Best Image and Video in Plasma Physics Competition

Best Image and Video in Plasma Physics Competition

The EPS 2018 will feature the Best Image and Video in Plasma Physics Competition that will celebrate the beauty of scientific exploration and the interlinked nature of art and science.


  • Best IMAGE in Plasma Physics: Eleanor Tubman - IMAGE #9
  • Best VIDEO in Plasma Physics: Giannandrea Inchingolo - VIDEO #1
  • Committee Award: Miroslav Šnírer - IMAGE #1



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Best IMAGE in Plasma Physics Finalists



Miroslav Snirer, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Filamentation of argon atmospheric microwave plasma driven by surface waves. Experimental conditions: 45 mm diameter silica tube, 500 W input MW power, 1 L/min Ar flow.



Giannandrea Inchingolo, GoLP/IST, Portugal

Turbulence is a crucial mechanism in many astrophysical scenarios. The image shows the first fully kinetic, self-induced turbulence obtained with a  PIC simulation of a collisionless accretion disk. The lines of the magnetic field (in blue) confine the plasma islands (in red) in a correlated dynamic. This frame reveals the multiscale nature of turbulence, with plasma islands of different sizes.

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Jack Hare, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

A long exposure image taken of a pulsed-power-driven reconnection experiment at the MAGPIE facility at Imperial College London. Two exploding wire arrays produce super-sonic plasma flows which collide at the centre of the image, creating an intense sheet of electric current which heats the plasma. Light trails from shards of super-heated titanium are visible. (Canon 500D: 1.3s, f/8, ND3, ISO100)



Martin Jirka, IST Lisbon / ELI Beamlines / CTU Prague, Czech Republic

Positrons (spheres) created in the interaction of accelerated electrons with the field of two colliding laser beams (below). The color of spheres corresponds to the positron energy.



Michael Komm, Institute of Plasma Physics of the CAS, Czech Republic

View of a discharge in the COMPASS tokamak

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Luke Simons, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Observations of breakup of particles seen by the divertor view camera in the Joint European Torus (JET) tokamak. Eleven frames from #86124 beginning at 59.0s are superimposed to create the image. Characteristics of the process suggest rotational breakup of liquid metal droplets is responsible.



Mariana Danielová, ELI Beamlines, Czech Republic

An obliquely incident laser pulse pulls out electrons from a solid target during a process called "J x B heating". Some of these electrons are re-accelerated into the target while others totter in the complex electromagnetic fields in front of it.



Giancarlo Maero, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Kelvin-Helmholtz waves of arbitrary wavenumber are resonantly induced in a circular-profile column of magnetized electrons by tailored rotating electric fields. Off-resonance drives may result in a superposition of simultaneously active modes. The system is equivalent to fluid vorticity (-> plasma density) perturbations in a 2D inviscid fluid arising from external strain (-> electric) fields.



Eleanor Tubman, Imperial College, London, UK

An exploding wire array where a current of 1.4 MA is driven through thin aluminium wires in 480 ns producing an ablating plasma which flows outwards towards a grid of horizontal wires, with a vertical rod behind. This experiment was performed on the MAGPIE generator at Imperial College to investigate bow shocks in magnetised flows, using grids of wires to affect the frozen-in-flow magnetic fields.



Arianna Formenti, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Ion shell, gnuplot on canvas

Particle-In-Cell simulation of ultra-intense laser-driven ion acceleration using a nanostructured target, with an artistic twist. In the deepest depths of the sea, a shell guards its little precious treasure. The shell is the angle-energy distribution of the laser-accelerated protons.

Best VIDEO in Plasma Physics Finalists



Giannandrea Inchingolo, GoLP/IST, Portugal

Magnetorotational instability (MRI) is a crucial mechanism for the amplification of magnetic fields in accretion disks. The video shows a PIC simulation of the evolution of the magnetic field, from MRI to the final turbulent state. The soundtrack is obtained by modulating the spectrum at different moments of the simulation in order to offer the audio experience of turbulence.



Marco Veranda, Consorzio RFX, Italy

The video presents a case of self-organization in a toroidal pinch. Self-organization emerges spontaneously, exploiting the natural tendency of the plasma to develop a helical equilibrium. In reversed-field pinches the achievement of a pure helical magnetic field generates a high-temperature core enclosed by transport barriers. Data come from 3D MHD modelling predictions, confirmed by experiments.



Matthieu Bardon, CEA/CESTA, France

This video is a simulation performed with the PIC code SOPHIE (CEA) which represents the propagation of the proton beam post accelerated and focused by the EMP generated by the discharge current pulse through the coil (chromatic focusing phenomenon).



Luca Fedeli, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Particle-In-Cell simulation of ultra-intense laser interaction with a nanowire-coated target



Jack Hare, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Ultra-high speed movie of an imploding carbon wire array (11 frames, 5 ns exposure, 20 ns between frames, false colour). Eight wires produce converging inflows seen in the first frame, which coalesce to produce and confine a column of plasma which develops complicated dynamics as it evolves.

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Catalin Ticos, INFLPR, Romania

Dust trajectories in the top layer of a plasma crystal irradiated by an electron beam. The microparticles have a diameter of 11.8 microns and the electron beam has an energy 13 keV.



Mathias Hoppe, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Evolution of a simulated bremsstrahlung image from mono-energetic runaway electrons with pitch angles evolving between .02-.42 rad. Only particles on six flux surfaces are included to illustrate how the radial distribution of runaways affects the observed image. Initially, particles are observed on an S-shaped surface which gradually splits into two oval surfaces as the pitch angle increases.



Diogo Carvalho IPFN/IST, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Tomographic reconstruction of JET pulse 92213 from bolometer data, computed via a 22540x56 transformation matrix that was fitted on 800 reconstructions using a machine learning framework (Theano) running on an Nvidia Titan X GPU.



Glen Wurden, Max Planck Inst. for Plasma Physics, Germany

High resolution infrared video of one of the new water-cooled graphite divertor target plates for Wendelstein 7-X, being hit by a modulated 10 MW/m^2 neutral beam in the GLADIS test stand. Garching, Germany.



Mariana Danielová, ELI Beamlines, Czech Republic

High-quality and stable sub-relativistic electron sources are of great demand for various applications in industry and material science. The electron sources in such regime have been previously produced by downscaling a LWFA or using high-repetition rate laser-plasma accelerators. Visualization was done in Paraview using NVIDIA index plugin for volumetric data, author of the simulation is Petr Valenta.

Rules and Details


  • Open to participants of The 45th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics (EPS 2018)
  • Submission is now closed
  • One participant can submit max. one IMAGE and one VIDEO
  • Group submissions are not allowed
  • Each submission must be accompanied by a short description (max. 400 characters)
  • IMAGE FORMAT: high-resolution (ideally 4K - 3840 x 2160 px) JPG or PNG
  • VIDEO FORMAT: best is MP4 (H.264 or H.265 Codec), 4K or FullHD resolution, length should be under 3 minutes, file size below 500 MB


  • International committee of physicists and artists will select a minimum of 10 images and 5 videos. Maximum is not set. (The actual number should reflect the overall quality of the submissions and is up to the committee)
  • Selected submissions will enter the final competition at the conference where each attendee will be able to vote for one IMAGE and one VIDEO.
  • Selected submissions will be displayed as a slideshow on large screens in several locations at the conference venues, projection screens in lecture halls during breaks and waiting times, as well as on the conference website.
  • Voting will be in person and will take place in the Virtual Reality and Visualization Lab in Manes Gallery throughout the duration of the conference until Friday noon.
  • The Committee will select one recipient of the Committee Award. (This can be either image or video submission)
  • Winners in the two categories as well as the recipient of the Committee Award will be announced on Friday afternoon and will each receive a prize (400 EUR worth digital camera) and a diploma.


  • Voting will be in person and will take place in the Virtual Reality and Visualization Lab in Manes Gallery throughout the duration of the conference until Friday noon.
  • Each conference attendee will receive two distinct cards: one for voting the best IMAGE and one for the best VIDEO.