Dr. Dr. h. c. G. ECKER, Ruhr-Universität Bochum; chairman
Dr. Dr. h. c. J. ENGEMANN, Bergische Universität GH Wuppertal
U. SAMM, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Dr. J. UHLENBUSCH, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
UNIVERSITÄT GH WUPPERTAL
180 scientists of the cooperating institutions contribute to the work of
the APP. Much of them are supported through additional funding of the Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the Bundesministerium für Bildung und
Forschung (BMBF) and similar financing resources.
of the APP
the past decades a remarkable potential in the field of plasma physics
accumulated in expertise
of scientific staff and in equipment at the universities
Essen, and Wuppertal as well as at the Institute
Physics (IPP) of the Research Center Jülich . In order to make
use of this potential and
develop it successfully in the future the cooperating
institutions decided in
the year 1986 to found the Arbeitsgemeinschaft
The scientific aim of this
working group is the cooperative research in plasma
physics in the following
Moreover, the APP is engaged
in political activities to foster the public
Basic research covering plasmas
of any degree of ionization.
Solution of research problems
in high temperature plasma physics related to large scale experiments of
Research in plasma technology
as a basis for innovations in industrial applications.
Problems of plasma physics in
the domain of extraterrestrical physics.
recognition of the field
of plasma physics with its important principal and social
relevance. Particular efforts
are made to draw the attention of the political and
funding agencies to this
fact. Further, the representation of the field in the
universities and technical
colleges urgently needs to be improved.
it is not possible to describe in detail all the endeavours and successes
of the APP. We must restrict
ourselves to some typical examples:
In BASIC RESEARCH
the APP was successful to acquire from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
two Sonderforschungsbereiche (special collaborative
research centers). The SFB
162 operated from 1972 to 1989 under the title "Plasmaphysik Bochum/Jülich
" and the SFB 191 is operating since 1990
under the title "Physikalische
Grundlagen der Niedertemperaturplasmen".
The activities in the Sonderforschungsbereich
191 are subdivided in
three project groups:
(A) "Analysis of characteristic
aspects of low temperature plasmas"
In the field of FUSION RESEARCH
there exists a fruitful cooperation with the
(B) "Diagnostics of low
(C) "Theoretical investigation
of non-equilibrium states of low temperature
in transcritical parameter ranges"
IPP of the Research Center
Jülich and the international Euregio Cooperation
(NL, B, D) using jointly
the TEXTOR experiment (TEC) in Jülich. In this context
we also mention the foundation
of the graduate college
"High temperature plasma physics" (since 1992) supported by the DFG.
With respect to PLASMA
TECHNOLOGY the APP succeeded in initiating
and coordinating the three
Verbund Projekte (joint projects) "Plasma Radiation
Sources" , "Dielectric Barrier
Discharges for Gas Treatment" , and "Investigations
of Pulsed Plasmas". In these
joint projects several german universities and industrial institutions
Since April 1999 the joint-project
"Analyse und Anwendung des Randbereiches zeitmodulierter Plasmen" is supported
by the MSWWF.
In IONOSPHERIC AND SPACE
RESEARCH non-linear dynamic plasma processes are investigated with
the aim to explain the processes of structure formation. The
main fields of work are the domains of magnetospheric and solar activity.
Here too, several national and international institutions cooperate.
In the general field of PROMOTION
OF PLASMA PHYSICS the APP as a whole
and many of its individuals
have been successful. We mention especially the
foundation of the INSTITUTE
OF LOW TEMPERATURE PLASMA PHYSICS
GREIFSWALD , which was initiated through members of the board
of the APP. The chairman
was called upon by the government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to guide this
founding process. The development of
new funding structures in
the Bundesministerium für Forschung und Bildung
(BMBF) was also decisevely
influenced through the APP. The APP further administrates the activities
GESELLSCHAFT FÜR PLASMATECHNOLOGIE (DGPT).
The APP organizes regularly
conferences, seminars, and workshops
(e. g., 10. ISPC, 1991;
XXI ICPIG, 1993; 7. BFPT, 1996).
Collaborative Research Center 191
Gesellschaft für Plasmatechnologie (DGPT)
Physics and Technology
für Niedertemperatur-Plasmaphysik (INP) Greifswald