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Prize for Research in Laser Science & Applications


The European Physical Society (EPS) Prize for Research in Laser Science and Applications is a major prize awarded on behalf of the European Physical Society through its Quantum Electronics & Optics Division (QEOD). The prize is awarded every 2 years in recognition of recent work by one or more individuals (no more than three) for scientific excellence in the area of laser science and applications in its broadest sense.  Relevant topics include laser source development, power-scaling concepts, pump source development, nonlinear optics, ultrafast sources, material science, spectroscopic and characterisation techniques, and applications both in optics and photonics as well as in other fields.

The work for which the individual(s) is/are nominated must be such that a significant component of it was performed during the period 5 years prior to the award. In addition, the award will recognise research for which a significant portion of the work was carried out in Europe or in cooperation with European researchers, and may be given for either pure or applied research.

Nomination packets must include:

  • A cover letter provided by the nominator with proposed citation
  • A two-page summary of the significance of the work which is the subject of the nomination. For a nominated team of more than one person, the summary should clearly specify the individual contribution of each nominee, and when and where the work has been performed.
  • Nominee CV(s)
  • A list of publications covering the last five years (a few earlier articles particularly relevant for the nomination can also be included).  Five articles of most significance should be highlighted.
  • Up to 3 letters of endorsement of the nomination.

All material must be prepared in English and combined into either a single consolidated PDF file or a ZIP archive.

The deadline to receive the nominations is April 16th, 2018.  Submit the nomination here.

The winner will be announced in June 2018. The Prize Ceremony and Lecture will be highlights of the EPS Europhoton Conference on “Solid-State, Fibre and Waveguide Coherent Light Sources” to be held in Barcelona, Spain, between 2nd and 7th September 2018.

Additional Information and Rules:
The award will be accompanied by an engraved glass medal, certificate, and a monetary sum set at 2000 euros.

The prize jury shall consist of eight eminent researchers selected from amongst the QEOD board and current or past members of the Programme Committee of the Europhoton Conference. The President of the EPS will also serve on the prize jury. Final confirmation of the prize award will be made by the EPS Executive Committee and no communication of the award to nominees will be made before the Executive Committee approval.

These conditions can be modified by the European Physical Society QEOD Board and/or the European Physical Society Executive Committee.

For additional information, view the EPS Quantum Electronics and Optics Division website





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