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Complex plasma research on the ISS - The PK-4 Facility

Thomas, Hubertus and Fink, Martin and Pustylnik, Mikhail and Thoma, Markus and Molotkov, Vladimir and Lipaev, Andrey and Usachev, Alexandr and Petrov, Oleg and Fortov, Vladimir (2016) Complex plasma research on the ISS - The PK-4 Facility. NASA Funbdamental Physics Workshop, 11.-13.4.2016, USA. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Complex plasmas are plasmas containing small solid particles, typically in the micrometer range, which are charged through the collection of plasma electrons and ions. These plasmas are specially prepared to study fundamental processes in the strong coupling regime on the most fundamental (kinetic) level, through the observation of individual microparticles and their interactions. Complex plasma research under microgravity conditions complements the research in the laboratory. Due to reduction of the main force on microparticles in the lab – gravity - it is possible to form complex plasmas in the bulk region of plasmas in homogeneous large 3D systems and to investigate other phenomena than those accessible on Earth in detail. Already a long term history on research on the ISS exists with the Russian-German bilateral projects PKE-Nefedov (operational from 2001-20015) and PK-3 Plus (2006-2013). This research now is continued with the Russian-European facility PK-4 installed in the Columbus Module onboard the ISS. In October 2015 the scientific phase started and it is planned to operate the lab for the next four years. Plasma Kristal-4 (PK-4) is a joint ESA–ROSCOSMOS facility which is operated by Russian cosmonauts on a bilateral agreement basis. The facility is available for the performance of dedicated science topics for cooperation partners as well as for the international science community. In this presentation we will show the actual status of PK-4 on the ISS and its science objectives.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/109390/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Complex plasma research on the ISS - The PK-4 Facility
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Thomas, Hubertusdlr research group complex plasma, oberpfaffenhofenUNSPECIFIED
Fink, Martindlr research group complex plasma, oberpfaffenhofenUNSPECIFIED
Pustylnik, Mikhaildlr research group complex plasma, oberpfaffenhofenUNSPECIFIED
Thoma, Markusjustus-liebig universität giessenUNSPECIFIED
Molotkov, Vladimirjoint institute for high temperatures, ras, moscowUNSPECIFIED
Lipaev, Andreyjoint institute for high temperatures, ras, moscowUNSPECIFIED
Usachev, Alexandrjoint institute for high temperatures, ras, moscowUNSPECIFIED
Petrov, Olegjoint institute for high temperatures, ras, moscowUNSPECIFIED
Fortov, Vladimirjoint institute for high temperatures, ras, moscowUNSPECIFIED
Date:April 2016
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Unpublished
Keywords:complex plasma, plasma crystal, soft matter, microgravity, ISS
Event Title:NASA Funbdamental Physics Workshop
Event Location:USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:11.-13.4.2016
Organizer:NASA
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Komplexe Plasmen / Zero gravity
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Research Group Complex Plasma
Deposited By: Thomas, Dr. Hubertus M.
Deposited On:12 Dec 2016 09:25
Last Modified:12 Dec 2016 09:25

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