Find out who were the former students and graduates of GoLP and where they are now. Alumni

Principal Investigators

Nelson Lopes

Nelson Lopes is a researcher at GoLP - IPFN since 2005. NL is a PhD in Physics from IST (2002) and works mainly in the development of Plasma Accelerators, its technology and applications. He is currently working on betatron x-ray sources for imaging of Biological samples using the laser Astra-Gemini @ RAL.
Latest Publications:
  • Proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration in AWAKE, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 377 (2019) p. 2151
  • Experimental observation of plasma wakefield growth driven by the seeded self-modulation of a proton bunch, Physical Review Letters 122 (2019) p. 054801
  • An ultra-high gain and efficient amplifier based on Raman amplification in plasma, Scientific Reports 7 (2017) p. 2399

Marta Fajardo

Investigadora FCT (Development Grant) since January 2014 at the Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear, Marta Fajardo is a researcher at GoLP since 2007. After her PhD in Plasma Atomic Physics at IST and Ecole Polytechnique in 2001, she was a post-doc at CNRS in France where she studied X-ray lasers and their applications. Back to Portugal, she started a Coherent X-rays research area in X-GoLP, studying X-ray lasers, X-ray laser-plasma interaction, and other coherent x-ray sources such as High Harmonic Generation and applications in imaging. She is currently developing a new 3D x-ray camera.
Latest Publications:
  • Spectral control of high order harmonics through non-linear propagation effects, Applied Physics Letters 119 (2021) p. 071101
  • Lithium fluoride detectors for high spatial resolution imaging of tabletop XUV from high harmonic generation in gases, Journal of the Optical Society of America B 38 (2021) p. 2234-2238
  • Controlling the non-linear optical properties of MgO by tailoring the electronic structure, Applied Physics B 126 (2020) p. 1-7

João Mendanha Dias

Assistant Professor at the IST Physics Dept. and researcher at IPFN. He obtained his degrees (Lic. 1992, MSc 1996 and PhD 2001) from IST. His interests are focused on secondary radiation sources and optical diagnostics in laser-plasma interaction field. He has also devoted significant work to optical applications in medicine (eye optical modeling) and in industry (spectroscopy and laser metrology). At the Physics Dept. he is currently the vice-director of the Engineering Physics Integrated Master Course. In 2012 he was awarded along with his PhD student the Seed of Science Award for exact sciences from the scientific outreach portuguese journal “Jornal Ciência Hoje”.
Latest Publications:
  • Direct refractive index retrieval from interferometry measurements, Review of Scientific Instruments 91 (2020) p. 045111
  • An ultra-high gain and efficient amplifier based on Raman amplification in plasma, Scientific Reports 7 (2017) p. 2399
  • Quantitative shadowgraphy for laser-plasma interactions, A. Boné, N. Lemos, G. Figueira and J. M. Dias 49 (2016) p. 155204

Gonçalo Figueira  

Assistant Professor at the Physics Department of IST and researcher at IPFN. He is a PhD in Physics from the Technical University of Lisbon (2001), specialized in high intensity lasers and ultrashort laser pulses. His research interests include ultrabroadband optical parametric chirped pulse amplification, diode-pumped amplifiers and ultrashort laser diagnostics. He is in charge of laser R&D at IPFN’s Laboratory for Intense Lasers, and coordinates public information activities at IPFN.

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Latest Publications:
  • Thermal lens analysis in a diode-pumped 10 Hz 100 mJ Yb: YAG amplifier, High Power Laser Science and Engineering 8 (2020) p. 13
  • Direct refractive index retrieval from interferometry measurements, Review of Scientific Instruments 91 (2020) p. 045111
  • Pulse front tilt control using non-collimated beams in a single pass grating compressor, Optics Express 28 (2020) p. 7678

Gareth Williams

Post-doctoral researcher at IPFN’s Group for Lasers and Plasmas. He obtained his doctorate in short pulse laser plasmas from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2009. His current research interests include x-ray laser heated warm dense matter, high harmonic generation and application to ultrafast (atto-second) holographic imaging.
Latest Publications:
  • Spectral control of high order harmonics through non-linear propagation effects, Applied Physics Letters 119 (2021) p. 071101
  • Lithium fluoride detectors for high spatial resolution imaging of tabletop XUV from high harmonic generation in gases, Journal of the Optical Society of America B 38 (2021) p. 2234-2238
  • Controlling the non-linear optical properties of MgO by tailoring the electronic structure, Applied Physics B 126 (2020) p. 1-7

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Hugo Pires

Hugo Pires is a post-doc researcher at IPFN's Laser and Plasma Group (GOLP). He focused on high peak and average power OPCPA in his Phd work at IST (Lisbon), and on mid-IR OPCPA in his 1st post-doc at ICFO (Barcelona)

Research Interests: OPCPA, Mid-IR laser systems, laser diagnostics and control

Latest Publications:
  • Thermal lens analysis in a diode-pumped 10 Hz 100 mJ Yb: YAG amplifier, High Power Laser Science and Engineering 8 (2020) p. 13
  • Direct refractive index retrieval from interferometry measurements, Review of Scientific Instruments 91 (2020) p. 045111
  • Controlling the non-linear optical properties of MgO by tailoring the electronic structure, Applied Physics B 126 (2020) p. 1-7

Graduate Students

Joana Alves

Joana Alves was born in 1986, in Lisbon, Portugal. Currently she is a MSc. student of Physics Engineering at Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT), New University of Lisbon. In January 2014, she joined the Group of Lasers and Plasmas (GoLP). She's currently working on her master thesis with Professor Gonçalo Figueira, which is entitled "Characterization of an OPCPA laser amplifier based on the nonlinear crystal YCOB".

Research Interests: Nonlinear optics; High power lasers; Pulse diagnostics; Pulse compression.

Latest Publications:
  • Direct refractive index retrieval from interferometry measurements, Review of Scientific Instruments 91 (2020) p. 045111

Mukhtar Hussain  

Mukhtar Hussain hails from Pakistan. Prior to join APPLAuSE PhD program, he was an Early Stage Researcher in the Single Cycle Laser (SYLOS) Group of the Laser Infrastructure Division at Extreme Light Infrastructure -Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI-ALPS), Szeged Hungary. Currently, he is doing his dissertation under the supervision of Prof Marta Fajardo and Dr. Gareth Williams. His research interests: high harmonic generations in gases and solids and their applications to explore the ultrafast dynamics in matter under extreme conditions.

Research Interests: High Energy Density Physics, High harmonics generation in solids

Latest Publications:
  • Spectral control of high order harmonics through non-linear propagation effects, Applied Physics Letters 119 (2021) p. 071101
  • Lithium fluoride detectors for high spatial resolution imaging of tabletop XUV from high harmonic generation in gases, Journal of the Optical Society of America B 38 (2021) p. 2234-2238
  • Controlling the non-linear optical properties of MgO by tailoring the electronic structure, Applied Physics B 126 (2020) p. 1-7

Victor Hariton

Victor Hariton was born in 1992, in Chișinău, Republic of Moldova. Currently he is a MSc. student of Technological Physics Engineering at Técnico Lisboa. In February 2015, he joined the Group of Lasers and Plasmas (GoLP). He's currently working on his master thesis with Professor Gonçalo Figueira, which is titled "Feasibility study and simulation of a high energy diode-pumped solid-state amplifier".

Research Interests: High-Energy Lasers, Laser Physics

Latest Publications:
  • Thermal lens analysis in a diode-pumped 10 Hz 100 mJ Yb: YAG amplifier, High Power Laser Science and Engineering 8 (2020) p. 13
  • Direct refractive index retrieval from interferometry measurements, Review of Scientific Instruments 91 (2020) p. 045111
  • High efficiency second harmonic generation of nanojoule-level femtosecond pulses in the visible based on BiBO, High Power Laser Science and Engineering 7 (2019) p. e11

MSc. Students

Nuno Torrado

Master's student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, currently working in the development of pulsed power generators to be used in plasma sources for the AWAKE project, in CERN.

Patrícia Estrela

Latest Publications:
  • Lithium fluoride detectors for high spatial resolution imaging of tabletop XUV from high harmonic generation in gases, Journal of the Optical Society of America B 38 (2021) p. 2234-2238

Sebastião Antunes

Mariana da Cunha e Silva

Luís Veloso

Catarina Coutinho

Student of Biomedical Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon. In July 2019, she joined the Group of Lasers and Plasmas (GoLP) for an internship about Astigmatism correction formulas under the supervision of Professor João Mendanha Dias. This internship is running in collaboration with Dr. Filomena Ribeiro and Dr. Tiago Ferreira from Hospital da Luz.

Gonçalo Vaz

Gonçalo Vaz was born in 1998, in Guarda, Portugal. In 2016 initiated an Integrated Master in Engineering Physics at Técnico Lisboa, joining X-GoLP in 2020 as an intern. In 2021 started his master's thesis at X-GoLP under the supervision of professors Gonçalo Figueira and Hugo Pires, titled "Nonlinear optics with ultrashort mid-infrared laser pulses".

Laboratory Technician

Nuno Miguel Gomes

Nuno Miguel Gomes was born in 1987, in Lisbon, Portugal. He received his Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologias, Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 2013. He received his post-graduate in Biopharmaceutical Sciences from Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade de Lisboa in 2014 and his post-graduate in Bioethics from Faculdade de Direito, Universidade de Lisboa in 2015. He worked at Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa. In February 2015, he joined the Group of Lasers and Plasmas (GoLP) as laboratory technician.
Latest Publications:
  • Optimization and characterization of high-harmonic generation for probing solid density plasmas, Photonics, Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute 4 (2017) p. 2
  • Ultrashort pulse capability at the L2I high intensity laser facility, High Power Laser Science and Engineering 5 (2017) p. -