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         EPS ECA (Europhysics Conference Abstracts number): 36A

       ISBN: 2-914771-74-6

The XXI ESCAMPIG was organized by Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear from Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Universidade do Porto, Universidade do Minho and Universidade da Madeira, under the rules of EPS for Europhysics Conferences.



International Scientific Committee

Jürgen Meichsner (chair), Germany

Annemie Bogaerts, BeNeLux, Baltic States and Nordic Countries

Stéphane Pasquiers, France, Andorra

Peter Hartmann, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland

Giorgio Dilecce, Italy, Greece, Israel

Vasco Guerra, Portugal

Gheorghe Dinescu, Romania, Bulgaria

Yuri Akishev, Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine, other former USSR States

Štefan Matejcik, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia

Mark Bowden, United Kingdom, Ireland

Dragana Maric, Serbia, Bosnia-Herz., Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia

Francisco Gordillo-Vázquez, Spain

Local Organizing Committee

Vasco Guerra (chair), Lisboa

Pedro Almeida, Funchal, Madeira

Edgar Felizardo, Lisboa

André Janeco, Lisboa

Luís Lemos Alves, Lisboa

Mário Lino da Silva, Lisboa

Luís Marques, Braga

Carlos Daniel Pintassilgo, Porto

Rafael Saavedra, Lisboa

Miguel Santos, Lisboa


This document contains the invited and contributed papers presented at the XXI Europhysics Conference on the Atomic and Molecular Physics of Ionized Gases. The conference was held on July 10-14, 2012, in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. The final papers were selected by the International Scientific Committee from 383 submitted contributions, coming from all inhabited continents on Earth. The countries represented span from Brazil to China and Australia, in a significant enlargement in diversity of the ESCAMPIG attendees.

The ESCAMPIG is an international conference being celebrated since 1973. It is now a biennial conference of the European Physical Society (EPS). The wide variety of conference topics on basic and applied plasma science spans from atomic and molecular processes in plasmas and plasma-surface interaction to self-organization in plasmas and to the new research lines with low- and high-pressure plasma sources.

The conference programme included two workshops: “plasmas for sustainable environment” and “air plasma chemistry.” The latter was devoted to honour the memory of Dr. Boris F. Gordiets, who passed away early this year. Boris was an outstanding scientist who gave major contributions to the field of plasma kinetics, including the celebrated vibrational distribution function that carries his name. His books remain ultimate references on the kinetics of molecular gases. I met Boris Gordiets while I was still a PhD student, an encounter I vividly remember. I later had the privilege of working with him. His ideas and insight keep inspiring me today.

I heartily thank all members of the Local Organizing Committee for their thoughtful participation, constructive remarks and invaluable assistance. Dr. Luís L. Alves has been with me from the first day and acted as a real co-chair of this conference. Dr. Pedro Almeida gave a priceless help by preparing on his own these conference proceedings. All the other members of the LOC contributed decisively: Dr. Carlos Daniel Pintassilgo, Dr. Mário Lino da Silva, Dr. Luís Marques, Mr. Edgar Felizardo, Mr. André Janeco, Mr. Rafael Saavedra and Mr. Miguel Santos. To all my gratitude.

Finally, I am indebted to our sponsors: EPS, IOP/Plasma Sources Science and Technology, Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Instituto Superior Técnico and its Physics Department, Câmara Municipal de Viana do Castelo, Câmara Municipal de Guimarães, the wine producers Solar de Merufe, Palácio da Brejoeira and Comissão de Viticultura da Região dos Vinhos Verdes. A special word is due to the Entidade Regional de Turismo do Porto e Norte de Portugal, in the persons of Dr. Júlio Meirinhos and Mr. Leonel Franco, who in practice played the role of the LOC member at the conference site.

Vasco Guerra

Chair of the LOC

July 2012

ESCAMPIG XXI conference proceedings

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By topic:

1. Atomic and molecular processes in plasmas

2. Transport phenomena, particle velocity distribution function

3. Physical basis of plasma chemistry

4. Plasma surface interaction (boundary layers, sheaths, surface processes)

5. Plasma diagnostics

6. Plasma and discharges theory and simulation

7. Self-organization in plasmas, dusty plasmas

8. Upper atmospheric plasmas and space plasmas

9. Low pressure plasma sources

10. High pressure plasma sources

11. Plasma and gas flows

12. Laser produced plasmas

By type:

General invited lectures

Topical invited lectures

Hot topic lectures


Poster session #1, #2, #3.

ESCAMPIG XXI conference programme


Tuesday, July 10th

16:30-18:30 Registration, castelo de Santiago da barra

19:00-20:00 Welcome reception, convento de S. Domingos


Wednesday, July 11th

8:45-9:15 Opening

9:15-10:45 Chairs: Juergen Meichsner and Raoul Franklin

GL.1    C. M. Ferreira, “Microwave driven air-water plasmas”

TL.1     Jan Benedikt, “Plasma chemistry in the effluent of a He/O2 microplasma jet: the role of VUV photons”

HT.1    Nikolay Dyatko, “Experimental and theoretical study of the influence of nitrogen admixture on characteristics of dc glow discharge in rare gases at intermediate pressures”

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-13:00 Chairs: Giorgio Dilecce and Mike Bowden

GL.2    Nikolai Trushkin, “Steady-state and pulsed-periodical regimes for generation of non-thermal plasma jets at atmospheric pressure”

TL.2     Ester Marotta, “Decomposition of mixtures of organic compounds in atmospheric plasma”

TL.3    Francisco Tabares, “Application of nitrogen-containing plasmas to Fusion Plasma Research”

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:15 Poster session 1

16:15-16:45 Coffee break

16:45-19:00 Chairs: Antoine Rousseau and Elena Tatarova

HT.2    Uroš Cvelbar, “Plasma reshaping carbon: The role of plasma species in surface interactions with carbon”

Workshop 1: Plasmas for sustainable environment

W1.1   Claudia C. Luhrs, "Microwave Plasma Produced Materials For Energy Applications"

W1.2   Jayr Amorim, "Ozone Measurements by Absorption Spectroscopy Applying Dielectric Barrier Discharges at Atmospheric Pressure for Sugarcane Bagasse Treatment"

W1.3   Evgenia Benova, "Cylindrical and coaxial surface-wave-sustained plasma for environmental applications"

W1.4   María Dolores Calzada, Hydrogen production from ethanol decomposition by a surface wave discharge at atmospheric pressure"

W1.5   Igor Kossyi, "Multispark discharge in water as a method of environmental sustainability problems solution"

W1.6   Richard Engeln, "Plasma-assisted CO2 processing for energy storage"

W1.7   Xavier Duten, "Diphasic process combining a fluidized catalytic bed and a plasma at atmospheric pressure for the degradation of volatile organic compounds"

19:00-19:30 Wine tasting, castelo de Santiago da Barra


Thursday, July 12th

9:00-10:45 Chairs: Štefan Matejčik and Annemie Bogaerts

GL.3    Roberto Celiberto, “Electron-molecule collision processes in non-equilibrium molecular plasmas”

TL.4     Olivier Guaitella, “N and O atoms adsorbed under plasma exposure: a model system to investigate surface reactivity”

TL.5     João Santos Sousa, “Cold atmospheric pressure plasma jets as sources of reactive oxygen species for biomedical applications”

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-13:00 Chairs: Peter Hartmann and Yuri Akishev

GL.4    Michael Bonitz, “Complex plasmas - a laboratory for self-organization”

TL.6    Thierry Callegari, “Generation, annihilation and motion of self-organized filaments in dielectric barrier discharges”

HT.3    Pedro Almeida, “Self-organization as an intrinsic feature of DC glow microdischarges: modelling appearance of different spot patterns”

HT.4    Tomas Hoder, “Comparison of pulsed and sinusoidal operated barrier discharges”

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:15 Poster session 2

16:15-16:45 Coffee break

16:15-19:00 (Fabrizio Esposito and Mário Lino da Silva)

HT.5    Arnaud Bultel and Julien Annaloro, “Elaboration of collisional-radiative models: illustration and results for flows related to planetary entry situations into Earth and Mars atmospheres”

Workshop Boris F. Gordiets: Air plasma chemistry

W2.1   Carlos Matos Ferreira and Mario Capitelli, “50 Years of Non-Equilibrium Kinetics in Laser Physics, Geophysics and Plasma Chemistry: a Tribute to Boris Gordiets”

W2.2   António Varandas, “Recent progress on accurate ab initio-based potentials and dynamics: atmospheric NxOy triatomic systems and beyond”

W2.3   Annarita Laricchiuta, “Electron-impact excitation cross sections for air kinetics”

W2.4   Fabrizio Esposito, “Rovibrationally detailed cross sections of atom-diatom collisions concerning air species”

W2.5   Mário Lino da Silva, 
“Modeling of diatom-diatom collisions using the Forced Harmonic Oscillator method, and application to high temperature kinetics applications”

W2.6   Christophe Laux, 
“Radiative transition probabilities and electron-impact excitation cross-sections for the VUV systems of N2

20:00-23:30 Conference dinner, Quinta de S. João

Friday, July 13th

9:00-10:45 Chairs: Francisco Gordillo-Vázquez and Juergen Meichsner

GL.5    Ute Ebert, “Thunderstorms as electron accelerators and the discharge zoo above the clouds”

GL.6    Antoine Rousseau, Crookes Prize Lecture, “Streamers and discharges at liquid and solid interfaces”

HT.6    Julian Schulze, “Ionization by drift and ambipolar electric fields in electronegative capacitive radio frequency plasmas”

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

14:30-16:15 Poster session 3

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-19:30 Excursion, Guimarães


Saturday, July 14th

9:00-10:45 Chairs: Stéphane Pasquiers and Vasco Guerra

GL.7    Kostya Ostrikov, “Small energy for small things: plasma nanoscience for a sustainable future”

TL.7     Bogdana Mitu, “Plasma deposition of carbon-based materials: diagnostic studies”

TL.8     Frantisek Krcma, “Generation of pin hole discharges in liquids”

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-12:30 Chairs: Dragana Maric and Gheorghe Dinescu

HT.7    Mark J. Kushner, “Control of Electron, Ion and Photon Distributions in Low Pressure Plasmas Using Pulsed Power”

HT.8    Masaru Hori, “High-speed synthesis and crystalinity control of nanographene using inliquid plasma in alcohol”

GL.8    William G. Graham, “Plasmas in Liquids and their Applications”

12:30-13:00 Closing