• EPP team member Óscar A attended ICUIL IBS Conference on Ultrahigh Intensity Lasers 2022 (South Korea)

    EPP team member Óscar Amaro went to Jeju Island in South Korea to attend the 2022 edition of the ICUIL IBS Conference on Ultrahigh Intensity Lasers, held on 18-23 September 2022, and deliver a talk. The work presented there consisted in recent developments of a simplified approach to theoretical modelling of electron-laser scattering experiments. The conference included, among other topics, progress in the commissioning of several high intensity laser facilities, some of which will begin user calls soon and run experiments to test strong field quantum electrodynamics.
    More information about the conference here.

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  • EPP team members attend EuroNNAc Special Topics Workshop

    EPP team members Chiara Badiali, Bertrand Martinez and Mariana Moreira (all in the picture above) went to Isola d’Elba in Italy to attend the 2022 edition of the EuroNNAc Special Topics Workshop, held on 18-24 September 2022.
    Bertrand M and Mariana M delivered talks, whereas Chiara B presented a poster about their recent work.

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  • Marija Vranic Wins the 2022 IUPAP award for plasma physics

    The EPP member Marija Vranic, is the winner of the 2022 International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Early Career Award for the Comission on Plasma Physics. The recognition is awarded for her contributions on the understanding of the interplay between classical and quantum effects in extreme ultra-intense laser-plasma interactions, on the underlying computational methods, and on the applications for plasma-based secondary sources of energetic particles. This is the first time an IUPAP prize is given to someone working in Portugal.

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  • LPAW’23 organized by GoLP, more information coming soon

    GoLP is organizing the 2023 Laser and Plasma Accelerator Workshop (LPAW’23) to be held March 6-10, 2023, in Lagos, Portugal. Stay tuned for more information coming soon here.

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  • EPP members Bernardo Malaca and Rui Torres awarded EPS-DPP Poster Prizes 2022

    At the closing session of the 48th EPS Plasma Physics Conference (fully virtual), the posters of Rui Torres and Bernardo Malaca were announced as winners of the EPS-DPP best poster awards 2022. They received this award presenting the work with the title “General relativity particle-in-cell simulations of compact neutron star magnetospheres” and “Superradiance from superluminal nonlinear plasma wakefields”.

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  • Upcoming MRE Webinar with the EPP member Marija Vranic

    On June 14th, 2022, 9 am EDT (2 pm WET), our EPP member Marija Vranic will present at a Matter and Radiation at Extremes (MRE) webinar.
    MRE is committed to publishing original and impactful research and review papers that address extreme states of matter and radiation, and the associated science and technology employed to produce and diagnose these conditions in the laboratory. Drivers, targets and diagnostics are included along with related numerical simulation and computational methods. It aims to provide a peer-reviewed platform for the international physics community and promote worldwide dissemination of the latest and impactful research in related fields.
    For more information, and for the link to the webinar with the title Plasma in extreme fields: challenges and opportunities, which is free and open to the public, please click here.

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  • Training event on “Modelling of ultra-intense laser propagation in plasmas and laser-plasma accelerators: fundamentals” organized by GoLP

    For PhD students/post-docs/researchers in laser-plasma interactions, this training event is dedicated to the fundamentals of computational modeling of intense laser pulse propagation in plasma, and applications to compact laser plasma-based accelerators. Laser plasma accelerators are one of the most exciting applications of intense lasers and computational modeling plays a critical role in the design and optimization of laser plasma accelerators.
    The event, organized in collaboration with Laserlab, takes place over the course of 4 days, with a 2 hour lecture per day where participants will learn the basics of pulse propagation in plasma, and the principles of state-of-the-art laser-plasma computational tools, how to use these tools and perform data analysis.
    The computational tool to be used is ZPIC, complemented by Jupyter notebooks. It is a fully relativistic, electromagnetic, and open-source particle-in-cell code. ZPIC builds on the state-of-the-art particle-in-cell OSIRIS, and it features all the basic ingredients of the particle-in-cell scheme without…

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  • Modeling Earth’s magnetosphere in the laboratory in Physics of Plasma

    In Physics of Plasmas, a collaboration of scientists from Princeton, UCLA, and Instituto Superior Técnico, reports a method to study smaller magnetospheres, sometimes just millimeters thick, in the laboratory.
    A magnetized object, such as our planet Earth, is immersed within a stream of ionized gas, called plasma. The region around the object in which this effect is seen is called a magnetosphere.
    The Earth’s large magnetosphere that extends out into space, has also the fundamental role of blocking lethal cosmic rays and particles from the sun and stars and allowing life itself to exist.
    These mini-magnetospheres have been observed around comets and near-certain regions of the moon and have been suggested to propel spacecraft. They are good testbeds for studying larger planet-sized magnetospheres.
    Previous laboratory experiments have been carried out utilizing  wind tunnels or high-energy lasers to create mini-magnetospheres. However, these earlier experiments were limited to 1D measurements of magnetic fields that…

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  • 33 million core hours awarded to EPP members through the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking 

    EPP team members Luis O. Silva (PI) and Pablo J. Bilbao (co-Pi) have been awarded a total of 33 million core hours at the LUMI supercomputer located in Kajaani, Finland. LUMI is one of the pan-European pre-exascale supercomputers funded in part by the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking. Who awarded the computational time during the EuroHPC Regular Access call on December of 2021. The project CREPE: Coherent Radiation mechanisms in Extreme Plasma Environment which aims to study plasmas under extreme conditions to address how non-thermal, coherent emission is produced in extreme environments. The project will take advantage of the latest developments by the group to include general relativity and QED effects into account.

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  • ERC Consolidator Grant for the GoLP alumnus Frederico Fiúza

    The former GoLP PhD student Frederico Fiúza has been recently awarded a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council for his Project XPACE: Extreme Particle Acceleration in Shocks: from the laboratory to astrophysics. In the scope of this project, Frederico will move back to Portugal and carry out his research at IST. The grant will provide 1.8 million euros funding for a period of five years.
    Astrophysical shocks, generated by violent interactions of supersonic plasmas, are among the most powerful particle accelerators in the Universe. Over the past decade, discoveries linked to plasmas outside of our own solar system have excited scientists and the public alike. We have been able to observe extraordinary phenomena such as cosmic-ray acceleration in the remnants of supernovae, gravitational waves and their electromagnetic counterparts from neutron star mergers, and jets coming from supermassive black holes. However, the underlying physics of particle acceleration in astrophysical shocks is not yet well understood,…

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