• ExHILP 2017: ultra high field science at IST

    From September 5 to September 8, some of the top experts on Extremely High-Intensity Laser Physics convened at IST for the ExHILP 2017 with more than 110 participants, 58 talks and 42 posters in a conference with lots of exciting progresses, engaging speakers, including a flash presentation of the posters and a lively poster session. The next ExHILP is already scheduled for 2019 in South Korea, and there is already a proposal to host ExHILP 2021, thus guaranteeing an exciting venue for all the developments in these topics. Thank you very much to all the participants: we look forward to welcome you in Lisbon soon!

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  • Marija V awarded John Dawson PhD Thesis Prize

    Marija V has been awarded the 2017 John Dawson PhD Thesis Prize for her thesis “Extreme laser-matter interactions: multi-scale PIC modelling from the classical to the QED perspective” at IST. The “John Dawson Thesis prize” is awarded on a biannual basis for the best PhD thesis in the area of compact plasma based accelerators driven by ultra-intense laser pulses. The prize was awarded at the Laser and Plasma Accelerators Workshop held at Jeju Island in South Korea, from the 27th of August to the 1st of September 2017. The prize is named after John Dawson, the founder of the field of plasma based particle acceleration. He worked and lived in Los Angeles.

    Marija Vranic is a Serbian researcher from Belgrade now working at IST. She obtained her undergraduate physics degree in Belgrade and moved to Portugal to do her PhD at GoLP with Luis OS on the topic of ‘’Extreme laser-matter interactions: multi-scale PIC modelling…

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  • GoLP and epp team alumnus awarded prestigious DOE Early Career Research Grant

    Frederico Fiuza, GoLP and epp team alumnus, and now staff scientist and leader of the theory group at the SLAC’s High Energy Density Science division has been awarded a prestigious DOE Early Career Research Grant to develop work at SLAC. The work will focus on particle acceleration in plasmas. More information here.

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  • 2017 Summer Lunch Meeting

    Another GoLP summer lunch meeting was held July 26, 2017 were all GoLP members had the chance to interact in the informal atmosphere of Mesa do Bairro over a selection of typical portuguese petiscos and great science discussions.

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  • Giannandrea I awarded the PPCF/EPS/IUPAP Poster Prize

    Giannandrea has been awarded the PPCF/EPS/IUPAP Poster Prize at the 44th EPS conference on Plasma Physics held in Belfast 26-30 June 2017 for his poster on “Large-scale PIC simulations of high β magnetorotational instability”. Many congratulations to Giannandrea!


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  • Kevin S in Nature Communications on magnetic turbulence

    In a recent paper in Nature Communications on “Magnetic turbulence in a table-top laser-plasma relevant to astrophysical scenarios” Kevin S has contributed with numerical simulations and physics interpretation to understand experimental results aimed at probing the magnetic turbulence driven by intense lasers, as part of a collaboration between the epp team and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. The work has been featured worldwide in many outlets, including Phys.org, Nature India, and Science Daily.

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  • First annual OSIRIS Users and Developers Workshop

    The UCLA Particle-in-Cell and Kinetic Simulation Center and the IST Extreme Plasma Physics Team in Portugal are pleased to announce the first annual OSIRIS Users and Developers Workshop. The location will alternate between UCLA and IST with the first workshop to be held at UCLA September 18-20 2017.This meeting is open to all who have gained access to or are interested in gaining access to the OSIRIS source code and data analysis tools through an MoU between either UCLA or IST.

    The goals of the workshop are:

    To introduce users to the new features and design of OSIRIS 4.0.
    To allow users of OSIRIS to share experiences and discuss best practices.
    To identify useful test and demonstration problems.
    To discuss how to transition from being a user to an active developer.
    Identify areas for near term software improvements and a community strategy for carrying out the necessary development.

    If you are interested in attending…

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  • GoLP at EPS DPP Belfast 2017

    GoLP was again present at EPS DPP meeting in Belfast with many group members, most notably Marta F, Programme Committee Chair, Ricardo F, co-chair of the EPS DPP satellite workshop on high-field laser plasma interaction, and Kevin S, invited speaker. The conference was also an outstanding opportunity to meet other GoLP alumni. In the picture, from left to right, Jorge V, Manuel B (now at U Santiago Compostela), Nitin S, Marta F, Thomas G, Marija V, Giannandrea I, Elisabetta B (now at KU Leuven), Kevin S, Jayanath CPK, Ricardo F.

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  • Jorge V and Timon M to deliver invited talk at APS DPP

    Jorge V and Timon M have been invited to deliver prestigious invited talks, for work performed at GoLP, at the upcoming APS DPP meeting to be held in Milwaukee, WI, October 23-27, 2017. the APS DPP meeting is the largest scientific conference devoted to plasma physics. Jorge V will deliver a talk on “Particle acceleration and exotic light emission in structured plasma wakefields” and Timon M on “Mitigation of the hose instability in plasma-wakefield accelerators”.

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  • epp team alumnus Paulo A awarded Honourable Mention of Abreu Prize

    The Abreu Faro Prize is awarded to the best PhD thesis in the two preceding years in the fields of Electrical Engineering, Informatics, Mathematics and Physics (and Physics Engineering). The prize is sponsored by Anacom. In 2017, a honourable mention of the the Abreu Faro Prize was awarded to Paulo Alves, epp team alumnus, now at SLAC/Stanford University. Paulo Alves presented a short video testimony and the certificate of the award was received by epp team PhD student Fabio C (in the picture, with the President of IST).

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  • epp team at 1st JPP Frontiers in Plasma Physics conference

    Thomas G, Marija V, and Luis OS attended the 1st Journal of Plasma Physics Frontiers in Plasma Physics conference in Spinetto, from May 23 to May 26 and had the opportunity to interact with epp team alumni (Frederico Fiuza also in the picture), friends, and colleagues. The conference (by invitation only) adressed pair plasmas and plasma physics in extreme (astro)physical environments, 3D magnetic cages (stellarators), and magnetokinetic self-organisation and was attended by some of the leaders in the field. Thomas G delivered two talks.

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  • Luis OS writes about the "usefulness of the useless knowledge" (in .pt)

    Luis OS has published an opinion article in Jornal i “Uma solução à procura de um problema?” in portuguese, motivated by the Dia dos Cientistas on May 16 and the 1939 seminal essay “The usefulness of useless knowledge” by Abraham Lexner. The article is also available here, with additional supporting material.

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  • epp team at SPIE Prague 2017

    From April 24 to April 27, epp team members Marija V, Jorge V, and Thomas G attended SPIE Prague 2017 to deliver several invited talks on two of the conferences ongoing within SPIE Prague 2017, in particular in  Laser Acceleration of Electrons, Protons, and Ions and Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers.


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  • Luis OS elected Fellow of the EPS

    Luis OS has been elected fellow of the European Physical Society at the last meeting of the EPS Council. His citation reads “For his outstanding theoretical and numerical contributions in laser plasma interaction in the relativistic regime”. In 2017, the EPS elected three new fellows, increasing the total number of fellows to 85. Luis OS is the first Portuguese physicist elected to fellow status. The EPS was founded in 1968, with 42 national “EPS Member Societies” and 2500 individual members, representing more than 120,000 members all over Europe.

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