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Complex Plasma Research on the International Space Station

Huber, Peter and Khrapak, Sergey and Lipaev, Andrey and Molotkov, Vladimir and Fortov, Vladimir and Ivlev, Alexei and Schwabe, Mierk and Morfill, Gregor E. and Thomas, H. M. (2015) Complex Plasma Research on the International Space Station. In: 14TH Workshop on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas. 14TH Workshop on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas, 26.-30. Mai 2015, Auburn, AL, USA. (Unpublished)

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Complex Plasma Research on the International Space Station Complex (dusty) 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 large, homogeneous 3D complex plasma systems in the bulk region of plasmas and to investigate phenomena other than those accessible on earth in detail. Therefore, our team designed and built different setups for microgravity research. PK-3 Plus, which ended in 2013, already gained a long series of interesting scientific results with about 40 publications. The chambers of this setup has a pair of parallel electrode plates and is therefore able to produce a cylindrical symmetric rf-plasma. Particles of different size and material can be injected into the discharge. The cloud is illuminated by a laser sheet and observed in 2D with cameras with different resolutions and fields of view. Moving this observation system in the direction of sight, tomographic reconstruction of the 3D particle configuration is possible later on. This configuration is ideal to investigate stable liquid and crystalline systems and give interesting insights into a wide range of phenomena like crystallization, phase separation of binary mixtures, instabilities like heart-beat instability or projectile interaction with a strongly coupled complex plasma cloud. This contribution will give an overview over a selection of recent results of the very successful project PK-3 Plus. This work and some of the authors were funded by DLR/BMWi FKZ 50WP0203, 50WM1203 and 50WM1441.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/98828/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Complex Plasma Research on the International Space Station
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Huber, PeterDLR Research Group Complex Plasmas, OberpfaffenhofenUNSPECIFIED
Khrapak, SergeyDLR, Sergey.Khrapak (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Lipaev, AndreyJoint Institute for High Temperatures, RAS, MoscowUNSPECIFIED
Molotkov, VladimirJoint Institute for High Temperatures, RAS, MoscowUNSPECIFIED
Fortov, VladimirJoint Institute for High Temperatures, RAS, MoscowUNSPECIFIED
Ivlev, AlexeiMax-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstrasse, 85748 Garching, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Schwabe, MierkMax-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstrasse, 85748 Garching, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Morfill, Gregor E.Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstrasse, 85748 Garching, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Thomas, H. M.Hubertus.thomas (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:May 2015
Journal or Publication Title:14TH Workshop on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Unpublished
Keywords:Complex Plasmas Mikrogravity Research Schwerelosigkeit Kristalle Komplexe Plasmen
Event Title:14TH Workshop on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas
Event Location:Auburn, AL, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:26.-30. Mai 2015
Organizer:Auburn University - College of Sciences and Mathematics
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: Huber, Peter
Deposited On:29 Oct 2015 10:50
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:55

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