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Pre-Conference Workshop

Advances in the Kinetic Description of Low-Temperature Plasmas:  Applications to Modeling and Simulation


Experts from several disciplines will address the needs of the low-temperature plasma community in capturing fundamental kinetics and the highest possible accuracy for their transport coefficients in models and simulations.  


The workshop  will provide:
  1. A forum for update and exchange of information among experts on plasma kinetic theory, transport coefficient measurements, and plasma simulation.
  2. Presentations of authoritative summaries of the latest knowledge in producing transport coefficients for low temperature plasmas and how they may be used in plasma simulations.
  3. Reviews of other kinetic effects (listed below).
  4. Opportunity for the Gaseous Electronics Community (GEC) community to learn about recent advances in plasma kinetic theory and its potential impact on their work.

Date and Location

When.  October 19, 2009 (8 AM to 5:30 PM)
Where.  Saratoga Hilton or Saratoga Springs City Center, the same venue as for the 62nd GEC

NOTE: The workshop will be held the day before the start of the GEC


Participation is free for full time GEC registrants.  For all others, the one-day GEC attendance fee of $200 applies.


•    Zoran Petrovic (Institute for Physics, Belgrade, Serbia) – Academic content
•    Mirko Vukovic (Tokyo Electron, US Holdings, Albany, NY) – Local organizer
•    Mark J. Kushner (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA)
•    Laxminarayan Raja (University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA)

Workshop Format

A full day of talks and discussions with breaks for lunch, and mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks.
  • Morning and early afternoon sessions of invited talks (25 minutes in length). 
  • The schedule will be posted soon on the APS website for the 2009 GEC


The organizers solicit contributions in the following areas (not an inclusive list):

•    SWARMs: theory, measurements, modeling
•    Distribution functions in modeling of plasma surface interactions
•    Distribution functions and kinetics of atmospheric pressure discharges
•    Distribution functions and kinetic modeling of micro discharges
•    Experimental measurements of transport coefficients, cross sections, and distribution functions
•    Theoretical and "fast" descriptions of cross sections
•    Transport coefficients for high pressure multi-component plasmas
•    Low pressure (intermediate & high Knudsen number) transport coefficients
•    Incorporation of kinetics into plasma models


Mark Kushner, University of Michigan, US, Controlling electron energy distributions for plasma technologies
Toshiaki Makabe, Keio University Japan, Incorporating swarm data into plasma models and plasma surface interactions
Sasa Dujko, James Cook University, Australia, Recent advancements in the kinetic theory of hydrodynamic and non-hydrodynamic charged particle swarms in gases
Vladimir Kolobov, CFD Research Corporation, US, Kinetic modeling of complex plasma equipment
Igor Kaganovich, Princeton University, US, Nonlocal collisionless and collisional electron transport in low temperature plasmas
Annemie Bogaerts, University of Antwerp, Belgium, Modeling of low-temperature plasmas: some case studies of different modeling approaches
Ralf Peter Brinkman, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, The linearized kinetic equation - a functional analytic approach
Stephen Buckman, Australian National University, Electron scattering data as the basis for kinetic models — what can we realistically provide, and how?
Gorur Govinda Raju, University of Windsor, A new scaling law of resonance in total scattering cross section in gases
Laxminarayan Raja, University of Texas at Austin, US, Data needs for plasma modeling
Detlef Loffhagen, INP Greifswald, Germany, Kinetic modeling of gas discharges
Steven Shannon, North Carolina State University, US, Accurate reconstruction of non-Maxwellian electron energy distribution functions
Chao Li, Centrum Wiskunde and Informatica, Netherlands, 3D hybrid simulations for run-away electrons from streamers
Scott Baalrud, U. Wisconsin — Madison, US, Kinetic theory of instability-enhanced collisional effects