Alfvén Prize

Hannes AlfvénEuropean Physical Society Plasma Physics Division Hannes Alfvén Prize

For outstanding contributions to plasma physics

The prize was established by the EPS Plasma Physics Division in 2000 and is awarded for pioneering work in experimental or theoretical plasma physics, which has shaped the field or is expected to do so in future. The prize is not awarded for cumulative career achievements or successful management and leadership. To foster collaborative research, it is allowed to nominate a group of up to three scientists. It is awarded each year at the EPS Conference on Plasma Physics.

Year Winner(s)
2014 Patrick Mora for decisive results in the field of laser-produced plasma physics, in particular for illuminating descriptions of laser light absorption in plasmas, electron heat transport in steep temperature gradients and plasma expansion dynamics into vacuum
2013 Miklos Porkolab for his seminal contributions to the physics of plasma waves and his key role in the development of fusion energy
2012 Eugene N. Parker for his theoretical discovery of the transonically expanding atmosphere in cool stars as a basic phenomenon in the magnetic astrophysical cosmos
2011 Patrick Diamond, Akira Hasegawa, and Kunioki Mima for laying the foundations of modern numerical transport simulations and key contributions on self-generated zonal flows and flow shear decorrelation mechanisms which form the basis of modern turbulence in plasmas
2010 Allen Boozer and Jürgen Nührenberg for the formulation and practical application of criteria allowing stellarators to have good fast-particle and neoclassical energy confinement
2009 Jürgen Meyer-ter-Vehn for his seminal theoretical work in the fields of inertial confinement fusion (ICF), relativistic laser–plasma interaction and laser wakefield electron acceleration. See EuroPhysics News 41/1 (2010) 04
2008 Liu Chen, for his many seminal works on Alfvén wave physics in both laboratory and space plasmas, for his continuing contribution of new ideas which have fostered creativity and promoted cross-fertilization in both these areas of research, and for his fundamental contributions in educating a new generation of researchers for which he is an example to emulate
2007 Friedrich Wagner, for his continuing outstanding contributions to research into fusion by magnetic confinement
2006 Paul-Henri Rebut, for his pioneering contributions to many topics in magnetic confinement theory and in the design of tokamak devices, many of which are now implemented in the ITER design
2005 Malcolm Haines, Tom Sanford, and Valentin Smirnov, for their major contributions to the development of the multi-wire array in Z-pinch pulse-power physics; the x-ray yield was rapidly increased to the level of 2 MJ starting with pioneering work on the ‘Angara’ facilities in Russia, through the ‘Saturn’ project in the Sandia Laboratories to the present ‘Z’ device also in Sandia, strongly supported by the rapid evolution of the underlying theory of cylindrical wire-array liner compressio
2004 J.W. Connor, R.J. Hastie, and J.B. Taylor, for their seminal contributions to a wide range of issues of fundamental importance to the success of magnetic confinement fusion, including: the development of gyro-kinetic theory; the prediction of the bootstrap current; dimensionless scaling laws; pressure-limiting instabilities, and micro-stability and transport theory
2003 Vladimir Evgenievitch Fortov for his seminal contributions in the area of non-ideal plasmas and strongly coupled Coulomb systems, and for his pioneering work on the generation and investigation of plasmas under extreme conditions
2001 Vitaly Shafranov, for his theoretical research on plasma equilibrium and stability and his outstanding contribution to the physics of magnetically confined toroidal plasmas
2002 Marshall N. Rosenbluth, for his seminal theoretical contributions since the earliest days of fusion research in virtually all aspects of fusion plasma sciences which now form the basis of modern plasma physics
2000 Radu Balescu, for his outstanding scientific work in the field of statistical physics of charged particles and of controlled fusion