• 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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  • Three papers featured in the new Plasma Physics collection of Nature Communications

    The new collection of Plasma Physics in Nature Communications features three publications where our team is involved, three of the four sections of the collection (Fundamental Properties of Plasma, Particle Accelerators, and Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasma).

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  • epp team research featured on Horizons Magazine from the EU

    The recent issue of the Horizons Magazine, the EU Research & Innovation Magazine features an article about the research of our team in the ERC Advanced Grant InPairs. In the section “Frontier Research”, the article titled Antimatter plasma reveals secrets of deep space signals explores some of the results of two ongoing ERC Advanced Grants, covering both the work at GoLP and the work at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching, Munich, and how these works bridge the gap between one of the most exotic states of matter (electron-positron plasma) and astrophysical and laboratory conditions.

     

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  • GoLP hosts mini course on plasma turbulence by Nuno Loureiro

     
    On July 18-20 2018, GoLP will host the mini course “An introduction to turbulence in magnetized plasmas”, by Nuno Loureiro (MIT), aimed at introducing basic notions of turbulence in magnetized plasmas to a non-expert audience. The course will be held at Sala de Reuniões DF (Pavilhão Física) at IST, from 10:30 to 12:00. For further details, see the full announcement below.
    An introduction to turbulence in magnetized plasmas
    Nuno Loureiro
    MIT
    Host: Luis Oliveira e Silva
    GoLP Mini Course
    IPFN :: Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear
    This short course aims to introduce basic notions of turbulence in magnetized plasmas to a non-expert audience. No significant previous knowledge of plasma physics or fluid dynamics is assumed. The course will cover the standard Kolmogorov picture of turbulence in neutral fluids, followed by its extension to magnetohydrodynamics, including the Goldreich-Sridhar (GS95) theory and its recent amendments. The understanding of the latter requires basic notions of magnetic reconnection, which…

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  • Giannandrea I wins EPS 2018 Best Video in Plasma Physics award

    Giannandrea I has been awarded the EPS 2018 Best Video in Plasma Physics prize at the “45th Conference on Plasma Physics” organized by the European Physical Society and held in Prague (July 2-6 2018). In his video, entitled “Turbulence | Voice of Space”, Giannandrea shows results from recent simulations where plasma in a collisional accretion disk becomes turbulent in the saturation state of kinetic magnetorotational instability (MRI). Besides the mesmerizing turbulent plasma structures, “Turbulence | Voice of Space” also includes a soundtrack that is the sonification of turbulence depicted in the simulations.
     

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  • Mini-workshop on strong field physics: from lasers to QCD

    Our team hosted a mini-workshop on strong field physics: from lasers to QCD in collaboration with CeFEMA, including presentations from Sebastien Meuren (Princeton), Thomas G, and Emilio Ribeiro (DF & CeFEMA). The possible connections between QCD and strong field QED were explored with a lively discussion and exploration of possible future directions for research.

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  • Marija V delivers IST Physics Department Colloquium

    Marija V has delivered the IST Physics Department Colloquium on April 11 with the seminar “Extreme Laser-matter Interactions”. The Physics Department Colloquium is held every week and aims to show case national and international speakers of relevance to the research and educational activities of the IST Physics Department.

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  • Diana A is awarded her PhD

    Diana A has been awarded her PhD on “Controlled Plasma Wakefield Acceleration for Particle Acceleration Towards the Energy Frontier” under the supervision of Jorge V and co-supervision of Luis OS. The thesis defense took place April 6 2018 in the presence of the thesis committee Profs. L. Alves, R. Bingham, P. Muggli, J.P.Bizarro, and J. Vieira. Many congratulations to the new Doctor Diana Amorim!

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