Best PhD in Optics and Photonics 2017

Celso João, who successfully defended his PhD thesis in 2016, has now been awarded the 2017 Prize for the Best PhD Thesis in Optics in Photonics by SPOF, the Portuguese Society for Optics and Photonics.

Celso, a postdoc researcher and member of the Group for Lasers and Plasmas, has specialised in high power laser design and development. 

In his thesis entitled “Diode-pumped solid-state lasers for optical parametric amplification pumping”, he describes the implementation of new two diode-pumped ytterbium lasers for pumping OPCPA amplifiers.

The first system is installed at IST, while the second was added to the front end of the PHELIX laser at GSI Darmstadt, through a collaboration with IOQ/IAP-FSU Jena. 

The work was supervised by Prof. Goncalo Figueira (IST), head of laser research at the Laboratory for Intense Lasers in Lisbon, with the collaboration of Prof. Vincent Bagnoud (GSI) and Prof. Joachim Hein (IOQ-FSU).

SPOF was created in 2009 with the goals of promoting optics from the viewpoints of research, training and education. The national prize for the best thesis in optics and photonics, one of its most distinguishing initiatives, is now in its 5th edition, covering the year 2016.