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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 João Pedro Bizarro appointed as Associate Professor

February 28 2018

Professor João Pedro Bizarro has been recently appointed as Associate Professor in the Physics Department as a result of a recent call. Prof. Bizarro's research addresses theory and modelling of tokamak plasmas, friction in thermodynamics, and discrete Wigner functions. Currently Prof. Bizarro also serves as the Program Director of the APPLAuSE PhD Program.


Recent Publications

  • New FPGA based hardware implementation for JET gamma-ray camera upgrade, Fernandes, A. et al., Fusion Engineering and Design (2018) DOI
  • Testing results of chopper based integrator prototypes for the ITER magnetics, Batista, A.J.N. et al., Fusion Engineering and Design (2018) DOI
  • Control and data acquisition software upgrade for JET gamma-ray diagnostics, Santos, B. et al., Fusion Engineering and Design (2018) DOI
  • Monitoring and Hardware Management for Critical Fusion Plasma Instrumentation, Carvalho, P.F. et al., EPJ Web of Conferences (2018) DOI
  • Remote inspection with multi-copters, radiological sensors and SLAM techniques, Carvalho, H., Vale, A., Marques, R., Ventura, R., Brouwer, Y., and Gonçalves, B., EPJ Web of Conferences (2018) DOI
  • Taking advantage of the intercommunication features of IPMCs in ATCA CDAQ systems, Rodrigues, A.P., Santos, B., Carvalho, P.F., Correia, M., Sousa, J., Correia, C.M.B., and Gonçalves, B., Fusion Engineering and Design (2018) DOI
  • Estimation of X-Mode Reflectometry First Fringe Frequency Using Neural Networks, Aguiam, D. E. et al., IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science (2018) DOI
  • Full-Pulse Tomographic Reconstruction with Deep Neural Networks, Ferreira, D. R., Carvalho, P. J., Fernandes, H., Fusion Science and Technology (2018) DOI
  • Foundations of modelling of nonequilibrium low-temperature plasmas, Alves, L. L., Bogaerts, A., Guerra, V., and Turner, M. M., Plasma Sources Science and Technology (2018) DOI
  • Reply to Comment on '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 (2018) DOI
  • Kinetic study of low-temperature CO2 plasmas under non-equilibrium conditions. I. Relaxation of vibrational energy, Tiago Silva et al., Plasma Sources Science and Technology (2018) DOI
  • Ion acceleration in electrostatic collisionless shock: on the optimal density profile for quasi-monoenergetic beams, Boella, E., Fiuza, F., Stockem Novo, A., Fonseca, R. A., Silva, L. O., Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (2018) DOI
  • The DEMO wall load challenge, Wenninger, R. et al., Nuclear Fusion (2017) DOI
  • Efficient generation of energetic ions in multi-ion plasmas by radio-frequency heating, Kazakov, Ye. O., and JET Contributors, Nature Physics (2017) DOI
  • Extremely intense laser-based electron acceleration in a plasma channel, Vranic, M., Fonseca, R. A., and Silva, L. O., Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (2017) DOI