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The 1st Announcement: The 6th International Conference on Matter and Radiation at Extremes

ICMRE 2023 | June 5-9, 2023 | Zhuhai, China

The 6th International Conference on Matter and Radiation at Extremes (ICMRE2023) will be held from June 5th to 9th, 2023 in Zhuhai, China. ICMRE2023 will be hosted by Science and Technology on Plasma Physics Laboratory, the Department of Astronomy, Beijing Normal University, and Shenzhen Technology University, and will be supported by the journal Matter and Radiation at Extremes (MRE).

The International Conference on Matter and Radiation at Extremes (ICMRE) is an international conference convened periodically since 2016. The 1st (ICMRE2016), 2nd (ICMRE2017), 3rd (ICMRE2018) and 4th (ICMRE2019) were held successfully in Chengdu, Beijing, Tsingtao and Hefei China, respectively. The 5th ICMRE was postponed to 2022 and was held virtually. It will provide an opportunity to discuss the latest results of physics, technology and applications in the area of matter and radiation at extremes.

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Meet New Associate Editor of Matter and Radiation at Extremes, Dominik Kraus

Dominik Kraus is a professor for high energy density physics at University of Rostock and group leader at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) in Germany. He received his PhD at TU Darmstadt, Germany in 2012 for experimental work at the PHELIX laser of GSI Helmholtzzentrum for heavy ion research. He then moved to UC Berkeley as a postdoc to conduct experiments at the Linac Coherent Light Source of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and at the National Ignition Facility of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In 2016, he joined HZDR as a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group Leader to work towards first experiments using the Helmholtz International Beamline for Extreme Fields (HIBEF) at the High Energy Density instrument of European XFEL. Before starting the professorship in Rostock in 2020, he also headed the high energy density division at HZDR from 2018 to 2020.

Dominik’s primary research interests are the experimental investigation of chemistry and phase transitions inside giant planets, warm and hot dense matter relevant to the interiors of stars, and the synthesis of new materials via extreme conditions.

Matter and Radiation at Extremes (MRE) Appoints Michel Koenig as Co-Editor-in-Chief

After a master in theoretical physics and doctoral studies on theoretical atomic physics in Warm Dense Matter at University P&M Curie (Paris), Michel Koenig entered CNRS in 1988 at the LULI laboratory (Ecole Polytechnique). He moved from theoretical to experimental plasma physics, more especially to ICF, being in charge of the 4 implosion campaigns conducted on the 6 beams laser facility at LULI until 1992. He then created and led the High Energy Density research group until 2013. Since then, his research activity did present a large spectrum of topics among HEDP: Atomic physics in dense plasmas, Warm Dense Matter, ICF, Fast Ignitor physics, Shock ignition physics, Laser driven shocks & EOS measurements, Highly correlated plasma physics, Planetary physics, Laboratory Astrophysics.

Among this large spectrum in HEDP, M. Koenig has been recognized as a pioneer in EOS measurement on using laser driven shock wave (PRL95). It was followed by several EOS dedicated work and applications to planetary physics. In particular, he looked after materials of terrestrial planets either Earth or super-Earth type paying a dedicated attention to iron, iron alloys melting line up to 1 Tpa.  

In parallel, Michel Koenig and his group initiated, in France, the novel research field so-called "laboratory astrophysics".  In particular they perform a comprehensive study of radiative shocks (RS) on several high energy laser facilities such as LULI, Gekko, LIL and now LMJ. M. Koenig also studied the formation and dynamics of accretion shocks in collaboration with E. Falize (CEA) as found in magnetic cataclysmic variables. More recently he performed with his group and A. Casner (CELIA) hydrodynamic instabilities studies on LULI2000 laser facility and SACLA using a new extremely high spatial detector (LiF).

Michel Koenig supervised 20 PhD thesis, published 266 referenced papers, and was awarded by the PPCF Dendy Europe-Asia Pacific Award for Outstanding Research Collaboration in Plasma Physics in 2019. He is member of the JLF Executive Committee, of the NIF Executive Committee, of the HEDLA conference executive committee. He was chair of the ICHED conference executive committee, member of the WDM conference executive committee from 1993 until 2017 and visiting professor at Osaka University.

Matter and Radiation at Extremes (MRE) Appoints Ho-Kwang (David) Mao as Co-Editor-in-Chief

Ho-Kwang (David) Mao is currently the Director of the Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research in China.  He received Ph.D. degree in 1968 from the University of Rochester, and worked at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington on high-pressure research from 1968 to 2018.

As a fundamental physical variable, high pressure alters all states of matter, but for many years, its effects were poorly understood due to experimental limitations: either the pressure was too low to cause significant changes in liquids and solids, or samples under high pressure could not be subjected to thorough analyses. Advances in diamond-cell technology led by Mao have changed this prospect. He reached static high pressures of several megabars with simultaneous high-temperature or cryogenic conditions in the laboratory and developed an unprecedented array of laser, synchrotron and electromagnetic probes for accurate investigations of new phenomena through the diamond windows. He has pioneered the establishment of dedicated high-pressure synchrotron beamlines since 1980’s and was the founding Director of the HPCAT Sector at the Advanced Photon Scource. With co-workers, Mao has made key discoveries in physics, chemistry, geoscience, and materials science, and in effect, added a new pressure dimension to science and technology. 

Mao is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Foreign Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China) and Foreign Member of Royal Society of London (UK).  He has been elected as Fellow of the American Physical Society, American Geophysical Union, Mineralogical Society of America, Geochemical Society, and European Association for Geochemistry.

Matter and Radiation at Extremes (MRE), a leading journal of science and technology on extreme states of matter and radiation, seeks a Co-Editor-in-Chief.

Requirements: Candidates should be highly regarded scientists with research expertise in related field of fundamental physics at extremes conditions and be able to maintain and build on the prestige and influence of MRE. The successful candidate will bring a vision and passion for excellence to the role as well as strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Adopting a strategic view will be important, as will working collaboratively with the Editor-in-Chief Dr. Weiyan Zhang and other editors, editorial advisory board members, editorial office staff, and Publisher AIPP, to translate that strategy into a vibrant editorial program. Previous editorial experience is beneficial but not mandatory. This is an exciting and challenging position at a time of change in scholarly publications and communication.

Responsibilities: The Co-Editor-in-Chief is chair of the editorial board and has the following executive responsibilities:

  • Oversees the technical content and quality of MRE, be responsible for ensuring the quality and quantity of the research articles published in the journal
  • Organize hot topics or special issue and commission important papers
  • Lead an editorial team at the journal
  • Acts as spokesperson for MRE in public forums, to travel to attend conferences, seminars, and scientific meetings and to build a broad network of domestic and international contacts
  • Chairs and directs editorial board meetings

There are no geographic limitations to the Editor’s location. The initial appointment is for five years with the possibility of renewal. The successful candidate will be paid an honorarium commensurate with the roles and responsibilities of the position.

The search committee welcomes either applications or nominations of potential candidates. A nomination can be a short note suggesting a suitable candidate. An application should consist of a Curriculum Vitae and a statement of the applicant's vision and future aspirations for MRE. The statement should be no more than 3 pages and should include a few paragraphs on your leadership experience and scientific accomplishments that make you uniquely qualified for the co-Editor-in-Chief position.

Applications or nominations received before March 1, 2019 will receive full consideration. A Search Committee will advise MRE editorial office regarding suitable candidates for the position. Please send applications or nominations by e-mail with the subject line 'Editor Search' to

Matter and Radiation at Extremes (MRE) Person of the year, 2019

Distinguished Editorial Board Members of MRE

Hokwang Mao

Hokwang Mao

Associate Editor of MRE

Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research, China

In recognition of his (and his team’s) exceptional dedication to the Editorial Strategy of MRE, and outstanding contribution to the section of High Pressure Physics and Materials Science of MRE.


Outstanding Authors of MRE

Stefan Weber

Stefan Weber

Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic

In recognition of his (and his team’s) highly cited paper “P3: An installation for high-energy density plasma physics and ultra-high intensity laser–matter interaction at ELI-Beamlines”


Bai-Song Xie

Bai-Song Xie

Beijing Normal University, China

In recognition of his (and his team’s) highly cited paper “Electron-positron pair production in ultrastrong laser fields”


Xiao-Jia Li

Xiao-Jia Li

Laser Fusion Research Center, CAEP, China

In recognition of his (and his team’s) innovative paper “A novel superconducting magnetic levitation method to support the laser fusion capsule by using permanent magnets“



Professor Yu Min, a master of theoretical physics, left us forever

It is with deep sadness we announce that Yu Min, a master of theoretical physics and academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, left us forever on Jan.16, 2019, at the age of 93.

Professor Yu graduated from Peking University in 1949, and made major contributions in a number of important topics as a theoretical physicist at the Institute of Modern Physics, CAS, from 1951 to 1960. During this period, Professor Yu developed the nuclear coherence structure model, and had made pioneering and outstanding contributions to fundamental research on atomic physics.

In addition to Professor Yu’s fundamental scientific contributions, he also made major contributions to China’s national security. For over half a century, Prof. Yu was a leading scientist of China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP), and led and guided the development and research of high technology in China, including inertial fusion, free electron lasers, x-ray lasers and Z-pinch. Of particular significance was his work in inertial fusion where he developed China’s long-term strategy in this field, innovative concepts, and its potential for energy and fundamental high energy density science.

Yu also recognized the importance of scientific publishing. In the late 1980s, he and his colleagues founded the Chinese journal High Power Laser and Particle Beams. In 2015, he named CAEP’s new international journal as Matter and Radiation at Extremes.

Recognizing all of Professor Yu’s indelible contributions, he received China’s most prestigious award in science and technology, the State Supreme Science and Technology Award of 2014 in Jan., 2015.

May Professor Yu have eternal rest and peace!