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Gulbenkian prize granted to Fábio Cruz

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation announced last week the winners of the 2016 edition of the Young Researchers Incentive Programme. Fábio Cruz was awarded by his work in the thematic area of Science of the Earth and Space, in which he presented the project “Multiscale Modeling of Pulsar Magnetospheres”. In this project, Fábio will model pulsar magnetospheres – one the most extreme and exotic environments in the Universe – using advanced numerical tools, capable of solving the self-consistent collective dynamics of the electron-positron (e-e+) plasmas surrounding these compact astronomical objects. Moreover, by resorting to ab initio massively parallel simulations, it will be possible to model, for the first time, the formation process of the e-e+ cascades in the vacuum gaps of pulsar magnetospheres due to quantum electrodynamical (QED) processes in a realistic geometry.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation established the Young Researchers Incentive Programme with the aim of stimulating the creativity and quality of scientific research among the younger generation. The Program is intended for young researchers under the age of 26 who work in Portuguese institutions. The prize has a monetary value of € 12,500, of which €2,500 goes to the researcher and €10,000 to the host Institution where the research will be carried out.

27th SPPT EPS Poster Prize awarded to Ana Dias

Ana Dias has been awarded the EPS Poster Prize of the 27th Symposium on Plasma Physics and Technology (SPPT), with the contribution entitled “Graphene production and functionalization using plasma-based methods”.

Ana Dias is a PhD student of PD-F “Advanced Programme in Plasma Science and Engineering” (APPLAuSE), with Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear (IPFN) and the Physics Department.

The EPS Poster Prize of the SPPT is granted to researchers in the PhD phase of his/her career in recognition of an excellent poster at the conference. The poster is evaluated by its scientific content, design and presentation to the evaluation committee.

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