The University of Salamanca (Spanish: Universidad de Salamanca) is a Spanish higher education institution, located in the town of Salamanca, west of Madrid, in the autonomous community of Castile and León. It was founded in 1094 and given the Royal charter of foundation by King Alfonso IX in 1164. It is the top-ranked university in Spain based on the number of students coming from other regions. It is also known for its Spanish courses for non-native speakers, which attract more than two thousand foreign students each year. Today the University of Salamanca is an important center for the study of humanities and is particularly noted for its language studies, as well as in laws and economics. Scientific research is carried out in the university and research centers associated with it, such as at the Centro de Investigación del Cáncer [Cancer Research Centre],Instituto de Neurociencias de Castilla y León [Institute of Neuroscience of Castile and León], Centro de Láseres Pulsados Ultracortos Ultraintensos [Ultrashort Ultraintense
Pulse Lasers Centre].
The Spanish Pulsed Lasers Centre (Centro de Láseres Pulsados Ultracortos Ultraintensos) is a scientific and technological infrastructure dedicated to ultra-intense laser research and development. It is the Spanish reference Users Centre in pulsed femtosecond lasers with Gigawatt, Terawatt and Petawatt peak powers. Its aim is to offer services to the scientific and industrial community by providing access to the cutting-edge high intensity laser systems; consulting and other collaborations. Its main equipment is the Petawatt laser system called VEGA, not only unique for its power (30 J/30 fs) but its customized design with three synchronized arms. The CLPU is an infrastructure for the breakthrough research and innovation.
Key Person is senior scientist Dr. Luca Volpe. His main research activities concern the studied of plasmas states generated by Laser matter Interaction as well as laser-driven beam and radiation sources are carried out in collaboration between USAL and CLPu as well as in European and extra-european Laser-facilities. In particular; i) numerical simulations for laser-plasma physics including PIC, Kinetics and hydro codes, ii) Monte Carlo simulation for plasma diagnostic design, iii) Experimental investigation of laser-particle production, laser-driven proton sources, iv) EMP safe and HRR Plasma diagnostic development, v) Warm Dense Matter study.