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Plasma Processing Science
Gordon Research Conference

Plasmas with Complex Interactions - Exploiting the Non-Equilibrium


July 24-29, 2016


Proctor Academy
Andover, NH


Achim Von Keudell

Vice Chair:
Peter Bruggeman

Meeting Description

Plasma processing science is at the core of numerous technologies for many applications ranging from material synthesis, energy conversion and storage to the interaction of plasmas with biological systems. The 2016 Gordon Research Conference on Plasma Processing will highlight the most cutting edge scientific advances in these areas and identify new emerging trends and hot topics. Plasma processing science is nowadays an extremely interdisciplinary field embracing the disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering. Plasmas exhibit a strong non-equilibrium nature, which enables new reaction and synthesis routes. This unique property of plasmas led to the introduction of dry etching in microelectronics and more recently to the emerging field of plasma medicine. A common aspect is the complex interaction of non-equilibrium plasmas across aggregate interfaces to solids and liquids. The program of the 2016 Gordon Research Conference on Plasma Processing is devoted to identify future interdisciplinary areas, where plasmas will play a role. Examples are the use of plasma for soft ionisation, the cross fertilization of plasma technology and nuclear fusion science and the use of extremely short pulsed plasmas to trigger chemistry in liquids and biological systems. The conference will bring together leaders in the field with junior investigators and graduate students. The special format of the Gordon Conferences, with programmed discussion sessions and ample time for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, will provide for a fertile atmosphere of brainstorming and creative thinking among the attendees.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Plasma Processing Science" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmNovel Diagnostic Concepts
Any progress in understanding of non equilibrium plasmas relies in the validation of models by quantitative data. Novel diagnostic concepts are continuously being developed based on a clever combination and exploitation of traditional techniques or the invention of complete new diagnostics being compatible with the plasma environment.
Discussion Leader: Edward Barnat (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmKeiichiro Urabe (Air Liquide Laboratories, Japan)
"Laser Diagnostics of Microplasmas: Multidisciplinary Collaboration Paving a Way of Innovation"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmSukesh Roy (Spectral Energies, LLC, USA)
"Ultrafast Laser-Based Spectroscopy and Imaging: Prospects and Challenges for Plasma Applications"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPlasma Astro Chemistry
Plasmas are ubiquitous in astrophysics. Very peculiar pathways for molecule formation are discussed in these cold plasmas, where reaction times can be very long and are often mediated by the interaction with dust species.
Discussion Leader: Steven Girshick (University of Minnesota, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amEric Herbst (University of Virginia, USA)
"Plasma Chemistry Throughout the Universe"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amIsabel Tanarro (Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain)
"Cold Plasmas in Laboratory Astrochemistry: Protonated Ions and Carbonaceous Dust Analogues"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmHarold Linnartz (University of Leiden, The Netherlands)
"Planar Plasma Expansions as a Tool for Molecular Astrospectroscopy"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmPlasmas at Extreme Temporal and Spatial Scales
The non-equilibrium of the plasma state can be preserved by using very fast time scales or by igniting the plasma in very small plasma cavities. The newest trends in these extreme plasmas will be highlighted for nanosecond discharges and for microplasmas.
Discussion Leader: Juergen Kolb (Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Germany)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmSvetlana Starikovskaia (Laboratory for Plasma Physics, Ecole Polytechnique, France)
"Surface Nanosecond Discharge at High Gas Densities: Physics and Chemistry"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmJ. Gary Eden (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
"Advances of Microplasma Science and Technology: From Plasma-Surface Interaction Physics to the Commercialization of Lamps and Plasma Chemical Systems"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPlasma Driven Liquid Chemistry
Plasmas in contact with liquids induce various reaction chains depending on the plasma gas and on the ambient. The thorough understanding of these reactions channels is the foundation for the progress in the field of plasma medicine. The presentations will focus on the diagnostic challenges and the particular design of plasma sources for the interaction with liquids.
Discussion Leader: Bill Graham (Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:40 amDragana Maric (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
"Atomic and Molecular Processes of Interest for Modelling of Discharges in Liquids"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amSelma Mededovic Thagard (Clarkson University, USA)
"Electron-Based Reduction of Organic Molecules at the Plasma-Liquid Interface"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmRyo Ono (University of Tokyo, Japan)
"Measurement of Reactive Species in Atmospheric-Pressure Nonthermal Plasma"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmPlasmas for Soft Ionization
Plasma are used as ionization sources in many analysis schemes. Established examples are electrospray, ICP-MS or OES-MS. However, more advanced schemes are currently explored by employing plasmas as metastable sources for soft ionization to reduce molecule fragmentation and to allow for a more unique identification of species.
Discussion Leader: Hendrik Kersten (University of Wuppertal, Germany)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmGary Hieftje (Indiana University, USA)
"Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas for Chemical Analysis"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmPaul Farnsworth (Brigham Young University, USA)
"Ambient Sampling and Ionization with Low-Power Plasmas: Limits and Possibilities"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMulti-Scale Modeling and Simulation
Modeling and Simulation of non-equilibrium plasmas is extremely challenging due to the vastly different temporal and spatial scales. Novel hybrid concepts need to be developed to cover the physics of those plasmas given the current limitations of numerical simulations.
Discussion Leader: Luis Alves (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
9:00 am - 9:40 amJean Pierre Boeuf (University of Toulouse, France)
"Electron Transport Through a Magnetic Barrier: Hall Effect, Instabilities and Turbulence; Applications to Ion Thrusters and Negative Ion Source for Fusion Applications"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amVasco Guerra (Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
"Modelling and Simulation of N2-O2-Ar Plasmas"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmYasunori Tanaka (Kanazwa University, Japan)
"Non-Equilibrium Simulation of 'Thermal' Plasmas"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBridging High and Low Temperature Plasma Research
High temperature plasma research for nuclear fusion or for thermal plasmas is different to typical low temperature plasma research. However, several modeling and diagnostic concepts are forming a bridge between these two communities. Examples are magnetized high power magnetron sputtering plasmas or plasma thrusters.
Discussion Leader: Gerard Van Rooij (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, FOM, The Netherlands)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmMatteo Zuin (Consorzio RFX, Italy)
"Characterization of Electromagnetic Instabilities in HIPIMS Plasmas"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmYevgeny Raitses (Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, USA)
"Plasma Hall Thrusters"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmInterfacing Plasma with Living Matter
The interaction of plasmas with living matter is a prominent research field which made a huge progress over the recent years. New concepts involve plasmas for immunotherapy, cancer treatment or the plasma treatment of wounds. A special emphasis is made on the medical aspects of this research.
Discussion Leader: Jean-Michel Pouvesle (GREMI, CNRS / Universite D'Orleans, France)
9:00 am - 9:40 amVandana Miller (Drexel University, USA)
"Plasma-Elicited Immunogenic Cell Death in Tumors for Stimulation of Protective Immune Responses"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amSteffen Emmert (University of Rostock, Germany)
"Cold Atmospheric Plasma Treatment of Wounds and Safety Aspects"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:50 amYury Gorbanev (University of York, United Kingdom)
"Non-Thermal Plasma in Contact with Water: The Origin of Species"
11:50 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmFiona Elam (Fujifilm, The Netherlands)
"Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Enhanced CVD of High Quality Silica-Like Bilayer Encapsulation Films"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmTransferring the Non-Equilibrium from Plasmas to Solids
Plasmas interacting with solids are at the core of plasma technology. The interface between the electronic structure of a plasma with the band structure of a solid defines reaction rates and secondary electron emission. New developments are the establishment of atomic layer etching as the next grand challenge in microelectronics.
Discussion Leader: Gottlieb Oehrlein (University of Maryland, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmFranz Bronold (University of Greifswald, Germany)
"Plasma-Induced Electric Double Layers at Surfaces"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmGeun Young Yeom (Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea)
"Layer-by-Layer Etching of Two-Dimensional Materials"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Acquisition and Assistance, under Award Number DC-SC0015654. This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.
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