Patrick MORA









Senior Scientist ("Directeur de Recherche") at CNRS

Director of Institut Lasers et Plasmas

Professor at Ecole Polytechnique


Address CPHT, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau cedex, France
Phone number +33-(0)1 69 33 42 09
Fax number +33-(0)1 69 33 49 49
Office Building 6, Office 06.1027

Research interests

  • Magnetic field generation in laser-created plasmas 
  • Laser absorption by a plasma 
  • Nonlocal electron transport 
  • Propagation of ultra-short and ultra-intense laser pulses in underdense and overdense plasmas 
  • Laser acceleration of particles in vacuum and in plasmas 
  • Expansion of laser-created plasmas 
  • Protons acceleration in laser interaction with thin foils

Recent publications

Coulomb logarithm accuracy in a Yukawa potential
P. Mora, Phys. Rev. Lett, E 102, 033206 (2020), DOI:10.1103/PhysRevE.102.033206

A selection of theoretical results in the context of laser-plasma interaction and inertial fusion.
P. Mora, High Energy Density Physics 34, 100744 (2020). DOI: 10.1016/j.hedp.2020.100744

Generation of ultra-energetic ions by interaction of petawatt lasers with micrometer-scale foils,
A. Héron, J.C. Adam, P. Mora, Physics of Plasmas 27 (2020). DOI: 10.1063/1.5127164

The most important publications

1) Theoretical model of absorption of laser light by a plasma, P. Mora, Phys. Fluids 25, 1051 (1982).

2) Nonlocal heat transport due to steep temperature gradients, J.F. Luciani, P. Mora, J. Virmont, Phys. Rev. Lett. 51, 1664 (1983) ; J.F. Luciani, P. Mora, R. Pellat, Phys. Fluids 28, 835 (1985).

3) Self focusing and Raman scattering of laser pulses in tenuous plasmas, T. M. Antonsen Jr and P. Mora, Phys. Rev. Lett. 69, 2204 (1992) ; Phys. Fluids B 5, 1440 (1993).

4) Kinetic modeling of intense, short laser pulses propagating in tenuous plasmas, P. Mora, T. M. Antonsen Jr., Phys. Plasmas 4, 217 (1997).

5) Plasma expansion into a vacuum, P. Mora, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 185002 (2003).