Research

Our mission is to study the elementary processes in gas discharges by a mix of theory, modelling, and diagnostics.

A thorough understanding of the intensity en effectivity of elementary processes like ionization, recombination, transport, radiation, excitation, de-excitation, chemical reactions and surface processes enables the group to develop predictive models of a large range of plasmas.

The understanding is obtained by a strong interleaved integration of state-of-the art plasma diagnostics with advanced plasma models. Those models then in turn enable users of the plasmas to optimize the plasma source for their specific application.

Over the years, the range of applications the group has worked on has shifted continuously: from plasma etching via lighting to medical applications and many other areas. However, the scientific scope of the group has not shifted: continuously the focus has been with the elementary processes in and the physics of plasmas.

Our motto: ‘Some applications fade and other applications lure, but plasma physics remains our core’