• GoLP hosts Gérard Mourou, 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics

    GoLP organised and hosted the visit of Gérard Mourou to Portugal that included talks at Pavilhão do Conhecimento, at IST, and at U.Porto, with dinner with GoLP PIs, the president of IPFN, and the president of DF, and the visit to one of the CPA labs of GoLP.

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  • epp team at SPIE 2019

    Luis OS, Ricardo F, Thomas G, and Marija V attended SPIE 2019 in Prague, from April 1st to April 3rd to deliver invited talks on extreme plasma physics, exascale computing, beam-beam physics and probing strong-field QED, and positron and gamma ray sources from intense laser-matter interactions.This was also an opportunity to strengthen our ongoing collaborations and discuss joint projects with several of the attendees.

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  • CERN Accelerator School on plasma acceleration co-organized by IST in Sesimbra

    The CERN Accelerator School on High Gradient Wakefield Accelerators was held 11-22 March 2019, in Sesimbra, Portugal, with more than 90 participants and lecturers. The CERN Accelerator Schools are organised by CERN and this time, GoLP was responsible for the local organisation. Our team members delivered several talks, and were responsible for the hands on workshop on plasma simulations. The president of IST delivered one of the keynote special lectures, on Artificial Intelligence.

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  • The “Natas” of Visualization 2018 have been announced!

    And you don’t need to go to Belém to get them, because the best are right here! Following our tradition (see the “2014 Natas”“2015 Natas”, “2016 Natas”, “2017 Natas”), the prizes for the winners of the image and video of 2018, the “natas” of visualization, were awarded to Giannandrea Inchingolo (left, also 2016 winner) and to Miguel Pardal (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 2018 winners! The images and videos have been posted on the team website here and will be posted over the next few weeks on GoLP’s Facebook page.

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  • 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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