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François Gelis, professor of quantum field theory at École polytechnique, receives the prestigious Langevin prize

François Gelis is a brillant theoretical physicist specializing in the study of quantum chromodynamics, the microscopic theory of strong interactions. Exceptionally prolific researcher enjoying a large international visibility, François focusses on the formation of the quark-gluon plasma in heavy-ion collisions. His research work has lead him to contribute to all aspects of quantum field theory, at finite temperature as well as at zero temperature and out-of-equilibrium, from formal developments to phenomenological applications.

The 2015 Langevin prize from the French physical society (Société Française de Physique), which he shares with Ubirajara van Kolck of IPN Orsay, recognizes the considerable impact of his scientific works. According to Société Française de Physique, François Gelis can be regarded as "one of the two or three best young researchers in his field over the last fifteen years". He had already been awarded the CNRS bronze medal in 2003 for his early achievements.

Starting in the Fall 2016, François Gelis will join the master "High Energy Physics" at École polytechnique to teach quantum field theory at M2 level.

After his studies at École normale supérieure in Lyon (bachelor, master, "agrégation"), François Gelis prepared his PhD in theoretical physics in Annecy (LAPTh), which he defended in 1998. Subsequently, he moved to Brookhaven National Laboratory (New York, USA) for a postdoc, then to LPT/Orsay. He was also a fellow at CERN. Since 2002, he is a tenured researcher at Institut de physique théorique of CEA/Saclay.