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The 2022 Lev D. Landau and Lyman Spitzer Jr. Award for Outstanding Contributions to Plasma Physics, jointly sponsored by the Plasma Physics Divisions of the American Physical Society and the European Physical Society, is going to:
– Christopher Chen (Queen Mary University London, UK),
– Gregory Howes (University of Iowa, USA), and
– Kristopher Klein (University of Arizona, USA)
for “the theoretical development of the field-particle correlation technique and its application to spacecraft measurements directly showing that electron Landau damping plays a role in the dissipation of space plasma turbulence.”

The 2022 Selection Committee was composed of William Heidbrink (Chair), Vladimir Tikhonchuk (Vice Chair), Andrea Ciardi, Tammy Ma, Kristel Cromb and Troy Carter.

More information on the recipients on the APS website.
More information on the prize here.

49th EPS DPP Plasma Physics conference

The 49th EPS DPP Plasma Physics conference will be held from July 3rd to July 7th 2023 at the Bordeaux Congress Center (Bordeaux, France).

The call for nominations for plenary and invited speakers is open here.

2023 EPS DPP PhD Research Award

The call for nominations for the 2023 EPS Plasma Physics Division PhD Research Award will open from October 2 to December 2, 2022. More information on the dedicated page.

2023 EPS Hannes-Alfvén-Prize

The call for nominations for the 2023 EPS Hannes-Alfvén-Prize has opened. The Alfvén-Prize is awarded for ‘outstanding contributions to plasma physics’ to colleagues whose achievements have either already shaped the field of plasma physics or have demonstrated the potential to do so in future. Nominations for the flagship award of the EPS Plasma Physics Division can be submitted no later than

Friday, Nov. 4th, 2022 (23:59 CET)

to the Chair of the Plasma Physics Division Board, Prof. K. Crombé. More information is found in the section Awards.

On 1st July 2022, Richard Dendy stepped down as Chair of the EPS Plasma Physics Division at the closing session of the 48th Annual European Conference on Plasma Physics, after leading the division for exactly six years. His successor as Chair is Kristel Crombé, who has been Hon. Sec. of the EPS-PPD Board since 2016.

The 48th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics was held online from June 27 to July 1, 2022, with – among other very facinating talks – the lectures given by the 2021 and 2022 Hannes Alfvén prize recipients as well as by the 2022 Innovation prize ones (see prize announcements below). More information on the conference website.

It was be also the opportunity to encourage the youngest researchers and highlight their ongoing studies through two sets of awards.

The 2022 IOP-PPCF / EPS-DPP best PhD poster awards were granted to:

  • Bernardo Malaca (GoLP, IST Lisbon, Portugal) for “Superradiance from superluminal nonlinear plasma wakefields”,
  • Francis Pagaud (Laboratoire de Physique, ENS Lyon, France) for “Plasma potential control in a weakly magnetized plasma column using negatively-biased emissive electrode”,
  • Rui Torres (GoLP, IST Lisbon, Portugal) for “General relativistic particle-in-cell simulations of compact neutron star magnetospheres”, and
  • Nicholas Vivenzi (CNR, Univ. Padova, Italy) for “Non-linear visco-resistive MHD modelling of reversed field-pinch fusion plasmas: viscosity coefficient studies”.

The 2022 Kyushu University Itoh project prize was awarded to Ralf Mackenbach (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands) for “Available energy and its relation to turbulent transport”. Paul Mulholland (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands) for “KBM and finite beta ITG turbulence in the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator” and Zongyu Yang (Southwestern Institute of Physics, People’s Republic of China) for “An interpretable, transferable, and real-time disruption predictor in HL-2A based on deep learning” were highly commented.

The EPS condemns the continuing attacks by the Russian Federation against Ukraine.
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The 2022 EPS Plasma Physics Innovation Prize is awarded to Dr Ane Aanesland, Dr Dmytro Rafalskyi and Javier Martínez Martínez (ThrustMe, France) for technological, industrial or societal applications of research in plasma physics. They successfully pioneered the use of iodine-fuelled plasma-based electric propulsion systems for satellites. Iodine is a transformative alternative propellant to xenon, has been recently demonstrated in orbit, and has the potential to ensure the economic and environmental sustainability of the space industry.

Read the long citation.

The 2022 EPS Plasma Physics PhD Research Awards are awarded to: 

  • Plamen Ivanov (University of Oxford, UK) for his thesis on “Zonally dominated dynamics and the transition to strong turbulence in ion-scale plasma turbulence”,
  • Alexis Marret (Sorbonne University & Observatoire de Paris-PSL, France) for his thesis on “The non-resonant streaming instability: from theory to experiment”,
  • Valeria Perseo (University of Greifswald, Germany) for her thesis on “Impurity flow measurements with Coherence Imaging Spectroscopy at Wendelstein 7-X”,
  • Martina Salvadori (University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy) for her thesis on “Advanced time-of-flight diagnostics for real-time characterization of ions accelerated by high energy lasers”.

The 2021 EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize is awarded to Prof. Sergei Igorevich Krasheninnikov (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California San Diego, USA) for seminal contributions to the plasma physics of the scrape-off layer and divertor in magnetically confined fusion (MCF) experiments, including the physics of “blobs”, divertor plasma detachment, and dust, together with atomic physics effects.

Read the long citation.

The 2022 EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize is awarded to Prof. Xavier Garbet (CEA/IRFM, Cadarache, France) for important contributions to the theory of the mesoscopic dynamics of magnetically confined fusion (MCF) plasmas: specifically, to understanding turbulence spreading, flux-driven gyrokinetic simulations, transport barriers, up-gradient transport and edge instabilities.

Read the long citation.

Deadline for the 2022 Landau-Spitzer Award call for nominations: April 1, 2022. More information here.

BP&IF conference announcements here

Implementation guidance on the Plan S principles released on November 27, 2018.
More information on the cOAlition S webpage.

Mentoring scheme for Women in Physics: for more information, click here.

JET plasmaLULI2000 laser hall

Objectives of the Plasma Physics Division

  • to unite European scientists interested in the physics of fully and partially ionized gases
  • to promote research and teaching in plasma physics and its applications, to facilitate research collaboration and to represent European physicists outside Europe
  • to coordinate activities with the other physical societies, such as the American Physical Society and the Physical Society of Japan
  • to collaborate on the Editorial Board of Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion.

The Plasma Physics Division is responsible for the annual EPS Conference on Plasma Physics and for granting several Awards.

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