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Laboratoire Interactions, Dynamiques et Lasers

Physique à Haute Intensité

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Fonction / Present position

  • Research Scientist

Sujets de recherche / Research topics

  • High-harmonic generation and Attosecond science
  • Ultrahigh intensity laser physics and laser-matter interaction
  • Special relativity 
  • Particle-In-Cell method 
  • Exascale computing 
  • The PICSAR project: Particle-In-Cell Scalable Application Resource.
    Get the avalaible code.

Postes / Positions 

  • 2017- present : Scientist @ CEA-LIDYL/PHI (High intensity Physics), Fundamental Research Division, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, France  

    Since September 2017, I am a permanent theoretical/computational physicist in the experimental Physics@High Intensity (PHI) group headed by Dr. F. Quéré.
    My main activities include: (i) Development of highly accurate numerical methods (ii) numerical modelling with PIC codes on large supercomputers of
    UHI interactions in support of experiments performed on the UHI 100 laser (iii) Optimization of PIC codes on exascale architectures.

  • 2016-2017 : Marie Curie Fellow (return phase) @ CEA-LIDYL/PHI (High intensity Physics)Fundamental Research Division, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, France  

    Benchmarking of the pseudo-spectral PIC code that I developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab against laser-plasma mirror
    experiments performed in the group of Dr. Fabien Quéré with the 100TW laser UHI 100. 

  • 2014-2016 : Marie Curie Fellow (outgoing phase) ATAP division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA, USA  

    Development of a new generation of highly-accurate and massively parallel pseudo-spectral PIC codes for the modelling of
    laser-plasma interactions at high intensity. Development of new data structures and portable optimization techniques for
    porting PIC codes on future generation of exascale computers.

  • 2013-2014 : Postdoctoral fellow @ APPLI group,  Laboratoire d'Optique Appliquée, CNRS, Palaiseau, France 

    Numerical study with PIC codes of electron ejection and acceleration on relativistic plasma mirrors. Application to time-resolved electron diffraction. 

  • 2013 : Guest scientist position @ MPIPKS, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany
    Numerical study of the influence of field and collisional ionization on attosecond pulse generation with PIC codes. 

  • 2009 : MSc Intern researcher @ BELLA center, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA, USA
    Advisors: Pr. W.P. Leemans and Dr. C. B. Schroeder. 
    MSc thesis: "Positron production and acceleration in a plasma wakefield accelerator"


  • 2009- 2013 : PhD in theoretical/computational physics, Ecole PolytechniquePalaiseau, France  (supervisors: Dr. F. Quéré and Dr. G. Bonnaud)
    Thesis: "Attosecond Light pulse generation on relativistic plasma mirrors" 
    Commission: A. Ghizzo, L. Gremillet, V. Tikhonchuk, W. P. Leemans and P. Mora 
    Result: "Summa cum laude" 
    Skills: Plasma physics, special relativity, laser-plasma interaction at ultra-high intensity, ultrafast optics, Fourier optics, Fourier analysis and signal processing, Particle-In-Cell simulations
  • 2008- 2009 : MSc Nuclear Fusion, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France (ranked 1st)
    Skills: Plasma physics, Inertial/Magnetic confinement fusion, Advanced numerical methods for plasma physics, Shock physics, Hydrodynamic instabilities, Astrophysical plasmas 
  • 2006- 2008 : MSc Electrical Engineering ('Diplôme d'Ingénieur'), SUPELEC, Gif-Sur-Yvette, France (ranked 3rd/469)
    Skills: Power systems, Electronics, Electromagnetics, Computer systems architecture, Software engineering, Programming models, Data structures and algorithms, Applied mathematics 

Principales publications scientifiques / Major scientific publications

Publications dans la base HAL-CEA / CEA-HAL publication basis.
ORCID: 0000-0002-9839-2692

  • Ultrahigh-order Maxwell solver with extreme scalability for electromagnetic PIC simulations of plasmas
    H. Vincenti and J-L. Vay, Comp. Phys. Comm. (in review),  arXiv:1707.08500 (2017)
  • Diagnostics, control and performance parameters for the BELLA high repetition rate petawatt class laser
    K. Nakamura, H-S. Mao, A. J. Gonsalves, H. Vincenti, D. E. Mittelberger, J. Daniels, A. Magana, C. Toth, W. P. Leemans,  IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics53, 4 (2017)
  • Pseudo-spectral Maxwell solvers for an accurate modelling of Doppler harmonic generation on plasma mirrors with Particle-In-Cell codes, 
    G. Blaclard, H. Vincenti, R. Lehe and J-L. Vay,  Phys. Rev. E93, 033305 (2017)
  • Spatial properties of high-order harmonic beams from plasma mirrors: A ptychographic study, 
    A. Leblanc, S. Monchocé, H. Vincenti, S. Kahaly and F. Quéré,  Phys. Rev. Lett.,  119, 155001 (2017)
  • An efficient and portable SIMD algorithm for the charge/current deposition in Particle-In-Cell codes, 
    H. Vincenti, M. Lobet, R. Lehe, R. Sasanka and J-L. Vay,  Comp. Phys. Comm. 210, 145-154 (2017)
  • PIC codes on the road to exascale architectures, 
    H. Vincenti, M. Lobet, R. Lehe, J-L. Vay and J. Deslippe, Chapman and Hall/CRC Computational Science Series chapter 17, ISBN 9781138197541 (2017)
  • Detailed analysis of the effect of stencil spatial variations with arbitrary high-order finite difference Maxwell solver,
    H. Vincenti and J-L Vay, Comp. Phys. Comm. 200, 147-167 (2016)
  • On the physics of electron ejection from laser-irradiated overdense plasmas 
    M. Thévenet, H. Vincenti and J. Faure, Phys. plasmas, 23, 6 (2016)
  • Vacuum Laser acceleration of relativistic electrons using plasma mirror injectors 
    M. Thévenet, A. Leblanc, S. Kahaly,  H. Vincenti, A. Vernier, F. Quéré and J. Faure, Nat. Phys., 12, 4 (2016)
  • Recent advances in high-performance modeling of plasma-based acceleration using the full PIC method
    J.-L. Vay R. Lehe, H. Vincenti, B. B. Godfrey, I. Haber and P. Lee, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A Accelerators Spectrometers Detectors and Associated Equipment, 829, 353-357 (2016)
  • WarpIV: In situ visualization and analysis of ion accelerator simulations
    O. Rübel, B. Loring, J-L. Vay, D. P. Grote, R. Lehe, S. Bulanov, H. Vincenti, E. W. Bethel, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 36, 3 (2016)
  • Evaluating and optimizing the NERSC workload on knights landing
    T. Barnes, B. Cook, J. Deslippe, D. Doerfler, B. Friesen, Y. He, T. Kurth, T. Koskela, M. Lobet,  T. Malas, L. Oliker, A. Ovsyannikov, A. Sarje, J-L. Vay, H. Vincenti,....,J. Dennis, Conference Paper (2016)
  • Applying the roofline performance model to the Intel Xeon Phi knights landing processor
    D. Doerfler, J. Deslippe, S. Williams, L. Oliker, B. Cook, T. Kurth, M. Lobet, T. Malas, J-L Vay and  H. Vincenti, Book Chapter, ISC workshops, 9945, pp 339-353   (2016)
  • Optical properties of relativistic plasma mirrors
    H. Vincenti, S. Monchocé, S. Kahaly,  P. Martin, G. Bonnaud and F. Quéré, Nat. Comm., 5, 3403 (2014)
  • Direct observation of density gradient effects in harmonic generation from plasma mirrors 
    S. Kahaly, S. Monchocé, H. Vincenti,  T. Dzelzainis, B. Dromey, M. Zepf, P. Martin and F. Quéré, Phys. Rev. Lett., 110, 175001 (2013)
  • Attosecond lighthouses from plasma mirrors 
    J. Wheeler,  A. Borot, S. Monchocé,  H. Vincenti,  A. Ricci, A. Malvache, R. Lopez-Martens and F. Quéré, Nat. Phot., 6, 829-833 (2013)
  • Attosecond lighthouses: how to use spatio-temporally coupled light fields to generate isolated attosecond pulses
    H. Vincenti  and F. Quéré, Phys. Rev. Lett., 108, 113904 (2013)

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