Unique and exclusive visits

With the Inside Views you will be able to know as no one else different research centers connected to Physics. An Inside View is a guided and exclusive tour of an IST research center accompanied by an element of the center.
You will be able to understand the whole scientific process: from the idea, overcoming challenges, to the result.

IPFN – Institute of Plasmas and Nuclear Fusion is a research unit of the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, and one of the largest research institutions in physics in Portugal.
It has several research groups, some of which you can visit in detail:

  • GOLP- Group of Lasers and Plasmas;
  • GFE – Experimental Physics Group – visit to ISTTOK;
  • GTM – Theory and Modelization Group
  • PEL- Plasma Engineering Laboratory

The Technological and Nuclear Campus of the Pole of Loures of IST, as a structure for teaching, research and service rendering, maintains the same mission and attributions as the extinct ITN, IP, namely to carry out and promote scientific research and technological development. Particularly in the field of nuclear sciences and techniques, radiological protection and safety, as well as, in this context, develop graduate and postgraduate training actions and the permanent updating of technicians and also promote the dissemination of science in their areas of expertise.

The purpose of the COSTAR-CENTRA group investigation is to use the known universe to probe the unknown universe, ie use the Sun and stars as experimental detectors to explore new physics, as suggested by the new models of particle physics and theory of gravitation. In particular we are interested in studying the problem of dark matter. In addition we are also interested in understanding how stars form and evolve.

Black Holes, Neutron Stars and Gravitational Waves are among the subjects with whom we usually deal in our everyday life as researchers. We belongs to GRIT. This is the gravitational group at the Instituto Superior Técnico. Our group is very international, in fact some of our investigators are worldwide leaders in their field and we have broad network of contacts all around the globe (Aveiro, Cambridge, Perimeter Institute and Rome for instance). Currently, gravitational physics is probably the most important topic in science overall. Indeed, the gravitational waves produced by the merging of a binary of black holes system was detected only 3 years ago. This was the first direct evidence of the existence of such kind of objects and it was honored with the Nobel Prize in physics this year. This discovery allowed the birth of the gravitational wave astronomy, opening our vision on the most extreme phenomena happening in our universe.
If you wish you to know something more about us, come to have a direct look at the Inside Views of GRIT. Here, you can have an informal conversation with our PhD students to know more about their daylife work.

INESC Microsystems and Nanotechnologies is one of the first Portuguese laboratory with capacity for nanofabrication, and is currently a Member of the National Roadmap for Research Infrastructures of FCT (MicroNanoFab). With 20 years of experience in a micro- and nanofabrication infrastructure, INESC MN focuses its activities on:

  • Scientific research of excellence: Research that makes intense use and is made possible by the 24-hour availability of a Clean Room for spintronic devices, thin film MEMS, and integrated biosensors and lab-on-chip systems.
  • Advanced training: INESC MN offers masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students the opportunity of experimental training in micro and nanofabrication technologies.
  • Micro and nanofabrication services: INESC MN offers access to its infrastructure to Portuguese and international companies, and to university groups. This access is tailored to each customer and can range from full consultancy with technology transfer to the execution of a simple microfabrication step.

The CFTP – Center for Theoretical Physics of Particles – is an international group of theoretical physics of particles, astroparticles, cosmology and hadron physics.
Despite the successes of the Standard Model (SM), there are still three experimental observations for which it has no answer: neutrinos masses, the baryonic asymmetry of the Universe and the observed black matter for which it does not offer a candidate. These three observations strongly suggest the need for new physics. The objectives of our investigation are to explore the extensions of the SM that can explain this evidence.

The LIP (Laboratory of Instrumentation and Experimental Physics of Particles) is the a laboratory which, in Portugal, concentrates the research and participation in international collaborations, in the field of experimental particle physics and astroparticles and associated technologies.
Almost half of the LIP effort is linked to participation in CERN, while the other half is divided by experiences in other laboratories and development of detectors and technologies for future experiments. The LIP has also an important development in the field of Medical Physics and applications with ESA. Finally, the LIP still has a great concern with teaching and the disclosure.

Visit to the Tecnico’s anechoic chamber, visiting both the exterior part of the chamber, seeing the constructive type of the chamber, and the inner part of the chamber where you can “hear” the absolute silence and the completely dead acoustics of the chamber . The details about the anechoic chamber and also about some work done inside the anechoic chamber over the last years will be presented.