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Michel Koenig named as winner of PPCF Dendy Europe-Asia Pacific Award

Michel Koenig, a CNRS researcher at the École Polytechnique Intense Lasers Laboratory (LULI), was recently awarded a prize for the quality of his research conducted jointly with researchers from Osaka University and National Central University, Taiwan.

Michel Koenig was given the award together with his partners Norimasa Ozaki from Osaka University and Yasuhiro Kuramitsu from National Central University, Taiwan, and Osaka University.

The prize was awarded in recognition of the advances made by the researchers in high energy density physics and plasmas produced by power lasers. Their research focused in particular on:

- the properties of iron, iron alloys and silicates under the conditions occurring in the cores of terrestrial planets (Earth and super-Earths), which are crucial for understanding their structure and formation.

- the laboratory study of astrophysical phenomena such as hydrodynamic instabilities in supernova remnants and cosmic ray production.

These results were made possible thanks to the LULI2000 (CNRS, École Polytechnique, CEA, SU) and GEKKO XII (Institute for Laser Engineering, Osaka University) laser facilities, which are open to scientists and students from all over the world. These facilities give doctoral and postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to use lasers and become familiar with their technological environment, carry out new experiments, and address certain major challenges in plasma physics.

This cooperation has facilitated many student exchanges, especially between LULI and Osaka University. On one such exchange between 2003 and 2006, Norimasa Ozaki completed his postdoctorate at LULI, in Michel Koenig’s research group. Over the past fifteen years, more than eight workshops and schools have been organized between the LULI laboratory and the Japanese institution, resulting in the co-publication of over eighty research articles.

This collaboration has been consistently supported by national research agencies, namely JSPS in Japan, MOST in Taiwan and CNRS in France. The French Embassy in Japan has also contributed to the collaboration by way of its Sakura program.

In January 2017, École Polytechnique and Osaka University signed a cooperation agreement with the aim of promoting and facilitating the exchange of researchers and students between the two institutions.