Plasma Physics in Greifswald can be proud of more than 100 years of tradition and is today represented by the Institute of Physics at the University of Greifswald and the external research institutions – the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology e.V. (INP) and the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), Greifswald Branch. This makes Greifswald a European and worldwide centre for plasma research. In the field of low temperature plasmas, the Institute of Physics and the INP examine not only the physical principles of these plasmas, but also their use in the areas of material and nanosciences, environment, energy and life sciences. Research concerning high temperature plasmas is concentrated at the IPP. Currently, the second experimental phase of the optimised stellarator “Wendelstein 7-X” is taking place. This experiment should demonstrate the suitability of the stellarator method for a fusion power plant.
These three institutions cooperate in a broad range of disciplines. The INP also cooperates with the Institute of Pharmacy and University Medicine with regard to the use of low temperature plasmas.
Central Research Topics
- Fundamentals of complex plasmas: dusty (particle-containing) as well as chemically reactive and electronegative plasmas
- Formation of the heavy elements of the periodic table in astrophysical processes and their properties
- Fundamentals of magnetically confined high-temperature plasmas
- Plasma technology and applications of plasmas in pharmacy and medicine