• The “Idea Walls” are up

    Two new Idea Walls have just opened at GoLP. Painted with IdeaPaint these walls are ready to take on the creativity and the ideas at the tip of GoLPers’ dry eraser markers.

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  • All optical experimental tests for radiation reaction at moderate laser intensities in PRL

    epp team researchers have proposed a configuration to test radiation reaction in the radiation dominated regime which takes advantage of state-of-the-art laser systems currently available. The configuration has been explored with massively parallel simulations that take into account the effect of radiation reaction in the particle dynamics via the Landau-Lifshitz equation. This work has been published in Physical Review Letters by Marija Vranic et al. and can be found here.
    The portuguese version of the press release is below:

    Cientistas propõem teste experimental para a equação mais exótica da física clássica
    Uma equipa de investigadores do IPFN/IST determinou as condições experimentais que poderão ser exploradas para testar uma das equações mais exóticas da física clássica,  a equação de Lorentz-Abraham-Dirac (LAD). Esta equação descreve a dinâmica de uma partícula carregada, como por exemplo um electrão, que, ao ser acelerada, perde uma parte importante da sua energia por radiação emitindo luz e…

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  • New EPP cluster arrives to Técnico

    The new EPP cluster has arrived to Técnico today. It has 80 nodes, each of them with 24 cores, making a total of 1920 cores, with an estimated peak performance of 43 Tflop/s. It was funded by the ERC Advanced Grant Accelerates and will be used by EPP in future research efforts. This computational resource will have a great impact on the work developed by EPP, providing the team with a critical tool to continue to be on the top of the research groups spread all over the world working in computational and theoretical plasma physics.

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  • Electrostatic shocks generate magnetic fields

    In a paper recently published in Physical Review Letters, epp team researchers have demonstrated that in the downstream of electrostatic shocks the electron distribution function can be Weibel unstable and large amplitude magnetic fields are generated. These magnetic fields do not affect the shock dynamics but can modify the signatures usually considered for electrostatic shocks such as the radiation spectrum of the downstream particles. The paper can be found here

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  • EPP researchers awarded 25 Million CPU hours in one of the fastest super-computers in the world

    The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) awarded 25 Million core-hours to a EPP researchers team lead by T. Grismayer to explore in the laboratory pair-dominated plasmas under the presence of ultra-intense fields and mimicking extreme astrophysical scenarios resorting to the unprecedented power of future laser facilities. This proposal aims to exploit the unique computing facilities provided by PRACE to address these exciting challenges by leveraging on the recently pioneered advances on ab initio simulations of quantum electrodynamics (QED) effects in extreme plasmas with particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations. Another key goal of this proposal is to investigate the radiation signatures in the Compton Regime, a regime that is not accessible with standard electromagnetic methods.

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  • Kevin Schoeffler joins epp team as postdoctoral fellow

    Kevin Schoeffler has joined our team as a post-doctoral fellow to work on magnetic field dynamics generated in conditions associated with intense laser-plasma interactions and on fundamental questions associated with magnetic reconnection resorting to massively parallel kinetic simulations.

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  • André Lopes joins epp team for MSc thesis

    André Lopes has joined the epp team for his MSc thesis at IST (MEFT). His thesis will be focused on the exploration of nonlinear processes in plasma metamaterials working in close collaboration with Paulo Alves.

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  • Paulo Alves awarded ENAA Outstanding Talk Prize

    Paulo Alves has been awarded the ENAA Outstanding Talk Prize at the “XXIV National Meeting of Astronomy and Astrophysics” organized by the Portuguese Society of Astronomy held in Porto (July 17-18, 2014). Paulo presented his latest results on large-scale magnetic field generation via electron-scale instabilities in unmagnetized shear flows.

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  • KHI on the cover of the Transactions for the SuperMUC Review Workshop

    A picture produced by Paulo Alves and Thomas Grismayer is featured on the cover of the Transactions for the SuperMUC Review Workshop which reports the main scientific achievements obtained with SuperMUC in the past year. A report by Jorge Vieira is also included in these transactions.

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  • PhD awarded to Elisabetta Boella

    On May 22, Elisabetta successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “Ion acceleration driven by intense laser pulses” at Politecnico di Torino (dual degree with Doutoramento in Physics at IST). Many congratulations to Elisabetta!

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