The aim of the course is to acquaint the participants with the up-to-date status of the field. The basic principles of plasma physics will be summarized at the beginning of the course. The course will offer a broadening of knowledge in plasma physics, and in the interaction of plasmas with surfaces including a description of advanced diagnostics. All lectures and discussions will be held in English.

Well-known experts in the field will present lectures in the following areas:
* fundamentals of plasma physics
* plasma sources
* thermal and low pressure plasmas
* atomic processes
* electron kinetics
* diagnostics and plasma spectroscopy
* modelling
* plasma-surface interactions

The program is will be online here.

Master Class 2016: Plasma synthesis of nanoparticles

Date: Friday/Saturday
Arrival: Thursday evening

The program will be online here.


Luís L. Alves, International Chair
Vasco Guerra, International co-Chair

Local Scientific Organizing Committee (RUB)
Verena M. Scharf
Marc Böke
Volker Schulz-von der Gathen
Achim von Keudell

organized by
- Research Department "Plasmas with Complex Interactions", RUB
- Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)

sponsored by
- Research Department "Plasmas with Complex Interactions", Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
- SFB-TR 87 (Transregional Collaborative Research Center): Pulsed high power plasmas for the synthesis of nanostructured functional layers

Academic studies

PhD students

PhD students are embedded into the graduate program of the hosting university as well as graduate programs of the different research centres. As example, different possiblities are listed:

Academic studies

M.Sc. Laser and Photonics

The photon (colloquially "light particles") has become an important economic engine in Germany. The English-language Lasers and Photonics course trains specialists in this field. The students deal among other things with optical measuring technology, truck technology and material treatment by laser. Right from the start, they will do their own research, for example in the SOWAS internship without pre-fabricated experiments based on interdisciplinary research tasks. The participation in research projects and the presentation of own results at conferences are expressly desired. In the competition, they can apply for funding for their own research projects, which they should ideally carry out at a partner institution abroad. International guest lecturers contribute to further networking. Students take part in a Journal Club to keep up with the latest developments in their field. 
The study programme, which is unique in NRW, is supported by the faculties of electrical engineering and information technology as well as mechanical engineering. The Research Department "Plasmas with complex interactions" and the Materials Research Department are involved. The programme is aimed at Bachelor graduates in electrical engineering, information technology, mechanical engineering, physics and other natural sciences.

International Master Lasers and Photonics

Laser und Photonik ist ein Thema von großem wissenschaftlichen und wirtschaftlichen Interesse. Die Ruhr-Universität Bochum bietet ab Herbst 2011 einen internationalen Masterstudiengang "Laser und Photonik" an. 
Zusätzlich zu unseren Grundkursen bieten wir Praktika, internationale Konferenzteilnahmen, Englischkurse und Projekte mit internationalen Mitarbeitern an. 
Wenn Sie Interesse haben und einen Bachelor-Abschluss in Physik, Elektrotechnik oder Maschinenbau haben, kontaktieren Sie uns bitte für weitere Informationen:


Prof. Dr. Mar­tin Hof­mann
Chair of Pho­to­nics and Tera­hertz Tech­no­lo­gy
De­part­ment of Elec­tri­cal En­gi­nee­ring and In­for­ma­ti­on Sci­en­ces
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150
ID 05/439
Telephone: +49(0)234 32-27700

Academic studies

Studiengang: M.Sc. Plasmatechnik

Plasma technology offers innovative solutions for many areas of the natural sciences, technology and medicine. Plasmas are ionized and therefore particularly high-energy and active gases, often referred to as the "fourth state of matter". Their special properties make them a universal tool, such as for generating light and radiation, manufacturing computer chips, modifying and coating surfaces and activating chemical processes.

The subjects of the major in plasma technology include:

  • Plasma Processes and Plasma Diagnostics
  • Disinfection of packaging materials and medical implants
  • Environmentally friendly and energy-efficient gas discharge lamps 
  • Modelling and simulation of plasmas

"Plasma technology" is one of eight possible majors in the Master's programme in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. After a standard period of study of four semesters, students obtain a Master of Science (M. Sc. ) degree.


Our study advisor Biljana Cubaleska will be happy to help you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0234 32-29474

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Studiengang: M.Sc. plasma physics

Area: Physical focus area 
Turn: WS + SS 
Mode: Elective module 
Workload/ Credits: 300 h/ 10 CP 
Semester: from 1st FS 
Duration: 1-2 semesters

Learning outcomes: Deeper understanding of plasma physics and complex plasmas; getting to know the research areas, specialization and preparation for the master thesis in the field of experimental and theoretical plasma physics.

Contents: Single particle motion, kinetic theory, Vlasov equation, Landau damping, fluid description, waves and instabilities; hydrodynamic basics, time and space scales; plasma diagnostics; physics of the plasma boundary layer; plasma surface interaction; discharge forms, heating mechanisms, plasma chemistry, light generation, plasma deposition, plasma etching; waves in plasmas, etc.

Literature: F. Chen: Introduction to Plasma physics and controlled fusion; M. Lieberman, A. Lichtenberg: Principles of Plasma Discharges and Materials Processing; Reece Roth: Industrial Plasma Engineering, T. J. M. Boyd and J,J, Sanderson: The Physics of Plasmas; D. R. Nicholson: Introduction to Plasma Theory; U. Frisch: Turbulence; W. D. McComb: The Physics of Fluid Turbulence; S. B. Pope: Turbulent Flows 

Teaching methods: Lecture, Exercise, Seminar 

Forms of examination: Prerequisites for awarding credit points: Module performance record: The module representative issues a performance record in which the individual events are listed and awards the final grade. The proof must be submitted to the Examination Office. Individual certificates can be submitted in advance to the Examination Office if the CP credit note is required for admission to the Master's thesis. The grade is the sum of the individual grades of the events weighted with the respective CP* divided by the total number of CPs achieved. - If the sum of the CPs produced is greater than the allowable 10 CP, the mean value is to be determined with the actual number of CPs achieved. Only partial weighting of a single course is not permitted. - If part of the individual services provided is not graded and therefore no average grade can be determined, the module grade for the physical focus area is to be determined by means of an oral examination (see § 5 Paragraph 4b PO B. Sc. /M. Sc. 2006). 
The number of credit points for events that are not specified in the course catalogue results from the number of SWS plus 1 additional CP for a graded individual performance.

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