• 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

    Open Access
  • Advancements in Microwave Cavity Resonance Spectroscopy

    Platier, B., 26 Jun 2020, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.

    Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)

    Open Access

    Characterization of a kHz atmospheric pressure plasma jet: Comparison of discharge propagation parameters in experiments and simulations without target

    Hofmans, M., Viegas, P., van Rooij, O., Klarenaar, B., Guaitella, O., Bourdon, A. & Sobota, A., Mar 2020, In : Plasma Sources Science and Technology. 29, 3, 15 p., 034003.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


  • Prizes

    2009 Best Poster Award

    Roxana Silvia Tipa (Recipient), 2009

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

    ASML Promotieprijs 2006, 1e prijswinnaar

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

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

    Best Poster Award at the 31st NNV symposium on Plasma Physics and Radiation Technology

    Anne Limburg (Recipient), 13 Mar 2019

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific


    International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases XXXV

    Ute Ebert (Chair), Sander Nijdam (Organiser), Gerrit Kroesen (Organiser)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    Hakone XVII, International Symposium on High Pressure Low Temperature Plasma Chemistry

    Sander Nijdam (Chair), Ana Sobota (Organiser), Ute Ebert (Organiser), Gerrit Kroesen (Organiser), Tom Huiskamp (Organiser)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific


    Chris Schoutrop (Contributor)
    5 Dec 20196 Dec 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    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

    (In,Ga)N heterostructures in self-assembled GaN nanowires grown on TiN by molecular beam epitaxy

    Author: Goertz, J. J., 2016

    Supervisor: Koenraad, P. M. (Supervisor 1), Geelhaar, L. (External person) (External coach), Bakkers, E. P. (Supervisor 2), Nijdam, S. (Supervisor 2) & Zijlstra, P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Absorption spectroscopy of nitric oxide in a volume dielectric barrier discharge

    Author: Jalat, D., 2018

    Supervisor: Sobota, A. (Supervisor 1) & Awakowicz, P. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master