13th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

The 13th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering will take place from 10 to 14 September 2012 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Plasma is an important tool for manufacturing high quality thin coatings. It is also an important component in the process of producing innovative new products and surfaces. For example, wet chemical and dry plasma treatments …

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Basic Plasma Physics: Course 2, History of Plasma Physics

I am publishing the second in a series of courses in Plasma Physics, A brief History of Plasma Physics. It is interesting that the term plasma was first used by Langmuir in 1920's, less than a hundred years ago.  The contribution made by plasma to our everyday life is now quite remarkable.  Everything from mobile …

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Is Plasma Sapping Panasonic’s Energy

Panasonic's  first quarter (January-March 2012) losses grew an order of magnitude to reach  USD 5 billion. In part, this loss is due to their heavy investment in plasma display technology as well as natural disasters.  Plasma TV's are a technology that use micro-discharges to produce UV light to excite phosphors that drive a classical Red, Green and Blue …

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Nano Particle Detection Using Plasma Based Mass Spectrosopy

Due to the already prevalent and increasing use of silver-nanoparticle (Ag-NP) products and the raised concerns in particular for the aquatic environment, analytical techniques for the characterization of such products are of need. However, because Ag-NP products are of different compositions and polydispersities, analysis especially of the size distribution is challenging. In this work, an …

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Atmospheric Plasma Coatings for Scratch-Proof Displays for Smart Phones and Anti-Bacterial Surfaces

Atmospheric Plasmas are being used in a wide range of applications in the area of useful coatings, that is coatings that give a material a special functions such as self-cleaning, scratch proof or anti-bacterial properties. The term "Functional coatings" is used to describe these and in the current example, a novel plasma nozzle is used …

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Next Big Thing in Plasma – Water Repellant Phones

Watch an amazing video showing the P2i coating  repel water.  P2i is the world leader in liquid repellent plasma nano-coating technology. It was established in 2004 to commercialize liquid-repellent treatments developed by the UK’s Ministry of Defence. Now on a commercial-scale, P2i’s patented pulsed plasma process has been successfully applied to a wide range of products in …

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First Hispanic Astronaut Leads Plasma Propulsion Company

Ad Astra Rocket Company (AARC) is a spaceflight engineering company dedicated to the development of advanced plasma rocket propulsion technology. The company is developing the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR®) and its associated technologies. The company is located 3 miles to the West of the NASA Johnson Space Center, and about 25 miles to …

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