Full Professors

Luís Oliveira e Silva

My research is focused on the interaction of intense particle/photon beams and relativistic flows with matter covering plasma-based accelerators, intense radiation sources, magnetic field generation processes in extreme astrophysics events, collisionless shocks in the laboratory and in space/astrophysics, QED physics in intense fields, and nonlinear metamaterials. My research methodology combines theory with massively parallel particle-in-cell simulations.

  • PhD: Instituto Superior Técnico, 1997
  • Agregação: Instituto Superior Técnico, 2005
  • Recent publications
    • 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
    • Ponderomotive beatwave ion acceleration using twisted light, Saberi, H., Vieira, J., and Silva, L. O., Physics of Plasmas (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
    • Magnetic turbulence in a table-top laser-plasma relevant to astrophysical scenarios, Chatterjee, G. et al., Nature Communications (2017) DOI

Luís Lemos Alves

My field of work is the modelling and simulation of low-temperature plasmas. I use a research methodology that starts by formulating the problem, continues with the development / updating of a numerical tool, including its verification through benchmarking against other codes, and concludes with the validation of the physical model by comparison with experiments. Over the years I have developed many different numerical codes, extending from the numerical solution of the electron Boltzmann equation to the development of multi-dimensional dynamic models for reactive gas/plasma systems. My research focuses on the study of microwave and radio-frequency discharges, of interest for material science, biological and environmental applications.

  • PhD: Instituto Superior Técnico, 1993
  • Agregação: Instituto Superior Técnico, 2006
  • Recent publications
    • 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
    • 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
    • The case for in situ resource utilisation for oxygen production on Mars by non-equilibrium plasmas, Guerra, V. 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


Associate Professors

Vasco Guerra

I am interested in the non-equilibrium kinetics of low-temperature molecular plasmas, including electron, vibrational, heavy-particle and surface kinetics. I develop models to simulate, understand and interpret the physics of these systems, both by studying specific elements of each of the kinetics and by developing fully self-consistent models describing their global behaviour. I have investigated mostly Nitrogen-Oxygen-Argon and am currently looking also at CO2.

  • PhD: Instituto Superior Técnico, 1998
  • Agregação: Instituto Superior Técnico, 2010
  • Recent publications
    • Kinetic mechanisms in air plasmas, Pintassilgo, C. D., and Guerra, V., Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (2019) 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
    • 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

João Pedro Saraiva Bizarro

My research has focused on the theory and modelling of tokamak plasmas (more recently, mostly on equilibrium, transport and current drive), on friction in thermodynamics, and on discrete Wigner functions.

  • PhD: Université de Provence (Aix-Marseille I), 1993
  • Agregação: Instituto Superior Técnico, 2010
  • Recent publications
    • Quasilinear approach to ray tracing in weakly turbulent, randomly fluctuating media, Bizarro, J. P. S., Hugon, H., and Jorge, R., Physical Review A (2018) DOI
    • Efficient generation of energetic ions in multi-ion plasmas by radio-frequency heating, Kazakov, Ye. O., and JET Contributors, Nature Physics (2017) DOI
    • Comment on “Not all counterclockwise thermodynamic cycles are refrigerators” [Am. J. Phys. 84, 413–418 (2016)], Bizarro, J. P. S., American Journal of Physics (2017) DOI
    • Twisted waves in a magnetized plasma, Mendonça, J.T., and Bizarro, J.P.S., Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (2017) DOI

Carlos Silva

My research is focused on edge physics, multi-scale turbulent transport and diagnostic development in fusion devices. The work is performed in devices such as ISTTOK (Portugal), TJ-II (Spain), AUG (Germany) and JET (UK), where I regularly participate in experimental campaigns. My research methodology combines data analysis with diagnostic development aiming at contributing to the understanding of turbulent transport in fusion devices.

  • PhD: Instituto Superior Técnico, 2000
  • Agregação: Instituto Superior Técnico, 2013
  • Recent publications
    • Turbulence level effects on conventional reflectometry using 2D full-wave simulations, Vicente, J., Silva, F., Heuraux, S., Conway, G. D., Silva, C., and Ribeiro, T., Review of Scientific Instruments (2018) DOI
    • Scaling of the geodesic acoustic mode amplitude on JET, Silva, C., Hillesheim, J. C., Gil, L., Hidalgo, C., Meneses, L., Rimini, F., and JET Contributors, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (2018) DOI
    • Characterization of edge turbulence in different states of divertor detachment using reflectometry in the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak, Nikolaeva, N. et al., Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (2018) DOI
    • Role of isotope mass and evidence of fluctuating zonal flows during the L-H transition in the TJ-II stellarator, Losada, U. et al., Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (2018) DOI

Horácio Fernandes

My scientific research is focused on fusion devices diagnostics and real-time control and operation. I have started to operate one of the earlier existing remote controlled physics laboratories in operation since 1999 related to my interest in electronic instrumentation.

  • PhD: Instituto Superior Técnico, 1997
  • Agregação: Instituto Superior Técnico, 2013
  • Recent publications
    • Full-Pulse Tomographic Reconstruction with Deep Neural Networks, Ferreira, D. R., Carvalho, P. J., Fernandes, H., Fusion Science and Technology (2018) DOI
    • Deuterium retention in tin (Sn) and lithium–tin (Li–Sn) samples exposed to ISTTOK plasmas, Loureiro, J.P.S. et al., Nuclear Materials and Energy (2016) DOI
    • Profile measurements of the electron temperature on the ASDEX Upgrade, COMPASS, and ISTTOK tokamak using Thomson scattering, triple, and ball-pen probes, Adamek, J. et al., Review of Scientific Instruments (2016) DOI
    • Overview of the JET results, Romanelli, F. on behalf of JET Contributors, Nuclear Fusion (2015) DOI

Bruno Soares Gonçalves

My research is focused on edge physics, control and data acquisition, development of diagnostics and integration of engineering systems for fusion devices such as JET, ITER and DEMO. My research activity involves multidisciplinary fields ranging from diagnostic development and data analysis to project management methodologies aiming at achieving the best measurements on fusion devices.

  • PhD: Instituto Superior Técnico,2003
  • Agregação: Instituto Superior Técnico, 212
  • Recent publications
    • Estimation of X-Mode Reflectometry First Fringe Frequency Using Neural Networks, Aguiam, D. E. et al., IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science (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


Assistant Professors

Marta Fajardo

My research is focused on the development and use of Ultra-bright X-ray sources such as X-ray Free Electron Lasers, Plasma-based X-ray lasers and High Harmonic Generation. I use these sources to study Matter in Extreme Conditions such as High Energy Density Plasmas. For these studies I develop new diagnostics in X-ray Imaging such as X-ray holography, Coherent Diffraction Imaging and 3D imaging, using my team’s know-how in X-ray Metrology.

  • PhD: Ecole Polytechnique & Instituto Superior Técnico, 2001
  • Recent publications
    • 44th European physical society conference on plasma physics, Fajardo, M., and Dendy, R., Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (2018) DOI
    • Tracking the ultrafast XUV optical properties of x-ray free-electron-laser heated matter with high-order harmonics, Williams, G. O. et al., Physical Review A (2018) DOI
    • Optimization and characterization of High-Harmonic Generation for probing solid density plasmas, Koliyadu, J.C.P. et al., Photonics (2017) DOI
    • Ultrashort pulse capability at the L2I high intensity laser facility, Figueira, G. et al., High Power Laser Science and Engineering (2017) DOI

Artur Malaquias

At IPFN I am responsible for the heavy ion beam diagnostic team. This diagnostic was installed in 1992 for the measurement of several plasma parameters of the ISTTOK tokamak. My interests are in the numerical modelling, data analysis, design and commissioning of upgrades. The main difference to previous arrangements of the ISTTOK-HIBD relies on the use of a 2D matrix cell detector to collect the complete fan of probing ions exiting the plasma. This new approach opened the possibility for the simultaneous measurement of electron density and temperature, plasma potential and internal magnetic field profiles with their temporal evolution. Other research interests include participation in European fusion projects in other tokamaks: JET, ITER and DEMO.

  • PhD: Instituto Superior Técnico, 2000
  • Recent publications
    • Nuclear and Thermal Analysis of a Reflectometry Diagnostics Concept for DEMO, Luís, R. et al., IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science (2018) DOI
    • Integration Concept of the Reflectometry Diagnostic for the Main Plasma in DEMO, Malaquias, A. et al., IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science (2018) DOI
    • Efficient generation of energetic ions in multi-ion plasmas by radio-frequency heating, Kazakov, Ye. O., and JET Contributors, Nature Physics (2017) DOI
    • Design and optimization of the electrostatic input module for the ISTTOK Tokamak HIBD cylindrical energy analyzer, Sharma, R., Nedzelskiy, I. S., Malaquias, A., and Henriques, R. B., Journal of Instrumentation (2017) DOI

Bernardo Brotas Carvalho

My scientific research is focused on fusion plasma diagnostics, real-time control and operation and development of high performance hardware and software for CODAC systems.

  • PhD: Instituto Superior Técnico, 2003
  • Recent publications
    • Real-Time Vertical Plasma Position Control Using the Heavy Ion Beam Diagnostic, Henriques, R.B. et al., IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science (2017) DOI
    • EPICS device support for an ATCA CDAQ Board with hot-plug capabilities, Santos, B. et al., Fusion Engineering and Design (2017) DOI
    • Interfacing ATCA Hot-Swap with PCIe Hot-Plug for high-availability instrumentation in critical systems, Correia, M. et al., Fusion Engineering and Design (2017) DOI
    • F4E prototype of a chopper digital integrator for the ITER magnetics, Batista, A.J.N. et al., Fusion Engineering and Design (2017) DOI

Gonçalo Figueira

My research is focused on the science and technology of high intensity, ultrashort laser pulses, covering the study of broadband amplification techniques, the development of high efficiency, high repetition rate pump lasers, the creation and application of laser pulses with specific shapes, and the design of ultrafast diagnostics for pulse measurement and characterization. My research is strongly experimental, supported by theory and modelling, and is carried out at IST’s Laboratory for Intense Lasers.

  • PhD: Instituto Superior Técnico, 2001
  • Recent publications
    • Guiding of laser pulses in plasma waveguides created by linearly-polarized femtosecond laser pulses, Lemos, N., Cardoso, L., Geada, J., Figueira, G., Albert, F., and Dias, J. M., Scientific Reports (2018) DOI
    • Optimization and characterization of High-Harmonic Generation for probing solid density plasmas, Koliyadu, J.C.P. et al., Photonics (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

João Mendanha Dias

My research in fundamental physics is focused on secondary radiation sources and optical diagnostics in laser-plasma interaction field. On the other hand I have also devoted significant work to optical applications in medicine (eye optical modeling) and in industry (spectroscopy and laser metrology). My research methodology is mainly experimental work, engineering design and, occasionally, simulations and modelling.

  • PhD: Instituto Superior Técnico, 2001
  • Recent publications
    • An ultra-high gain and efficient amplifier based on Raman amplification in plasma, Vieux, G. et al., Scientific Reports (2017) DOI
    • Horizon 2020 EuPRAXIA design study, Walker, P.A. et al., Journal of Physics: Conference Series (2017) DOI
    • Optimization and characterization of High-Harmonic Generation for probing solid density plasmas, Koliyadu, J.C.P. et al., Photonics (2017) DOI
    • Ultrashort pulse capability at the L2I high intensity laser facility, Figueira, G. et al., High Power Laser Science and Engineering (2017) DOI

Rui Coelho

My research is focused on theory and modelling of magnetically confined fusion plasmas. In particular, I am interested in the Integrated Tokamak modelling, the dynamics of magnetic reconnection events associated to plasma confinement degradation in Tokamaks and the interaction of energetic particles with Alfven waves. I collaborate with the experimental teams of ISTTOK (Portugal), JET (UK), AUG (Germany) and TCV (Switzerland) and on the research plan of future devices such as JT60-SA (Japan) and DEMO.

  • PhD: Instituto Superior Tcnico, 2001
  • Recent publications
    • MARCONI-FUSION: The new high performance computing facility for European nuclear fusion modelling, Iannone, F. et al., Fusion Engineering and Design (2017) DOI
    • Main chamber wall plasma loads in JET-ITER-like wall at high radiated fraction, Guillemaut, C. et al., Nuclear Materials and Energy (2017) DOI
    • Overview of ASDEX Upgrade results, A. Kallenbach for the ASDEX Upgrade Team and the EUROfusion MST1 Team, Nuclear Fusion (2017) DOI
    • Overview of progress in European medium sized tokamaks towards an integrated plasma-edge/wall solution, Meyer, H. et al., Nuclear Fusion (2017) DOI


Invited Professors

Mario Lino da Silva

My research focuses on high-speed, warm collisional plasmas, where I try to understand the nonequilibrium thermodynamic properties of such plasmas, the dynamics of kinetic processes and radiation, and where I try to develop advanced fluid descriptions of such plasmas that include the quantum dynamics of molecular energy exchange processes.

  • PhD: Université d'Orléans, 2004
  • Recent publications
    • 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
    • The case for in situ resource utilisation for oxygen production on Mars by non-equilibrium plasmas, Guerra, V. et al., Plasma Sources Science and Technology (2017) DOI
    • High-Pressure H2/He/O2 Combustion Experiments for the Design of the ESTHER Shock-Tube Driver, Silva, M.L., and Carvalho, B.B., 46th AIAA Thermophysics Conference (2016) DOI
    • SPARK: A Software Package for Aerodynamics, Radiation and Kinetics, Lopez, B., and Silva, M.L., 46th AIAA Thermophysics Conference (2016) DOI

Jorge Vieira

At the intersection of photonics and plasma science, my research employs advanced computing and theoretical modelling to exploit the properties of structured, intense light to attain the ultimate physical limits of plasma accelerators and associated light sources, envisioning beam phase spaces tailored for specific applications. To complement theoretical and computational advances, I strive to collaborate with experimental teams that might bring these concepts closer to reality, whenever possible.

  • PhD: Instituto Superior Técnico, 2010
  • Recent publications
    • All optical dual stage laser wakefield acceleration driven by two-color laser pulses, Pathak, V. B., Kim, H. T., Vieira, J., Silva, L. O., and Nam, C. H., Scientific Reports (2018) DOI
    • Attosecond electron bunches from a nanofiber driven by Laguerre-Gaussian laser pulses, Hu, L.-X-, Yu, T.-P., Sheng, Z.-M., Vieira, J., Zou, D.-B., Yin, Y., McKenna, P., and Shao, F.-Q., Scientific Reports (2018) DOI
    • Plasmon excitations with a semi-integer angular momentum, Mendonça, J. T., Serbeto, A., and Vieira, J., Scientific Reports (2018) DOI
    • Ponderomotive beatwave ion acceleration using twisted light, Saberi, H., Vieira, J., and Silva, L. O., Physics of Plasmas (2017) DOI

Nuno Loureiro

Theory and simulations of magnetic reconnection, magnetized turbulence, magnetic field generation, turbulent transport and instabilities in magnetically confined fusion plasmas.

  • PhD: Imperial College London, 2005
  • Recent publications
    • Turbulence in Magnetized Pair Plasmas, Loureiro, N. F., and Boldyrev, S., The Astrophysical Journal Letters (2018) DOI
    • Fully Kinetic Large-scale Simulations of the Collisionless Magnetorotational Instability, Inchingolo, G., Grismayer, T., Loureiro, N. F., Fonseca, R. A., and Silva, L. O., The Astrophysical Journal (2018) DOI
    • An experimental platform for pulsed-power driven magnetic reconnection, Hare, J. D. et al., Physics of Plasmas (2018) DOI
    • Ion heating and magnetic flux pile-up in a magnetic reconnection experiment with super-Alfvénic plasma inflows, L. G. Suttle et al., Physics of Plasmas (2018) DOI