C2 - Leadership: Vanderlei S. Bagnato as chair of C2 with William Phillips as a Vice -Chair, took places during the Trieste April 2015 General Meeting.

C2 Participation on the General Meeting: Under the guidance of the President Bruce Mckellar, there were discussions about the roles and operation of the commissions concerning conferences , promotion of free circulation of science, nomination for prizes, responsibilities concerning evaluation of quality of new journals, etc. It was proposed by C2 chair, the beginning of the production of booklets about many topics related to the topics of this Commission. The first one in production will be " Science behind the fundamental Constants and units" . The topic was discussed with the Vice-Chair with full agreement. It is planned to circulate a draft during the year of 2016 for launching during the General Assembly of 2017. Short movies on the topic will also be produced by the commission chairs. As a work to be presented in 2016, a classification of the meetings on the topic will be produced. A search for the participation of members of C2 in international committees and forums will be carried out.

Proposal for General Assembly of 2017 : A bid for holding the meeting in Sao Paulo - Brazil, together with a few short events was done.

Working Group on the Newtonian Gravitational Constant proposed: Conducted by the vice chair in cooperation with relevant members of the community ( Peter Mohr) a proposal for the IUPAP working group on the Big - G was suggested. The purpose of the proposed working group will be to support experimental efforts to measure the Newtonian Constant of Gravity. A tentative meeting to take place in 2015 in Gaithersburg are on progress of organization.

Report from the C3 committee:

  1. The main efforts of the C3 committee this year were in organizing the StatPhys meeting in Lyon in July next year. A poster for the meeting is attached. We are still somewhat concerned about this meeting since some of the promised funding still did not materialize. We are also busy in collecting nomination for the Boltzmann medal, which had become a highly advertised and highly coveted recognition for outstanding achievements in Statistical Physics. Lastly we are also collecting nominations for the Young Investigator Award that will be bestowed in the same Stat Phys meeting.

  2. As the Chair of the C3 committee I was invited and accepted to join the board of a new series of meetings, "Dynamic Days Central Asia", meetings that will take place in less favored countries like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan etc. While returning to the glory of the Khiva academy with Al-Khawarizmi and his like will take time, I find this effort worthwhile. It will be interesting also to see how Iran will deal with visa issues to an Israeli.

  3. As the president of the Advisory Committee to the International Institute of Physics in Natal, Brazil, I proposed to host the next meeting of IUPAP there, but did not hear yet the decision regarding this offer.

Itamar Procaccia, Chair, C3 committee








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Commission C4 – Astroparticle Physics

Report on the period April-October 2015

  1. Membership

    At its last meeting in April 2015, the council approved

  2. International Cosmic Ray Conferences and Related Matters

    C4 conducted three face-to-face meetings (July 29, August 3, and August 5, 2015) during ICRC, the type A conference of C4. The conference venue was the World Forum in The Hague (Netherlands) and the conference was chaired extremely smoothly by Prof. Ad van den Berg from Groningen. It attracted about 1000 participants from 56 countries. About 1200 presentations were given in plenary and in parallel sessions.

    A highlight was the opening ceremony where the IUPAP young scientist awards were given to Prof. Julia Tjus (Germany) and Prof. Claudio Kopper (Canada). Prof. Jun Nishimura (Institute of Space and

    Astronautical Science, Japan) was awarded the O'Ceallaigh Medal and Prof. Tom K. Gaisser (Bartol Research Lab, USA) the Bhabha Medal. Al these prize winners were selected by the C4 commission. Moreover, the Yodh prize was awarded to Prof. Werner Hofmann (Max Planck Institute, Heidelberg) and the Shakti Duggal Award for young scientists was awarded to Dr. Damiano Caprioli from Princeton.

    The proceedings will be published in Proceedings of Science (PoS) and C4 supports the idea that PoS should also be used to publish proceedings of future ICRCs.

    To promote poster presentations and to give them more visibility, C4 agreed to award at future closing ceremonies three to four best-poster prizes. They will be furnished with a few hundred Euro to be paid from the commission budget.

    ICRC 2017 will be conducted in Busan (South Korea) from July 13 to 20 under leadership of Prof. Il Park. Amongst two proposals for hosting the 36th ICRC in 2019, C4 accepted Memorial Union at University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) as venue of the 2019 ICRC. The University site has been given preference over a convention center in order to keep conference fees at an acceptable level.

    Several countries expressed already firm interest to host the ICRC 2021 and C4 has asked to present corresponding proposals at the C4 meetings 2017 in Busan.

    The strong interests to host future ICRCs can be considered a proof for the attractiveness and high scientific quality of the ICRC.

  3. Proceedings of previous ICRCs

    Thanks to the continuous efforts of current and previous C4 members, the proceedings of all but the first three ICRCs (1947, 1949, 1953) are now available via ADS, see The efforts will continue, to get also the proceedings of these first three ICRC digitized and made available electronically. This is a very important service for the

    community, as many important results of the past can only be found in ICRC proceedings.

  4. ApPIC & C4:

    Michel Spiro (CNRS), chair of ApPIC, attended the ICRC and a special evening session was arranged for all conference participants to discuss ApPIC matters and future open data policies.

  5. New IUPAP / C4 Webpages:

    As reported previously, the improved system and almost instant response time by the new IUPAP administration helped to clean-up and improve the C4 pages. This work will continue to improve in particular the collection and accessibility of previous reports and resolutions.

  6. Tbilisi Neutron Monitor:

    The Tbilisi Cosmic Ray Station in Georgia has been playing a very important role by providing data on the ground level flux of cosmic rays (since �1966) at a unique latitude of 41° 41' N. Its operation was discontinued recently because of economic reasons and without interaction with the scientific community in Georgia. C4 has informed the Prime Minister and other local authorities about the relevance of the station and kindly asked reconsidering their decision.

  7. Nobel Prize in Physics 2015:

C4 is delighted that this years Nobel prize went to Astroparticle Physics: Prof. Dr. Takaaki Kajita, University of Tokyo, Japan and Prof. Dr. Arthur B. McDonald, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, were decorated with the Nobel Prize for the discovery of Neutrino Oscillations found by detailed measurements of atmospheric and solar neutrinos with the SuperKaminokande and SNO Experiments. On behalf of the worldwide Astroparticle Physics community, C4 has sent their warm congratulations to the two Laureates.

Karl-Heinz Kampert

Chair, IUPAP C4 - Astroparticle Physics October 15, 2015

C5 Activity Report for the IUPAP Council and Commission Chairs Meeting October 2015

Officers/Members 2014-2017

Chair Vice-Chair Secretary

John Saunders Srinivasan Ramakrishnan William Halperin


India USA


Viktoria Bekeris John Beamish Hong Ding Pertii Hakonen

Jean-Pascal Brison Christian Pfleiderer Naoto Nagaosa Hans Hilgenkamp Maxim Kagan Peter Skyba Juhn-Jong Lin

Argentina Canada China Finland France Germany Japan Netherlands

Russian Federation Slovakia Taiwan

Brief review of activity

This review covers the period April 2015-October 2015.

One sponsored conference took place:

Type B: International Symposium on Quantum Fluids and Solids 2015 (QFS2015) Aug 10-15, 2015, Niagara Falls, USA. Chair: F Gasparini, Co-Chair: E. Krotscheck.

The meeting attracted 191 participants from 15 countries. 17 participants



developing/disadvantaged counties and received travel assistance. 15 of the participants were women, of which 6 gave invited papers. 18% of the international organizing committee were women.

See for details of the full programme, which featured connections with adjacent communities: nanomechanics/optomechanics; cold atoms: superconductivity. The conference was preceded by a meeting on Grand Challenges in Quantum Fluids and Solids, sponsored by NSF (USA), with contributions from several Nobellists. It was followed by the 18th International Conference in Many-Body theory, held at the same site as QFS2015. An additional feature of QFS2015 was a series of eight tutorial lectures targeting students and young investigators: it is anticipated that this will be replicated in future QFS symposia. These activities added considerable value to QFS2015. A report received from the organisers will be uploaded onto the IUPAP C5 web pages. The proceedings will be published as a special issue of Journal of Low Temperature Physics.

Our proposal for a sponsored conference in 2016 (Type B) is the International Symposium on Quantum Fluids and Solids 2016 (QFS2016) Aug 11-15, 2016, Prague Chair: L Skrbek. About 250 participants are anticipated.

IUPAP sponsorship has been requested (submission date 23 March 2015). This request has received unanimous approval from C5.

Our largest international conference, for which Type A will be requested, is 28th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics (LT28), to be held in Gothenburg, 9-16 August 2017. This was selected by C5, at its meeting in August 2014, held at LT27, Buenos Aires. About 1,200 participants anticipated. Chair: P. Delsing, Co-Chairs: M. Fogelström, J Bylander, F Lombardi. As usual this meeting

with be accompanied by a satellite conference for which Type B sponsorship will be sought. International Conference on Ultralow Temperature Physics (ULT2017). August 2017, Heidelberg, Germany. About 200-250 participants. Chair: C. Enss.

Commission C5 met at LT27 in August 2014. Subsequent business has been conducted by e-mail. Work is beginning to identify the organisers/site of LT29 in 2020. By geographical rotation this should be in Asia.

Submitted by

John Saunders, October 2015

Commission C6 – Biological Physics

C6 Report to the IUPAP Executive Council and Commission Chair Meeting

October 2015

Aihua Xie, IUPAP C6 Commission Chair

  1. Membership

    C6 membership (2014-2017)





    Aihua Xie



    (2014) (2011)

    Helmut Grubmuller


    Vice Chair

    (2014) (2011)(2008)

    Rita Maria Cunha de Almeida



    (2014) (2011)

    Melanie Campbell




    Imre Derenyi



    (2014) (2011)

    Ramin Golestanian



    (2014) (2011)

    Ming Li




    Silvia Morante



    (2014) (2011)

    Madan Rao




    Paolo de los Rios



    (2014) (2011)

    Galina Riznichenko



    (2014) (2011)

    Masaki Sasai




    Bryan Trevor Sewell

    South Africa



    Francoise Brochard Wyart




    Fridtjof Nusslin


    Associate Member


    AC4 Medical Physics

  2. C6 Activities since April 2015

    The main focus of C6 activities since April 2015 has been on organizing the 9th IUPAP International Conference on Biological Physics (ICBP2017), a type B conference, which will be held in Brazil 2017.

    The C6 secretary, Dr. Rita MC de Almeida from Brazil, is in charge of organizing ICBP2017. She has the experience of organizing a large national conference program in Brazil. Almeida is also very active in applying for financial supports to ICBP2017.

    The C6 Chair, Aihua Xie from the United States, has been working with Almeida through skypes and emails. Dr. Xie was the co-chair of the 8th IUPAP international Conference on Biological Physics (ICBP2014) which was held in June 2014 in Beijing. In addition, Xie was the chair of the program committee of the ICBP2014.

    Initially, the location of ICBP2017 was proposed to be in a large southern city, Port Alegre, where Dr Almeida works. Since many may not heard of this city, we were concerned it

    may hurt the attendance. After the C6 Chair consulted C6 members and other colleagues in biological physics, we finally decided to move the ICBP2017 to Rio de Janeiro.

    Current status of the ICBP2017 preparation:

IUPAP Commission on Semiconductor Physics (C8) Report on Activities for the October, 2015 C&CC Meeting April to Oct. 2015 - Mike Thewalt, Chair C8

C8 Membership 2014-2015


Michael Thewalt



Belita Koiller



Rolf Haug



Qi-Kun Xue



Pascale Senellart



Young Dong Kim



Amalia Patanè

United Kingdom


Yasuhiko Arakawa



Robert Suris

Russian Federation


Per Olof Holtz



Anna Cavallini



Jacek Kossut



Uli Zülicke

New Zealand


Alan MacDonald

United States

Assoc. Mem.

Jason Petta


United States

Assoc. Mem.

Jukka Pekola




Robin Nicholas

United Kingdom

Sponsored Conferences

C8 had one sponsored type-A conference in 2015, the 21st International Conference on Electronic Properties of Two-Dimensional Systems/17th International Conference on Modulated Semiconductor Structures (EP2DS/MSS), held from July 26-31, 2015, in Sendai, Japan.

C8 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The C8 AGM took place on the afternoon of July 28, 2015 at the EP2DS/MSS conference in Sendai, Japan. Six members of C8 were present at the meeting, and the entire membership offered input via email on issues of significance both before and after the meeting.

Conference co-chair Shingo Katsumoto presented a summary and statistics for the EP2DS21/MSS17 meeting, which all agreed had been a notable success.

Conference Chair Hongqi Xu presented a summary of the preparations for the 33’rd International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors (ICPS33), to be held in Beijing from July 31 to Aug. 5, 2016. Members of C8 offered considerable input on the makeup of the tentative International Advisory Committee and Program Committee, both in terms of thematic breadth and international representation. Prof. Xu was very

appreciative of these suggestions, and has brought them to the organizing committee, which has acted on them. There were detailed discussions regarding the 2016 C8 Young Scientist Prizes, which will be awarded at ICPS33, and also about reinstituting the C8-ICPS Student Poster Awards. These issues, and the question of IUPAP sponsorship for ICPS33, will be detailed separately below. It was agreed that preparations for ICPS33 appeared to be well in hand.

Gerald Bastard presented a summary of preparations for ICPS34 (2018), which has been provisionally approved for Montpellier, France.

Sven Rogge, of the University of New South Wales, Australia, presented background information for a possible ICPS35 (2020) in Sydney. A formal bid is expected at our next C8 AGM at ICPS33 in 2016.

C8 Associate Members, 2015-2018

It was decided at the meeting, and approved later by those not in attendance, that C8 would nominate three associate members for 2015 to 2018:

from C9 - Joël Cibert

from C10 - Vladimir Kulakovskii from C17 - Thaddeus Ladd

All three have agreed to serve as associate members, and the nominations were enthusiastically supported by the chairs of C9, C10 and C17.

Sponsored Conference for 2016

The only application for 2016 IUPAP sponsorship under C8 was received from ICPS33. The ICPS conference series is the main series of C8, and C8 unanimously supports the application of ICPS33 for sponsorship as a type-A conference in 2016.

C8 2016 Young Scientist Prizes (YSP)

We were pleased to learn from Prof. Xu that ICPS33 wished to have the two 2016 C8 YSP prizewinners give Plenary Talks as part of the ICPS33 closing session, which will guarantee a high profile for the prizes and prizewinners. We have moved the closing date for nominations ahead by one month to Dec. 31, 2015, and the Call for Nominations for the 2016 IUPAP C8 YSP has been announced.

C8 budget and Student Poster Awards

There was discussion of how to use the C8 budget, and it was decided to reinstate Student Poster Awards as part of ICPS33. Prof. Xu was enthusiastic about this possibility, and willing to have the ICPS33 committees do the adjudication. The awards would be given during the ICPS33 closing session, after the YSP Plenary Talks.

IUPAP Commission on Magnetism (C9)

Report on Activities for the October, 2015 C&CC Meeting April to Oct. 2015 – Xiaofeng Jin, Chair C9

C9 Membership 2014-2015


Xiaofeng Jin



Sharika Nandan Kaul



Burkard Hillebrands



Andrew Boothroyd



Giovanni Carlotti



Joël Cibert



Alberto Passos Guimarães



Guang-Yu Guo



Can-Ming Hu



Jae Il Lee



Kai Liu

United States


YoshiChika Otani



Vladimir Ustinov

New Zealand


Luis Miguel García Vinuesa



Sponsored Conferences

C9 had one sponsored type-A conference in 2015, the 20th International Conference on Magnetism, held from July 6-10, 2015, in Barcelona, Spain.

C9 Commission Meeting

The C9 Commission Meeting was held on July 07, 2015, Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

Ad 1: The Chair of the ICM 2012, Shun-Chul Shin, presented the final report of the ICM 2012 in Busan, Korea.

Ad 2: The Chair of the ICM 2015, Amílcar Labarta presented that status of the ongoing conference and showed statistical data. He pointed out, that the number of attendees is very close to the record meeting in Rome in 2003. The C9 Chair thanked the Conference Chair and his team for all their intensive work and mentioned the excellent atmosphere the conference has created already in the first days. The commission members highly appreciated, that for the first time the Conference Chair provides the gender statistics of participants, and encouraged forthcoming chairs to continue to do the same in forthcoming ICMs. The C9 Chair also reminded the Conference Chair to try the best to hand over the same amount of left over money from ICM 2012 to the next ICM in San Francisco.

Ad 3: Mark Stiles, Liesl Folks and Ron Goldfarb presented the current status of the preparation for the next ICM 2018 in San Francisco (viewgraphs attached). Designated Conference Chair is Allen McDonald, designated Secretary General is Liesl Folks, and designated Program Chair is Mark Stiles. The members discussed how to better select all the oral presentations, including plenary, invited and oral talks, and encouraged the organizers to come up with some new ideas. The C9 Chair reminded the organizers to keep the traditional ICM social events.

Ad 4: Prof. Yizheng Wu presented a bid for the ICM 2021. He proposes to organize it in Shanghai, China. Members of the bidding group are Xiaofeng Jin, Jian Shen, and Jiang Xiao (all from Fudan University). The members reminded the bidding group that the final ICM local committee should be composed not only of Shanghai scientists but it should include scientists from entire China.

Ad 5: The C9 Chair pointed out that according to the IUPAP rules the Young Scientist Prize can be awarded to up to three recipients over three years. In the past, this award was given every three years to a group of one to three awardees, which is within the IUPAP rules. After a short discussion the members agreed, that from now on the Young Scientist Prize will be awarded every year to a single young scientist. The procedures for nomination and voting will be used as before (nomination from the IUPAP-C9 commission or the community, voting by e-mail).

The call for nominations will be put onto the IUPAP-C9 webpage. Awardees will be invited to the next ICM conference to deliver an invited talk, as well as to the award dinner.

C9 Awards

The 2015 IUPAP Magnetism Award and Néel Medal has been awarded to Prof. Chia- Ling Chien, Citation: "For pioneering discoveries in magnetic materials and nanostructures"

The 2015 IUPAP Young Scientist Medals in the field of Magnetism have been awarded to (in alphabetical order): Dr. Marius V. Costache, Citation: “For the development of new methods to excite and detect on-chip ferromagnetic resonance and new detection schemes for the magnon-drag effect.” And Dr. Masamitsu Hayashi, Citation: “For the pioneering work on domain wall dynamics in magnetic nanowires and contributions to the development of current controlled magnetism in magnetic heterostructures using spin orbit effects”

The C10 Activity Report: Structure and Dynamics of Condensed Matter for the C and CC Meeting, IUPAP, Oct., 2015

(Submitted by Raynien Kwo, Chair C10)

C10 Members for the years of 2015 -2017 Officiers:

1. Chair: J. Raynien Kwo (2014) (2011) (2008)

Department of Physics, National Tsign Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Vice-Chair: Laura Greene (2014) (2011)

Department of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA

Secretary: Hartmut S. Leipner (2014) (2011)

Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Material-Wissenschaften der Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany


2. Maria Luisa Medarde Barragan (2014)

Laboratory for Developments and Methods, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland

Jonas Fransson (2014) (2011)

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

Vladimir Kulakovskii (2014)

Solid State Physics Institute, RAS, Central’naya, Chernogolovka, Moscow Region, Russian Federation

Najeh Thabet Mliki (2014) (2011)

Department of Physics, Faculty of Science of Tunis, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunis Tunisia

Kell Mortensen (2014)

Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken, Copenhagen, Denmark

Youichi Murakami (2014)

Institute of Materials Structure Science, High Energy Accelerator Research, Tsukuba, Japan

TaeWon Noh (2014)

Center for Correlated Electron Systems, Seoul National University, Seoul Republic of Korea

Rob Robinson (2014) (2011)

Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation, New South Wales, Australia

Dominik Schaniel (2014)

Laboratory for Crystallography, Magnetic Resonance, and Modelling, Vandoeuvre-l, France

Matt Tucker (2014)

ISIS facility & Diamond light source Ltd, Harwell, Oxford, UK

Mu Wang (2014) (2011)

National Lab of Solid State Microstructure, School of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

C10 Activity Report: (From 1/2015 to 10/2015):

  1. The C10 Young scientist prize (YSP) 2015 award ceremony was held in APS March meeting, San Antonio, USA, March 3, 2015. The prize winner is Prof. Keji Lai, Assistant Professor of Department of Physics, University of Texas-Austin with citation: “for his outstanding contribution in nanoscale impedance imaging of strongly correlated and low-dimensional quantum materials”. He has delivered an award lecture entitled “Nanoscale Impedance Imaging of Novel Quantum Materials” during APS march meeting on 3/5.

  2. In this year we have just completed the process of the C10 YSP for the year 2016. The call for YSP 2016 nomination was announced on 5/1/2015. The deadline was set at 7/15, 2015. Overall, we have received ten new, excellent applicants from countries including Korea, China, India, US, and Europe, etc. The calibers of these candidates are just astounding! We also had three roll over candidates from last year. After conducting the public votes, and eight concerted C10 members have sent in their votes electronically. We have successfully selected the YSP 2016 winner on 9/16.

    The winner is Dr. Wenzhong Bao, Fudan University, China.

    His citation reads:

    Dr. Wenzhong Bao,

    Professor, Department of Microelectronics, Fudan University, China.

    “ For his outstanding contribution in electrical and mechanical properties of the low-dimensional quantum materials.”.

    Wenzhong Bao received his B.S. degree in Nanjing University, China in 2006 and Ph.D. from Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Riverside in 2011, then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Maryland, College Park. He has been at the present position since 2015.

    Dr. Bao will receive the Prize Certificate, Medal and Monetary Prize in DMP/DCMP Reception that honors the Awardees and Fellows in the annual APS March meeting, March 14 – 18 in Baltimore, Maryland US. He will also give an invited prize talk in the same meeting in one of the invited symposium.

  3. Given the very diversity of the fields in C10, the commission members have rarely been able to meet each other during the international conferences, and discuss C10 related key face to face in the past. The international conference of “Materials and Mechanism of Superconductivity” has been the major C10 sponsored conference, held in every three years.

    The 11th conference took place at Geneva, Switzerland, Aug. 23-28 this year. The C10 Vice Chair Laura Green has attended this meeting, with her report given at below:

    The 2015 International Conference on Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity and High-Temperature Superconductivity (M2S HTSC 2015) took place from Sunday, August 23 to Friday, August 28 in Geneva, Switzerland. This C10-IUPAP sponsored conference was the 11th in the successful series of these tri-annual conferences. Some 700 scientists from 42 countries participated. Superconductivity is the phenomenon of electrical current flow without any loss of energy due to resistance. This extremely useful phenomenon is nowadays routinely applied in medical applications of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in large scale magnetic guiding systems such as CERN, the presently constructed nuclear fusion energy plant ITER, in high throughput electrical power cables, as well as the maglev train presently in construction by Japanese Railways. The field of superconductivity is heavily driven by experimental progress using the most advanced technology available. Consequently the participants of M2S are actively involved in materials science, experimental techniques, theoretical research and/or applications of superconductivity. The experimental techniques involve materials processing, crystal growth and characterization, low temperature techniques, ultra high vacuum, various kinds of neutron-, electron-, optical-, X-ray, and scanning probe techniques. Superconductivity is also the subject of intense theoretical research, and has spurred novel ground breaking theoretical approaches to the mechanisms of superconductivity and more generally of emergent properties of strongly interacting electrons. More detail may be found at


    Photo of most of the IUPAP-sponsored participants at M2S 2015 with the Conference Chair, Dirk van der Marel and the C10 vice chair, Laura Greene.




    ABSTRACT Title

    Bag, Biplab

    Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur


    Magneto-optical imaging of coexistence of magnetic fluctuations along with superconductivity in

    BaFe1-xCoxAs2 single crystals.

    Charfi Kaddour, Samia

    University of Tunis El Manar


    Upper critical field and Nernst effect in slab superconductors

    Elmassalami, Mohammed

    Federal University of Rio de Janeiro


    The influence of multiorbicity and localization effects on the normal-state and superconducting phase diagrams of Fe-based chalcogenides superconductors

    Fidrysiak, Maciej

    Wroclaw University of Technology


    Longitudinal spin fluctuations in BaFe2As2

    Ganguli, Somesh Chandra

    Research Scholar, Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Material Science, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research


    Two step disordering of the vortex lattice across the peak effect in a 3-dimensional type II superconductor Co0.0075NbSe2

    Ghosh, Sayandip

    Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur


    Electronic structure, spin excitations, and orbital ordering in a three-orbital model for iron pnictides

    Kumar, Sanjeev

    Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences


    Origin of Matching Effect in Anti-dot Array of Superconducting NbN Thin Films

    Machado, Antonio

    Universidade Federal do triângulo Mineiro


    Superconductivity in the Ternary HfV2Ga4 compound

    Mohanta, Narayan

    PhD Student, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur


    Role of inhomogeneity in superconductivity at LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface

    Pimentel Jr., Jorge Luiz

    Universidade Federal do Rio Grande


    Spin polarized current and formation of magnetic polarons in rutenocuprates

    Tran, Lan Maria

    Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research PAS


    Influence of the canted antiferromagnetic structure on the orbital pair breaking effect in Ca and Co-doped EuFe2As2 compounds

    Wells, Frederick

    University of Wollongong


    Short-range order and vortex grouping observed in isotropic vortex glass by scanning SQUID microscopy of low-field-cooled YBCO thin films

    Gerasimenko, Yaroslav

    Lebedev Physical Institute of the RAS


    Properties of superconductivity emerging deep into the spin-density wave state in (TMTSF)2ClO4

    Barisic, Neven

    University of Wien


    Revised phase diagram of the cuprates

    Plakida, Nikolay

    Joint Institute for Nuclear Research


    Kinematical spin-fluctuation pairing in cuprates

    Teitel'baum, Gregory

    E.K. Zavoiskii Institute for Technical Physics of RAS


    The energy spectrum of superconducting cuprates in the pseudogap phase

    Gasparov, Vitalii

    Institute of Solid State Physics Russian Academy of Sciences


    Magnetic field, frequency and temperature dependence of complex conductance of La1.65Sr0.45CuO4/La2CuO4 films and

    k-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br superconductors

    C11 Report to IUPAP Commission Chairs and Executive Committee

    October 2015

    Juan Fuster, Chair C11 Commission

    C11 Officers:

    Chair: Juan Fuster (2014) (2011), Spain

    Vice-Chair: Heidi Schellman (2014)(2011), USA

    Secretary: Soo-Bong Kim (2014)(2011), Korea

    C11 Members:

    Martin Schnabl (2014) Czech Republic Zhizhong Xing (2014) China

    Amol Dighe I(2014) India Dezs6 Horváth (2014) Hungary

    Mark Lancaster (2011) United Kingdom Mihoko Nojiri (2014) Japan

    Vladimir Kekelidze (2011) Russian Federation Raymond Volkas (2014) Australia

    Sergio Novaes (2011) Brazil Johan Rathsman (2014) Sweden

    Florencia Canelli (2014) Switzerland

    C11 Associate Members:

    Johannes Knapp (C4)

    Jean-Michel Poutissou (C12) Thanu Padmanabhan (C19)

    Note: We deeply regret to inform that Professor Per Olof Hulth passed away on March 2015




    The C11 Commission held three meetings. Two were by video-conference and one on- site during the Lepton Photon conference in Ljubljana (18th of August 2015). The agenda and talks of the meeting can be seen at: At this meeting, the commission reviewed recently sponsored conferences, discussed

    the upcoming conferences seeking sponsorship, reviewed progress on upcoming conferences and selected the location of future conferences. In the 2015 the sponsored IUPAP conferences is:

    The 27th International Symposium on Lepton Photon Interactions at High Energies was hosted in Ljubljana, Slovenia August 17-22. For its 27th edition, Lepton Photon went for the first time to Slovenia. Attendance is 220 including 38 from Slovenia - US 33,

    Canada 5, European attendance is lower than expected. Posters 57 and 61 talks. The conference went very well, talks well coordinated and presented. Women participation was around 20%. Attendance was short with respect to past editions.

    This conference (Lepton-Photon) has a very nice format of only plenary talks. This makes this conference very attractive to get an excellent view of the activity of the field as described by well recognized experts but lacks the participation of young people and suffers a difficult competition from other big conferences such as EPS which were hold a few weeks before. The committee is very concerned about the situation and the future of this conference. C-11 is trying to discuss and eventually propose a new format for this Conference. A discussion was started during the C11 meeting in order to find a better solution to attract especially young researchers. Several other meetings are planed in future to discuss this issue.

    The list of recommended upcoming conferences to be sponsored by IUPAP is:

Young Scientist Prize logistics. We need to select two young scientists by early 2016 so that they can attend next ICHEP conference in 2016. Nomination will start in November 2015 and finish February 2016. To investigate the possibility that CERN can hold the database of the contest.


New associate members from other IUPAP Commissions need to be nominated from the C4, C12 and C19 Commissions. Early discussion has started with C4. In addition to these traditional participation and collaboration with these Commissions, C11 is also interested in cooperating with the recently created new Accelerator Science group.

IUPAP Commission on Nuclear Physics (C12) Report to Commission Chairs and Executive Committee October 2015- Alinka Lépine-Szily, chair of C12 Commission

C12 officers

Chair: Alinka Lépine-Szily (2008) (2011) (2014), Brazil Vice-chair: Weiping Liu (2008)(2011)(2014), China Secretary: Joachim Stroth (2011)(2014), Germany

C12 members:

Ani Aprahamian (2014) USA Mahananda Dasgupta (2014) Australia Claes Fahlander (2011)(2014) Sweden

Dominique Guilleamaud-Muller (2011)(2014) France Reiner Krücken (2014) Canada

Eugenio Nappi (2014) Italy Hirokazu Tamura (2014) (Japan)

Piet Van Duppen (2011)(2014) Belgium Rauno Julin (2011)(2014) Finland Milko Jaksic (2014) Croatia

Andrey Fomichev (2014) Russia

C12 Associate Members (2013-2015)

Dénes Lajos Nagy (C13) Heidi Schellman (C11) Christoffel Walkens (C19)


The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of C12 was held in Washington at the Southern Universities Research Association (SURA) headquarters, on June 5, 2015 with 10 out of 14 commission members present. The past- chair Hideyuki Sakai also participated the meeting.

As usual, the C12 meeting followed the anual meeting of the IUPAP Working Group 9 on International Collaboration in Nuclear Physics , which was held before the C12 meeting on the same venue. The day before, on June 4, WG 9 organized the biennial Nuclear Physics Symposium, which gives overviews of current forefront nuclear science research being addressed or intended to be addressed together with the upgrading of current facilities and planned large new facilities, followed by discussion by representatives from Asia,Europe, and the America's.

The members of WG9 and speakers of the Nuclear Science Symposium were welcomed as observers to attend the meeting of C12 and vice versa.

The major items of the agenda were:

IUPAP/IUPAC joint working party (JWP) in heavy elements

The IUPAP/IUPAC- JWP was established in 2012 to consider claims for the discovery of new elements with atomic numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118. The JWP is constituted by 6 members, 3 indicated by IUPAP and 3 by IUPAC. Recently the secretary of IUPAC sent communication noticing the completion of the Works and communication of decisions for the near future.

IUPAP Interim Working Group on Accelerator Physics

The C12 members present to the meeting had a positive view on the creation of a new WG on Accelerator Science (AS). The general opinion was that the WG on AS would touch fields like nuclear sciences, condensed matter, biology (XFEL, Synchrotron radiation, neutron facilities....), medical isotopes, medical, imaging (PET,X-Rays etc), plasma sciences, Space irradiation, computing simulation tools etc ..etc .... There are also about 12,000 accelerators used in industry as well. Thus the mandate of AS should be established based on the broad view to represent all related fields as well as to promote and gather all the potential

practitioners and users to share their challenges and new developments.

The C12 members have indicated 3 names to the IUPAP General Secretary as candidates to the new Working Group: They are Mats Lindroos, Sytze Brandenburg and Yatsushigue Yano.

Presentations and requests for IUPAP sponsorship of conferences

At the anual meeting of C12, the following recommendations for the IUPAP conference sponsorship were suggested after oral presentations from each organizer.

Conferences in 2016

Category A support:

The 26th International Nuclear Physics Conference (INPC2016) Adelaide, (Australia) September 11- 16, 2016 with highest priority.

The INPC 2016 conference is the next in the series of international conference in Nuclear Physics which brings together some 700 participants from around the world on a three year cycle. It is the only International conference covering all the subfields of nuclear physics both at the experimental and theoretical level. It is the main conference in the field of nuclear physics and has been rotating amongst the various continents (INPC2007 in Tokyo, INPC2010 in Vancouver, INPC 2013 in Firenze, INPC2016 in Adelaide). It is the venue at which the three IUPAP young investigator prizes in Nuclear Physics are awarded every three years.

Category B support:

The XIV International Conference on Nuclei in Cosmos (NIC2016) Niigata, Japan, June 19-24, 2016 with high priority.

The NIC Symposium covers a wide field of nuclear astrophysics, with the following topics: origin of the elements, stellar evolution and explosions, galactic chemical evolution as wells as experimental and observational results and techniques. NIC is the most important and largest international meeting in the field of Nuclear Astrophysics. It brings together every two years nuclear physicists, astronomers, astrophysicists, cosmochemists, and others interested in the scientific questions at the interface between nuclear physics and astrophysics.

IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Nuclear Physics Selection process

Three IUPAP Prizes of Young Scientist in Nuclear Physics are awarded every three years at the International Conference on Nuclear Physics, sponsored by IUPAP. The next conference will be in September 2016 and the call for nominations was sent out in early September of 2015. Details of the selection process and the deadlines were discussed at the meeting.

Election of new associate members to other Commissions Eugenio Nappi was elected to be associate member at C11 Claes Fahlander was elected to be associate member at C13 Weiping Liu continues at C19

Ani Aparahamian was elected associate member to ApPIC

IUPAP C13 - Physics for Development Report May-October 2015

The C13 Commission held its annual meeting in Trieste on 5 September 2015. I will report primarily about the discussions and outcomes of the C13 meeting.

  1. African Synchrotron Light Source

    Synchrotron light sources are among the most multidisciplinary scientific tools available, empowering studies in a myriad of disciplines, including biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, geoscience, energy, environment, and paleontology. There is growing interest at the African and global level in support of an expansion of the African community of synchrotron light source users. A conference and workshop on 'African Light Source' will be held 16 - 20 November, ESRF Grenoble France ( C13 expressed its support to the initiative, agreed to send a representative to attend the above workshop, and looks forward to working with the IUPAP Council on a proposal for a project on the enhancement of the African light source users community to be submitted to the ICSU grant programme which will hopefully be advertised later this year.

  2. Collaboration with IUCr

    Michele Zema, on behalf of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) was asked to give a presentation on the IUCr activities in Africa. C13 feels that there

    is a high degree of overlap between physics and crystallography, between IUPAP and IUCr, and with IUCr available resources (e.g. OPENLAB), particularly in view of the dissemination initiatives that IUCr is currently undertaking in the developing world. Although the precise form of the collaboration between the IUPAP (C13) and IUCr (Africa Initiative) has not been worked out yet, it is envisaged that it could take the form of joint support for workshops on themes of common interest.

  3. C13 best poster/paper prizes for young scientists from developing countries attending IUPAP-sponsored conferences

    C13 does not deal with a specific discipline within Physics, so it does not have its own "flagship" conference. However C13 would be happy to encourage the participation of brilliant young scientists from developing countries in conferences organized and sponsored by other IUPAP Commissions. C13 intends to make available small prizes (100/200 Euro) for the best posters/papers presented by scientists from developing countries at these conferences. C13 would be happy to discuss this possibility with other Commissions. Funding for the prizes would be minimal (a few hundred Euro/year) and could come from the budget already allocated to C13 (e.g. from the Conference sponsorhip program).

  4. C13 Associate members for 2015 - 2018

The four associate members proposed by C13 for the period 2015-2018 are: Kennedy Reed, Fran;:ois Piuzzi, Gorazd Planinsic (from C14 - Physics education), and a member of WG5 Women in Physics to be nominated by the WG5 chair.

The Director of the ICTP is normally an ex-officio associate member of C13. However the current Chair of C13 for the period 2015-2018 is also an ICTP staff (Scandolo), so in order to broaden the range of contributions to C13, the Commission has agreed to ask the current ICTP Director, Prof. Quevedo, to delegate the current C13 chair for any matter concerning the ICTP so as to make an extra slot of associate member available. It is understood that the Director of the ICTP will be reappointed as an associate member in the next triennium (2018-2021).

Sandro Scandolo, C13 Chair 12 October 2015

International Commission on Physics Education (C14) activity report (May-Sept. 2015)

  1. Conference

    International Conference on Physics Education (ICPE 2015) had been held on August 10-14, in Beijing, China. The conference was supported by IUPAP and C14. The conference was very successful. More than 300 scientists attended the conference, including about 90 people from outside China.

  2. Annual ICPE face-to-face meeting

The annual ICPE commission meeting was held on August 14, 2015, i.e. immediately after the closing of the ICPE 2015 conference in Beijing. Some important agenda discussed were:

  1. Future conferences

    WCPE 2016:

    The planned 2016 conference supported by IUPAP and C14 is “2nd World Conference on Physics Education (WCPE)” 2016, July 10-16, São Paulo, Brazil. Conference website is:

    IUPAP sponsorship has been requested.


    C14 approved unanimously to the proposal from Marisa Michelini, the president of GIREP (Groupe International de Recherche sur l'Enseignement de la Physique) to jointly organize, with EPEC (European Physical Society - Physics Education Division), 2017 international conference on physics education. The location will be Dublin, Ireland. IUPAP sponsorship for the conference will be submitted.

  2. Election of New Associate Members

    C14 approved unanimously to invite Manjula Sharma from the University of Sydney in Australia for an Associate Member of C14 with the specific role of editing the Newsletter.

  3. ICPE Newsletter

We will restart to publish ICPE Newsletter soon after we have a new editor. C14 approved unanimously to discontinue making printed version of the newsletters.

3) ICPE Medal

We have been continuously doing efforts for resolving “the ICPE Medal using-up” problem.

Prepared by Hideo Nitta (C14 Chair)

October 2015

Commission C15: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

Report (May 2015 – September 2015) to the IUPAP Council & Commission Chairs meeting Submitted by Toshiyuki Azuma (Chair)

C15 officer: Chair:

T. Azuma

Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics Laboratory, RIKEN, Hirosawa, Wako, Japan Email:

Vice Chair:

Roberto Rivarola

Instituto de Física Rosario (IFIR), Oficina 205,

BV. 27 de Febrero 210 Bis Rosario Santa Fe 2000, Argentina Email:


Dominique Vernhet,

Institut des NanoSciences de Paris, Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris 6 B84, 4 place Jussieu, 75252 Paris cedex 05, France


C15 Activity:

The major activities in 2015 are categorized into the following three items.

  1. IUPAP C15 Young Scientist Prize

    The commission C15 runs the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics.

    Dr. Gretchen Katharine Campbell (Joint Quantum Institute, NIST, US) was selected as a 2015 C15 YSP winner after highly competitive ranking from 24 nominations.

    The prize has been be awarded annually alternating between the two major"flagship” conferences of the AMO Physics field regularly supported by IUPAP, ICPEAC (the International Conference on Photonic, Electronic, and Atomic Collisions) or ICAP (the International Conference on Atomic

    Physics). This year, the winner was invited to talk at 29th ICPEAC 2015 (22-28 July 2015 in Toledo, Spain). However, she was at maternity leave, and under medical care. The winner’s talk was officially

    prepared by a recorded video talk at NIST, and the video was presented afor the audience, and her delegate received the medal and certificate on 24 July 2015.

  2. Conference Support

    The following two conferences were supported by IUPAP in 2015.

    The 29th International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions (ICPEAC 2015)

    http: // Location: Toledo, Spain Date: 22 - 28 July 2015

    Chair: Roberto Rivarola (IFIR, Argentina) Conference Type: A

    The 22nd International Conference on Laser Spectroscopy (ICOLS 2015) Location: Sentosa Island in Singapore Date: 28 June – 3 July 2015

    Chair: Kai Dieckmann (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

  3. C15 Commission Meeting

The commission meeting was held on 24 July 2015 during ICPEAC 2015. The officers explained the present activities including the funding situation of IUPAP. The committee members exchanged opinions to encourage and stimulate future C15 activities as well as possibilities to contribute to the working group.

Future schedule:

The C15 commission meeting and the winner’s talk of 2016 YSP are now scheduled during the coming ICAP 2016 at Seoul, Korea.

The 25th International Conference on Atomic Physics (ICAP 2016)

Location: Seoul, Korea Date: 24 - 29 July 2016

Conference Type: A (expected)

C16 activity

Commission meeting 2015

A C16 Commission meeting was held during the EPS meeting in Lisbon on 22nd of June. The members who were present discussed:

It also made some proposals for the way the Commission may use to select the IUPAP Young Scientist award.

C16 IUPAP Young Scientists Awards

The C16 Commission awarded the 2015 C16 Awards to Drs. Livia Lancia (University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy) and Christian Theiler ( Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland). The laudation of Dr. Lancia highlights her contribution to the physics of laser-plasma interaction "For experimental contributions to our understanding of laser-matter interaction phenomena, including Brillouin amplification of laser beams and magnetic fields self-generation in plasmas". Dr. Theiler's work addressed a physics issue of importance for magnetic fusion, the physics of the plasma edge, as mentioned in his laudation : «For pioneering work on the physics of the edge of magnetically confined plasmas and its influence on fusion performance and on the interaction between the plasma and the surrounding material walls. The awards were given by the Vice Chair of the C16 Commission at the XXXIIth International Conference on Physics of Ionized Gases (Iasi, Romania, 26-31 July 2015). The two laureates also gave an invited talk at ICPIG.

EPS 2015 Student Poster Prizes

The EPS Division of Plasma Physics and the IUPAP Plasma Physics Commission (C16) took the opportunity of the EPS-DPP annual conference in Portugal (Lisbon - June 22-26, 2015) to highlight the importance they grant to education. These two institutions co-sponsored the EPS2015 Student Poster Prizes awarded to M. Bailly-Grandvaux (CELIA, France) for "External magnetic field pinching effect on a relativistic electron beam in dense matter", N. Bakharev (IOFFE, Russia) for "Modeling of the fast ion behavior in the Globus-M spherical tokamak", S. Esponisa (PSFC-MIT, USA) for "Theoretical explanation for strong poloidal impurity asymmetry in tokamak pedestals" and L. Horvath (Budapest University of Technology and

Economics, Hungary) for "Fast changes in the mode structure of chirping energetic particle driven modes". The selection was done by members of the Conference Program Committee, through a process managed by IoP.

Conference sponsorship: XXXIIth International Conference on Physics of Ionized Gases

The C16 IUPAP Commission has sponsored the XXXIIth International Conference on Physics of Ionized Gases (Iasi, Romania, 26-31 July 2015). A report on the conference was given by Prof. G. Popa (Cf. Annex).

Sponsorship of MIIFED 2016

The Commission C16 has decided to sponsor the Monaco ITER International Fusion Energy Days 2015 (MIIFED, http://www.miifed- It is foreseen that the Vice Chair of C16 will represent C16 and IUPAP at the meeting.

ICPP 2016

The C16 Commission has decided to support the ICPP 2016 as the top priority. It is also proposed that the C16 Commission may meet at this occasion.

Membership of C16

After the resignation of Dr. A. Hirose, the Executive Council has appointed Dr. Robert Fedosejevs of Canada as a new member of C16 and Dr. Sylvie Jacquemot of France as the new Secretary of C16 Commission.

IUPAP C17: Commission on Laser Physics and Photonics

Report to IUPAP Council and Commission Chairs Electronic Meeting, October/November 2015

  1. IUPAP C17 Young Scientist Prize

    The IUPAP Commission on Laser Physics and Photonics runs its Young Scientist Prizes every two years, awarding two prizes in each round. These two prizes recognize the very highest level of achievements in fundamental and applied research. The 2015 prizes attracted 12 nominations, 9 male, 3 female. Geographical spread included Australia(3), Austria(1), Belgium(1), Canada(1), Chile(1), New Zealand(1), Spain(2), United Kingdom(1), USA(1).

    The 2015 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Laser Physics and Photonics (Applied Aspects) was awarded to Dr Mark Thompson, Centre for Quantum Photonics, University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Dr Mark Thompson was awarded the prize “for his contributions to the new and emerging field of quantum photonics, and particularly for his pioneering work in integrated quantum photonic circuits.”

    The 2015 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Laser Physics and Photonics (Fundamental Aspects) was awarded to Dr Robert Fickler, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, University of Vienna, Austria. Robert Fickler was awarded “for his groundbreaking contributions to the entanglement of complex structures of photons, which have opened up new avenues for quantum communication”.

    The award ceremony was held at CLEO/Europe – EQEC 2015 on 23rd June 2015 in Munich. . The award winners gave an interview with the C17 Chair on the day of the wards. The transcripts are included in Appendix C. This copy was submitted for possible inclusion in the IUPAP Newsletter.

    Next call for the IUPAP C17 Young Scientist Prizes will be launched towards the end of 2016 for 2017. A longer term schedule of the major international conferences at which the prizes will be awarded, which also fulfill IUPAP requirements, is to be put in place before the call for nominations in 2016.

  2. International Year of Light (and Light Based Technologies) 2015

    The International Year is being celebrated extensively around the globe. The official website lists activities and documents the year:

    91 National Nodes which are organising local campaigns, activities and events are also listed

    One of the very first events was inclusion of IYL related projections in the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Displays on New Year’s Eve. fireworks/ The Sydney Harbour Bridge Icon turned on at midnight, a LED based display, featured a light bulb – in keeping with the theme of Sydney NYE2014 (Inspire Sydney) and IYL.

    The official launch for IYL was held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris 19-20 January 2015. Prof Cristina Masoller attended as a representative of C17. Previous Chair, Prof Alan Shore (2008-2011) also attended as representative for Wales. Reports of the launch are reproduced in Appendix B. A copy of the program for the launch can be provided to anyone who would like it.

    The International Year of Light is being heralded as the most successful “International Year” with a science theme that has occurred to date. The daily blog is being widely disseminated and the event count is increasing by 10-20 a day.

  3. Laser Physicist/Research Leader Joins the Greek Government


    Well known research leader in the European laser physics and photonics community, Professor Costas Fotakis, previously a Director of the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) at the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) in Crete, Greece and then elected as President of FORTH in 2011 started a new phase of his career as the Deputy Minister for Research and Innovation in the new Greek Government, January 2015. greek-government/ Should we think of creating a directory of “Physics Angels” – those who have a physics background and/or strong interest in

    physics who have become influencers and who can be neutral supporters of physics? A strong, collective, disinterested voice from such a grouping could help to raise awareness of the contribution of physics to society.

  4. Associate Members of C17

    For the period 2016-2018 the proposed Associate Members are as follows

    1. A member to represent the Joint Council of Quantum Electronics (specific person tbc)

    2. A member representing ICO (specific person tbc)

    3. A member representing IYL legacy (Professor John Dudley)

  5. Ongoing Work of the Commission in 2015

Undertake a review of C17 conference support and ensure that networking occurs via which appropriate conferences are forthcoming in applications for support.

Support the international Year of Light strongly. Plan for longer term beneficial legacies of the year.

Appendix A. Commission Membership 2014-2017 Officers:

Chair, Prof. Deborah Kane (2011) (2014) Department of Physics and Astronomy Faculty of Science

Macquarie University NSW 2109 AUSTRALIA

Phone: +61-20-9850-8907; Fax: +61-2-9850-8115


Vice Chair, Prof. Cristina Masoller (2011) (2014) Departament de Física i Enginyeria Nuclear Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

Colom 11

Terrassa 08222, Barcelona


Tel: +34 937398507; Fax: +34 937398500


Secretary, Prof. Gong Qihuang (2011) (2014) Department of Physics

Peking University Beijing 100871 CHINA

Tel: +86 10 6276 5884

Fax: +86 10 6275 2540


Past Chair, Prof. Victor Zadkov (2011)(2008) Vice-Dean, Faculty of Physics

Vice-Director, International Laser Center M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University Moscow 119992, RUSSIA

Phone: +7(495)939-23-71; Fax: +7(495)932-98-02



Prof. D Narayana Rao (2011) (2014) School of Physics

University of Hyderabad Prof. C.R.Rao Road

Gachibowli Hyderabad 500 046 India

Tel: +91 40 23134335


Prof. Tamás Kiss (2011) (2014) Wigner Research Centre for Physics

Department for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Konkoly-Thege Miklós út 29-33

H-1121 Budapest Hungary

Tel: +36 1 3922222


Prof. Klaus Richter (2014) University of Regensburg Theoretical Physics

93040 Regensburg Germany

Tel: +49 941 9432029


Prof. Hidetoshi Katori (2014) University of Tokyo

7-3-1 Hongo

Bunkyo-ku Tokyo



Tel: +81 90 12592703


Prof. Ortwin Hess (2014) The Blackett Laboratory Imperial College London Department of Physics London SW7 2AZ United Kingdom

Tel: +44 20 75942077


Prof. Carlo Sirtori (2014) Université Paris-Diderot Laboratoire MPQ

Batiment Condorcet, Case courrier 7021 75205 Paris


Tel: +33 6 84865854


Dr Thaddeus Ladd (2014) HRL Laboratories

3011 Malibu Canyon Rd Malibu, California 90265 United States

Tel: +1 310 3175000


Prof. Roberto Pini (2014) IFAC – CNR

Via Madonna del Piano 10 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (FI) Italy

Tel: +39 3204316616


Prof. Arkadiusz (Arek) Wojs (2014) Institute of Physics

Faculty for Fundamental Problems in Technology Wroclaw University of Technology

50-370 Wroclaw, ul. Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27 Poland

Tel: +48 71 3202394


Prof. Tsuneyuki Ozaki (2014)

INRS-EMT, 1650, boul. Lionel-Boulet

Varennes, Quebec J3X 1S2 Canada

Tel: +1 514 2286858


Prof. Mikhail Fedorov (2014) Prokhorov General Physics Institute 38 Vavilova st.

119991, Moscow Russian Federation Tel: +7 915 3769335


Appendix B. Report on Official Launch of IYL in Paris from Australian Optical Society News

(first one with the permission of the author, Ben Eggleton)


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be organising a year-long series of evencs and will be focusing on developing ics lntcmarional Oucreach resourc, teaching

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Benjamin Eggleton, ARC Laureate Fellow, is Director of CUDOS. ARC Centre of Excellence andis with the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) and the School of Physics, University of Sydney.

Professor Andrew White from the University of Queensland and Professor Benjamin Eggleton from the University of Sydney at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Professor John Dudley the Chair of the IYL steering committee and current President of the European Physical Society speaking at the opening ceremony. Image credit:

© UNESCO/Nora Houguenade.

Dr William Phillips presenting his keynote talk on cold atoms with striking demonstrations that engaged the audience (Nobel Prize winner in Physics). Image credit: SPIE.


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Solutions Enabled by Light Inspire at International Year of Light Celebration Credit for all images: SPIE, the international society for optics and photoncs.


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Paris, the City of Light, was home to opening ceremonies launching rhc Uniced­ Nacions-declared International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL

2015) inJanuary.High-level speakers took the srnge at UNESCO headquarters co celebrate the many uses and roles oflight in our lives.

1YL 2015 was adopted by the United Nat ions to raise aware n ess of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to

communication across t he globe and i nto space via phones and computers; it is asource of artistic inspiration for visual artists and

world's rheologies.

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one of the first I YL Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, 20 15 events. SPlE, UNESCO at the opening ceremony.

worldwidechallenges in energy,education, agriculrure, communications and health. With UNESCO as le-ad agency, IYL 2015 programs promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworchy anniversaries in 2015 - from the first studies of optics 1 ,000 years ago lO discoveries in optical communicarions rhat power t he Internet today.

Light is solar power installarions and LEDs bringinglight to remotccommun irics; i t is wha t ena bles i nstantan eous


U NESCO building interior.

the international society for optics and phoronics, is a Founding Parmer of IYL 2015.

More than a thousand participants went co Paris for the two-day event, with speakers including international diplomats and decision-makers, Nobel laureates, CEOs, and science and industry leaders from across the globe.

Keynote lecrures, symposia, and rou nd­ rable discussions covered areas of basic science, innovacive lighting solutions for society, light pollution , emerging rrends in photonics, the Einstein Centenary, the role of light-based technologies in addressing global challenges, light in art and culrure, the history of science, and science policy.

Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail called for dialogue, not conflict, and vision and le-adersh ip co address the world's needs. Fellow Nobelist Steven Chu messed die promise of solar power, and said there is "less than a 1-in-27-million chance rhar Earth's record hot streak is natural." Lacer, U.S.National Science Foundation director France Cordova stressed the importance of basic resea rch in the discovery of new applications for light.Ziad Aldrees, Saudi Arabia's Ambassador and Permanent Delegate ro UNESCO, harkened back co the scientific concributions of Ibn al­ Haycham, whose seminal Book of Optics was wriccen around I 015, and others working in the "Golden Age" of Muslim civilization.

Hearing from a wide variery of speakers

provided a really broad perspective on how light impacts our society,said Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard, a Universite Laval student who was among the parcicipancs.

John Dudley of Universite de Franche­ Comte, president of rhe European Physical Society and chair of the IYL global steering commi ttee, pointed out the imponance of the IYL 2015 observance to the optics and photonics community as a means co commun icare che imponance of the technologies in everyone's lives. "We

only get one chance," he said "Ir is nice ro celebrare bur we need ro ger ro work as well."

The program fearured several culrural and musical interludes, and the outside of the UNESCO building was lit by Finnish light artist Kari Kola with a display enticled "Light is I [ere" reflecting the powerful clements of the Nonhern lighcs.

Opt ical techn ologies for simple lighting, inexpensive eyeglasses, and solar power were among che many and varied applications of lighr celebraced during the second day of ceremon ies. In a well­ received and inspiring session on Light Solutions, three presencersdescribed highly successful programs that are making huge improvements in quality of life in several areas of the world. Iliac Diaz cold how'A Liter of Light' is using very low technology

- a plastic bottle filled with water and chlorine - co create a 55-watt solar bulb powerfu l enough co light up a home wh ile bei ng environmen tally friendly. i nexpensive, and easy co make. Marcin


"Light is Here - a light artwork gracing the UNESCO bui dng at the ceremony.

Aufmuth described how 'One Dollar value on what has been purchased, as che Glasses' is changing lives by providing percepcion is rhar items char arc given away locally manufucrured glasses ac low cost are of lesser qualicy.

co someorthe approximacely 150 million Nobel Laureace William Phillips starred people worldwide who need prescripcion the day wich a dynamic, crowd-pleasing eyeglasses bur cannoc afford chem - and demonscration using liquid nitrogen. who may be unable to work coearn money Fellow Nobeliscs Serge Haroche and wirhour 1hem. TI1e program also reaches Zhores Nferov gave chough t-provoking people in che community how to make and visionary calks- Haroche on how lighc the glasses, furcher opening che path our reveals the quanrum nature of physical of che cycle or poverty. Linda Wamune reality,and Alferovon how hererosrrucrures explained the 'Sunny Money' program, enable the creation of new scrucrureswirh which provides solar-powered lights and unique and superior electrical, opcical, and chargers in African communities to enable mechanical properties.

more hours in the day for activities such as Furure of Light panellise Sune Svanberg studying. Wamune said rha 1 the program (Lund Un iversity) made che audience is successful in part because che lights arc laugh wirh a slide explaining the few sold rather than given away. People in "simple" steps to winn ing a Nobel prize. Africa can afford such small technology He joined fellow pa nellisrs Alain Aspect devices, she said, and they place more (UNESCO Niels Bohr Medal Laureace),



SPI E Fellow Bern.ird Kress (Google [X]), and 20 14 SP!E Britton Chance Biomedical Opcics Award winner Brian Wilson (Oncario Cancer lns1i1ure) in describing future applicacion s of light in hcalchcarc, computing and wearable ccchnologies, and research.

A rou ndtablc discussion on science policy moderaced by Jose Mariano Gago, Portugal's former Minister of Science, Technology and lnnovacion, emphasized science as a cool for developmcnc. Gago encouraged nations ro cooper.He and improve the dialogueabout science policy at an international level. Science, he said, "can be a source of peace or a source of conAict, a source of war or a source of development. h muse rely on knowledge and rrust."

Panellise Naledi Pandor, South African Miniscer of Science and Technology, pointed ouc a disconnecc between Africa and the resc of che world, saying char che cominenc is ofcen excluded from iniciacivcs thac are nominally "global."TI1e continent needs co raise its profile wich well-crafrcd science policy,building human capiral in a wide range of disciplines, and making sure researchers haveacademic freedom and rhe infrasrrucrure co work, she said.

"Every dosing is an opening," observed Maciej Nalecz, UNESCO Dirccror of che Division of Science Policy and Capaciry­ Building - rhe closing of IYL 2015 ceremonies arejusr the beginning ofa year full of activities.

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Appendix C

IUPAP Laser Physics and Photonics Young Scientist Prizes 2015

The IUPAP Commission on Laser Physics and Photonics runs its Young Scientist Prizes every two years, awarding two prizes in each round. These represent the very highest level of achievements in fundamental and applied research.

The 2015 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Laser Physics and Photonics (Applied Aspects) has been won by Dr Mark Thompson, Centre for Quantum Photonics, University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Dr Mark Thompson is awarded the prize “for his contributions to the new and emerging field of quantum photonics, and particularly for his pioneering work in integrated quantum photonic circuits.” He did his Master of Physics at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, finishing in 2000. He completed his PhD in 2007 at the University of Cambridge, UK, in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Subsequently he has held postdoctoral fellow positions at the University of Cambridge, University of Bristol, UK; and Toshiba, Japan. He was appointed as a lecturer in the School of Physics, University of Bristol, UK, in 2010 and is now a Reader in Quantum Photonics and Director of the Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training.

The 2015 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Laser Physics and Photonics (Fundamental Aspects) was won by Dr Robert Fickler, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, University of Vienna, Austria. Dr Fiickler moved very recently to a postdoctoral fellowship in the Centre for Quantum Photonics, University of Ottawa, Canada. Robert Fickler is awarded “for his groundbreaking contributions to the entanglement of complex structures of photons, which have opened up new avenues for quantum communication”. He completed his Bachelor and Masters degrees (in Physics) at the University of Ulm, Germany, finishing in 2009. He completed his PhD in 2014 at the University of Vienna in the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information. His thesis, entitled “Entanglement of Complex Structures of Photons”, received a Doc.Award. Until recently he has been working as a postdoctoral fellow, continuing in the group of Professor Anton Zeilinger in Vienna.


Dr Mark Thompson being awarded his IUPAP Young Scientist Prize, C17—Laser Physics and Photonics, Applied Aspects at CLEO– Europe/EQEC on 24th June 2015. Also pictured, Professor Luc Berge, Chair of the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of the European Physical Society and Professor Deb Kane, Chair of IUPAP Commission 17.

Interview with Dr Mark Thompson*

DEB: Welcome Mark! I’m really pleased to be able to chat to you today about your winning of the IUPAP Laser Physics and Photonics Young Scientist’s Prize for applied aspects for 2015. Congratulations!

MARK: Thank you very much.

DEB: And thank you very much for agreeing to answer the questions that we’ve got for you this afternoon. The citation for your prize says “for his contributions to the new and emerging field of quantum photonics, and particularly for his pioneering work in integrated quantum photonic circuits”. Firstly, can you please tell us what the award-winning research is, for someone with a physics degree?

MARK: My research is about harnessing the quantum mechanical properties of light, and particularly to process, encode and transmit information. That really opens up the doors to a whole new range of different, and potentially ground breaking technologies in areas such as ultra-secure communication and new types of computation; for instance, complex quantum simulations and quantum chemistry calculations, or in machine learning. Controlling the quantum properties of photons is not a particularly simple matter. You have to be able to generate single photons, manipulate single photons and detect single photons. However, research into this has been going on since the early 1970s, when people first demonstrated that you could take single photons and put them in superpositions of being in many different places, or you could entangle single photons and control and manipulate the quantum mechanical properties of these photons. So that’s well understood, but what we’re doing now, and particularly what my research is focusing on, is developing more usable and practical technologies where we’re taking the ideas and concepts from quantum physics, and using state of the art photonic engineering approaches and techniques to create what we call quantum microchip circuits. We’re using the same sort of manufacture processes that would be used to fabricate a microprocessor in your computer, except we’re using them to create quantum circuits where we can guide and manipulate single photons on the chip. That’s allowing us to create new applications in quantum communications, and is enabling us to scale-up this technology so that ultimately, in the future, we may be able to make systems large enough to perform quantum computing calculations.

DEB: Best of luck with all of those challenges. MARK: Thank you.

DEB: If I could ask you a follow up question. If you could translate that for somebody who was a bit earlier in their physics education, what would you say?

MARK: Oh, right, that’s always a tricky question. In a sense, it’s creating new technologies for information processing and communications, but instead of using, say for instance in conventional computing, electrons to do the computing, we’re now using photons, single particles of light, to do the computing. By using single photons we can get access to a part of physics, known as quantum physics, that current computing machines don’t use, and that gives us new ways of processing information and potentially incredibly powerful ways to perform computations that are completely beyond the capabilities of our current information processing machines.

DEB: Thank you. Do you have a feel for where your work fits into physics overall?

MARK: Right. It’s grounded in quantum mechanics, which is one of the foundational theories of modern physics, and in a sense we’re exploiting those ideas and concepts from quantum mechanics. So, I really see it as, potentially, a tool with which physics can explore an understanding in greater depth of the world as we know it. So we’re creating machines that harness entanglement, super- position and quantum states on a larger and larger scale. And so this will allow us to probe our understanding of quantum physics in an ever deeper and more meaningful way. It will also allow us to create machines that can perform computations far superior to the sorts of computations that we can do now. The particular areas where this will become significant is, for instance, when you want to fully simulate real physical systems and real quantum systems. We will be able to use these technologies as a tool to ask questions about like...well, where does high T super-conductivity arise from, how do we get to room temperature super-conductivity, can we perform advanced quantum simulations on molecular dynamics? To give you an example of the advantage that a quantum

computing device can give you; if, for instance, you want to perform a simulation of an electron system, and say you’ve got 300 electrons in that system; this might be for instance a simulation of a super-conducting material. The size, or the amount of memory that you would need for your computer to fully simulate 300 electrons is greater than the number of atoms in the universe; so it’s completely beyond what you can do with a conventional computer. However, a quantum computer could perform that sort of calculation with, of order, 300 qubits. So that gives you an idea of the potential power that a quantum computer could have. We would be able to use that machine as a tool to probe various aspects of physics that we would never be able to do otherwise.

DEB: Thank you. You’ve won the IUPAP YSP prize for applied aspects. Can you tell us about the applied nature of your research?

MARK: I guess the applied nature of my research is really about making things. I really enjoy making devices, and laboratory-based work. And so, the applied aspects of my work are really about using state-of-the-art photonic engineering approaches and principles, and bringing that technology to bear onto the area of quantum optics and quantum photonics. So, I work a lot with big semiconductor fabrication foundries; the sort that people like Intel would be using to make microprocessors. We use exactly the same capabilities and facilities to make our quantum photonic chips that are controlling and manipulating single particles of light rather than controlling and manipulating electrons – which is what microprocessors do. My applied aspects are really about developing these new types of quantum circuits. Having them fabricated in commercial fabrication facilities, and then back in the laboratories in Bristol where we do all the testing and characterisation, exploring how they work, and developing all of the capabilities that you would need on a single microchip to scale up this technology.

DEB: Can you tell the listeners a little bit about how you got to be doing what you do now. What was your journey in physics?

MARK: Well, I’ve always been interested in light, ever since a very early age; light and radio waves; I used to build my own radio-transmitters when I was a kid. I had some interesting moments with some pirate radio stations, but that probably shouldn’t be on the record.


MARK: But yeah, I’ve always been interested in light. I did a degree in physics with engineering, and then straight after my degree I went to work in the telecommunications industry, designing and making devices for the world’s first silicon-photonic companies. After working on various components for the telecommunications industry, I decided I wanted to go back and do something a bit more physics- based, so I did a PhD at the University of Cambridge working on quantum dot lasers. I had a fantastic time working with this new type of laser, and then towards the end of my time there, I decided I wanted to move into a new area that used both my interest in physics and my interest in engineering. This area of integrated quantum optics was the ideal place, there was a lot of interesting physics, but also some really hard engineering challenges to be overcome to have a significant impact. So that’s why I’ve landed where I have, because I have this balance between physics and engineering. I have a passion for physics and a passion for making things.

DEB: I think you’ve answered my question which was what motivates you to do research at a high level, so we’ll carry on.


DEB: What are you working on now, and how do you go about deciding what you should work on?

MARK: At the moment I’m continuing with the development of the waveguide integrated quantum circuits. Effectively, developing a technology platform that will allow us to propel this technology forward in terms of realising ultimately a quantum computer, and before that realising devices for quantum simulations and quantum communications. What this requires is development all of the basic components; so just like your classical computer has transistors, capacitors, resistors and ways of manipulating electrons, we need all of those sorts of components within a microchip circuit, but able to control and manipulate photons. We need photon sources, ways of switching and moving these photons around, we need quantum interference, and detection of these single photons. And so what

I’m developing is the entire technology platform to get all of these components integrated onto a silicon chip. Then we’ll start to scale up, but at the moment we have devices with about 100 components on them. Maybe next year we’ll have devices with 1000 components on them, and then in a way we’ll just keep scaling that up, while maintaining the quantum coherence of the system.

DEB: So that sounds like that’s probably going to keep you going for most of your lifetime, so you’re not really thinking about what else you need to do.

MARK: No, this is definitely a long-term career ambition.

DEB: Very good. What does winning the prize at this stage of your career mean for you?

MARK: It’s really nice to be recognised; that’s absolutely true, it’s nice to be recognised for the work that you’re doing. You get recognition within your own institute and you get recognised by your peers. And so, it helps my career in terms of my own visibility, which is important at this stage of my career.

DEB: IUPAP, the International Union for Pure and Applied Physics, what role do you think an overarching union of physics commissions should play for physics in the world?

MARK: I think, really, looking at how physics, physicists and the problem-solving abilities of physicists can be used to solve some of the major challenges facing society today, and I think looking at how physicists can be used to solve some of the major problems in climate, in energy, and communications.

DEB: Are there any questions I haven’t asked you that you would have liked to have been asked? This is your opportunity to tell our listeners something you really want them to know about your work, physics, what matters to you.

MARK: Well the question that I most often get asked is “when will we have a quantum computer?” Or “how long would it take to make a quantum computer?” And that’s always a really difficult question to answer. But I do generally think that within the next 10 years we’ll have large scale computing machines doing advanced simulations of some sort or another. So I think it’s actually a lot closer than a lot of people realise.

DEB: thank you very much Mark, and once again, congratulations on your Young Scientist prize from the Laser Physics and Photonics Commission and I wish you success in your future career.

MARK: Thank you very much.

*This transcript of the recorded interview has had minor editing for readability.

Interview with Dr Robert Fickler*

DEB: Thank you Robert! I am joined by Dr. Robert Fickler who has just been awarded the IUPAP Laser Physics and Photonics Young Scientist’s prize for 2015 for Fundamental Aspects. The citation for Robert’s prize was “for his ground-breaking contributions to the entanglement of complex structures of photons, which have opened up new avenues for quantum communications.” Robert, Congratulations! Firstly, can you please explain your award-winning research to someone with a physics degree, where it sits in laser physics and photonics overall, and why it matters at this time.

ROBERT: Okay. Thanks, first of all, and yeah the research I did was as you mentioned the entanglement of structures of light. So first of all, it’s about entanglement, it’s about the foundations of physics and entanglement is one key feature of quantum physics. We took advantage of the spatial structure of light, and we tried to increase its complexity and thereby gain new insights, or testing the limits, even, of quantum physics. So a few examples here are to certain spatial structures of light there’s an orbital angular momentum degree, an orbital angular momentum connected, and there in principal it can be arbitrarily large, for a single photon, and even for an entangled photons. And this was one question we asked ourselves; “okay, what is…at least for the moment…the technical limit? How high can we go? And if there is a foundational limit, can we even reach that?” We are, I guess, far away from that if there is one at all, but this was one question. Another one was whether the spatial modes can be used as a laboratory realisation of high-dimensional Hilbert space. So, what does it mean for

quantum information? Normally, everything is in qubits, but one could actually think of qutrits, ququarts, so not just 2 level systems but 3, 4 level systems; also infinitely high-dimensional systems. It’s known that they have advantages when it comes to certain quantum particles. There, we try to find out how much information we can put in to one photon or in an entanglement. We did some research mainly trying to increase the complexity of either the theoretical state or even just the spatial structure. We tried to find out new properties; if there are new properties; if the theory is always right?, or just to see them actually in the lab we could try and get a better understanding of what was happening. This especially applies to quantum physics and quantum optics; the singular particles of light.

DEB: So that’s quite a lot of physics. If you were to try to translate that to something that would resonate with someone a bit earlier in their physics education; have a go at doing that translation.

ROBERT: So I think I should first explain a little bit about entanglement. So, as I mentioned earlier, it is a key feature of quantum physics. So if you have two systems; two particles for example; at least two particles, they can be entangled. This means that they show strongly correlated features; they have some sort of connection, or it’s like they know about each other. It’s hard to explain. Correlations are known from classical physics as well, but quantum correlations are even stronger than classical physics can explain. So they can be separated by a big distance and still behave exactly the same; although, we can make sure that we they did not find an agreement before our measurements are done. Why we are interested in this is also a very foundational question as well. Well, with these experiments one can ask questions about how the world is, or how the properties are; if we can actually describe properties to these without measuring them or not; so it’s a very philosophical discussion of course. This is what we investigate in the labs, and we try to push the limits. In the everyday world, we don’t see these quantum correlations, so we ask ourselves why this is the case. Is it just happening for little systems or can we actually use some of these properties and extend them, or increase them so much, that we should be able to see them in the classical world and then see some correlations there? So this then applies to areas such as macroscopic entanglement and whether this is observable or not.

DEB: Well I was going to ask you what’s fundamental about your research but I think that you’ve already answered that question and established that your research is fundamental in nature. So we might just move onto the next questions. May I ask what your physics story is? How did you come to be doing this award-winning research?

ROBERT: I guess I was always interested in physics so at one point I started to study physics. I was actually kind of lucky because at the university I was studying at, there was a small philosophy department as well and they promoted it because they wanted to have people study philosophy there as well. Because of this I heard about it and I went to some of the lectures in philosophy, and I became very attracted to philosophy as well. Especially then, because of my physics studies, the interplay between the two; or the overlap between these two fields was very compelling to me. There I found out that quantum physics especially has a big overlap and a big discussion although the theory, or the mathematical framework has been known since the 1930s or so, but the interpretation of this mathematical apparatus that we have is still highly debated. There is still a big discussion going on and this attracted my attention. This is why I went for this area in my PhD with Professor Zeilinger in Vienna, because he is interested as well in the foundational questions, the philosophical questions, and is still doing experiments. I am very interested in the philosophical questions, but I also love to do experiments. So I did a degree in physics, and then one in philosophy. This avenue was then one that was very attractive to me and I followed this, and I was lucky to get an opportunity to work with the renowned Professor Zeilingler in this research. We sometimes do what we call metaphysical experiments, which is kind of a contradictory idea. However, this is what I think is the most interesting idea; at least for me it’s one of the most interesting aspects of experimental physics; because it is so closely connected to philosophical questions.

DEB: I will follow up on that in that it’s obviously quite competitive to become a PhD student in Professor Zeilinger’s group. So was it a lucky outcome that a joint philosophy/physics background was advantageous in that regard?

ROBERT: I guess it helped. (Laughter). But you would also have to ask him about that. Apparently I

didn’t do that many things wrong because I was able to work there, but I’m not certain if that gave me a distinct advantage.

DEB: But it’s certainly part of your motivation. So in terms of your motivation for doing what you do, you’ve given us a good sense of that already, is there anything you would like to add to that in terms of motivation?

ROBERT: I guess I think physics, or at least part of it, should not try to only follow avenues to produce new applications or to make existing technologies better; this is obviously very important, but blue sky research is also really important, and it’s my field so this is definitely the most interesting thing for me. The other parts of physics research are important as well, but I think it is always nice if one does experiments where they are not directly working on applications. Some people challenge the relevance of foundational research; they believe it does not help society, they are sceptical about providing funding for this kind of research. However, in quantum optics, even though it started as a completely foundational field, one knows already that there’s new technologies on the verge of becoming available to the public. And you can show the people of society that there are really useful things coming out of foundational research, even though it usually begins out of pure curiosity.

DEB: Research overall is a very small fraction of human activity, but within that we do want to see a very broad range of things explored, because we don’t know what we’re going to need in 10, 20, 30 years’ time.

ROBERT: Exactly. I even realised in this conference that when you see how many people have their job because of the laser, even though at the start the laser was a solution with no problem. So, one could almost say it was useless, and yet now look at the significance it has.

DEB: Absolutely. So, you’ve just recently made a move from Vienna to Ottawa in Canada, so my next question which is about what you’re working on now and how you go about deciding what you should work on; clearly you’ve just been putting quite a lot of thought into that step, so give us an insight into how you go about making those decisions.

ROBERT: So, I hope that whatever is interesting to me I will be able to follow in the research, without having to make big justifications the research will have applications coming out of it. So I hope I can follow that. Of course with Professor Bob Boyd I can do it as well. To be more precise, I will continue to work on complex structures, and use modern technology which has evolved so much that things are more complex, we’ll add more complexity and control the quantum state perfectly. So, we’re working on that,. I haven’t been involved so far because I’ve just moved there, but I hope I can work as well on extending similar methods to not just photons but to electrons. Some people have started exploring that already and I think it’s highly interesting, because then you have mass particles and charge particles, which adds another complexity to the system. Another motivation for me was the group; the group in Ottawa is very diverse, and since my background so far is mainly quantum information and foundations. I think because they produce photonic crystals and do some plasmonics, so I can learn a lot there, and maybe even combine some other fields with my knowledge to develop new areas of research that are hopefully interesting and fun physics.

DEB: Well I wish you all the best in your new position. So, I’ll ask you now: what does the prize mean to you at this stage in your career?

ROBERT: Well, first I will say that it’s a big honour. Being awarded by such a huge, global organisation such as IUPAP is truly humbling, especially when you consider the long history of IUPAP. As well, I guess it helps you become recognised in your field, in your specific field, and even to a broader audience; the whole optics community, which helps for doing more interesting experiments because you can start collaborations. It also helps with the funding, as you have to get funding, and I hope this will help with that as well.

DEB: I hope so too. So regarding I.UPAP, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, what role do you think an overarching union of physics commissions should play for physics in the world?

ROBERT: Well, I like the explanation you gave today, saying that it’s kind of like the U.N. of physics. I think this is a nice way of phrasing it; I think it should bring the global community, and physics

research in general is very global, together to share ideas, to collaborate, and thereby develop new areas of research that are hopefully interesting and fun physics.

DEB: I hope so too. So regarding I.UPAP, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, what role do you think an overarching union of physics commissions should play for physics in the world?

ROBERT: Well, I like the explanation you gave today, saying that it’s kind of like the U.N. of physics. I think this is a nice way of phrasing it; I think it should bring the global community, and physics research in general is very global, together to share ideas, to collaborate, and thereby develop new ideas; helping physics in general to tackle new problems velop new ideas; helping physics in general to tackle new problems of physics. I think because of technology, and this huge development in technologies over the last 20 years, I guess physics is developing incredibly; all different fields.

DEB: Absolutely. It’s been very interesting and enjoyable to learn about insights into your research and why you do it. Thank you very much indeed for giving your time to this interview, and I wish you every success in your future career.

ROBERT: Thank you very much.

*This transcript of the recorded interview has had minor editing for readability.


Dr Robert Fickler being awarded his IUPAP Young Scientist Prize, C17—Laser Physics and Photonics, Fundamental Aspects. At CLEO– Europe/EQEC on 24th June 2015. Also pictured, Professor Luc Berge, Chair of the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of the European Physical Society and Professor Deb Kane, Chair of IUPAP Commission 17.


IUPAP gratefully acknowledges the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of the EPS and the European Physical Society for hosting the IUPAP C17 Young Scientist Prize Awards ceremony at CLEO-Europe/EQEC 2015.

Report of the IUPAP Commission C18: Mathematical Physics October 2015

In the year since the election of the C18 commission for 2015-2017 in November 2014, the most important activities have been the selection of the three recipients of the young scientist awards 2015-2017, and the 18th International Congress of Mathematical Physics (ICMP) at Santiago de Chile, July 27–August 1, 2015.

Instead of awarding one prize per year, the C18 tradition has been to give three prizes for the entire period for which the commission is appointed. The previous C18 commission had solicited nominations and appointed a jury, headed by Antti Kupiainen, at the time IUPAP commission member and president of the International Association of Mathematical Physics (IAMP), to select the recipients. They are

Roland Bauerschmidt Joseph Ben Geloun Nicolas Rougerie.

C18 has approved this choice, and the prizes have been announced on the IUPAP web page

as well as in the September 2015 issue of the IUPAP Newsletter. The laudations for the candidates and a short description of their background and work are attached to this report.

The prize ceremony took place at the opening of the International Congress of Mathematical Physics at Santiago de Chile on July 27, 2015. The ICMP is the triannual world congress on mathematical physics, recognized and sponsored by IUPAP. The congress at Santiago de Chile, convened by Rafael Benguria (Pontificia Universidad Cat´olica de Chile), presented the best results in mathematical physics of the last few years, and we regard it as a full success also in furthering the IUPAP mission: after the ICMP at Rio de Janeiro, 2006, it was the second time that this meeting was held in South America. It was preceded by a young researchers’ symposium and accompanied by four satellite meetings in Brazil and Chile, and has strongly boosted South American visibility and international connectedness by bringing the international mathematical physics community once more to that continent. A congress report to IUPAP is provided by Rafael Benguria. At the congress, it was decided that the next ICMP will be held in Montr´eal, Canada, in 2018.

C18 has so far conducted its discussions and taken decisions by e-mail. C18 has decided unanimously to use its triannual budget primarily to cover the prize winners’ travel and local expenses for attending the prize ceremony and the ICMP. The allocation of the remaining funds will be decided on later.

The C18 Commission has always closely worked together with the IAMP, and we plan to continue this in the future. To this end, the commission has unanimously agreed that the current president of the IAMP, Robert Seiringer, should be added as an associate member.

Compared to other IUPAP commissions, C18 represents a smaller community, hence the meetings are also small by IUPAP standards. Nevertheless, some of the many upcoming meet- ings in mathematical physics are large enough to meet the criteria of IUPAP Category B conferences and have submitted funding requests, which C18 has passed on to the IUPAP Council.

Mathematical physics is an interdisciplinary field, covering the full range of phenomena in physics, as well as all subfields of mathematics in their interaction with physics. It has given rise to astonishing insights and cross-fertilization of the two disciplines. As it is a theoretical activity without big equipment and without high budgets, researchers in all countries can, and do, make important contributions. C18 will continue to further exchange of information, support of scientists all over the world, and scientific progress, as well as possible.

Manfred Salmhofer, C18 chair

The recipients of the IUPAP young scientist awards, 2015-2017

Roland Bauerschmidt has been awarded the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Mathemat- ical Physics 2015-2017 for his work on self-avoiding random walks in 4 dimensions and the development of supersymmetric renormalization group techniques for their study.


Born in Hannover, Germany, Roland Bauerschmidt studied in Bonn, Germany, and Zurich, Switzerland, and received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physics from ETH Zurich. His Ph.D. in Mathemat- ics (2013) is from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He spent the year 2013-2014 at the Institute for Ad- vanced Study, Princeton, before moving to Harvard University, where he is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher. In 2016, he will return to the University of British Columbia as Assistant Professor of Mathematics.

Bauerschmidt has mastered, developed and extended a renor- malization group program initiated by David Brydges and Gor- don Slade, and made important contributions to this area. In a strikingly original paper, he provided a simple new way to understand the finite range decompositions of Gaussian fields that underpin the renormalization group approach. His work on the structural stability of non-hyperbolic dynamical systems is an essential ingredient in the application of the renormalization group method.

Bauerschmidt’s work sheds new light on fundamental aspects of statistical physics, such as the behaviour of the self-avoiding random walk in four dimensions, quantum friction, and random matrix theory.

Joseph Ben Geloun has been awarded the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Mathematical Physics 2015-2017 for his pioneering work on the renormalization of tensor field theories and his discovery of their generic asymptotic freedom.


Joseph Ben Geloun was born 1976 in St. Louis, S´en´egal. After graduating from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, S´en´egal, he received his PhD in 2007 from Universit´e Nationale du B´enin. After visitor’s and postdoctoral positions at Universit´e Paris-Sud, France, and University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, he held a post-doctoral position at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada, from 2010 to 2013. Presently he is at the Albert-Einstein-Institute of the Max-Planck society in Golm, Germany.

After his PhD, Ben Geloun entered research on quantum grav- ity. In just a few years he became a major expert in the field. His most striking results concern a new class of non-local renormal- izable quantum field theories, called tensor field theories, whose

perturbative expansion sums over random geometries weighted by a discretized Einstein-Hilbert action. In his classification of these models, he discovered an unexpected property, namely their generic ultraviolet asymptotic freedom.

He has also started to direct the research work of younger scientists such as Dine Ousmane Samary and Remy Avohou. Now a Humboldt Fellow at the Albert Einstein Institute in Golm, Germany, Ben Geloun is becoming a role model for the next generation of young African scientists.

Nicolas Rougerie has been awarded the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Mathematical Physics 2015-2017 for his exceptional contributions to the theory of cold quantum gases, in particular the proof of the appearance of a giant vortex and vortex circles in rapidly rotating Bose gases.


Nicolas Rougerie was born in 1985 in Versailles, France, and received his PhD in Mathematics from Universit´e Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, in 2010. He subsequently became a post- doctoral associate at Universit´e de Cergy-Pontoise. In 2011 he was awarded a permanent CNRS researcher position in mathematics, at Laboratoire de Physique et Mod´elisation des Milieux Condens´es, Grenoble (the only CNRS position in mathematical physics awarded in all of France in that year).

Already his doctoral thesis contains seminal results on gi- ant vortices and vortex circles, and he published two impor- tant papers on these topics in 2011. This work was pushed

further in a series of papers together with Michele Correggi, Florian Pinsker and Jakob Yng- vason, which appeared 2011-2013. Further important contributions concern the quantum Hall regime of rapidly rotating Bose gases (joint with Sylvia Serfaty and Jakob Yngvason), a new approach to the mean-field limit in quantum many-body physics, based on a quantum version of de Finetti’s theorem (joint with Mathieu Lewin and Phan-Tanh Nam). He has furthermore published work on polarons in quantum crystals, on higher dimensional Coulomb gases and on the average field approximation for extended anyons.

IUPAP Commission 19 (Astrophysics) - Activity report 2014/2015

  1. Commission membership 2014-2017

    Chair: Grazina Tautvaisiene [Lithuania] Vice-chair: Gerry Gilmore [United Kingdom] Secretary: Patrick Woudt [South Africa] Members: Petr Hadrava [Czech Republic]

    Shuang-Nan Zhang [China] Chanda Jog [India]

    Michel Rieutord [France] Rafael Rebolo [Spain]

    Marat Mingaliev [Russian Federation] Andreas Burkert [Germany]

    Sabine Schindler [Austria] Sung Won Kim [Korea]

    Chryssa Kouveliotou [United States] Pietro Ubertini [Italy]

    Associate members (2013-2015): Wieping Liu [China]

    Virginia Trimble [United States]

    The following people have been nominated as associate members of Commission 19 for the next term:

    Hans Kjeldsen [Denmark] - Prof Kjeldsen works at Arhus University since 2013. He is a member of Kepler Astro-seismic Investigation Steering Committee. In 2011, he was awarded by the NASA Group Achievement Award for outstanding science guidance and exemplary creativity and dedication in connection to the Kepler on-orbit operations and science.

    Weiping Liu [China] - Prof Liu is an associate president at the China Institute of Atomic Energy since 2005. He was nominated to the position of an associate member of C19 by the IUPAP C12. He is an active associate C19 member presently.

    Keiichi Maeda [Japan] - Prof Maeda works at the Physics Department, Waseda University, since 1989. He is an author of a monograph "The Scalar-Tensor Theory of Gravitation" (Cambridge University Press, 2003, with Y. Fujii). He was nominated to the position of an associate member of C19 by Masaki Mori, a liaison from the Japanese Science Council to IUPAP and a member of IUPAP C4 commission.

    Virginia Trimble [United States] - Prof Trimble joined the faculty of the University of California, Irvine in 1971. She was awarded the NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing of the National Academy of Sciences (1986), Klopsteg Memorial Award (2001), George Van Biesbroeck Prize (2010). She is a for- mer vice-president of the International Astronomical Union. She is active as an associate C19 member presently.

  2. IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Astrophysics: 2014 and 2015

    Commission 19 received a large number of outstanding nominations for the 2014 and 2015 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in the field of Astrophysics. The commission selected the following two winners:

    2014 - Dr Nanda Rea (University of Amsterdam, NL) for her valuable contribution to the study of neutron stars. In particular for the discovery that magnetars can have low dipolar magnetic fields in line with the normal pulsar population, at variance with the long-standing belief that the electron critical magnetic field was a lower limit for magnetar-activity to take place.

    2015 - Dr Sylvain Guiriec (University of Maryland, USA) for his insightful and innovative contributions to- wards understanding the nature of gamma ray burst prompt emission, in particular the establishment of multi-component spectra, and the discovery of a new Peak Energy - Luminosity relation showing that GRBs can be used as standard candles and thereby as unique cosmological probes.


    Nanda Rea was born in 1978 in Rome, Italy. She graduated from the University of Tor Vergata/INAF- Astronomical Observatory of Rome in 2006. Since then she spent several years with different post-doctoral fellowships (at SRON and The University of Amsterdam). In 2009 she started a 5 year tenure-track at the Institute for Space Sci- ences (ICE) in Barcelona, part of the CSIC (the Spanish National Research Council). In 2014 she was awarded an NWO Vidi grant to build a research group in The Nether- lands. She is currently a tenured staff scientist at CSIC, and a research group leader at the Anton Pannekoek Institute of the University of Amsterdam.

    Since her PhD years, Nanda Rea has worked on several aspects of neutron stars, both observationally and on the interpretation side. She was invited for colloquia and seminars in many worldwide institutes (Harvard, NYU, Max Plank, University of Sydney, ATNF, IAC, and others). In 2014 she was awarded the Zeldovich Medal for Astrophysics and Space Science from COSPAR and the Russian Acad- emy of Science, for her crucial contribution to the understanding of neutron stars with strong magnetic fields.


    Sylvain Guiriec was born in 1978 in Brest, France. In 2002 - 2003, he obtained a Masters degree in Material Sciences as well as an Engineering degree in Atomic and Molecular modeling and simulation, and computational structural analysis and de- sign from the Institut Superieur des Materiaux du Mans, France. He worked for two years as a young researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA, and at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain, where he studied radiation damage for the nuclear research field. In 2004, he obtained a Masters degree in Astrophysics, Planetology and Space Sciences & Techniques and an Engineering degree in Space Sciences & Techniques from Paul Sabatier University and the Institut Superieur de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace (SUPAERO), France. He received his PhD in December

    2007 in Astrophysics from the Montpellier II University, France. His thesis was both theoretical and instru- mental: (i) he studied the theoretical aspects of GRBs and made predictions of observability with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (Fermi), and (ii) he participated to the integration and tests of the Fermi/Large Area Telescope (LAT), for which he developed an algorithm for suppressing its proton background.

    After the launch of Fermi mid-2008, Sylvain Guiriec joined the National Space Science and Technology Cen- ter, USA - associated to the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center - with a 3-year postdoctoral position at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA. His main efforts focused on the observational analysis of GRBs, leading to the discovery of the first clear evidence for photospheric emission in their prompt emission. He also worked on Magnetars, Solar Flares and Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes. Since 2011 Sylvain Guiriec worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA, first as a fellow of the NASA Postdoctoral Program and then as an Assistant Research Scientist affiliated with the University of Maryland, College Park and the Cen- ter for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology.

    The two winners of the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Astrophysics have been invited to present their work at the Texas Symposium for Relativistic Astrophysics, where the IUPAP medal will be awarded. The 28th edi- tion of the Texas Symposium will be held 13-18 December 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.

  3. Sponsored conferences by Commission 19

    In 2015, the 28th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics (13-18 December 2015, Geneva, Switzer- land) has been selected for support from IUPAP. Commission 19 members Grazina Tautvaisiene, Virginia Trimble and Shuang-Nan Zhang are part of the Scientific Organising Committee (SOC) of the 28th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics.

    For 2016, Commission 19 expressed their strong support for the 3rd PANDA Symposium on Multi-wave- length Time Domain Astronomy, to be held from 30 May to 3 June 2016 in China. Commission 19 members Chryssa Kouveliotou, Weiping Liu, Michel Rieutord, Grazina Tautvaisiene, Virginia Trimble, Pietro Ubertini, Patrick Woudt and Shuang-Nan Zhang are part of the SOC of the 3rd PANDA Symposium.

  4. Meeting of Commission 19

    Eight members of Commission 19 met on 7 August 2015 in Hawaii during the XXIX General Assembly of the IAU. This was the first face-to-face meeting for many members and associated members of Commission 19. The meeting was organised by the chair of Commission 19.

    During the meeting in Hawaii, members of Commission 19 were acquainted with research activities by commission members and discussed the possibility of supporting the 3rd PANDA Symposium on time-do- main astrophysics in China in 2016.


    Members of Commission 19 at the XXIX General Assembly of the IAU in Hawaii. From left to right: Michel Rieutord, Weiping Liu, Grazina Tautvaisiene, Pietro Ubertini, Virginia Trimble, Chryssa Kouveliotou, Patrick Woudt and Shuang-Nan Zhang.

  5. Update of the Commission 19 web site

The web site of Commission 19 has undergone a number of changes and updates. For the latest version see:

This report has been compiled on 23 September 2015 by: Patrick Woudt, Secretary Commission 19

Grazina Tautvaisiene, Chair Commission 19


Brief Report on Commission on Computational Physics (C20) Activities

  1. C20 Commission

    Chair: Hai-Qing Lin (China)

    Vice-chair: David P. Landau (US) Secretary: Joan Adler (Israel) Members:

    Constantia Alexandrou (Cyprus) Mark Brachet (France)

    Ronald Dickman (Brasil); Hans Fangohr (UK); Suklyun Hong (Korea); Masatoshi Imada (Japan); Georg Kresse (Austria);

    Richard Liska (Czech Republic); Priya Mahadezvan (India);

    Lev Shchur (Russia);

    Maria-Roser Valent (Germany);

  2. Conference on Computational Physics (CCP) and Others

    1. CCP2014 was successfully held 11-14 August 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, organized by Professor Anders Sandvik of Boston University.

    2. Conference “Computer Simulations in Physics and beyond” was successfully held 06-10 September 2015 in Moscow, Russia, organized by Professor Lev Shchur of Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Scientific Center in Chernogolovka and National Research University Higher School of Economics. Details could be found in:

    3. CCP2015 will be taken place at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, India from 2 to 5 December 2015, organized by Professors Sitangshu Bikas Santra of the Indian Institute of Technology at Guwahati and Purusattam Ray of the Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Chennai at the IIT campus in Guwahati. More information on the conference can be found in:

    4. CCP2016 is going to be held in South Africa, 10-14 July 2016, organized by Prof. Nithaya Chetty and Prof. Brian Masara.

  3. Young Scientist Prize (YSP)

  1. The 2014 YSP has been awarded to Professor Mathieu Salanne, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris “for the development of appropriate methods to allow realistic atomistic simulation of molten salts and ionic liquids in situations of relevance to electrochemistry.” The prize will be presented at the CCP2015 in December this year, as Dr Salanne could not attend the CCP2014.

  2. The 2015 YSP will be awarded to Dr. Wei-Min Wang at Laser-plasma physics of the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China “for his significant achievements in computational plasma physics with applications to advanced schemes of inertial confined fusion and novel laser-plasma based particle accelerators and radiation sources.” The prize will be presented at the CCP2015 in December this year.

  3. The 2016 YSP is calling for nominations. The announcement is attached.

H.Q. Lin, C20