• President of the Portuguese Republic presides IBM Prize award ceremony to Marija V

    The IBM Prize was awarded January 16 2019 to Marija V in a ceremony at IST presided by the President of the Portuguese Republic. The official information from the Portuguese Presidency is here. Many congratulations to Marija on the prize and on the inspiring talk!

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  • Marija V receives IBM Prize Jan 16 at IST

    Marija V will be awarded the IBM Prize Jan 16 in a ceremony to be presided by the President of the Portuguese Republic at 5pm in Salão Nobre of IST. More information here.

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  • Happy New Year 2019!

    We wish everyone, our friends, colleagues, and collaborators a great 2019! We look forward to another year of hard word, lots of fun, and exciting science!

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  • HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access grant awarded to Nitin S

    Nitin S has been awarded 1250000 CPUh on the supercomputer Marconi (Cineca, Italy) in the framework of HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access programme. The HPC-Europa3 programme is supported by the EC Research Innovation Action under the H2020 Programme. It provides funding and offers access to European HPC centers. According to the programme, Nitin will visit Cineca for 4 weeks to closely work with researchers from the Supercomputing Applications and Innovation department. Nitin presented a project on collisionless shocks and was one of 45 selected candidates in this call. More information here.

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  • Luís Braga defends thesis

    Luís Braga defended successfully his MSc thesis on November 23, being awarded a final grade of 18/20.In his work, Luís evaluates the role of beam collimation at the input of a large aperture, single-pass grating compressor. The experimental setup investigated is the compressor at Vulcan’s laser Target Area West.An analytical model for space-time pulse propagation was developed, which adequately explains the influence of beam collimation on the observed pulse front tilt (PFT). Additionally, a new type of single-shot autocorrelator, capable of measuring pulse duration and PFT independently, was demonstrated.With this, a new mechanism for detecting and controlling the output PFT from a compressor was demonstrated. This work was a successful collaboration between our team at IST and the Vulcan team at the Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.Congratulations to all those involved, especially to Luís!

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  • CERN Accelerator School in Sesimbra 2019: applications are open

    The next CERN Accelerator School will be co-organized by GoLP from 11 to 22 March 2019, in Sesimbra, Portugal. The school will be devoted to High Gradient Wakefield Accelerators and it will bring to Portugal top specialists in plasma based accelerators. Students are welcomed to apply. More information here.


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  • Marija V awarded the IBM Prize 2017

    Marija V has been awarded the IBM Prize 2017. This is one of the most prestigious and longest running science prizes in Portugal (this year is the 28th edition) and recognises contributions in computational science and computer science. Previous awardees include epp and GoLP members Luis OS and Samuel Martins. Marija is developing work on computational methods to describe the interactions of light at extreme intensities. Many congratulations to Marija!

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  • Osiris contributes to the development of a programming environment for the Exascale era

    A new FET project, launched on 1 October 2018, the European joint Effort toward a Highly Productive Programming Environment for Heterogeneous Exascale Computing (3.9 M Euros) aimed at the development and deployment a production-ready parallel programming environment features Osiris as one of the key applications. epp team member Ricardo F is one of the project participants. More information here and here.

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  • Frederico F awarded Stix Award at APS DPP 2018

    At the recent APS DPP 2018 meeting, on November 8 2018, GoLP and epp team alumnus Frederico F was awarded the Stix Award of the APS. Fiuza is the fifth awardee (and the 2nd IST alumni to be awarded this prestigious prize to recognise outstanding early career contributions to plasma physics). Many congratulations to Frederico Fiuza.

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  • epp team raising the bar at APS DPP 2018

    Our team was present at the APS DPP 2018, with an invited talk by Marija V, and contributed talks and poster presentations by Ricardo F, Kevin S, Thales S, Nitin S, Giannandrea I, Fabio C, and Miguel P. The work by Marija V was featured as a press release of the APS DPP 2018 that was highlighted by several outlets (e.g. ScienceDaily, Phys.org and DOE’s NewsWise). The APS DPP 2018 was also another excellent chance to meet all the GoLP and epp team alumni, friends, and collaborators, and to keep up our commitment to continuously raising the bar.

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  • 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics celebrates lasers

    This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics was shared between Gérard Mourou (École Polytechnique, France), Donna Strickland (University of Waterloo, Canada) and Arthur Ashkin (Bell Laboratories, USA). The work of the first two winners, who were awarded half the prize, consisted of the invention of the Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) technique in the mid-1980s, which enabled increasing the power of ultrashort lasers to previously unattainable levels.

    Thanks to their invention, ultrashort, ultraintense lasers have become ubiquitous, paving the way for applications ranging from dermatology to ophthalmology and from laser acceleration to pulsed X-ray generation and laboratory astrophysics.

    IPFN congratulates the winners, whose work has been seminal to the development of high-intensity lasers and laser-plasma interaction, and celebrates their achievement. The award-winning Gérard Mourou is a long time collaborator of several members of IPFN’s Group for Lasers and Plasmas (GoLP).

    Luís Silva, Nelson Lopes and Marta Fajardo worked together with Mourou on the genesis…

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  • CPA inventors Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics

    The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Arthur Ashkin for “optical tweezers and their application to biological systems” and to Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland for “their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses”.  Mourou and Strickland invented  the Chirped Pulse Amplification method (CPA) thirty year ago. The CPA method is used to amplify ultra-short laser pulses (from picosecond to femtosecond). The large spectral width of short pulse lasers is used to enlarge the duration of the pulses in a linear dispersive optical path (stretcher). The pulses become linearly chirped (with larger duration and lower power) and are amplified (gain energy) at a comparable lower intensity (below optical materials damage threshold). After the amplification is concluded the pulse (amplified and chirped) is most of the times moved into a vacuum chamber where a dispersive optical path removes the pulse chirp shortening it to almost its original duration….

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  • epp team awarded multi-year PRACE grant

    Our team has been awarded a multi-year project PRACE allocation in the 17th call for the project PULSAR (first year allocation: 40 million cpu-core hour). This proposal, one of the 42 selected for supercomputing time, addresses the challenges and supports the ERC Advanced Grant InPairs. The allocation is assigned for the great MareNostrum4 at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. More information here.

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  • HEDLA 2020 to be organized at IST

    The Executive Committee of HEDLA has awarded IST the organisation of the next HEDLA meeting to be held in 2020, in the week of May 25 (#HEDLA2020). This will be the 22th anniversary (13th edition) of the HEDLA conference, first organized in Pleasanton, CA in 1996. Previous editions were hosted by Osaka U, SLAC/Stanford, and U. Bordeaux. This conference  will be a great opportunity to discuss exciting recent work and future prospects in laboratory astrophysics. During the past decade, research teams around the world have developed astrophysics-relevant research utilizing high energy-density facilities such as intense lasers and z-pinches. Research is underway in many areas, such as compressible hydrodynamic mixing, shock phenomena, magnetic reconnection, turbulence, jets, dynamos, heat conduction, radiative transport, complex opacities, equations of state, warm dense matter, relativistic plasmas, pair plasmas, and QED. HEDLA will showcase these results and will establish further bridges with the astrophysics community.

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  • AWAKE accelerates electrons

    In a paper published today, August 29, in the journal Nature, the AWAKE collaboration at CERN, which includes Luis OS, Jorge V, Nelson L, Ricardo F, Mariana M, and Anton H, from GoLP/IST, reports the first ever successful acceleration of electrons using a wave generated by protons zipping through a plasma. The acceleration obtained over a given distance is already several times higher than that of conventional technologies currently available for particle accelerators. First proposed in the 1970s, the use of plasma waves (or so called wakefields) has the potential to drastically reduce the size of accelerators in the next several decades.

    The image, by Jorge V, illustrates the concept: the proton beam breaks up in small beamlets (yellow), that drive a plasma wave and the corresponding electric field (blue isosurfaces), that accelerate the co-propagating electrons (small spheres, where color is proportional to the energy of the electrons).

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