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Novel Plasma Diagnostics

Submissions are invited to a Thematic Series that will be devoted to recent developments in plasma diagnostics with particular focus on emerging unconventional diagnostics. Following the scope of the journal, papers should be concerned with the principle of operation and discussion of technique, rather than focusing on data and physical interpretations. Submissions are invited on unconventional diagnostics including but not limited to:

  • Thermal probes
  • Microparticles as probes
  • Force probes
  • Electromagnetic and wave methods (e.g. multipole resonance probes)
  • Impedance probes
  • Plasma absorption probes
  • Surface wave probes
  • Plasma monitoring at atmospheric pressure
  • Mass spectroscopy, mass-energy analysis, measurements at atmospheric pressure, time dependent measurements
  • Laser absorption techniques, LIF, TALIF, intra cavity, cavity ring down, IR laser spectroscopy
  • Modern aspects of optical emission spectroscopy (OES)
  • Voltage and Current probes for RF fields
  • Measurements of plasma properties in microwave range
  • Use of ICCD in studies of the anatomy of plasmas and discharges, spatial and or temporal development
  • Detection of surface properties as a result of interaction with plasmas: charging, spectrometry, roughness, implantation, etc.
  • Diagnostics of plasma interaction with organic matter and living tissues
  • Diagnostics of plasmas and discharges in liquids and in transition regions adjacent to liquids

In addition, papers are encouraged which describe:

  • the analysis, interpretation and assessment of conventional diagnostics
  • unconventional uses of common diagnostic techniques

All papers will be subject to the usual peer review standards of the journal.


Submission guidelines

Before submission, authors should carefully read over the Instructions for Authors, which are located here. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation submission system according to the submission schedule. They should choose the correct Thematic Series in the “sections” box upon submitting. In addition, they should specify the manuscript as a submission to the “Thematic Series Novel Plasma Diagnostics” in the cover letter. All submissions will undergo initial screening by the Guest Editors for fit to the theme of the Thematic Series and prospects for successfully negotiating the review process.


Lead Guest Editor:
Dr Thomas Trottenberg
, Institut für Experimentelle und Angewandte Physik, AG PlasmaPhysik / PlasmaTechnologie, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany
trottenberg@physik.uni-kiel.de

Guest Editors:
Prof. Dr. Achim von Keudell
, Research Group Reactive Plasmas, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Achim.vonKeudell@rub.de
Prof. Zoran Petrovic (Editorial Board Member), Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Serbia
zoran@ipb.ac.rs
Dr Steven Shannon, Department of Nuclear Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
scshanno@ncsu.edu

Submissions will also benefit from the usual benefits of open access publication:

  • Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed



  1. Research article

    Analysis of passive calorimetric probe measurements at high energy influxes

    High energy influxes increase the complexity of passive calorimetric probe measurements because of an increasing temperature of the surrounding materials like the probe holder. This leads to a distinctively di...

    Thorben Kewitz, Maik Fröhlich and Holger Kersten

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2017 4:1

    Published on: 19 January 2017

  2. Research Article

    Methods of gas purification and effect on the ion composition in an RF atmospheric pressure plasma jet investigated by mass spectrometry

    The analysis of the ion chemistry of atmospheric pressure plasmas is essential to evaluate ionic reaction pathways during plasma-surface or plasma-analyte interactions. In this contribution, the ion chemistry ...

    Simon Große-Kreul, Simon Hübner, Simon Schneider, Achim von Keudell and Jan Benedikt

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2016 3:6

    Published on: 2 September 2016