PARTNER INSTITUTIONS

The Erasmus IP APPEPLA 2012 is the fruitful collaboration of top institutions in the field of laser matter interactions, plasma science, optoelectronics, electronics, laser technology and laser driven fusion science & technology.

The participating Institutions are responsible for a) the organization of the project teaching program, b) the advertisement of the program to the local and academic society, c) to choose experienced lecturers in the field, d) to select and sent the most suitable of the applicant students, e) to disseminate the APPEPLA IP outputs and f) to take actions for the integration of the APPEPLA

Apart of the general obligations, all the participant institutions have specific tasks to fulfil.

Technological Educational Institute of Crete

(a) TEI of Crete is the coordinator of the project and has responsibility for the finance, administration and implementation of the APPEPLA IP. TEI of Crete takes care for the availability of lecturers, venues and educational equipment and internet facilities. TEI of Crete is also responsible for the accommodation and catering requirements of the participating academics and students. Furthermore, TEI of Crete is responsible for the financial and administration issues of the proposed IP.
(b) The contribution of TEI of Crete to the construction of the teaching program is the following:
Professor Michael Tatarakis – Introduction to Plasma Physics - The HiPER project.
Professor Nektarios Papadogiannis – Ultra Short Laser Pulses - Ultra Short Laser Pulses Applications in Plasma Science.
Dr Konstantinos Petridis (Lecturer) – Laser Physics Fundamentals
Dr Eugene Clark (Adj. Assistant Professor) - Radiation Shielding Simulations
Dr Pliakis Dimitris (Adj. Assistant Professor) – Waves and Instabilities in Plasmas

Imperial College London

Founded in 1907, Imperial College is regarded as one of the most prestigious universities worldwide. It has a total full time student body of more than 11000. This is comprised roughly of 8000 undergraduate students and 3400 postgraduates. In addition there were over 900 part – time students, all postgraduates. The Physics Department is regularly ranked as one of the best in the country, with the plasma physics group being the largest university based group nationally. The group has contributed significantly in the fields of fusion, high – energy density and high power laser plasma research.

University of Bordeaux 1

The University of Bordeaux 1 maintains close relations with partner universities in the frameworks of the main official programs (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, CREPUQ), in many international PhD networks (Franco – Japanese doctoral Colleges, PhD joint supervision) and by the development of an offer of training in partnership with European Universities. The research in the domain of Plasma Physics, Lasers and Optics is one of priority areas of the University of Bordeaux. It is motivated by the construction of the Laser MegaJoule facility in the CEA center near Bordeaux. The research in this domain are conducted in the Centre des Lasers Intenses et Applications (CELIA) along with two other laboratories of the Department of Physics. The CELIA is one of the leading laboratories in France in domain of the inertial confinement fusion by lasers. The professors and scientists of CELIA participate in the National Master Program 'Sciences de la Fusion' that prepares every year about 40 specialists in the domain of inertial confinement fusion and engineering. Experienced staff from the CELIA laboratory, part of the Physics Department of the University of Bordeaux, will cover the following thematic sections: Inertial Confinement Fusion by Laser The Laser Mega Joule Project Approaches in Inertial Fusion for energy production.

University of Milano – Bicocca

The laser plasma group at the Physics Department of the University of Milano Bicocca has a significant experimental activity in several fields including the study of laser generated shocks, fast electron propagation and the characteristics of strongly compressed plasmas, the study of smoothing of laser energy deposition for uniform target compression in ICF including the study of foam buffered targets, gas smoothing and phase plates for optical smoothing and the study of fast electron transport in plasmas in the framework of the fast ignition approach to ICF.

QUEEN'S University Belfast

Queen's University at Belfast combines the best tradition with a progressive outlook. It is an institution with a world – class academic reputation as reflected in the award of a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2006, the fourth time the University has been honoured in this way. The plasma Physics group of the Queen's University is specialized on the following topics: high temperature, laser produced plasma physics, low temperature, electrically produced plasma physics and basics of Nonlinear Plasma Physics.

Technical University of Lisbon – Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST)

The group of Plasma and Nuclear Fusion of the IST is one of the largest research institutions in Portugal. The role of this group in the proposed IP is to cover the following topics: laser technology in the field of high power lasers, laser plasma interactions, electron beam – plasma instabilities and nonlinear coupling between electron and ion instabilities.

Technical University of Madrid:

The Technical University of Madrid (UPM) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1996, although the majority of its centres are over hundreds of years old and were founded in the 18th and 19th centuries. Each of them maintained its independence until being grouped together to form the UPM. All of the important personalities in the area of teaching and research passed through the respective centres as students or lecturers. The Technical University of Madrid is a public institution with more than 35.000 students. The Applied Physics and Aeronautics group of the Technical University of Madrid is specialized on the following topics: training of students in plasma simulation techniques, fusion materials and reactor technologies.

Czech Technical University in Prague

Czech Technical University in Prague maintains close relations with partner Universities (more than 100 all over the world) both in the frameworks of the main official programs (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci), and via bilateral cooperation agreements including agreements for PhD joint supervision and training partnership networks. The Department of Physical Electronics of CTU has the staff of more than 40 professors and research associates. Its research is devoted in laser technology, coherent and non-linear optics, x – ray optics, laser interaction with matter and computational modelling of physical processes. CTU, in the framework of the proposed IP, will provide lectures in the following topics: CPA lasers, simulations of laser target interactions and ion acceleration with lasers.

University of York

The University of York was founded in 1963 with 200 students. Since then, it has expanded to 11,000 students and has over 30 academic departments and research centres. From its inception, the University has concentrated on strong viable departments and teaching and research of the highest quality. The quality of York's teaching has received many accolades. York and Cambridge top the teaching league with the highest scores in official teaching assessments. Research in the Department on plasma physics is in two important areas: (i) theoretical magnetic confinement fusion studies and (ii) experimental and theoretical laser plasma work. The followings topics are going to be provided, hohlraum modelling, shock waves and implosion hydrodynamics and nuclear fusion using lasers.

Ecole Polytechnique

Ecole Polytechnique is a top ranked University in France and worldwide. The LULI research centre on laser-generated plasmas and their applications and its scientific teams develop ambitious programs, more generally in close collaboration with other French and international groups. As a national and European facility, LULI develops and runs the most energetic French civilian high-power lasers and the associated experimental equipment. It also pursues ambitious programs on new laser sources and technologies. The University contributes to the APPEPLA IP in the following areas: high intensity laser matter interactions, equation of state of dense matter and planetary interiors physics via laser driven compression.