• 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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atmospheric pressure Physics & Astronomy
plasma jets Physics & Astronomy
Plasmas Engineering & Materials Science
microwaves Physics & Astronomy
argon Physics & Astronomy
air Physics & Astronomy
gas temperature Physics & Astronomy
Thomson scattering Physics & Astronomy

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Research Output 1969 2019

Absolute CO number densities measured using TALIF in a non-thermal plasma environment

Damen, M. A., Hage, D. A. C. M., van de Steeg, A. W., Martini, L. M. & Engeln, R. A. H., 7 Nov 2019, In : Plasma Sources Science and Technology. 28, 11, 115006.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

plasma currents
glow discharges
pulsed lasers

Chemical aspects of CO2 plasma modelling

Koelman, P., 10 Apr 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 173 p.

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

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Cold electron runaway below the friction curve

Diniz, G., Rutjes, C., Ebert, U. & Ferreira, I. S., 16 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Geophysical Research. D, Atmospheres. 124, 1, p. 189-198 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access


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


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

Activities 2005 2021

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


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

Electric field and charge measurements in a DC-pulsed plasma jet using the Pockels effect

Author: Nguyen, T., 2017

Supervisor: Sobota, A. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master