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Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Física

Unidade de I&D

Centro de Física das Interacções Fundamentais [PHYS-LVT-Lisboa-91] visitada em 25/01/2008

Classificação: Very Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
This is a Unit which is the remainder of the former CFIF after the group of theoretical and particle physics has left to form a separate unit. It includes a variety of not strongly connected research areas in theoretical physics: hadronic and nuclear physics, condensed matter, and general relativity (geometry). The unit performance is very good, although the general relativity activity has very little staff and has little connection to the rest of the unit. More generally, the interactions between the three groups are very loose.

Parts of the Unit are well integrated in the international community. These investigations involve strong interactions with experimental and other theory groups from abroad. The Unit in general has high productivity, and a good response to its work. The training is not at the level which should be expected for this type of research activity.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Condensed Matter Physics [RG-PHYS-LVT-Lisboa-91-554]
This group covers a variety of many-body condensed matter physics problems including several of current technological interest, particularly in magnetism. It has a record of excellent publications in leading journals; the list of prospective research topics submitted to FCT is very long and lacks prioritization. One of its topics, that of cold atoms, is now being advanced as a component for a proposal for a major collaborative project, breaking new ground in Portugal. The panel applauded this vision, but queried some of the detail.
The training aspect was inadequate and there was no mention at all of outreach.
Geometry and Relativity [RG-PHYS-LVT-Lisboa-91-555]
The group is very small, working with a highly complex and involved subject, geometry and general relativity, with one professor and one postdoc. At the present there is little exchange with other research in Portugal, but this is possible on the long term with the superstring theorists and the astrophysics/general relativity groups. The group so far addresses highly abstract subjects far from applications or from connections to the above mentioned fields. To extend this towards applications is, however, possible, and recommended on a longer timescale.
Hadronic, Nuclear and Particle Physics [RG-PHYS-LVT-Lisboa-91-553]
This is a well established research group, with very good publication and citation record in hadron and nuclear theory. The nuclear group has strong international collaboration with prominent scientists. They address the relevant, up to date issues in their field, which is dominated by well proven tools and methods. The particle physics group has developed a model that allows them to analyze both spectroscopic and scattering data quite successfully, including some recent results on charmed particles. Parts of the used methods are phenomenological with some advantages and disadvantages. The training aspect of the project could be improved and could be made more attractive.