APS Plasma Division Awards Recipients

July 24, 2020

The Division of Plasma Physics is pleased to announce the following 2020 honors recipients. DPP will present these prizes and awards at the DPP annual meeting, recognizing the outstanding achievements and contributions of these scientists to plasma physics.

James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics
Warren Bicknell Mori, University of California, Los Angeles
“For leadership in and pioneering contributions to the theory and kinetic simulations of nonlinear processes in plasma-based acceleration, and relativistically intense laser and beam plasma interactions.”

John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research
Hideaki Takabe, Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf (HZDR)
Hye-Sook Park, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Dmitri Ryutov, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (retired)
James Steven Ross, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Frederico Fiuza, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Youichi Sakawa, Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University
Anatoly Spitkovsky, Princeton University
Christoph Niemann, University of California, Los Angeles
William Fox, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
R Paul Drake, University of Michigan
Gianluca Gregori, University of Oxford
“For generating Weibel-mediated collisionless shocks in the laboratory, impacting a broad range of energetic astrophysical scenarios, plasma physics, and experiments using high energy and high power lasers conducted at basic plasma science facilities.”

Landau-Spitzer Award
Riccardo Betti, University of Rochester
Alexis Casner, University of Bordeaux-CNRS-CEA
Xavier Ribeyre, University of Bordeaux-CNRS-CEA
Wolfgang Theobald, University of Rochester
“For major advancements of the shock ignition concept through collaborative experimental and simulation efforts in inertial confinement fusion research.”

Thomas H. Stix Award for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Plasma Physics Research
Scott Baalrud, University of Iowa
“For fundamental advances to the kinetic theory of strongly-coupled plasma and plasma sheaths.”

Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award
Yuan Shi, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
“For elegantly describing three-wave coupling in plasma modified by oblique magnetic fields, identifying applications including plasma-based laser amplifiers, and adapting quantum field theory to describe plasma physics in the strong-field regime.”