ENSURE has come to a successful end

After 5 years of fruitful work, the project ENSURE is now coming to its formal closure. The project has successfully attained a deeper understanding on how laser-driven ion sources can take advantage of advanced materials and it has helped bringing the technology closer to its potential applications. With 24 (+3 underway) publications on peer-reviews journals and 40 contributions to international conferences, ENSURE has accomplished its main goals. Education and training of young scientists has also been a pivotal component of the project, whereby 12 master’s degree and 5 PhD students have carried out their research work. Moreover two international conferences (TARG4 and HFLPI) and a summer school (8th edition of Atoms and Plasmas in Superintense Laser Fields) sponsored by ENSURE have been co-organized by its team. The work carried out within ENSURE has also stimulated the ERC Proof-of-Concept project INTER, which was focused on neutron generation from laser-driven ion sources.

Of course this ending date does not imply that the ENSURE team will stop working, but rather it marks a new starting point from which to pursue further developments. Ad maiora!

PhD defenses

Yesterday morning Andrea Pazzaglia and Arianna Formenti, team members of the ENSURE project, successfully defended their PhD theses at Politecnico di Milano on “Investigation on near-critical double-layer targets for enhanced laser-driven ion acceleration” (Andrea Pazzaglia) and “Advances on laser-driven ion acceleration theory” (Arianna Formenti).

Meet Me Tonight 2018

Meet Me Tonight 2018

The Meet Me Tonight 2018 is upcoming! Within the framework of European ResearchersNight we will present our research at Giardini Indro Montanelli, Milan on 28th and 29th September. You will have the chance to discover the physics of plasmas, from the basic concepts towards some of the most exciting applications, with simple and interactive experiments. The stand, called Alla scoperta dei Plasmi, la materia delle stelle” is by Politecnico di Milano and Istituto di Fisica del Plasma IFP-CNR, also in collaboration with researchers of the ENSURE team. Find out more here and here!

Talk on Monday, May 21st

Talk on Monday, May 21st

Alessandro Maffini will give a talk on Monday afternoon about the growth dynamics of Carbon nanofoams. You can read the abstract at this link. You are all invited to participate!

Date: May 21st, 2018

Time: 3 p.m.

Place: Aula seminari, Building 19 (CeSNEF), Campus Leonardo, Milano