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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

Fábio Cruz receives PhD in Physics

Fábio Cruz receives PhD in Physics October 24 2021

On 21 October 2021, Dr. Fábio Cruz received his PhD in Physics with a thesis entitled 'Multiscale modeling of pulsar magnetospheres'. His work was supervised by Prof. Luís Oliveira e Silva (IST) and Dr. Thomas Grismayer (IST).

The thesis committee consisted of Dr. Benoît Cerutti (Univ. Grenoble Alpes), Prof. Ilídio Lopes (IST), Dr. Anatoly Spitkovsky (Univ. Princeton), Dr. Thomas Grismayer (IST) and Prof. Luís l. Alves (IST, President).

Congratulations Fábio !


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.
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