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city: MILANO
postcode: 20133

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙887˙500 €
 EC max contribution 1˙887˙500 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    POLITECNICO DI MILANO IT (MILANO) coordinator 1˙887˙500.00


 Project objective

With the ENSURE project I aim at attaining ground-breaking results in the field of superintense laser-driven ion acceleration, proposing a multidisciplinary research program in which theoretical, numerical and experimental research will be coherently developed in a team integrating in an unprecedented way advanced expertise from materials engineering and nanotechnology, laser-plasma physics, computational science. The aim will be to bring this topic from the realm of fundamental basic science into a subject having realistic engineering applications. The discovery in 2000 of brilliant, multi-MeV, collimated ion sources from targets irradiated by intense laser pulses stimulated great interest worldwide, due to the ultra-compact spatial scale of the accelerator and ion beam properties. The laser-target system provides unique appealing features to fundamental physics which can be studied in a small lab. At the same time, laser-ion beams could have future potential in many technological areas. This is boosting the development of new labs and facilities all over Europe, but to support these efforts, crucial challenges need to be faced to make these applications a reality. The goals of ENSURE are: i) design and production of nanoengineered targets, with properties tailored to achieve optimized ion acceleration regimes. This will be pursued exploiting advanced techniques of material science & nanotechnology ii) design of laser-ion beams for novel, key applications in nuclear and materials engineering iii) realization of engineering-oriented ion acceleration experiments, in advanced facilities iv) synergic development of all the required theoretical support for i,ii,iii). The results of the project can determine a unique impact in the research on laser-driven ion acceleration in Europe, providing new directions to support the attainment, in the next future, of concrete applications of great societal relevance, in medical, energy and materials areas.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 A. Maffini, A. Pazzaglia, D. Dellasega, V. Russo, M. Passoni
Growth dynamics of pulsed laser deposited nanofoams
published pages: , ISSN: 2475-9953, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.3.083404
Physical Review Materials 3/8 2020-04-24
2019 Andrea Pazzaglia, Alessandro Maffini, David Dellasega, Alessio Lamperti, Matteo Passoni
Reference-free evaluation of thin films mass thickness and composition through energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy
published pages: 92-102, ISSN: 1044-5803, DOI: 10.1016/j.matchar.2019.04.030
Materials Characterization 153 2020-04-24
2020 M Passoni, F M Arioli, L Cialfi, D Dellasega, L Fedeli, A Formenti, A C Giovannelli, A Maffini, F Mirani, A Pazzaglia, A Tentori, D Vavassori, M Zavelani-Rossi, V Russo
Advanced laser-driven ion sources and their applications in materials and nuclear science
published pages: 14022, ISSN: 0741-3335, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6587/ab56c9
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 62/1 2020-04-24
2019 A. Macchi, G. Cantono, L. Fedeli, F. Pisani, T. Ceccotti
Extreme high field plasmonics: Electron acceleration and XUV harmonic generation from ultrashort surface plasmons
published pages: 42114, ISSN: 1070-664X, DOI: 10.1063/1.5086537
Physics of Plasmas 26/4 2020-04-24
2019 M. Passoni, L. Fedeli, F. Mirani
Superintense Laser-driven Ion Beam Analysis
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-45425-3
Scientific Reports 9/1 2020-04-24
2019 E. Besozzi, D. Dellasega, V. Russo, C. Conti, M. Passoni, M.G. Beghi
Thermomechanical properties of amorphous metallic tungsten-oxygen and tungsten-oxide coatings
published pages: 107565, ISSN: 0264-1275, DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2018.107565
Materials & Design 165 2020-04-24
2020 L Fedeli, A Formenti, A Pazzaglia, F M Arioli, A Tentori, M Passoni
Enhanced laser-driven hadron sources with nanostructured double-layer targets
published pages: 33045, ISSN: 1367-2630, DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/ab74a4
New Journal of Physics 22/3 2020-04-24
2017 A. Maffini, L. Moser, L. Marot, R. Steiner, D. Dellasega, A. Uccello, E. Meyer, M. Passoni
In situ cleaning of diagnostic first mirrors: an experimental comparison between plasma and laser cleaning in ITER-relevant conditions
published pages: 46014, ISSN: 0029-5515, DOI: 10.1088/1741-4326/aa5d05
Nuclear Fusion 57/4 2019-06-06
2017 I. Prencipe, J. Fuchs, S. Pascarelli, D. W. Schumacher, R. B. Stephens, N. B. Alexander, R. Briggs, M. Büscher, M. O. Cernaianu, A. Choukourov, M. De Marco, A. Erbe, J. Fassbender, G. Fiquet, P. Fitzsimmons, C. Gheorghiu, J. Hund, L. G. Huang, M. Harmand, N. J. Hartley, A. Irman, T. Kluge, Z. Konopkova, S. Kraft, D. Kraus, V. Leca, D. Margarone, J. Metzkes, K. Nagai, W. Nazarov, P. Lutoslawski, D. Papp, M. Passoni, A. Pelka, J. P. Perin, J. Schulz, M. Smid, C. Spindloe, S. Steinke, R. Torchio, C. Vass, T. Wiste, R. Zaffino, K. Zeil, T. Tschentscher, U. Schramm, T. E. Cowan
Targets for high repetition rate laser facilities: needs, challenges and perspectives
published pages: , ISSN: 2095-4719, DOI: 10.1017/hpl.2017.18
High Power Laser Science and Engineering 5 2019-06-06
2018 Luca Fedeli, Arianna Formenti, Lorenzo Cialfi, Andrea Pazzaglia, Matteo Passoni
Ultra-intense laser interaction with nanostructured near-critical plasmas
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-22147-6
Scientific Reports 8/1 2019-06-06
2017 Luca Fedeli, Arianna Formenti, Carlo Enrico Bottani, Matteo Passoni
Parametric investigation of laser interaction with uniform and nanostructured near-critical plasmas
published pages: , ISSN: 1434-6060, DOI: 10.1140/epjd/e2017-80222-7
The European Physical Journal D 71/8 2019-06-06
2017 D. Dellasega, V. Russo, A. Pezzoli, C. Conti, N. Lecis, E. Besozzi, M. Beghi, C.E. Bottani, M. Passoni
Boron films produced by high energy Pulsed Laser Deposition
published pages: 35-43, ISSN: 0264-1275, DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2017.08.025
Materials & Design 134 2019-06-06
2018 E. Besozzi, D. Dellasega, A. Pezzoli, A. Mantegazza, M. Passoni, M.G. Beghi
Coefficient of thermal expansion of nanostructured tungsten based coatings assessed by substrate curvature method
published pages: 192-203, ISSN: 0264-1275, DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2017.10.001
Materials & Design 137 2019-06-06
2018 L Fedeli, A Formenti, L Cialfi, A Sgattoni, G Cantono, M Passoni
Structured targets for advanced laser-driven sources
published pages: 14013, ISSN: 0741-3335, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6587/aa8a54
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 60/1 2019-06-06
2018 E. Besozzi, A. Maffini, D. Dellasega, V. Russo, A. Facibeni, A. Pazzaglia, M.G. Beghi, M. Passoni
Nanosecond laser pulses for mimicking thermal effects on nanostructured tungsten-based materials
published pages: 36019, ISSN: 0029-5515, DOI: 10.1088/1741-4326/aaa5d5
Nuclear Fusion 58/3 2019-06-06
2018 Carlo E. Bottani, Daniele Fioretto
Brillouin scattering of phonons in complex materials
published pages: 1467281, ISSN: 2374-6149, DOI: 10.1080/23746149.2018.1467281
Advances in Physics: X 3/1 2019-04-14
2016 E. Besozzi D. Dellasega, A. Pezzoli, C. Conti, M. Passoni and M. G. Beghi
Amorphous, ultra-nano- and nano-crystalline tungsten-based coatings grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition: mechanical characterization by Surface Brillouin Spectroscopy
published pages: 14-21, ISSN: 0264-1275, DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2016.04.096
Materials & Design 106 2019-06-06
2016 L. Cialfi, L. Fedeli, M. Passoni
Electron heating in subpicosecond laser interaction with overdense and near-critical plasmas
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.94.053201
Physical Review E 94/5 2019-06-06
2016 I Prencipe, A Sgattoni, D Dellasega, L Fedeli, L Cialfi, Il Woo Choi, I Jong Kim, K A Janulewicz, K F Kakolee, Hwang Woon Lee, Jae Hee Sung, Seong Ku Lee, Chang Hee Nam, M Passoni
Development of foam-based layered targets for laser-driven ion beam production
published pages: 34019, ISSN: 0741-3335, DOI: 10.1088/0741-3335/58/3/034019
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 58/3 2019-06-06
2017 L. Fedeli, A. Sgattoni, G. Cantono, A. Macchi
Relativistic surface plasmon enhanced harmonic generation from gratings
published pages: 51103, ISSN: 0003-6951, DOI: 10.1063/1.4975365
Applied Physics Letters 110/5 2019-06-06
2016 M. Passoni, A. Sgattoni, I. Prencipe, L. Fedeli, D. Dellasega, L. Cialfi, Il Woo Choi, I Jong Kim, K. A. Janulewicz, Hwang Woon Lee, Jae Hee Sung, Seong Ku Lee, Chang Hee Nam
Toward high-energy laser-driven ion beams: Nanostructured double-layer targets
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9888, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevAccelBeams.19.061301
Physical Review Accelerators and Beams 19/6 2019-06-06
2016 A. Maffini, A. Uccello, D. Dellasega, M. Passoni
Laser cleaning of diagnostic mirrors from tungsten–oxygen tokamak-like contaminants
published pages: 86008, ISSN: 0029-5515, DOI: 10.1088/0029-5515/56/8/086008
Nuclear Fusion 56/8 2019-06-06

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