Landau-Spitzer Award

The Landau-Spitzer Award on the Physics of Plasmas

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.

The 2018 recipients are: John. C. Wright and Stephen J. Wukitch (MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center, USA), Jozef Ongena and Yevgen Kazakov (Laboratory for Plasma Physics, Royal Military Academy, Brussels, Belgium)

“for experimental verification, through collaborative experiments, of a novel and highly efficient ion cyclotron resonance heating scenario for plasma heating and generation of energetic ions in magnetic fusion devices”.

More information on the winners here.

Award Statutes


Year Winner(s)
2016 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”

More information of the award recipients on the APS website.

2014 Manuel Garcia-Munoz (U. Seville, SP), Benedikt Geiger (IPP, DE), David C. Pace & Michael A. Van Zeeland (GA, USA) for the “greater understanding of energetic particle transport in tokamaks through collaborative research”
2012 Sergey I. Anisimov for outstanding contributions to plasma physics ranging from fundamental plasma theory to laboratory plasmas, controlled inertial fusion and astrophysical phenomena, particularly in the areas of laser interaction with plasma, plasma dynamics and stability, compressed matter and turbulence