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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

Professor Marta Fajardo's work featured in Euronews

October 24 2017


VoXEL, and FET Open project led by Prof. Marta Fajardo, was featured in short program on Euronews first aired on October 16.


Doutor Bruno Gonçalves and Doutor Carlos Silva promoted to Investigador Principal

Doutor Bruno Gonçalves and Doutor Carlos Silva promoted to Investigador Principal October 03 2017

As a result of a recent international call for the recruitment of two researchers (permanent staff) in the area of Nuclear Fusion, Doutor Bruno Gonçalves and Doutor Carlos Silva have been promoted to Investigador Principal officially joining the Physics Department as permanent research faculty members. Many congratulations to Bruno Gonçalves and Carlos Silva on their promotion!


Recent Publications

  • The case for in situ resource utilisation for oxygen production on Mars by non-equilibrium plasmas, Vasco Guerra et al., Plasma Sources Science and Technology (2017) DOI
  • Deep-UV plasma emission in hollow-core photonic crystal fiber, Amrani, F., Delahaye, F., Debord, B., Alves, L.L., Gerome, F., and Benabid, F., International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (2017) DOI
  • Gas mixture for deep-UV plasma emission in a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber, Amrani, F., Delahaye, F., Debord, B., Alves, L.L., Gerome, F., and Benabid, F., Optics Letters (2017) DOI
  • LXCat: an Open-Access, Web-Based Platform for Data Needed for Modeling Low Temperature Plasmas, Pitchford, L.C. et al., Plasma Processes and Polymers (2017) DOI
  • Special Issue on Numerical Modelling of Low-Temperature Plasmas for Various Applications – Part I: Review and Tutorial Papers on Numerical Modelling Approaches, Alves, L.L., and Bogaerts, A., Plasma Processes and Polymers (2017) DOI
  • Special Issue on Numerical Modelling of Low-Temperature Plasmas for Various Applications — part II: Research papers on numerical modelling for various plasma applications, Bogaerts, A., and Alves, L.L., Plasma Processes and Polymers (2017) DOI
  • Towards large-scale in free-standing graphene and N-graphene sheets, Tatarova, E. et al., Scientific Reports (2017) DOI
  • Ponderomotive beatwave ion acceleration using twisted light, Saberi, H., Vieira, J., and Silva, L. O., Physics of Plasmas (2017) DOI
  • Optimization and characterization of High-Harmonic Generation for probing solid density plasmas, Koliyadu, J.C.P. et al., Photonics (2017) DOI
  • Relaxation of heavy species and gas temperature in the afterglow of a N2 microwave discharge, Pintassilgo, C.D., Alves, L.L., Guerra, V., Belmonte, T., and Minea T., The European Physical Journal Applied Physics (2017) DOI
  • Computer controlled multi-shot frequency-resolved optical gating diagnostic system for femtosecond optical pulse measurement, Imran, T., Hussain, M., and Figueira, G., Microwave and Optical Technology Letters (2017) DOI
  • Ultrashort pulse capability at the L2I high intensity laser facility, Figueira, G. et al., High Power Laser Science and Engineering (2017) DOI
  • Wavefront spatial-phase modulation in visible optical communications, Sabino, J., Figueira, G., and André, P., Microwave and Optical Technology Letters (2017) DOI
  • Investigation of the transition of multicycle AC operation in ISTTOK under edge electrode biasing, Malaquias, A. et al., Nuclear Fusion (2017) DOI
  • Real-Time Vertical Plasma Position Control Using the Heavy Ion Beam Diagnostic, Henriques, R.B. et al., IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science (2017) DOI