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Low-temperature Plasma Science & Technology - PHY00039M

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  • Department: Physics
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. James Dedrick
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

The module seeks to extend student knowledge of low temperature and technological plasma with a view to equipping them for research in these areas. Some of the material will reinforce and revise undergraduate physics topics which may be important for students not proceeding to fusion work.

Module learning outcomes

Distinguish between plasmas in thermal equilibrium and non-thermal plasmas

Discuss electron and ion dynamics in low-temperature plasmas

Describe chemical kinetics and plasma surface interactions in low-temperature plasmas

Academic and graduate skills

Students will obtain an understanding and an ability to apply knowledge in the above topics to research issues.

The topics cover a broad range of physics and so will serve to broaden and revise some undergraduate physics not covered elsewhere in the MSc.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 14
Online Exam
Low-temperature Plasma Science
N/A 86

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Low-temperature Plasma Science
N/A 86

Module feedback

Students will receive module marks after the examination board in week 10 summer terms. Model answers to the questions are posted online after the examinations. Problem assignments will be marked during the spring term and returned to students within two weeks of the submission deadline.

Indicative reading

Plasma Dynamics, Dendy RO, OUP (1990).

The Physics of Plasmas, Boyd & Sanderson, Cambridge University Press (2003)

Physics of Radio-Frequency Plasmas, Pascal Chabert and Nicholas Braithwaite, Cambridge University Press (2011)

Principles of Plasma Discharges and materials processing, Lieberman M and Lichtenberg A 2nd edn., New York: Wiley (2005)

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