I am an Invited Assistant Professor and FCT researcher (associate professor level) at the EPP team at the Group for Lasers and Plasmas at Instituto Superior Técnico. My research focuses on plasma based accelerators, their corresponding radiation sources, and on the non-linear optics of plasmas at relativistic intensities driven by structured light. I combine theory and high performance computing to address outstanding interdisciplinary questions ranging from plasma physics to photonics.



Prof. Jorge Vieira
GoLP/Grupo de Lasers e Plasmas
Complexo Interdisciplinar
Instituto Superior Técnico
Av. Rovisco Pais 1049-001, Lisboa

Phone: (+351) 218 419 375
Email: jorge.vieira _at_
Skype & AIM/Ichat: jmvgolp

I am a co-developer of
 OSIRIS, a massively parallel particle-in-cell code for high-fidelity plasma simulations. OSIRIS has been developed in collaboration between IST and UCLA for more than a decade. It is routinely used in large super-computing facilities and to model laser-plasma and beam-plasma interaction experiments.

I am involved in several on-going collaborative research projects. Click here to find out more about these projects, and here to find out more about my frequent collaborators.

Latest News

April, 16th 2018 Paper on atto-second electron bunch generation accepted for publication in Scientific Reports.

April, 6th 2018 Diana Amorim completed her PhD. Many congratulations to Diana! Click here for more info.

November, 29th 2017 Mariana Moreira awarded Best MsC thesis in Plasma Physics, Lasers and Nuclear Fusion in 2016/2017. Many congratulations to Mariana! Click here for more info.

November, 14th 2017 Mariana Moreira completed her MsC thesis. Many congratulations to Mariana! Click here for more info.

November, 3rd 2017 2017 Paper recently published in Physics of Plasmas selected for AIP SciLight. Click here for more info.

June, 12th 2017 Paper on high Orbital Angular Momentum Harmonics Generation is Science Highlight of the Central Laser Facility/Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Click here for more info.

June, 9th 2017 Paper on the robustness of Raman amplifiers accepted and published. Click here for more info.

June, 4th 2017 Received invitation for invited talk at the 59th APS DPP Annual Meeting on exotic light driven plasma wakefields. My former post-doc, Timon Mehrling (now at DESY), also received an invitation to show our work on the suppression of the hosing instability in plasma wakefields.

April, 6th 2017 Paper on Hosing mitigation in plasma wakefield accelerators accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters. Click here for more info.

March, 27th 2017 Review paper on UV twisted light accepted for publication in Photonics. Click here for more info.

January, 20th 2017 Visit to Prof. Zulfikar Najmudin’s lab at Imperial College. 

December, 23rd 2016 Paper on high Orbital Angular Momentum harmonics featured on the cover of Physical Review Letters Vol 117. Click here for more info.

Simulation of seed electric field isosurfaces for pulses containing high orbital angular momentum harmonics driven by stimulated Raman backscattering in a plasma (plasma not shown). The pulses have 1 lobe (top) and 2 lobes (bottom).[J. Vieira et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 117 265001 (2016)] 

December, 12th 2016 Anton Helm successfully presented his on-going PhD thesis work to the PhD evaluation panel at IST.

November, 3rd 2016 Paper on high Orbital Angular Momentum harmonics accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters. Click here for more info. Click here for the paper.

September, 5th 2016 Project ARIES (follow-up of Eucard-2) has been approved. Project will start on May 1 2017. I will be the coordinator of a task dedicated to plasma accelerators driven by exotic light with orbital angular momentum, in collaboration with Dr. Fabien Quere’s group at CEA.  

January, 28th 2016 Paper on stimulated Raman amplification of lasers with orbital angular momentum now available online in Nature Communications. Click here for more info.

Computational and theoretical demonstration that ultra-intense twisted light can be amplified through stimulated Raman backscattering in the plasma.  [J. Vieira et al. Nat. Comms. 7:10371 (2016)]


December, 9th 2015 Paper on high harmonic generation of lasers beams with orbital angular momentum now available online in Physics of Plasmas. Click here for more info.