At its 2014 annual conference in Berlin, the European Physical Society Plasma Physics Division honoured three researchers for their outstanding scientific or technological results

From left: Patrick Mora, Edmund Highcock, Christoph Hollenstein (Picture: Ernst Fesseler)

From left: Patrick Mora, Edmund Highcock, Christoph Hollenstein (Picture: Ernst Fesseler)

The 2014 Hannes Alfvén Prize was awarded to Patrick Mora (Centre de Physique Théorique, Palaiseau, France) 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”.

Christoph Hollenstein (Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas, EPFL, Switzerland) received the 2014 Plasma Physics Innovation Prize for “instrumental contributions to the field of Plasma Processes in Industry and for his strong impact in spin-off activities of fusion R&D”.

The PhD Research Award went to Edmund Highcock (Oxford University, UK) for his thesis entitled “The zero turbulence manifold of fusion plasmas”.

KIT scientists Christian Day and Thomas Giegerich win European Prize for Innovation in Fusion

We are honoured to receive this prize, which promotes our recent achievements in vacuum system development. We see it as further motivation on our way to make fusion energy happen. This prize goes to the whole team behind this work.

Christian Day

Simon Webster, European Commission, presents the Prize to Christian Day (Image: SOFT2014)

Simon Webster, European Commission, presents the Prize to Christian Day (Image: SOFT2014)

The two researchers are the first recipients of the prize launched by the European Commission to reward excellence in innovation in the fusion research programme as well as the quality of the researchers and industries involved. The prize was awarded during the Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT) in San Sebastian on 30th September. Christian Day and Thomas Giegerich were honoured for their development of a new, economic vacuum pumping process for DEMO called KALPUREX (Karlsruhe liquid metal based pumping process for fusion reactor exhaust gases). Christian Day also heads the EUROfusion Tritium, Fuelling and Vacuum project for DEMO.

More information: http://www.itep.kit.edu/english/945.php