Prize Recipient

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Nuno F. G. Loureiro
Instituto Superior Tecnico


"For pioneering analytical and numerical studies of magnetic reconnection and especially for his contribution to the identification and understanding of the plasmoid-dominated reconnection in high Lundquist-number plasmas."


Nuno F. G. Loureiro received his degree in physics engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon in 2000 and his Ph.D. in plasma physics from Imperial College in 2005. He subsequently held a post-doctoral position at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory followed by a Fusion Research Fellowship at CCFE. Nuno was awarded an advanced fellowship from the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation in 2009 to work at the Institute for Plasmas and Nuclear Fusion (IPFN), at IST Lisbon and was appointed Head of the Theory and Modelling Group at IPFN in 2012. He was awarded a Development Grant under the Investigador FCT programme of the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation in 2013, and is also an Invited Associate Professor at the Physics Department of IST and a faculty member of the plasma physics doctoral programme APPLAuSE at IST. Nuno’s current research interests cover a broad range of astro, space, and laboratory plasma physics problems, including magnetic reconnection, the generation and amplification of magnetic fields, turbulent transport in magnetized plasmas, and fast-particle-driven instabilities in fusion plasmas.

Selection Committee:

William Heidbrink, Chair; Alkesh Punjabi; Ilya Dodin; William Kruer; Greg Hammett