Prize Recipient

Xavier Ribeyre
University of Bordeaux-CNRS-CEA


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


Xavier Ribeyre is a researcher at CEA since 1997 and he holds a research position in plasma
physics at the Centre Lasers Intenses et Applications (CELIA) at the University of Bordeaux,
France, since 2003. Previous positions included an engineer position at the CNRS Laboratories,
University Pierre et Marie Curie, France and a position as researcher-engineer in laser physics at
CEA in Limeil and CESTA, France. He achieved his Master degree in Laser-Matter at University
Pierre et Marie Curie & Ecole Polytechique (1991). He received in 2006 his PhD in Plasma
Physics and Astrophysics from the University of Bordeaux and in 2014 his habilitation to
supervise research from the University of Bordeaux. He is a senior expert position at CEA in
atomic and molecular physics. Dr. Ribeyre performed essential numerical simulations and
theoretical analysis related to the shock ignition concept in inertial confinement fusion. He
studied a new target design in the context of the ICF European program HiPER and he
participated in the design and the data interpretation of several OMEGA laser facility
experiments performed by the US/EU shock ignition collaboration. He performed theoretical
analytical and numerical studies on the role of the hot electron generation and on ignition
criteria in shock ignition scheme. Dr. Ribeyre has supervised 10 graduate students and
postdoctoral fellows. His work included hydrodynamic instabilities, laboratory astrophysics and
high power lasers physics.

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