PhD Research Award

European Physical Society Plasma Physics Division PhD Research Award

The Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society (EPS) grants annually up to four prizes 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.

Nomination instructions & selection procedure


Previous award winners

Year Winner(s)
2016 Bastien Bruneau (LPICM, FR) for his PhD thesis on the Control of radio frequency capacitively coupled plasma asymmetries using Tailored Voltage Waveforms
Arnaud Colaitis (CELIA, FR) for his PhD thesis on a multiscale description of the Laser-Plasma Interaction, application to the physics of shock ignition in Inertial Confinement Fusion
Natasha Jeffrey (U. Glasgow, UK) for her PhD thesis on the spatial, spectral and polarization properties of solar flare X-ray sources
2015 Bruno Albertazzi (LULI, France) for his PhD thesis on Plasmas Lasers et Champs Magnétiques
Joaquim Loizu (EPFL, Switzerland) for his PhD thesis on The role of the sheath in magnetized plasma turbulence and flows
Michael Rack (Düsseldorf Univ., Germay) for his PhD thesis on Influence of resonant magnetic perturbations on transient heat load deposition and fast ion losses
2014 Edmund Highcock (Oxford Univ., UK) for his PhD thesis on The zero turbulence manifold of fusion plasmas 
2013 Frederico Fiúza (IST, Portugal) for his PhD thesis on Multi-scale PIC modeling of high energy density scenarios: from laboratory to astrophysics
Elena Nedanovska (QUB, UK) for her PhD thesis on Thomson scattering from technological plasmas
Lidia Piron (Padua, Italy) for her PhD thesis on Improved feedback control of MHD instabilities and error fields in reversed-field pinch and tokamak
István Pusztai (Chalmers, Sweden) for his thesis Turbulent and neoclassical transport in tokamak plasmas
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2012 Bart Hennen (TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands) for his PhD thesis on Feedback control for magnetic island suppression in tokamaks
Frédéric Pérez (LULI, France) for his PhD thesis on Study of supra thermal electron transport in solid or compressed matter for the fast-ignitor scheme
Jochen Waskoenig (Queen’s University of Belfast, UK) for his PhD thesis on Numerical simulations of the electron dynamics in single and dual radio-frequency driven atmospheric pressure plasmas and associated plasma chemistry in electro-negative He-O2 mixtures
Editorial
2011 Stefan Kneip (Imperial College London, UK) for his PhD thesis on Laser Plasma Accelerator and Wiggler
Felix Julian Schulze (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany) for his PhD thesis on Electron heating in capacitively coupled radio frequency discharges
Mierk Schwabe (Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestial Physics, Germany) for her PhD thesis on Dynamical effects in fluid complex plasmas
Editorial
2010 Xavier Davoine (LOA, France) for his PhD thesis on Accélération de particules par interaction laser-plasma dans le régime relativiste
Guilhem Dif-Pradalier (CEA/IRFM, France) for his PhD thesis on First principle description of collisional gyrokinetic turbulence in tokamak plasmas
Emeric Falize (CEA/DIF, France) and Bérénice Loupias (LULI, France) for their complementary PhD thesis on, respectively Similitudes et autosimilarité en physique des hautes densités d’énergie : Application à l’astrophysique de laboratoire and Etude expérimentale de la formation et de la propagation de jets de plasma créées par un laser de puissance : application à l’astrophysique de laboratoire
Peter Manz (Stuttgart University, Germany) for his PhD thesis on Structure formation in drift-wave turbulence
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2009 Cedric Thaury (CEA/IRAMIS, France) for his PhD thesis on Génération d’harmoniques d’ordres élevés sur miroir plasma
Ian Chapman (UKAEA, UK) for his PhD thesis on Modelling the Stability of the n = 1 Internal Kink Mode in Tokamak Plasmas
Tilmann Lunt (IPP Garching, Germany) for his PhD thesis on Experimental Investigation of the Plasma-Wall Transition
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2008 Ivo Classen (TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands) for his thesis Imaging and control of magnetic islands in tokamaks
Brendan Dromey (Queen’s University of Belfast, UK) for his thesis Bright soft X-ray harmonic radiation
Louise Willingale (Imperial College London, UK) for her thesis Ion acceleration from high intensity laser plasma interactions: Measurements and applications
2007 Navid Mahdizadeh (Stuttgart University, Germany) for his PhD thesis on Investigation of three-dimensional turbulent structures in the torsatron TJ-K
Yannick Glinec (LOA, France) for his PhD thesis on Propagation of an ultra-intense laser pulse in an under-dense plasma: Production of quasi monoenergetic electron beams and development of applications
Oliver Arp (Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany) for his PhD thesis on Coulomb balls – structure and confinement of spherical dust crystals in a plasma
Alexander G.R. Thomas (Imperial College London, UK) for his PhD thesis on Studies of laser propagation and mono-energetic electron beam injection in laser wakefield accelerators
2006 Stuart P.D. Mangles (Imperial College London, UK) for his PhD thesis on Measurements of Relativistic Electrons from Intense Laser Plasma Interaction
Kristel Crombé (Ghent University, Belgium) for her PhD thesis on Spectroscopic Studies of Impurity Ion Dynamics on the JET and TEXTOR tokamaks
Paolo Piovesan (Padova University, Italy) for his PhD thesis on Experimental MHD Studies of Enhanced Confinement Reversed-Field Pinch Plasmas
Ben Liesfeld (FSU Jena, Germany) for his PhD thesis on A Photon Collider at Relativistic Intensities
2005 Bruno Gonçalves (IST, Portugal) for his PhD thesis on Statistical Properties of Turbulence: a New Approach to Characterize Transport in Fusion Plasmas
Pavel Popovich (EPFL, Switzerland), for his PhD thesis on Low Frequency Electromagnetic Wave Propagation in 3D Plasma Configurations