The 9th Workshop on Frontiers in Low Temperature Plasma Diagnostics

The 9th Workshop on Frontiers in Low Temperature Plasma Diagnostics (FLTPD) was held in Zinnowitz, near Greifswald, Germany.  FLTPD is a biennial European event in which scientists working on low-temperature plasmas present their recent results, pointing out in particular the originality of the diagnostic techniques used. The idea of starting this series of workshops was …

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New Managing Director for Plasma Technology

Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology has appointed Dan Ayres to Managing Director with immediate effect. Dan previously held the position of General Manager at the company, and prior to this was Operations Director. With over 10 years experience within the Oxford Instruments Group, Dan has held roles in the fields of Operations, Product Management and Project …

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PULSED PLASMA DIAGNOSTICS WORKSHOP

PULSED PLASMA DIAGNOSTICS WORKSHOP 6TH – 7TH SEPTEMBER 2012 Email: ppdw@impedans.com Registration: http://www.impedans.com Hosted by: Impedans ltd Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, Dublin 9, Ireland 2nd Announcement Dear Colleagues, With this 2nd announcement, we would like to invite you to attend the first Pulsed Plasma Diagnostics Workshop (PPDW) and to submit an abstract of a …

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Plasma – an art rather than a science.

I recently came across an article that described the soul as a plasma, a transitional phase between matter and energy. The essay was accompanied by the beautiful pictures of plasma globes that have become so common. There was a stage in my life/career as a physicist that this would annoy me. Somebody deliberately ignoring the …

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Paper review – Ion energy distribution measurements

Ion energy distribution measurements in rf and pulsed DC plasma discharges D Gahan, S Daniels, C Hayden, P Scullin, D O'Sullivan, Y T Peiand M B Hopkins. http://stacks.iop.org/0963-0252/21/024004 This paper is one in which I am an author and it looks at ion energy distributions at the surface in two plasma reactors an RF plasma …

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Carrington event which is a massive plasma flare from the sun could hit the earth in the next decade

Startling paper by Pete Riley on the possibility of  massive solar flare, or Carrington event happening- Key Points Probability of a Carrington event occurring      over next decade is ~12% Space physics datasets often display a      power-law distribution Power-law distribution can be exploited to      predict extreme events Pete Riley Predictive Science,San Diego,California,USA This …

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the UCLA plasma simulation group received $1.78 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Some recent good news for the UCLA plasma simulation group.  The group recently received $1.78 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a cluster of 192 General Purpose Graphical Processing Units to compute at “Warp” speed. This new cluster is named DAWSON2 in honour of the group’s founder. DAWSON2 is dedicated for the …

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Princeton, Max Planck Society launch new research center for plasma physics

Princeton, Max Planck Society launch new research center for plasma physics Princeton University "This collaboration with Germany's distinguished Max Planck Society is certain to enhance our common excellence in fusion and plasma astrophysical research and, more broadly, to advance the development of clean and abundant energy," Tilghman said. http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S33/31/16S10/index.xml?section=topstories  

Plasma sabre disinfects. Wash yourself with a plasma and get a healthy glow

Atmospheric plasma created in air are known to kill bacteria.  The killing effect is not fully understood but it results from the very reactive nature of the plasma. To explain this the typical atmospheric plasma is a non-equilibrium plasma. This means that the electrons are accelerated by the strong electrical field. Because the electron is …

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