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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 (IPFN), a research unit (RU) of IST evaluated as “Exceptional” (2014, the sole RU of IST and the sole RU in Physics to receive this mark) and as “Excellent” (2019 and 2021, when IPFN renewed its contract of Associate Laboratory of FCT).

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Recent News

Doctor Lionel Marraffa joins IST as Visiting Professor

Doctor Lionel Marraffa joins IST as Visiting Professor October 09 2021

Doctor Lionel Marraffa joins IST as an invited professor of the Department of Physics, in the scope of the program “Distinguishing Visiting Professor”, and as member of the scientific domain in Plasmas, Lasers and Nuclear Fusion, for a period of one year (October 2021 – October 2022).

Dr. Marraffa joined ESA in 1990 and gave aerothermodynamics support to various projects and studies, including Hermes, Huygens and Ariane 5. He directed various research programs regarding material tests, facilities, physico-chemical models, thermal radiation, parachutes etc.
As a chairman of two w...


Students awards at PLATHINIUM conference

Students awards at PLATHINIUM conference October 07 2021

Chloé Fromentin and Duarte Gonçalves, PhD students of the Doctoral Programmes in Engineering Physics of IST under the framework of PIONEER and APPLAuSE , were awarded the ’Michel Cantarel’ students awards of the conference ’Plasma Thin Film International Union Meeting’ (PLATHINIUM).
The awards were granted to five PhD students, and consisted of diplomas and cash prizes for each student.
C Fromentin received an award for her oral communication entitled ’Kinetic mechanisms in CO2-N2 plasmas’, coauthored by T Silva, T Dias, E Baratte, A S Morillo-Candas, O Guaitella,...


Recent Publications