At their annual conference, held between June 29th and July 3rd in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society rewarded excellent scientific and technological work.

Professor Doctor Jürgen Meyerter- Vehn, Head of the Laser Plasma Theory Group at Max Planck Institute für Quantenoptics, Germany, received the Hans Alfvén Prize 2009 “for his outstanding theoretical work in the fields of inertial confinement fusion, laser-matter interaction and, specifically, relativistic laser-plasma interaction and laser wake field electron acceleration”.

The Plasma Physics Innovation Prize recognises research, which has demonstrably led to robust innovative applications or important effects on society. In 2009, it was awarded to Professor Doctor Emmanuel Marode, director of the research laboratory for gas and plasma physics, Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité, France for his pioneering and innovative contributions to low temperature plasmas and their industrial and societal applications.

The Plasma Physics Division 2009 PhD Research Award recognises the exceptional quality of work carried out by young physicists. The jury nominated three award winners from an impressively high quality of candidates: Cedric Thaury, CEA-Saclay, France, for his first principle study of effects in nonlinear laser-plasma interaction; Ian Chapman, UKAEA Fusion Association, UK, for sophisticated theoretical modelling of sawteeth behaviour; Tilmann Lunt, IPP Germany, for impressive diagnostic development and its application to a fundamental aspect of the plasma sheath, the Bohm criterion.

Carlos Hidalgo, Chairman of EPS PPD

For more detailed information about the awards, visit the EFDA Website: