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Masaryk University
Faculty of Science
Kotlarska 2
611 37 Brno
Czech Republic
(+420) 549 498 677
[nanocontact    physics.muni.cz]


Masaryk University

Department of Physical Electronics

Research activities: 

The main purpose of the Department of Physical Electronics are research and application of low-temperature plasmas and ionized gases, which are studied from a theoretical and from a practical point of view. The focus is placed mainly on the study and application of plasma chemical reactions in non-isothermic low temperature plasma and on plasma interaction with surfaces of various materials.

Research activities are divided into the following groups:

  1. Plasma deposition and characterization of materials
    The team is deals with the plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) of various thin films and nanostructures, plasma enhanced surface modification, i.e. deposition of organo-silicon plasma polymers and hard carbon film(diamond-like amorphous carbon film - DLC, the DLC with different admixtures such as SiOx or nitrogen, and nanocrystalline diamond films).
  2. Plasma diagnostics and elementary process in plasma
    One of the group's main research themes is the development of plasma diagnostics using optical, electromagnetic and corpuscular methods. Basic research addresses the following: understanding of plasma chemistry in molecular gases including kinetics models; electromagnetic properties of plasma, higher harmonics, plasma-wave interactions; short time phenomena - streamer modeling, high power pulsed microwave discharges; and fundaments of plasma spectroscopy, line profiles, spatio-temporal evolutions.
    They are also involved in the development of industrial plasma process monitoring and in optimization of plasma parameters for particular biological and chemical applications.
  3. Atmospheric discharge
    This team carries out experimental and theoretical studies of highly-nonequilibrium atmospheric-pressure plasmas. In addition, they study the physical mechanisms of surface dielectric barrier discharges (corona), pulse underwater discharges, and stabilization of atmospheric-pressure glow discharge (APGD), related phenomenas.
  4. General physics and didactics
    This group provide education of future secondary school teachers (M.Sc.program). In addition, we organize seminars and educational courses for secondary shool teachers and lectures for secondary school students. Laboratory of Young Physicists for talented students and annual one week seminars are organized at the department. Our popularization activities for the public are done in cooperation with the museums in Brno.

Applied Research Topics:

  • Development of non-equilibrium plasma sources for in-line applications
  • Modification of materials with low added value (such as textiles, glass, paper, wood)
  • The development of atmospheric plasma sources for medical applications
  • The development of atmospheric plasma jet ("plasma pencil")
  • The development of atmospheric plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (APECVD)
  • The development of plasma sources for generation of excimer radiation
  • Protective coatings on plastics
  • Metal coating for tribological applications
  • Sensors based on carbon nanotubes
  • Thin films for biomedical applications


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