The Erasmus IP HIPOLIN 2013 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 HIPOLIN IP outputs and f) to take actions for the integration of HIPOLIN

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

Technological Educational Institute of Crete

  1. TEI of Crete will be the finance, administration and host Institute of the proposed IP. TEI of Crete should secure the availability of lecture halls and educational equipment that will be used during the proposed IP lectures. TEI of Crete should secure the accommodation and catering requirements of the participating academics and students. TEI of Crete should also recruit a person that will be responsible for the finance and administration of the proposed IP.

  2. The contribution of TEI of Crete to the construction of the teaching program is the following: Professor Michael Tatarakis – Plasma Fundamentals, Professor Nektarios Papadogiannis – Ultra Short Laser Pulses and Applications, Dr Kostantinos Petridis (Lecturer) – Laser Pulse Generation Techniques.

Imperial College London

Founded in 1907, Imperial College is regarded as one of the most prestigious universities worldwide. The Physics Department of Imperial College is regularly ranked as one of the best in the UK, 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. Prof. Zulficar Najmudin will give a lecture on “Electron acceleration in gaseous targets by intense laser pulses”.

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. University of Bordeaux will contribute with a lecture by Prof. Dimitri Batani on “Fast & shock ignition principles”.

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. University of Milano will contribute with a lecture by Dr. Luca Volpe on “Electron imaging based on k alpha emission”.

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. QUB will contribute with two lectures: (i). Prof. Ioannis Kourakis, on “Nonlinear Physics and Solitary Waves in Laser-Plasma Interactions” and  (ii) Dr Gianluca Sarri, on “On the route to exploring Non-Linear Quantum Electrodynamics suing ultra-intense laser”.

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. The Technical University of Madrid is a public institution with more than 35.000 students. The Institute of Nuclear Fusion (IFN) of UPM is essentially devoted to Nuclear Research (basic and applied) related to both Nuclear Fusion and Fission. Most of contributions have been developed in Nuclear Fusion as future promising Energy Source, and in particular Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy, where the Institute is unique in Spain in size, personnel and projects. Science and Technology for Inertial and Magnetic engineering facilities and reactors have so many common areas that a general principle of the Institute is the very close collaboration with Centres in both initiatives. IFN will contribute with lectures on the following topics: 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 will contribute with three lectures,  two  by Prof. Jiri Limpouch, from the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering on (i). Ion Acceleration by Intense laser pulses and (ii). Simulations methods for high power laser plasma diagnostics and one more by Prof. M. Kalal on “Interferometric diagnostics of laser produced plasmas”.

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. It will contribute with a lecture by Prof. John Pasley, from the Physics department on “Indirect Drive ICF Physics”.

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. Prof. Michel Koenig, head of the LULI group will give two lectures on
(i). The equation of State of Dense Matter and (ii). Toward Planetary interiors Physics using laser driven compression

Military University of Technology in Warsaw

The Military University of Technology in Warsaw was founded in 1951 and is the largest military university in Poland. Institute of Optoelectronics (IOE) is an interdisciplinary institute with a mission to support research and education in the optoelectronics and photonic technologies. IOE is engaged in research and development in the fields of optical, electrical and mechanical processes, components and systems. Areas of research activities include: design and analysis of optical systems, optical materials, optical technologies, optical metrology, thin film technologies, X-ray and EUV optics, laser optics and electronics, new solid state lasers, laser systems, laser-matter interactions, laser cleaning, medical lasers, nanotechnology, biochemistry, biomaterials, optical spectroscopy, laser ranging and sensing, detection of optical signals, dynamic material studies, security systems, image processing, infrared physics and technology, computer modeling. The Military University of Technology (Warsaw) will contribute with the following lecture: Prof. Henryk Fiedorowicz -  Laser plasma source of x-rays and extreme ultraviolet.

Sapienza - Università di Roma

Sapienza University of Rome was founded in 1303 and  is the largest Italian university by enrollment and the oldest of Rome's four state-funded universities. Physics research is conducted at the Physics Department and at the  Department of Basic and Applied Sciences for Engineering (BASE). The Physics Department is one of the largest in Italy,  with more than 250 scientists and 66 research groups in areas ranging from high-energy physics to condensed matter theory, statistical mechanics and astrophysics. The BASE Department performs research in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry, and includes, among others, groups active in plasma and fusion physics, optics and particle accelerators. Prof. Stefano Atzeni will give a lecture, complementary to this by Prof. Battani, on “The physics of laser driven inertial fusion: conventional and advanced ignition schemes”.

University of Ioannina

The University of Ioannina was founded in 1964. In 1970 became an independent Higher Education Institution, which grew rapidly in the coming years. Today, the University of Ioannina includes 17 academic Departments which altogether number 13,523 undergraduate students. A number of organised postgraduate study programmes are on offer that combine taught and research elements both at Master's and Doctoral level. Approximately 1,300 students are involved in full-time study mode progressing to a Master's degree, while 2,217 students are currently pursuing their studies at Doctoral level. The Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratory Specifically exploits a variety of spectroscopic techniques in the study of highly excited and auto-ionizing atomic states, as also in taming non-linear processes such as harmonic generation. In addition, imaging techniques including pump-probe approaches are currently developed for the study of interaction of strong laser fields with atoms, molecules and molecular clusters, targeting on non-linear phenomena such as molecular alignment/orientation and molecular fragmentation. University of Ioannina will contribute with two lectures: one by Prof. Kostas Kosmidis on “Interaction of strong laser beam with atoms & molecules” and one by Emmanuel Mbenis on “Ultrafast laser pump-probe techniques in molecules”.

Democritus University of Thrace

Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH was established in 1973. It is based in Komotini, Greece and it was named after the ancient Greek philosopher Democritus who was born in the city of Avdira. DUTH has two faculties and twenty departments in four cities. The total number of students is approximately 30,000. Prof. Emannuel Sarris from the Electrical & Computer Engineering department / Space Research Laboratory will make the interlink with astrophysics by giving a lecture on “Space Plasma Electrodynamics”.

Technical University of Crete

The Technical University of Crete was established in 1977 in Chania Crete.  With a total of 57 research laboratories and 129 faculty staff members,  the Technical University of Crete is among the top in Greece in Performing research. In addition, the Technical University of Crete is among the first Greek institutions with the highest rate of research publications per faculty member. It will contribute with the following lectures: “Non-Linear propagation of fs intense laser pulses in gases / Applications to atmospheric Physics” by Dr N. Kortsalioudakis, “Applications of fast ions and neutrons produced by ultra-short and high intensity laser beams” and “Laser Induced Nuclear Reactions and Applications to Inertial Fusion for energy production” by Prof. S. Moustaizis and “Laser combined with ‘Lab – on – Chip’ Technology” by Dr E. Sergaki.

University of Bern

The University of Bern (German: Universität Bern, French: Université de Berne) is a university in the Swiss capital of Bern and was founded in 1834. It is a comprehensive university offering a broad choice of courses and programmes in eight faculties and some 160 institutes. Prof. Davide Bleiner from the Institute of Applied Physics of the university of Bern will lecture on “Imaging & Spectroscopy using lab scale based soft X – ray laser”.