Organized conferences

LOFAR Magnetism Key Science Projects (MKSP) Annual Meeting and Busy Days in Bochum 2019

The Astronomical Institute  organized the annual  LOFAR Magnetism Key Science Project (MKSP) meeting from September 27 until September 29, 2019 at the Ruhr-University in Bochum. The meeting was supported by the Research Department Plasmas with Complex Interactions. The main objectives of this annual meeting were to share the latest scientific results obtained by the MKSP members using LOFAR, to discuss current and future projects and to present software and technical developments.

The head of the local organizing comittee was Noelia Herrera-Ruiz. Furthermore, Prof. Dettmar worked within the scientific organizing comittee.

Guest at Experimental Physics II

Sylvain Iséni stays two weeks for electric field measurements on micro cavity plasma arrays

Dr. Sylvain Iséni stayed from October 21st until October 31st, 2019, in the group of Prof. Achim von Keudell. His visit is part of the collaboration with his home institute, GREMI, espacially, Prof. Remi Dussart. Particularly, the focus of the recent visit is are eletric field measurements by optical emission spectroscopy in the project A6 (Dr. Volker Schulz-von der Gathen, Sebastian Dzikowski) of the CRC1316. In the project micro cavity arrays are investigated.

Furthermore, Dr. Iséni used the chance to participate in the online seminar and had a talk with the title "Temperate micro-plasmas for environmental purposes: sources, properties, cross-diagnostics & challenges".


Emile Carbone visits the research group experimental physics V

On Oktober 25th, 2019, Dr. Emile Carbone from the Max-Planck institute for plasma physics in Garching, Germany, is going to visit the research group of Prof. Czarnetzki. Dr. Carbone is research group leader of the group Plasma for Gas Conversion and is invited to the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in the framework of the CRC 1316. Moreover, he is going to have a seminar talk at experimental physics V about "CO2 dissociation by microwave plasmas: prospects and challenges" at 10:15 in NB 5/158. Everyone who is interested is welcome to join!

Public Outreach

Cosmology explained in a television program

Prof. Hildebrandt was guest in a television program and explained cosmology. Moreover, he pointed out the importance of basic research. The full episode of the television program "Planet Wissen" can be found here.


Plathinium conference in Antibes

Several projects from the Coordinated Research Centers CRC 1316 and SFB-TR 87 presented their research at the 1st Plathinium Conference (September 16th until September 20th) in Antibes. This conference is a newly combined meeting of the former French vacuum congress, the French assembly on magnetron sputtering and thin films as well as the French conference on ion beam techniques. The PhD students Sascha Monje-Thiemann, Julian Held and Dennis Engels presented their work on low pressure magnetized plasmas in the poster session. Christian Hoppe gave an oral contribution on defects in SiOx coatings. Achim von Keudell presented a plenary lecture on atmospheric pressure plasma chemistry and contributed with a tutorial on fundamentals of plasmas to a workshop preceding the meeting. Achim von Keudell was also elected to become the chair of the 2nd Plathinium conference in 2021.


ALD conference in Seattle

The 19th Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition took place from 21st until 24th July in Seattle. Two groups from the RD Plasma joined the conference namely Prof. Devi from inorganic materials chemistry as well as researchers from theoretical electrical engineering. With six oral and numerous poster presentations, the conference was a great success for the members of the RD Plasma.

The photo shows Prof. Devi with her group at the conference site.


Prof. Satoshi Hamaguchi visits RUB

Next week, from September 9th on, Prof. Hamaguchi from Osaka university is going to visit the RUB. He is Merator fellow of the SFB 1316 and stays for three weeks until September 27th.

Moreover, Prof. Hamaguchi and his JSPS Core-to-Core program, the exchange between Japanese and German scientists, was approved. This means that following his visit here, more students will go to Osaka university in the near future as well as the RUB will welcome Japanese students within the exchange program.

Research activities

First (V)UV-double-monochromator calibration measurements at AG Benedikt in Kiel

To achieve a relative intensity calibration of a (V)UV-monochromator, the use of the double monochromator method is common. Two monochromators work in tandem and the difference in the spectrum from a stable light source of the first monochromator through the second monochromator is utilized to obtain a relative intensity calibration. From July 8th until July 12th, Beatrix Biskup from project B2 of the SFB-TR 87, stayed at the university in Kiel to achieved the monochromator calibration.

The monochromator from Bochum was transported beforehand to the AG Benedikt at CAU (Christian-Albrechts-University) in Kiel. The technical staff made all the preparations necessary for the monochromators from Bochum and Kiel to work together in tandem. Together with Dr. Judith Golda and Prof. Dr. Jan Benedikt in Kiel, Beatrix Biskup did the first test measurements, which could be successfully accomplished. A further cooperation with the research group will be executed in future.