PPLA 2013

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Lecce, October 2nd- 4th, 2013

Conference program is now available

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We are pleased to propose a new workshop on plasma physics, PPLA 2013 that represents a milestone for the experts in the field of laser-matter interaction and plasma generation. It will be held in Lecce, in the south-east of Italy (Apulia).  The topics include also investigations performed with fs lasers and laser applications in different fields.

List of the invited speakers

  • Prof. M. Borghesi, Queen’s Universityof Belfast, UK
  • Prof. V. Malka, LOA, Palaiseau, France
  • Prof. K. Rohlena, ASCR, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Dr. J. Krasa, ASCR, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Prof. J. Badziak, IPPLM, Warsaw, Poland
  • Prof. D. Neely, CLF-RAL, Didcot, UK
  • Prof. S. Ratynskaia, RIT, Stockholm, SE
  • Prof. G. Foti, INFN-LNS, Catania, Italy
  • Dr. G. A. P. Cirrone, INFN-LNS, Catania,Italy
  • Dr. M. Galimberti, CLF-RAL, Didcot, UK

Brief historical notes on Apulia

Lecce-0115 A remarkable union of styles welcomes the traveler who adventures into Apulia and the result of all this undeniably unique art endowed with a powerful appeal that captivates the spectator.

In holds the history of the historic part of the city, with the overlapping stories of the Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians and Angevins. In this union of art and nature, the triumph of the Baroque with its own special features in extraordinary, especially in Lecce. Distances from Lecce are shown in parentheses in the following.

San Vito dei Normanni provides an excellent reason to visit the Crypt of San Biagio, a very popular miracle-working saint in the Brindisi (43km) area.

Nardo, (28.3km)is a small town in the province of Lecce, that surprises its visitors with the church of San Domenico with its opulent façade full of bizarre caryatids, columns and spirals, and a unique square surrounded by cheerful architecture. Piazza Salandra, once known as Piazza delle Legne is the center of the old town where several churches and religious monuments are located.

In the center the colorful Spire of the Immacolata rises up, covered with inspiring decorations.

Nardò. Chiesa di San Domenico This remarkable monuments made with “carparo” ( a calcareous stone) and Lecce’s stone, is nineteen meters all, with a statue of the Virgin Mary at the top. It dates back to 1769. Without taking a step, the visitor can also admire the Fontana del Toro, which displays the city’s coat of arms, designed by Michele Gaballo and Raffaele Borgia and built in 1930. The Roman amphitheatre in Lecce is an important monument. Built during the Age of Augustus and largely reconstructed during the time of Adrian (117-138 B.C.) the building’s construction takes advantage of a natural formation of Lecce’s stone. It forms an integral part of the structure supporting the steps.

The extraordinary mixture of style and ages can also be seen at the Ducal Palace in Martina Franca(113km). It was built on the remains of an old castle originally constructed in 1338. The “new” building was constructed in 1668 on orders from the eighth duke of Martina, Petracone V Caracciolo. The golden rococo walls guide the visitor into the luxurious room, some of which were skillfully decorated by Domenico Carella in 1776. The Cappella dei Duchi, the Sala dell’Arcadia, the Sala del Mito and the Sala della Bibbia.

The limestone caves of Castellana, (120km)the “Grotte di Castellana”, leave tourists breathless. These caves are the largest in Italy, and merit special attention due to the size and beauty of the formations.

Just us noteworthy and fascinating are the coastal cavities which create inspiring effects of light and dark.

Salento - Grotta della Zinzulusa - Ingresso These include the caves on the sea in Polignano, (117km) the Zinzulusa cave in Castro (Lecce), with its unique aquatic fauna, as well as the Romanelli cave and the Porto Badisco cave, all of which were created by sea erosion.

In this area, covered by centuries-old olive trees framed by equally ancient dry stone walls, visitors find Alberobello, (113km) a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This town attracts tourists from all over the world due to the magic of its traditional stone architecture. Its famous “Trulli”, combine tradition, art and mystery.

However, the most precious gem in the treasure chest is the warmth and hospitality of the Apulian people who make this region a place that has to be visited.

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