• De Zaale, Flux

    5612 AJ Eindhoven


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

    5600 MB Eindhoven



Introductie / missie

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

Over de organisatie

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Plasmas for biological, environmental and medical applications. Cold atmospheric pressure plasmas (CAPs) have many applications, such as killing bacteria, wound healing and cancer treatment.

Vingerafdruk Duik in de onderzoeksthema's waar Elementary Processes in Gas Discharges actief is. Deze onderwerplabels komen voort uit het werk van deze leden van de organisatie. Samen vormen ze een unieke vingerafdruk.

atmospheric pressure Fysica en Astronomie
plasma jets Fysica en Astronomie
Plasmas Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
microwaves Fysica en Astronomie
argon Fysica en Astronomie
air Fysica en Astronomie
gas temperature Fysica en Astronomie
Thomson scattering Fysica en Astronomie

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Onderzoeksoutput 1969 2020

Modeling of microwave induced plasmas: application to the production of solar fuels

Tadayon Mousavi, S., 18 mrt 2020, (Geaccepteerd/In druk) Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.

Onderzoeksoutput: ScriptieDissertatie 1 (Onderzoek TU/e / Promotie TU/e)

Power pulsing to maximize vibrational excitation efficiency in N2 microwave plasma: a combined experimental and computational study

van Alphen, S., Vermeiren, V., Butterworth, T., van den Bekerom, D. C. M., van Rooij, G. J. & Bogaerts, A., 23 jan 2020, In : Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 124, 3, blz. 1765-1779 15 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

nonequilibrium plasmas

Streamer inception and imaging in various atmospheres

Nijdam, S., 9 mrt 2020, (Geaccepteerd/In druk).

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan congresPaperAcademic

high voltages
propagation velocity


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


2009 Best Poster Award

Roxana Silvia Tipa (Ontvanger), 2009

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

ASML Promotieprijs 2006, 1e prijswinnaar

E.R. Kieft (Ontvanger), 16 jun 2006

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

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

Anne Limburg (Ontvanger), 13 mrt 2019

Prijs: AndersDiscipline gerelateerdWetenschappelijk

Activiteiten 2005 2021

International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases XXXV

Ute Ebert (Voorzitter), Sander Nijdam (Organisator), Gerrit Kroesen (Organisator)

Activiteit: Types deelname aan of organisatie van een evenementCongresWetenschappelijk

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

Sander Nijdam (Voorzitter), Ana Sobota (Organisator), Ute Ebert (Organisator), Gerrit Kroesen (Organisator), Tom Huiskamp (Organisator)

Activiteit: Types deelname aan of organisatie van een evenementCongresWetenschappelijk


Chris Schoutrop (Bijdrager)
5 dec 20196 dec 2019

Activiteit: Types deelname aan of organisatie van een evenementCongresWetenschappelijk



Sander Nijdam


2 Mediabijdrages

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar

Offshore Energy 2019: It’s a wrap!

Gerard J. van Rooij & David M.J. Smeulders


1 item van Media-aandacht

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Corona discharges and lightning

Sander Nijdam (Content manager)

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Dusty and complex plasma

Job Beckers (Content manager)

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EUV induced plasma

Job Beckers (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)


3D reconstruction of streamer discharges using mathematical algorithms: based on predictive back-end reconstruction, minimum spanning trees and sub-Riemannian geometry

Auteur: de Veld, F., 4 jul 2019

Begeleider: Dijcks, S. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Nijdam, S. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Bekkers, E. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Florack, L. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Bachelor


Accelerating simulations of electromagnetic waves in hot, magnetized fusion plasmas

Auteur: Budé, R., 2019

Begeleider: Smolders, A. (. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Jaspers, R. J. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & van Dijk, J. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


A chemical reduction method based on pathway analysis

Auteur: Gulpen, J., 2019

Begeleider: Tadayon Mousavi, S. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & van Dijk, J. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master