Prize Recipient

Alexis Casner
University of Bordeaux-CNRS-CEA


"For major advancements of the shock ignition concept through collaborative experimental and simulation efforts in inertial confinement fusion research."


Alexis Casner graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay in 1997 with Agrégation of
Physics. He started studying laser matter interaction during his PhD (University of Bordeaux, 2002)
devoted to radiation pressure effects on soft liquid interfaces (Prix Le Monde de la Recherche
Universitaire, 2004). His career in Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) began in 2003 when he was
hired at CEA DAM. He has performed CEA indirect drive experimental campaigns relevant for
ablative Rayleigh—Taylor instability (aRTI) in ICF targets on the OMEGA laser from 2003 to 2010.
He was also in charge as coordinator of CEA campaigns on LIL and LMJ from 2008 to 2017.
Meanwhile, he has been involved as Principal Investigator on the NIF since 2011, where he has lead 5
NIF Discovery Science proposals. Dr Casner was awarded the 2017 Prize Fabre “for his outstanding
contributions in the field of ICF, hydrodynamic instabilities and x-ray imaging diagnostics”. He
started with Dr Ribeyre the experimental collaboration around Shock Ignition between LLE and
CELIA in 2010. Almost one collaborative campaign has been performed every year since then. He
served in the Executive C ommittee of the NIF User Group from 2011 to 2016, in the Omega Laser
User Group from 2017 to 2020. Currently Research Director at CEA DAM, he is also Deputy Director
at Centre Lasers Intenses et Applications (CELIA), University of Bordeaux. Dr Casner wrote more
than 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 25 as lead author.

Selection Committee:

2020 Selection Committee Members: Emilia Solano, EPS (Chair); Bill Heidbrink, APS (Vice Chair); Tony Bell, EPS; Li-Jen Chen, APS ; Carlos A. Romero Talamás, APS; Vladimir Tikhonchuk, EPS