Fiuza received the award for the work on his doctoral thesis, " Multi-scale PIC Simulations of High Energy Density Scenarios: From Laboratory to Astrophysics." His research spanned work across several different topics, including multi-scale particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations of fast ignition of fusion targets (work based on a hybrid algorithm proposed by LLNL physicist Bruce Cohen); the study of collisionless shocks and particle acceleration from laser-plasma interactions under laboratory conditions; and Raman amplification of lasers in plasmas.
"It is an honor to be selected for this award from the European Physical Society and an extra motivation to do quality research," Fiuza said.
The EPS Ph.D. Research Award was created in 2005 and is awarded annually to Ph.D work of exceptional quality in plasma physics by a graduate student working in an EPS member state. The prize is a key element of the EPS Plasma Physics Division activities to recognize exceptional work carried out by young scientists.