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

In 2013, the organizers decided to move to a full-international managerial format, including a resident Local Organizing Committee (LOC) as well as a Loval Scientific Committee 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.

  • 2017
    • LOC: Marina Prenzel (RD Plasma, RUB, Bochum)
    • LSC: Marc Böke, Volker Schulz-von der Gathen, Achim von Keudell (Experimental Physics II, RUB, Bochum)
    • IC: Olivier Guiatella, Anne Bourdon (LPP, Paris)
  • 2016
    • LOC: Verena M. Scharf (RD Plasma, RUB, Bochum)
    • LSC: Marc Böke, Volker Schulz-von der Gathen, Achim von Keudell (Experimental Physics II, RUB, Bochum)
    • IC: Luís L. Alves, Vasco Guerra (IST, Lisbon)
  • 2014
    • LOC: Verena M. Scharf (RD Plasma, RUB, Bochum)
    • LSC: Marc Böke, Volker Schulz-von der Gathen, Achim von Keudell (Experimental Physics II, RUB, Bochum)
    • IC: Luís L. Alves, Vasco Guerra (IST, Lisbon)
  • 2013
    • LOC: Verena M. Scharf (RD Plasma, RUB, Bochum)
    • LSC: Marc Böke, Volker Schulz-von der Gathen, Achim von Keudell (Experimental Physics II, RUB, Bochum)
    • IC: Miles Turner (DCU, Dublin)

 

Topics of the Master Classes

  • 2017: Plasma surface interactions
  • 2016: Plasma synthesis of nanoparticles
  • 2014: Plasma Kinetics
  • 2013: Biomedical Applications of Cold Plasmas
  • 2012: Plasma and Environment
  • 2011: Plasma Coatings on Polymers
  • 2010: Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas
  • 2009: ISPC-Schools
  • 2008: The Physics and Technology of Fusion Plasma
  • 2007: Physics and Technology of Plasma-enhanced PVD Methods
  • 2006: Plasmas and Industry
  • 2005: Microplasmas
  • 2004: Biotechnical and Medical Applications
  • 2003: Electronegative Plasmas
  • 2002: Modelling of Reactive Plasmas
  • 2001: Dusty Plasmas
  • 2000: Hot Topics in Plasma Technology
  • 1999: Hot Topics in Plasma Technology
  • 1998: Volume Reactions in Molecular Plasmas
  • 1997: Plasma Deposition
  • 1996: 1st School: Only School  

 

Founders

  • Daniel C. Schram (Center for Plasma Physics and Radiation Technology CPS, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
  • 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)
     

Organization in the past

The School was first organized by Daniel C. Schram (Center for Plasma Physics and Radiation Technology CPS, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands), 1996-2000.

Some years after moving to Germany, the School became fully international, receiving 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)

  • • Marc Böke and Jörg Winter (CoE – Plasma Science and Technology CPST & Research Department "Plasmas with Complex Interactions", Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany) 2001-2012
  • • Richard Engeln and Richard van de Sanden (Center for Plasma Physics and Radiation Technology CPS, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands), 2006-2012