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Recent and future research on complex plasma under microgravity conditions

Thomas, Hubertus M. (2014) Recent and future research on complex plasma under microgravity conditions. 7th International Conference on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas – ICPDP 2014, 3.-7.3.2014, Delhi, Indien. (Unpublished)

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Microparticles in a plasma are strongly influenced by gravity. This fact led to a parallel and complementary research on complex plasma under microgravity conditions. Experiments were and still are performed on short term parabolic flights, on sounding rockets and also on long term laboratories on the International Space Station ISS. The goal of this presentation is to review recent results from microgravity experiments obtained in different plasma setups performed by different groups from the community. Wave structures, interaction with projectiles or lasers are interesting phenomena which could be observed in short term experiments like parabolic flights (up to 20 sec µg). During long term experiments on the ISS stable structures like crystals or fluids could be investigated in detail as well as their phase transitions. The list of interesting results is very long and will be complemented by theoretical and numerical simulation investigations. For the future developments are going on which shall allow the continuation of the research under microgravity conditions. 2014 the launch of the European-Russian lab PK-4 is foreseen for the ISS. It will serve a large international science team for at least 4 years. Additionally, teams from America and Japan as well as from Russia and Germany are planning new long term labs for the farer future. Thus, it looks like that the long-term perspectives of this complementary research pillar of the complex plasma field are very positive and should open research possibilities to a large community.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/95335/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Recent and future research on complex plasma under microgravity conditions
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Date:March 2014
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:dusty/complex plasma, microgravity research, International Space Station, plasma physics
Event Title:7th International Conference on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas – ICPDP 2014
Event Location:Delhi, Indien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:3.-7.3.2014
Organizer:Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi
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:23 Feb 2015 16:05
Last Modified:23 Feb 2015 16:05

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