August 2014PrizeFabre3

Call for Nominations

The “Edouard Fabre” prize – For contribution to study of laser-driven inertial confinement fusion and the physics of laser produced plasmas.

PrizeFabre1The COST Action MP1208 “Developing the physics and the scientific community for Inertial Confinement Fusion” promotes the 2014 Prize which commemorates Edouard Fabre.

The prize, consisting of a certificate and € 1,500 will be presented at the forthcoming 7th International Congress on Plasma Physics (ICPP 2014), to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, between 15th and 19th of September 2014.

Edouard Fabre was one of the fathers of ICF studies in Europe and a promoter of the direct-drive approach to Inertial Fusion for the future production of energy. He started working on CO2 and ruby lasers, later moving on to Nd:glass. In the 1970's he gathered the French laser and plasma scientists to work on ICF and related physics in a research group (GRECO), which became part of the foundation of future developments in this work. In 1988 he founded LULI (Laboratoire pour l’Utilisation des Lasers Intenses), which has played a leading role in European civilian academic research in ICF and HED science.

The 6-beam laser facility at LULI made possible academic implosion experiments throughout the 1980’s. At the beginning of the decade, Fabre and his collaborators showed that, using short-wavelength lasers, it was possible to increase absorption, reduce the impact of parametric instabilities, minimize hot electron production and optimize hydrodynamic efficiency. This opened the way to using short wavelength lasers for implosion experiments, which today is the standard approach to compressing ICF targets.

PrizeFabre2The COST Action MP1208 aims to develop a scientific community in Europe working in Inertial Confinement Fusion and High Energy Density Physics.  The Action is complementary and synergic to several European initiatives, in particular The construction of Laser Megajoule and Petal in France (LMJ/PETAL facility), which will open to the European academic community for civilian research in 2017.

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Countries participating in MP1208 Action:

France (proposer), Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom


How to apply

Candidates should send a CV, list of publications and a covering letter of application to the email address :-

The prize is especially addressed to working researchers, within 15 years of obtaining their Ph.D.  No special form is required. No support letter is required.  Nominations and self-nominations are accepted.

The Deadline for applications is 15th August 2014.