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Plasma Physics, Lasers and Nuclear Fusion

Welcome to the webpage of the Scientific Area of Plasmas, Lasers and Nuclear Fusion of the Department of Physics of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). The faculty members of our scientific area are actively engaged in education, research and outreach programs in a wide range of topics covered by the fields of plasma physics, lasers and nuclear fusion, both from a fundamental perspective, and from a technological/engineering perspective.

The research of the faculty members is developed at the Institute of Plasmas and Nuclear Fusion, the only Physics (and IST) research unit to be evaluated as Outstanding.

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Recent News

Paper by Professor João Pedro Bizarro highlighted in Europhysics News

Paper by Professor João Pedro Bizarro highlighted in Europhysics News July 13 2017

A recent paper by IST physicists J. T. Mendonça and J. P. Bizarro [1] was selected for the highlights section of this month’s Europhysics News, the magazine of the European Physical Society. In their work, the authors explore the properties of twisted light beams inside a magnetized plasma. Twisted waves are light waves that carry angular orbital momentum (OAM), and whose wavefront spins as the wavepropagates. In plasma physics and many other areas, the study of twisted waves in general, and twisted laser beams in particular, has received considerable attention in recent years, leadi...


Professor Marta Fajardo's VOXEL lab featured on the IST website

Professor Marta Fajardo's VOXEL lab featured on the IST website July 10 2017

The VOXEL lab has been recently featured on the IST Website (news in english, and in portuguese). VOXEL was funded as a H2020 FET (Future and Emerging Technologies) project, with Prof. Marta Fajardo as PI of the consortium, and aims to develop a new X-ray camera for 3D images with minimum radiation (see also news in FCT website).


Recent Publications

  • SEU mitigation exploratory tests in a ITER related FPGA, Fusion Engineering and Design (2017) DOI
  • Axisymmetric oscillations at L-H transitions in JET: M-mode, Nuclear Fusion (2017) DOI
  • Twisted waves in a magnetized plasma, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (2017) DOI
  • Modelling of the temporal evolution of the gas temperature in N2 discharges, Plasma Sources Science and Technology (2017) DOI
  • Analytical study of growth estimates, control of fluctuations, and conservative structures in a two-field model of the scrape-off layer, Physics of Plasmas (2017) DOI
  • Real-Time data acquisition Prototype proposal of the ITER radial neutron camera and gamma-ray spectrometer, Fusion Engineering and Design (2016) DOI
  • Real-time software tools for the performance analysis of the ITER Radial Neutron Camera, Fusion Engineering and Design (2016) DOI
  • Experimental investigation of geodesic acoustic modes on JET using Doppler backscattering, Nuclear Fusion (2016) DOI
  • Influence of long-scale length radial electric field components on zonal flow-like structures in the TJ-II stellarator, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (2016) DOI
  • Multi-machine scaling of the main SOL parallel heat flux width in tokamak limiter plasmas, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (2016) DOI
  • F4E prototype of a chopper digital integrator for the ITER magnetics, Fusion Engineering and Design (2016) DOI
  • Deuterium retention in tin (Sn) and lithium–tin (Li–Sn) samples exposed to ISTTOK plasmas, Nuclear Materials and Energy (2016) DOI
  • Plasma turbulence in the scrape-off layer of the ISTTOK tokamak, Physics of Plasmas (2016) DOI
  • Confirmation of the topology of the Wendelstein 7-X magnetic field to better than 1:100,000, Nature Communications (2016) DOI
  • Development of High-Availability ATCA/PCIe Data Acquisition Instrumentation, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science (2016) DOI