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NILPRP: The Laser-Surface-Plasma Interactions Laboratory at the National Institute for Laser, Plasma, and Radiation Physics

The Laser-Surface-Plasma Interactions Laboratory at the National Institute for Laser, Plasma, and Radiation Physics, Bucharest, Romania

The National Institute for Laser, Plasma, and Radiation Physics (NILPRP, is an RTD organization based at Magurele, a research campus 10 km south of Bucharest it shares with the Institute of Atomic Physics, the University of Bucharest Physics Department, and a number of manufacturing companies. INFLPR has 7 departments, namely: Lasers, Low Temperature Plasmas, Plasma Focus, Active Media, Electron Beams, Space Sciences, which is an institute in its own right, and the Workshops—Mechanical and Optical. INFLPR operates on a non-profit basis linking top quality basic research to challenging hi-tech applications.

The Laser-Surface-Plasma Interactions Laboratory ( in Lasers Department has more than 35 years of experience in the field of laser generated plasmas, laser-surface interactions, and material processing with lasers. The permanent staff of the Laboratory consists of one university professor, 5 PhDs, 6 PhD students and 5 graduate students. Our current researches are focused on: biocompatible film deposition, nanostructured films for gas and bio-sensing, new thin films for spintronics, laser transfer of delicate complex molecules of polymers and living cells, investigation of chemical composition and the kinetics of interfacial layer growth during pulsed laser deposition of thin oxide films on various substrates. NILPRP supply valuable expertise in:

-    pulsed laser deposition, reactive PLD and/or MAPLE (matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation) of nanostructured films for new applications in biology, medicine, nanoelectronics, chemistry, and metallurgy,
-    controlled modifications of surfaces by laser interactions in vacuum and chemically active gases
-    complex complementary investigations of thin films and multi-structures,
-    monitoring of plasmas with temporal and/or spatial resolution, and
-    theory of laser interaction with solids, gases, liquids and/or plasmas

Curriculum Vitae of the key person

Prof. Ion N. Mihailescu born in 1947 is Senior Scientific Researcher 1st degree in LSPI – NILPRP and Professor at Physics Department, University of Bucharest. In July 1982 he received Ph.D. from the Central Institute of Physics, Bucharest; for the Ph.D. thesis: “Interaction of 1.06 mm laser radiation of ms duration with metallic targets in vacuum”. His main filed of activity is experimental optics; spectroscopy; lasers and plasma; surface physics. Other fields are biophysics and biomedicine; plasma and laser theory and current research interests go to surface studies with lasers; surface processing; deposition and modification of thin solid structures by high intensity laser irradiation; biomaterials; optoelectronics and sensors. He received 1994 Galileo Galilei Award of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) “for outstanding contributions to the field of optics". Over 60 research stages were performed abroad:  Palaiseau Polytechnic School, France; General Physics Institute of the Moscow’s Academy of Sciences, Russia; University of Lecce, Italy; La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy; Institute for the Physics and Chemistry of Materials of Strasbourg, France; GREMI Laboratories, Orleans, France; Superior National School for Arts and Engineering, Strasbourg, France; INSA de Strasbourg, France; Physics Institute of Prague, Czech Republic; University of Milan, Italy, University of Szeged, Hungary; Central Institute for Physics Research of Budapest, Hungary; Physics Institute of Belgrade, Serbia; Institute of Nuclear Sciences VINCA, Belgrade, Serbia; A.F.I.O.F.F.E. Institute of Sankt Petersburg, Russia; Electronics Institute of Sofia, Bulgaria; Institute for Electronic Structure and Laser, Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas, Heraklion, Greece; Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel; Institute of Technology in Holon, Israel; Technology and Metallurgy Faculty, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

  • Invited professor, University of Barcelona, Department of Physics and Applied Optics, 2000
  • Guest fellowship, CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) NATO, 1998
  • Invited professor, GREMI/University of Orléans, France, 1991

13 PhD theses were supervised since 1995; 12 others being currently underway. Prof. Mihailescu is also sitting on Ph.D. thesis evaluation committees in: Romania (Institute of Atomic Physics, Bucharest; University of Cluj; Ovidius University of Constanta), Bulgaria (Institute of Electronics, Sofia), France (Claude-Bernard University, Lyon; Department of Physics, Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg), and Italy (Department of Physics, University of Lecce). Another 52 graduation and master theses were supervised since 1973.
He is author of 6 books: (3 in Romania, 3 abroad), 475 papers in international regular journals; 224 in proceedings of international meetings, and 10 patents: (8 in Romania, 2 abroad). He presented also communications to scientific meetings (international conferences, symposiums, workshops, schools): 45 invited lectures; oral contributions: 65; posters: 86; invited seminars: 16 in Romania, 57 abroad. The number of citations in international journals and books surpasses 1100.