The Council of the European Physical Society, held in Mulhouse on 1-2 April 2016, welcomed a round-table on the theme “Physics for Development”. Several associations and organisations were invited to present their projects: Sunshine4Palestine and Liter of Light, as well as the Basic Science Programme at UNESCO, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics [ICTP] and the International Astronomical Union [IAU].
Lucie Baron, business developer at the French branch of Liter of Light, was one of the invited speakers.
On 29 May 2015, PETAL, (PETawatt Aquitaine Laser), delivered a power of 1.2 Petawatt (one million billion Watts). Supplying almost 1000 Joules of optical energy during less than 1 picosecond (1 psec = 10-12 sec.), thus making PETAL the first facility to overcome the Petawatt power barrier at the highest energy level within one beamline. It becomes the most powerful kilojoule-class laser in the world to date. Part of the Megajoule Laser Facility [LMJ] near Bordeaux, France, this instrument positions the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission [CEA] in a leading position worldwide for building and exploiting powerful lasers.
In the EPN Editorial Advisory Board meeting, held in Paris on 27 September 2014, it was decided to have a special issue devoted to the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies [IYL 2015].
All the features in the EPN 46/5-6, with more pages than the other four issues, will be devoted to subjects related to the IYL2015. Prof. Luc Bergé, Chair of the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of the EPS, will be the Guest Editor of this special issue.
Ibn Al-Haytham to be a focus of the International Year of Light through partnering with 1001 Inventions The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) is delighted to welcome as a Founding Partner the award-winning educational organisation 1001 Inventions. British-based 1001 Inventions has the specific mission to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation, and will play a key role during IYL2015 to promote and celebrate the 10th century pioneer Ibn Al-Haytham. Ibn Al-Haytham’s seminal work on optics ‘Kitab al-Manazir (The Book of Optics)’ was written around …