• De Zaale, Flux

    5612 AJ Eindhoven


  • P.O. Box 513, Department of Applied Physics

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

We study the elementary processes in gas discharges through a mix of theory, modeling and the development of diagnostics.

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As much as we enjoy exploring new fields of application, our research has always been based on one underlying interest: the elementary processes in and the physics of plasmas.

Organisational profile

In the EPG group, we use our thorough understanding of elementary processes to develop predictive models of a large range of plasmas. These models take into account the intensity and effectivity of processes such as ionization, recombination, transport, radiation, excitation, de-excitation, chemical reactions and surface processes.

We integrate state-of-the art plasma diagnostics (imaging, passive and active spectroscopy) and advanced plasma models that enable plasma users to optimize the plasma source for their specific application. Over the years, the group has worked on a wide range of applications: plasma etching, lighting, medical applications and so much more.

The group currently focuses on a number of research and application areas.

  • Corona discharges and lightning – streamer-like electric discharges from the initial stage of electric breakdown in long gaps. Our aim is to increase understanding and optimize the various technological applications.
  • Dusty and complex plasma. Under certain conditions, dust particles can form spontaneously in plasmas. Their presence is often negative, but there are also some interesting positive applications.
  • EUV-induced plasma, the type of plasma induced when highly energetic photons ionize a low-pressure gas. Understanding this type of plasma is of major importance to the lithography industry.
  • Plasma-assisted combustion. Under extreme conditions, such as in airplanes, combustion happens too slowly. Our aim is to speed it up by using plasma.
  • Plasmas for biological, environmental and medical applications. Cold atmospheric pressure plasmas (CAPs) have many applications, such as killing bacteria, wound healing and cancer treatment.

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Research Output 1969 2019

Corrigendum: Concepts and characteristics of the 'COST Reference Microplasma Jet' (Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics (2016) 49 (084003) DOI: 10.1088/0022-3727/49/8/084003)

Golda, J., Held, J., Redeker, B., Konkowski, M., Beijer, P., Sobota, A., Kroesen, G., St.J.Braithwaite, N., Reuter, S., Turner, M. M., Gans, T., O'Connell, D. & Schulz-Von Der Gathen, V., 9 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. 52, 2, 2 p., 029503

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/Letter to the editorAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Design and optimization of SDBD plasma reactor for fast sterilization

Jafari, Z., 27 Mar 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 30 p.

Research output: ThesisPd Eng ThesisOther research output


Influence of a target on the electric field profile in a kHz atmospheric pressure plasma jet with the full calculation of the Stark shifts

Hofmans, M. & Sobota, A., 28 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Applied Physics. 125, 4, 17 p., 043303

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

plasma jets
atmospheric pressure
electric fields


light sources
emission spectra
semiconductor lasers
research projects
International Space Station
infrared radiation


2009 Best Poster Award

Roxana Silvia Tipa (Recipient), 2009

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

ASML Promotieprijs 2006, 1e prijswinnaar

E.R. Kieft (Recipient), 16 Jun 2006

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

European Plasma Conference HTPP-11

Wouter Graef (Recipient), 27 Jun 2010

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Activities 2005 2018

Ion fluxes in EUV induced plasmas

Tijn van de Ven (Speaker)
24 Jan 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific


Institute of Physics (IOP) (External organisation)

Sander Nijdam (Chair)
2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of boardScientific

Electric field measurements in atmospheric-pressure plasma jets

Ana Sobota (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Press / Media

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Michigan (June 29)

Mark Kushner


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

University of Michigan Assigned Patent for Microdischarge-Based Transducer

Mark Kushner


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

PRESS: Fusion Research Ignites Innovation

Mark Kushner


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Research areas

Corona discharges and lightning

Sander Nijdam (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Dusty and complex plasma

Job Beckers (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

EUV induced plasma

Job Beckers (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Student theses

Afbraak van organische verontreinigingen in water met behulp van gepulste corona ontladingen

Author: van Eijk, H., 31 Mar 1997

Supervisor: Cramers, C. (Supervisor 1), Claessens, H. (Supervisor 2), van Veldhuizen, E. (Supervisor 2) & Hoeben, W. F. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Numerical study of a pneumatic sampling system

Author: Datadien, K., 2018

Supervisor: Toschi, F. (Supervisor 1) & Drenten, R. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master