Tsanko Tsankov

TsankovTsanko V. Tsankov received his PhD degree in Plasma Physics from Sofia University, Bulgaria in 2009. An Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship brought him to Ruhr University Bochum in 2010, where he is a senior researcher in the group of Prof. Uwe Czarnetzki till this day. His research interests cover a broad spectrum of topics in low-temperature plasmas, with a particular focus on electrical and spectral diagnostics of discharges. Notable topics are the investigations of magnetized and non-magnetized inductive discharges, studies of the collisional-radiative recombination and the kinetics of the excited species in afterglow plasmas, contributions to the measurement of the distribution functions of electrons and ions. For his contribution to the mass-spectrometric measurement of ion distribution functions he received the Masao Horiba Award in 2018. His newest field of research are ns pulsed discharges in CO2. He also co-authored the two Foundations papers on RF discharges that are among the course materials.


Key publications

  1. Ts. V. Tsankov, R. Johnsen and U. Czarnetzki, “Rydberg state, metastable, and electron dynamics in the low-pressure argon afterglow”, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 24 (2015) 065001

  2. Ts. V. Tsankov and U. Czarnetzki, “Information hidden in the velocity distribution of ions and the exact kinetic Bohm criterion”, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 26 (2017) 055003

  3. P. Chabert, Ts. V. Tsankov and U. Czarnetzki, “Foundations of capacitive and inductive radio-frequency discharges”, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 30 (2021) 024001

  4. C. Lütke Stetzkamp, Ts. V. Tsankov and U. Czarnetzki, “Lock-in technique for precise measurement of ion distribution functions”, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 54 (2021) 305202

  5. Y. Du, Ts. V. Tsankov, D. Luggenhölscher and U. Czarnetzki, “Nanosecond resolved ro-vibrational CO2 excitation measurement”,  J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 54 (2021) 34LT02