Gerrit Kroesen has been active in the area of plasma physics since he was a student. His first experience was a project in the second year of his study, in 1978. In the 40 following years he has constantly strived to push the boundaries of plasma physics, by following a combined effort of experiments, diagnostics, theory and modeling, and he keeps doing so. When a new plasma parameter needs to be measured, new diagnostics will be developed. Application areas have varied over the years. Starting in plasma etching and plasma deposition, he moved on to environmental applications, plasma displays, dusty plasmas, EUV producing plasmas, EUV produced plasmas, to medical applications. His research focuses on the internal elementary processes in the plasma, but also touches upon phenomena induced at surfaces that are in contact with the plasma. Also, the feedback from photons and surfaces on the plasma processes have his attention.
Applications come, and applications fade away. But the discipline of plasma physics always should remain at the core, to help society on its way forward.”
Even though he had had a complete mini chemistry lab at home as a teenager, Gerrit Kroesen studied Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology from 1977 to 1983. In his second year, he fell in love with plasma physics, a subject he also studied for his PhD, which he started in 1983 and completed in 1988. Kroesen was appointed Assistant Professor in the Elementary Processes in Gas Discharges (EPG) group in 1985. In 1990, Kroesen took a sabbatical at IBM in New York (USA) and in 1997, he took a sabbatical at the University of Kyoto (Japan). Kroesen still works in the EPG group, since 1996 as Associate Professor and since 2000 as Full Professor, focusing on experimental plasma physics. Kroesen became Dean of Applied Physics in 2012.
Plasma modelling and numerical simulationJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics (2009)
Plasma medicine: an introductory reviewNew Journal of Physics (2009)
Thermalization of electrons in decaying extreme ultraviolet photons induced low pressure argon plasmaPlasma Sources Science and Technology (2016)
Concepts and characteristics of the 'COST Reference Microplasma Jet'Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics (2016)
Absolute measurement of the total ion-drag force on a single plasma-confined microparticle at the void edge under microgravity conditionsPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2013)
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