2018 - 03- 01

A simulation of a plasma accelerator stage using the code OSIRIS. It shows the main components in the system, such as the drive laser pulse, the accelerating electric field and the electron beam to be accelerated, and how they develop.

Spotlight On Maria Weikum, Desy

Spotlight On Zeudi MAZZOTTA, CNRS, LULI

2018 - 04 - 05

About me: 

Born in San Pietro Vernotico (BR), Italy, the 8th of June 1987, I graduated in Mathematics in April 2013, and obtained the PhD in Physics at the University of Milano in January 2017.  I love singing, playing volleyball and discovering, my preferred activities since I was a child. Love for science was innate in me, I remember myself asking Santa Claus a telescope for Christmas instead of a doll when I was six. I knew about EuPRAXIA from Leonida Gizzi, the responsible of the EuPRAXIA Laser Work Package.

2018 - 03- 01

While my usual workplace is in front of a computer screen for most of the time, every now and then my job does get me out a little bit, such as here in San Francisco for the SLAC Summer Seminar on Electron and Photon Beams.

About me: 

Having grown up in the southwest of Germany, I moved to Glasgow in 2009 for my undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of Strathclyde. Afterwards, I stayed on to complete my PhD in the same department in collaboration with DESY, where my supervisor Ralph Assmann also introduced me to EuPRAXIA.


My excitement for science has been with me since I was a child covering anything from (more or less successful) maths competitions to at-home chemistry experiments. Thanks to my studies in physics, I am now able to not only learn about existing knowledge, but actually be involved in developing and discovering new science.Outside of work I also enjoy exploring, including anything from good books and interesting food to new places and cultures

My work:

I started partly working for EuPRAXIA during my PhD which was a collaborative project to study how plasma acceleration could be used to generate, accelerate and measure ultrashort (attosecond to sub-femtosecond duration) electron beams. In this context I worked on simulating some of the processes relevant for EuPRAXIA’s plasma accelerator stage, in particular how to avoid the deterioration of electron beam quality in a scenario where a beam from a conventional RF accelerator is externally injected into the plasma stage.

For my current postdoctoral position, I have moved from research to research coordination. I am now active in EuPRAXIA’s Project Management team, where I organise the writing and editing process for our final design report and help to coordinate the next steps in the project to get from a design to a possible implementation as a research facility.

Spotlight On Zeudi MAZZOTTA, CNRS, LULI

My career:
In the long term, I would like to continue my career in the direction of project and science management, ideally keeping and making use of my direct link to physics and the natural sciences. EuPRAXIA is, in this context, not only a very exciting project to be involved in, but also a great learning opportunity to improve my project management skills and knowledge of funding processes in the European Union, all while making use of my scientific background​

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