Special Session on “Challenges in Low-Temperature Plasma Modelling”

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The scientific program of ICPIG 2017 includes on July 11 (Tuesday) a Special Session on “Challenges in Low-Temperature Plasma Modelling”, dedicated to the memory of Professor Carlos Matos Ferreira.

The program of the Special Session, with the confirmed list of invited speakers, is the following.

Luís L. Alves, Portugal 
Opening. Evocation of Carlos Matos Ferreira

Ron White, Australia
Challenges in the kinetic modelling of electrons and ions in gaseous and liquid matter

 FC9CD7AF-1605-41E9-B58B-8DACC08A1E07 Ron White is Professor of Physics at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia.  He is currently Head of Physical Sciences within the College of Science and Engineering.  He received his PhD in 1997 and has had appointments in the United States and Australia.  Ron White’s group is focussed on the modelling and simulation of non-equilibrium transport processes of electrons, ions and other charged particles in gases, liquids, organic and disordered materials. His particular focus has been to electron collisions, swarm experiments, low-temperature plasmas, positron physics and organic semiconductors using various techniques including multi-term solutions of Boltzmann’s equation, fluid equations and Monte Carlo simulations.  He is an editorial board member of the European Physical Journal D. He acknowledges the continued funding of the Australian Research Council.

Thomas Mussenbrock, Germany
Challenges in PIC modelling: electromagnetic description and resonance phenomena

 Thomas2015klein Thomas Mussenbrock is a full professor of electrical engineering. He holds the Chair of Theoretical Electrical Engineering in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Information Science at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany. He is head of the Electrodynamics and Physical Electronics Group (EPEG). His research interests are in the area of modeling and simulation of nonequilibrium systems with a focus low-temperature plasmas and ionic devices. He received both the PhD and the venia legendi from Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.

Juan Pablo Trelles, United States
Advances and challenges in fluid flow models of low-temperature plasmas

 Juan_Pablo_Trelles-UMass_Lowell Juan Pablo Trelles is Asst. Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. At UMass Lowell, he conducts research on nonequilibrium plasma flows, radiation-matter interaction, solar energy utilization, and advanced numerical methods for transport problems. His research encompasses applications ranging from plasma spray and plasma cutting to solar photo-thermochemical and plasma chemical synthesis, as well as the fundamental understanding of energy transport under non-equilibrium conditions, such flow instability, turbulence, and pattern formation and self-organization phenomena. Before joining the faculty at UMass Lowell, Prof. Trelles was a senior software engineer in the Process Technology Modeling group at Intel Corporation, were he conducted research in low-temperature plasma processes for thin film deposition. His doctoral and post-doctoral research, conducted at the High Temperature and Plasma Laboratory at the University of Minnesota, involved the fundamental and applied study of flow instabilities and nonequilibrium processes in thermal plasma devices. His doctoral research led to novel Variational Multiscale Finite Element Methods for multiphysics and multiscale transport problems. Prof. Trelles is a recipient of the prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

Vasco Guerra, Portugal
Challenges in the modelling of plasma-surface interaction

 Photo1 Vasco Guerra is Associate Professor at the Department of Physics of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade de Lisboa, member of the Group of Gas Discharges and Gaseous Electronics of the Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear (IPFN). His research focuses on the modeling of non-equilibrium kinetics of low-temperature molecular plasmas, including electron, vibrational, chemical and surface kinetics. In 2016 he was awarded the William Crookes Plasma Prize, “for the outstanding contribution to the modeling of molecular low-temperature plasmas.”

Andrew Gibson, United Kingdom
Challenges in the modelling of reactive plasmas: limitations and opportunities in global modelling

 AGibson_Photo Andrew Gibson received his MSci degree in Physics with Biomedical Applications from Queen’s University Belfast, UK in 2011 and his Ph.D. from the same university in 2015. He worked for a short time as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of York and is now undertaking post-doctoral research jointly affiliated to the Laboratoire de Physique des Plasmas at Ecole Polytechnique, France and the York Plasma Institute, University of York. His current research focusses on the simulation of low temperature plasmas using a variety of approaches with a strong emphasis on validation against experimental measurements. This work primarily considers plasmas produced in molecular gases at both low and high pressure with a view to optimizing their use in various applications.

Final discussion and Closure