Laboratory “Complex plasma”
With “complex plasmas” we can explore and extend the frontiers of plasma physics into the strong coupling regime — which was not accessible for experimental studies before. We also bridge a gap to complement research in colloid and soft matter science.
Laboratory for investigating the behaviour of strong coupling phenomena in two dimensions at the most elementary individual particle level. This allows investigation of basic properties of matter at an unprecedented resolution in space and time – and to study physical processes up to to the limit of cooperative behavior. The laboratory is the most modern available.
Laboratories for investigating the behavior of strong coupling phenomena in three dimensions at the most elementary individual particle level. PK-3Plus, currently installed on the ISS — Task: Plasma Crystal studies at the “atomistic” level.PK-4 Start 2014 — Task: Fluid Pysics at the “atomistic” level. These Laboratories are unique.
A vigorous theoretical/numerical research program is offered, with the following aims:
- to investigate fundamental properties of matter
- to utilise the experimental results obtained in the laboratory and in space
- to develop new experiments for verification or exploration
- to transfer the discoveries to other fields