Laboratory of Plasma Physics
Gas Discharge Laboratory studies physical and chemical processes taking place in gas discharge plasma as well as at the plasma-surface order. Plasma at medium and atmospheric pressures is excited by DC, pulsed and high frequency electric fields. The plasma spectroscopy is the main experimental method which connects all direction of our studies. Results of absorption and emission spectroscopy combined with those of optic and electric measurements are the bases used for interpretation/modelling.
Facilities of the laboratory guarantee the obtaining of nowadays-level results.
The most actual directions of our studies are:
At the moment 7 PhD level researches, 2 PhD students and 3 MS students are involved at the laboratory.
Picture. Crater at tungsten surface formed by laser ablation.
The laboratory has been participated and participates in several international projects. The largest at the moment is the European fusion programme EFDA where our task is the application of the laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) for in situ monitoring of erosion/deposition processes at the reactor wall. The task of the project PlasTEP , which connects EU countries in the Baltic sea region, is the reduction of the environment by the means of plasma technologies.
LIBS as a diagnostic method has a wide field of applications. Studies of the Gas Discharge Laboratory showed that the method is applicable for the express-analysis of the oil shale quality.