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Announcement of the 2015 Prize in Memory of Edouard Fabre

For the second year, the COST Action MP1208 “Developing the physics and the scientific community for Inertial Confinement Fusion” promotes the Prize entitled to the memory of Edouard Fabre, and especially addressed to researchers in full activity, within about 15 years after obtaining their Ph.D. The prize, consisting in a certificate and 1500 €, will be delivered at the next EPS conference on Plasma Physics held in held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 22 to 26 June 2015. 

Edouard Fabre has been 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 began to work on CO2 and ruby laser, later moving to Nd:glass. In the 70's he gathered the French laser and plasma scientists to work on ICF and related physics in a research group (GRECO), which was at the basis of future developments in the fields. In 1988 he founded LULI (Laboratoire pour l’Utilisation des Lasers Intenses), which has played a leading role in Europe in civilian academic research in ICF and HED science. The 6-beam laser facility at LULI allowed to perform academic implosion experiments all over the 80’s. At the beginning of the decade, he and his collaborators showed that using short- wavelength lasers one could increase absorption, reduce the impact of parametric instabilities, minimize hot electron production and optimize hydrodynamic efficiency. This has opened the way to using short wavelength lasers for implosion experiments, which is nowadays the standard approach to compressing ICF targets. 


How to apply: Candidates should send the CV, list of publication, and a letter of application to the email address

The prize is especially addressed to researcher in full activity, within about 15 years after obtaining their Ph.D. No special form is required. No support letter is required. Nominations and self-nominations are accepted. Deadline for applications: 15 May 2015. 



The COST Action MP1208 aims at developing a scientific community in Europe working in Inertial Confinement Fusion and High Energy Density Physics. The Action is complementary and synergic to several initiatives going on in Europe, 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. 

Countries participating to 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 

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