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European Physical Society launches new optics awards

By David Lee. Published on 19 July 2012 in:
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The European Physical Society [EPS] Quantum Electronics and Optics Division has established two new prizes this month: the EPS Prize for Research into the Science of Light and the EPS Prize for Research in Laser Science and Applications.

The EPS Prize for Research in Laser Science and Applications is awarded in recognition of recent work – by no more than three individuals – which displays scientific excellence in the field of laser science, and its and application, in its broadest sense…

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Featured in EPL

By e-EPS. Published on 19 July 2012 in:
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Recent highlights from EPL:

First-principles calculations of the magnetic anisotropic constants of Co–Pd multilayers: Effect of stacking faults
Mn local moments prevent superconductivity in iron pnictides Ba(Fe1−xMnx)2As2
Radiation-dominated era and the power of general relativity

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Space science themed student contest lifts off

By Ian Randall. Published on 19 July 2012 in:
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Odysseus – the pan-European space-science contest for 14-18 year olds – has officially launched. Participants- in teams of up to five students and one teacher – are invited to design and demonstrate a space-themed project under one of the following three topics: “the solar system”, “spaceship – global cooperation” and “the co-evolution of life”.

The project aims to engage European students with the excitement of “the final frontier”, by combining creativity, innovation and intelligence…

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Institute of Physics announces award winners

By Ian Randall. Published on 19 July 2012 in:
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The winners of this year’s Institute of Physics [IoP] awards have been announced. Among the recipients were Martin Rees, who receives the IoP’s flagship international prize – the Isaac Newton Medal – for his outstanding contributions to relativistic astrophysics and cosmology.

“Lord Rees is a hugely important figure in astrophysics and cosmology. While our capability to observe the peculiarities of our Universe has grown at an unprecedented rate, his insights have provided us…

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EPS partners European Optical Society journal

By Klaus Nowitzki. Published on 19 July 2012 in:
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The European Physical Society [EPS] has become a partner of the open-access electronic journal of the European Optical Society: Rapid Publications [JEOS:RP]. EPS members will benefit from a special publication rate through this collaboration, which was arranged through the EPS Quantum Electronics and Optics Division [QEOD].

“The partnership with the EPS opens a new chapter for our journal,” says JEOS:RP editor Joseph Braat. Fellow editor Richard M. De La Rue adds: “We welcome the support and involvement that JEOS:RP…

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Physics Education Division releases position paper

By Gorazd Planinsic. Published on 19 July 2012 in:
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A new position paper, developed by the EPS Physics Education Division and approved for distribution by the Executive Committee of the EPS during its June 2012 meeting in Mulhouse, is intended to bring to public attention certain key points affecting the present state and future development of European physics education:

  • physics education in schools and universities,
  • physics education as a research field…
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ICFA appoints Lyn Evans Linear Collider Director

By Ian Randall. Published on 19 July 2012 in:
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Lyn Evans has been appointed as the Linear Collider Director, the International Committee for Future Accelerators [ICFA] announced late last month. Evans, the first to hold this position, will bring together the governance of two existing accelerator programs: the Compact Linear Collider [CLIC] and the International Linear Collider [ILC].

“The international particle physics community is fortunate to have Lyn at the helm of this new organization,” says Pier Oddone, ICFA chair and Fermilab Director…

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The long-awaited discovery – an interview with Guido Tonelli

By Luisa Cifarelli. Published on 19 July 2012 in:
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On 4 July this year – following the announcement of the new particle discovery from CERN – European Physical Society president Luisa Cifarelli interviewed Guido Tonelli, former spokesperson of CERN’s CMS Collaboration.

Hello, Guido.
With respect to today’s exciting announcement, how are you feeling?

It is very difficult for me to describe today’s emotions. For people that have been searching…

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Lise Meitner Prize for nuclear science awarded

By Zsolt Fulop. Published on 19 July 2012 in:
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The 2012 Lise Meitner Prize has been jointly awarded to Karlheinz Langanke, of GSI and TU Darmstadt, and Friedrich-Karl Thielemann of the University of Basel, for “their seminal contributions to the description of nuclear processes in astrophysical environments that have changed our modern understanding of stellar evolution, supernovae explosions and nucleosynthesis.”

The Lise Meitner Prize is given biennially by the Nuclear Physics Division…

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2012 Committee on Space Research award winners

By Ian Randall. Published on 19 July 2012 in:
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The Committee on Space Research [COSPAR] has announced the winners of the 2012 COSPAR awards. The prizes – which recognise exceptional contributions to the field of space science – will be presented at the 39th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, which is being held in Mysore, India, on 14-22 July this year.

The 2012 COSPAR awards include such distinctions as the International Cooperation Medal, the Space Science Award and the COSPAR Distinguished Service Medal…

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International Cosmic Day

By Ian Randall. Published on 19 July 2012 in:
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The first International Cosmic Day will be held on 26 September this year. During this event, students and teachers worldwide will come together in research institutions, universities and classrooms to learn about cosmic particle research.

The event will celebrate the centenary of Victor Franz Hess’ discovery of cosmic rays – particles which originate in outer space and spread through the whole universe, often at extremely high energies. Through a series of seven high-altitude balloon rides, Hess measured the ionisation of the atmosphere…

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‘Refuge des Cosmiques’ laboratory declared EPS Historic Site

By Ian Randall. Published on 19 July 2012 in:
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The high altitude Laboratory ‘Refuge des Cosmiques’ is being declared a Historic Site of the European Physical Society [EPS] later this month. Located on the slopes of the Col du Midi – near Mont Blanc – at 3,613 metres above sea level, the laboratory was designed to study cosmic rays and their potential applications for nuclear physics.

A plaque will be unveiled at the laboratory, on the morning of 23 July, detailing the location’s relevance to the history of physics. This recognition of the site is especially fitting this year…

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