Kurt Becker appointed editor-in-chief of the European Physical Journal D

Kurt H. Becker, Polytechnic Institute of NYU’s Associate Provost for Research and Technology Initiatives and Professor of Physics, has been appointed editor-in-chief of the European Physical Journal D: Atomic, Molecular, Optical, and Plasma Physics.

Dr. Becker sees his main role as editor-in-chief to broaden the journal’s coverage of plasmas and gas discharges as well as electron-driven atomic and molecular processes. As the first US-based editor-in-chief of the journal, he also considers expanding the geographical reach of the EPJ-D into the Americas, both in terms of article submissions as well as in terms of visibility, readership, and subscriptions, as one of his major challenges.

Dr. Becker, whose 3-year appointment starts on July 1, 2009, joins the 2 other EPJ-D editors-in-chief, Claude Fabre (Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel, Paris) and Franco A. Gianturco (University of Rome, “La Sapienza”).

EPJ was created in 1998 through a merger of the 3 journals Il Nuovo Cimento, Journal de Physique, and Zeitschrift für Physik. Subsequently, 4 other European physics journals were integrated: Acta Physica Hungarica, Anales de Fisica, Czech Journal of Physics, and Portugaliae Physica. The EPJ publishes papers in all areas of physics and applied physics in 6 separate journals, EPJ-A (Hadrons and Nuclei), EPJ-B (Condensed Matter and Complex Systems), EPJ-C (Particles and Fields), EPJ-D (Atomic, Molecular, Optical, and Plasma Physics), EPJ-E (Soft Matter Physics), and EPJ-AP (Applied Physics).