Prize Recipient

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Frederico Fiuza
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory


"For generating Weibel-mediated collisionless shocks in the laboratory, impacting a broad range of energetic astrophysical scenarios, plasma physics, and experiments using high energy and high power lasers conducted at basic plasma science facilities."


Frederico Fiuza is a Senior Staff Scientist and the Theory Group Leader at the High Energy Density Science division at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He obtained his degree in Physics Engineering and his PhD degree in Plasma Physics from Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal, in 2007 and 2012, respectively. He subsequently became a Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory between 2012 and 2015, before joining SLAC. He is interested in the combination of massively parallel kinetic simulations and experiments to explore a wide range of topics in astrophysical and laboratory plasmas, including particle acceleration, magnetic field amplification, collisionless shocks, magnetic reconnection, and instabilities in fusion plasmas. Frederico has been awarded the Lawrence Fellowship in 2012, the European Physical Society PhD Research Award in 2013, the DOE Early Career Research Program Award in 2017, and the APS Thomas H. Stix Award in 2018.