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Ekoplasma - The future of complex plasma research aboard the International Space Station

Knapek, Christina and Huber, Peter and Mohr, Daniel P. and Zähringer, Erich and Molotkov, Vladimir and Lipaev, Andrey and Naumkin, Vadim and Konopka, Uwe and Fortov, Vladimir and Petrov, Oleg and Thomas, Hubertus M. (2018) Ekoplasma - The future of complex plasma research aboard the International Space Station. In: IAC papers archive. IAC 2018 - 69th International Astronautical Congress, 01. Okt. - 05. Okt. 2018, Bremen, Deutschland.

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Ekoplasma is a joint German-Russian project, developing the future multi-purpose laboratory for the investigation of complex plasmas under microgravity conditions aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Complex plasmas are low-temperature plasmas, consisting of neutral gas atoms, ions, electrons and micro-meter sized particles as an additional component. The particles become charged in the plasma and as a result of their mutual repulsion form an optically thin cloud that can be studied in its full spatial and dynamical complexity on the granularity scale of each particle by optical cameras. Therefore, complex plasmas allow fundamental investigations down to the kinetic level of individual particles also for a wide field of interdisciplinary topics in classical condensed matter physics. Since gravity prevents the formation of large, homogeneous systems on earth, research on the ISS is essential, and Ekoplasma will follow in a line of successful preceding experiments aboard the ISS: PKE-Nefedov, PK-3 Plus and the currently operating PK-4 facility. Ekoplasma is planned to be launched to the ISS in 2022, and it will cover a wide range of research topics such as solidification and melting, phase separation in binary systems, the transition to turbulence, active matter or electrorheology.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/122574/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Ekoplasma - The future of complex plasma research aboard the International Space Station
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Knapek, ChristinaChristina.Knapek (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Huber, PeterP.Huber (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Mohr, Daniel P.daniel.mohr (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Zähringer, Ericherich.zaehringer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Molotkov, VladimirJoint Institute for High Temperatures, RAS, MoscowUNSPECIFIED
Lipaev, AndreyJoint Institute for High Temperatures, RAS, MoscowUNSPECIFIED
Naumkin, VadimJoint Institute for High Temperatures, RAS, MoscowUNSPECIFIED
Konopka, UweUniversity of Auburn, UsaUNSPECIFIED
Fortov, VladimirJoint Institute for High Temperatures, RAS, MoscowUNSPECIFIED
Petrov, OlegJoint Institute for High Temperatures, RAS, MoscowUNSPECIFIED
Thomas, Hubertus M.Hubertus.Thomas (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8358-2023
Date:5 October 2018
Journal or Publication Title:IAC papers archive
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Ekoplasma, complex plasma, microgravity science, fundamental physics
Event Title:IAC 2018 - 69th International Astronautical Congress
Event Location:Bremen, Deutschland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:01. Okt. - 05. Okt. 2018
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:Institute of Materials Physics in Space > Research Group Complex Plasma
Deposited By: Knapek, Dr. Christina A.
Deposited On:05 Nov 2018 14:37
Last Modified:28 Mar 2019 08:45

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