A supporting letter from an independent referee, chosen by the Nominator;
7. A supporting letter from the nominee's PhD supervisor, if this is not the Nominator,confirming the outstanding quality of the work carried out.
Documents 6 - 7 can also be included in the pdf or can be sent separately by electronic mail to the address on the divisional web site. The Selection Committee may request a paper copy of the PhD thesis, if this is not available electronically. This should not be submitted until requested. It is not mandatory that the PhD thesis is written in English.

Selection Procedure

Proposals for the awards shall be made annually by a Selection Committee consisting of a Chairman and 2 - 3 members of the Division. The chairman and members of the Selection Committee shall be nominated annually by the Divisional Board and may serve for no more than 3 consecutive years. The Selection Committee shall work independently of the Divisional Board.

The Selection Committee may request a personal interview with the candidate, or may request 3rd party assessment of a candidate. The proposals by the Selection Committee shall take the form of a 300-word citation which shall be ratified by the Divisional Board, by written procedure with the Chairman of the Board who will inform the EPS of the decision. The Selection Committee may propose up to 4 candidates for the award, but may also decide to propose no candidate if the selection criteria are not considered to have been met.

Decision

The decision on the awards will be sent to all nominees in early March, 2018. The award winners will receive their nomination to present an oral talk at the next EPS conference from the Conference Programme Committee. The Selection Committee cannot enter into any discussions with Nominators or candidates concerning its decisions, which are final. The considerations of the Selection Committee are confidential.


1 The name of the PhD Research Award may include the name of a sponsoring organization, in which case the award shall be known as “The 2018 XYZ and European Physical Society Plasma Physics PhD Research Award”.

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PhD_prize_2018.pdf (201.82 KB)

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2017 EPS Alfvén and Plasma Innovation Prizes: winners have been announced!

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Monday 13 March 2017

The 2017 Alfvén prize is awarded to Ksenia Aleksandrovna Razumova, from the Kurchatov Institute (Moscow, Russia), for

“obtaining, for the first time, a macroscopically stable plasma column in a tokamak configuration; this led to the world-wide programme of experimental exploration and development of the tokamak concept for magnetic confinement fusion”.


The 2017 Innovation award is going to Michel Moisan, from the Université de Montréal (Québec, Canada), for

“pioneering contributions to the development and understanding of microwave plasma sources and their applications to materials processing, healthcare and environmental protection”.

 

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EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize 2017 - Nominations are open

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 18 October 2016
Updated: Thursday 20 October 2016

Nominations for the EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize 2017 “For outstanding contributions to plasma physics” are now open. 

The prize was established by the EPS Plasma Physics Division in 2000 and is awarded for research achievements which have either already shaped the field of plasma physics or have demonstrated the potential to do so in future. To recognize collaborative research, a group of up to three individual scientists may be nominated.

The previous Alfvén Prize laureates are:

R Balescu (2000)

V Shafranov (2001)

M Rosenbluth (2002)

V E Fortov (2003)

J W Connor, R J Hastie and J B Taylor (2004)

M G Haines, T W L Sandford and V Smirnov (2005)

P H Rebut (2006)

F Wagner (2007)

L Chen (2008)

J Meyer-ter-Vehn (2009)

A H Boozer and J Nührenberg (2010)

P Diamond, A Hasegawa and K Mima (2011)

E Parker (2012)

M Porkolab (2013)

P Mora (2014)

N Fisch (2015)

S Bulanov and H Zohm (2016)

 

The closing date for nominations for the 2017 prize is November 4th, 2016

The completed nomination form should be sent to the Chair of the Plasma Physics Division Board of the European Physical Society, Prof Richard Dendy, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3DB, U.K., preferably by electronic mail: r.dendy@warwick.ac.uk

 

 Call for the EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize 2017: download the pdf below

 EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize

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The 2016 prizes of the EPS Plasma Physics Division are announced

Posted By Administration, Thursday 26 May 2016
Updated: Thursday 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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