Low temperature plasma physics

... is the driver of plasma technology which is considered as one of the key technologies of the 21st century. Due to its central importance in many technologies there is a large demand of excellently educated plasma scientist worldwide. Compared to its significance the education in low temperature plasma physics in Germany and other European countries is limited to a relatively small number of universities and institutions.

 

Background

The “International Summer School on Low Temperature Plasma Physics: Basics and Applications” was founded in 1996 and continues to this date with growing success.


The main purpose of the School is to give new graduate MSc / PhD students world-wide a solid introduction and a concise overview of low-temperature plasma physics and to serve as a forum providing coherent education in plasma science. The School has become a genuine part of the curricula of some participating universities, because it gives a comprehensive coverage of the main areas of interest for plasma science and technology: fundamentals of plasma physics, plasma sources, thermal and low-pressure plasmas, plasma kinetics, diagnostics, modelling and plasma-surface interactions.

 

Organization

The School was first organized from 1996-2000 by Daniel C. Schram (Center for Plasma Physics and Radiation Technology CPS, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands) at the university of Eindhoven 1996-2000 together with an Erasmus/Sokrates Committee (M. Capitelli, J. Conrads, P. Fauchais, C.M. Ferreira, M. Fitaire, G. Turban, J. Uhlenbusch, J. Winter, D.C. Schram).

 

From 2001 it took place in the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany. Since then it was organized by Marc Böke and Jörg Winter (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany  - RUB). Some years after moving to Germany, the School became fully international, receiving every year participants from more than 20 different countries world-wide and counting with lecturers from about 10 countries.

 

The School’s organization also reflected this evolution; since 2006 it started to be co-chaired by people from the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) and the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands). 

 

In 2013, the organizers decided to move to a full-international managerial format, including a resident Local Organizing Committee as well as a Local Scientific Committee (LSC) and an International Chairman (IC), the latter chosen every year among the more experienced lecturers. The IC responsibilities are mostly scientific, including the final design of the School’s agenda (topics and lecturers) and the definition of the thematic for the Master Classes. If possible, the IC should also bring some financial support for the School’s edition he/she is responsible for.

 

20 years anniversary talk in 2016 (ed. by Jörg Winter & Marc Böke)

 

  • 2017
    • IC: Olivier Guiatella, Anne Bourdon (LPP, Paris)
    • LSC: Marc Böke, Volker Schulz-von der Gathen, Achim von Keudell, Marina Prenzel (RD Plasma, RUB, Bochum)
  • 2016 & 2014
    • IC: Luís L. Alves, Vasco Guerra (IST, Lisbon)
    • LSC: Marc Böke, Volker Schulz-von der Gathen, Achim von Keudell (RD Plasma, RUB, Bochum)
    • LOC: Verena M. Scharf (RD Plasma, RUB, Bochum)
  • 2013
    • IC: Miles Turner (DCU, Dublin)
    • LSC: Marc Böke, Volker Schulz-von der Gathen, Achim von Keudell (RD Plasma, RUB, Bochum)
    • LOC: Verena M. Scharf (RD Plasma, RUB, Bochum)
  • 2006-2012
    • Marc Böke, Achim von Keudell & Jörg Winter (RUB, Bochum)
    • Richard Engeln & Richard van de Sanden (CPS, TU Eindhoven)
  • 2001-2005
    • Marc Böke & Jörg Winter (RUB, Bochum)
  • 1996-2000
    • Daniel C. Schram (CPS, TU Eindhoven) as Erasmus Sokrates School together with Erasmus/Socrates Committee (M. Capitelli, J. Conrads, P. Fauchais, C.M. Ferreira, M. Fitaire, G. Turban, J. Uhlenbusch, J. Winter, D.C. Schram)
       

Founders

  • Daniel C. Schram (CPS, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands) & Erasmus Sokrates committee
  • Marc Böke & Jörg Winter (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)
  • Richard Engeln & Richard van de Sanden (Center for Plasma Physics and Radiation Technology CPS, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)