• The “Natas” of Visualization 2017 have been announced!

    And they are “tasty”! Following our tradition (see News for the “2014 Natas”News for the “2015 Natas”, News for the “2016 Natas”), the prizes for the winners of the image and video of 2017, the “natas” of visualization, were awarded to Fabio Cruz (left, and triple winner after wins in 2014 and 2016) and to Fabrizio Del Gaudio (right). The term “Nata” was coined by one of the previous winners Paulo Alves: “Nata” is a tasty Portuguese pastry that everybody likes. It’s as enjoyable as having our simulations running nicely on a big supercomputer. It can also mean being at the top, at a high level, important.” Many congratulations to the 2017 winners! The images and videos will be posted on the team website and over the next few weeks on GoLP’s Facebook page.

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  • Paper by Thomas G et al selected as PoP Impactful articles from 2017

    The paper “Laser absorption via quantum electrodynamics cascades in counter propagating laser pulses” by Thomas Grismayer et al has been selected by Physics of Plasmas in the collection of Impactful articles from 2017. This is a collection of top articles of 2017. The list is comprised of most cited, most downloaded, DPP Special Issue articles, and Editor’s Picks. These articles have been made free to download for a limited time.

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  • Happy New Year

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  • GoLP Xmas and New Year celebration

    GoLP members joined on sunny December 20 for another GoLP Xmas and New Year celebration. Besides having the tasty “bacalhau” and other season delicatessens there was still time for the canonical picture of (almost) all the team members in the front of IST’s Main building.

     

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  • Mariana M awarded Best MSc Thesis in Plasma Physics, Lasers and Nuclear Fusion in 2016/2017

    Many congratulations to Mariana M for being awarded the best MEFT MSc thesis in plasma physics, lasers and nuclear fusion in the academic year 2016/2017. Mariana’s thesis was on ““Influence of proton bunch and plasma parameters on the AWAKE experiment” supervised by Jorge V.

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  • EuPRAXIA at IST

    The 2nd EuPRAXIA Yearly meeting, held from November 20 to November 24 2017, was hosted at IST and organised by GoLP. This meeting gathered more than 80 participants coming from several European Countries. The goal of this project is to produce a conceptual design report for the worldwide first high energy plasma-based accelerator that can provide industrial beam quality and user areas (more information here). ​The Portuguese participation in the EuPRAXIA project is provided by GoLP. The EuPRAXIA is a project funded by the EU. The EuPRAXIA yearly meeting at IST was sponsored by IST and CGD.

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  • Rui Silva awarded MSc in Physics Engineering

    Congratulations to Rui Oliveira e Silva for successfully defend his MSc thesis in Physics Engineering!

    In his thesis entitled “Design of optical spectrometers with RamSERS project”, Rui evaluates the parameters for the design of two Raman spectrometers , with the goal of achieving very competitive specifications using off-the-shelf optical elements. The design is verified by paraxial analysis and Zemax.

    The ultimate goal of the project is to develop a portable device for the identification of cancer biomarkers through Raman spectroscopy.

    Well done, Rui!

     

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  • Celso João awarded Best PhD in Optics and Photonics Prize

    Celso João, who successfully defended his PhD thesis in 2016, has now been awarded the Prize for the Best PhD Thesis in Optics by the Portuguese Society for Optics and Photonics (SPOF).

    Celso, a postdoc researcher and member of the Group for Lasers and Plasmas, has specialised in high power laser design and development. In his thesis entitled “Diode-pumped solid-state lasers for optical parametric amplification pumping”, he describes the implementation of new two diode-pumped ytterbium lasers for pumping OPCPA amplifiers.

    The first laser amplifier is installed at IST, while the second was added to the front end of the PHELIX laser at GSI Darmstadt, through a collaboration with IOQ/IAP-FSU Jena. The work was supervised by Prof. Gonçalo Figueira (IST), head of the Laboratory for Intense Lasers in Lisbon.

    SPOF was created in 2009 with the goals of promoting optics from the viewpoints of research, training and education. The national prize for the…

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  • Rui T awarded MSc degree at IST

    Many congratulations to Rui T for his recent MSc graduation with a thesis on “Realistic modelling of vacuum polarization induced light scattering scenarios in extreme intense fields”, under the supervision of Thomas G.

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  • Mariana M awarded MSc degree at IST

    Many congratulations to Mariana M for her recent MSc graduation with excellent marks. Mariana will now become a CERN fellow while pursuing her PhD degree with our team working on the AWAKE experiment under the supervision of Jorge V.

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  • Recent paper in PoP selected for AIP SciLight

    A recent paper in Physics of Plasmas by Hossein S, Jorge V, and Luis OS “Ponderomotive beatwave ion acceleration using twisted light” has been highlighted in AIP Scilight with the article “Hollow counter-propagating lasers extend the energy of optically accelerated ions” by J. H. Majors. The highlight is available here.

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  • epp team at APS DPP 2017

    Our team attended the 59th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, October 23 – 27, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin presenting several posters, delivering one invited talk in the general session, two invited talks in a mini-conference, and several contributed talks. The IOP reception was another great opportunity to have a good time with many of our friends. From left to right, Ricardo F (IST/ISCTE-IUL), Warren M (UCLA), Jorge V (IST), Thomas G (IST), Nitin S (IST), Anton H (IST/UCLA), Sam T (SLAC/Stanford), Bob B (RAL/Strathclyde), Kevin S (IST), Luis OS (IST), Frederico F (SLAC/Stanford), Xavier D (CEA), Paulo A (SLAC/Stanford), and Nuno L (LLNL).

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  • Luis OS at EPFL Physics Day and SPC

    Luis OS delivered a talk at the Swiss Plasma Centre and another talk in the 1st EPFL Physics Day on October 16 in the incredible Rolex Learning Centre at EPFL. The talks presented some the recent developments of our team in plasmas under extreme intensities.

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  • 1st Osiris Users and Developers Workshop

    Our team had a strong participation at the 1st Osiris Users and Developers Workshop organized at UCLA from Sep 18 and Sep 20 (a joint organisation between UCLA and IST). With over 50 participants it also an excellent opportunity to learn about all the exciting developments in Osiris, also some of the cool physics being explored, and, of course, meet again our alumni and friends (in the photo, from left to right, Fabrizio DG, Anton H, Kevin S, Fabio C, Diana A, Ricardo F, Paulo A, Thomas G, Giannandrea I). The website of the workshop, including presentations, is here. The next workshop will be held at IST in 2018.

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  • epp team at EACC 2017

    Our team members Jorge V and Thales S attended the 3rd European Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop 2017 in Elba, Italy, La Biodola, Isola d’Elba, Italy, delivering talks and presenting posters. This was also an opportunity to follow up on collaborations, committee meetings, and meet old friends and GoLP alumni. In the picture, Timon M (now at DESY), Joana LM (now at Chalmers), Thales S and Jorge V. 

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