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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.


Recent News

New faculty members formally join DF

New faculty members formally join DF February 04 2018

The newly appointed faculty members of the scientific area Bruno Gonçalves, Carlos Silva, and Rui Coelho have now formally signed their contracts as permanent research faculty (or tenure-track in the case of Rui Coelho) as, from right to left in the picture, Principal Researcher (Carlos Silva and Bruno Gonçalves) and Assistant Researcher (Rui Coelho), strengthening the competencies of the department in Nuclear Fusion. We welcome the new faculty members to the Department of Physics and the scientific area of Plasma Physics, Lasers and Nuclear Fusion.

Professor Artur Malaquias appointed for three-year term as ITER Scientist Fellow

February 02 2018

Artur Malaquias, Assistant professor at the Physics Department of IST and researcher at the Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear (IPFN), has been appointed to three-year term as ITER Scientist Fellow. ITER is an experimental test fusion reactor being built in France (ITER.ORG) that aims to demonstrate the feasibility of produce and control thermonuclear fusion reactions. It is the largest and the first fusion reactor expected to achieve thermonuclear fusion energy gain, meaning that it will produce more energy from the nuclear fusion reactions than the energy required to sustain the magnet...

Recent Publications

  • 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
  • Nuclear instrumentation and measurement: a review based on the ANIMMA conferences, Michel Giot et al., EPJ Nuclear Sciences & Technologies (2017) DOI
  • An ultra-high gain and efficient amplifier based on Raman amplification in plasma, Vieux, G. et al., Scientific Reports (2017) DOI