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Plasma-based fluorescent and arc lamps
dominate city and world-wide lighting.

Plasma Processing, Thin Film Deposition
Plasma-based LIghting Systems
Plasma Chemistry
Plasma Spray and Bulk Materials Work
Sources and Display Systems
Environmental and Health Applications
One-atmosphere Plasma Systems
Materials Synthesis
Switches, Relays, Focus, Antennas
Power Systems, Thrusters
examples - Center for Plasma-Aided Manufacturing

Plasma Technology Sites Worldwide
Corporate sites and those focused on space or fusion not listed below
    - alphabetical ordering (non-us alphabetical by country)
For corporate sites worldwide see Sites Worldwide


U.S. University Research Centers

U.S. Research Laboratories
Research Laboratories (non-U.S.)

U.S. University Research Centers with Technology Emphasis

  • Physics and Astronomy, University of California Los Angeles
    (plasma and environmental physics laboratory and HIPAS) toxic waste treatment, plasma centrifuge for radioactive materials separation, basic experiments on non-linear wave growth, beam plasma interactions, parametric instabilities, caviton collapse, RF heating, dusty plasmas, laser induced fluorescence
  • Department of Applied Science, University of California Davis
    microwave source and plasma interaction lab, advanced light source lab, microwave and millimeter wave technology
  • Fusion Energy and Pulsed Power Research, University of California at Irvine
    degradation of toxic chemicals, pulsed discharge in aerosol for waste water clean-up
  • High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory, Stanford University, California
    non-equilibrium phenomena in partially ionized plasma, plasma chemistry, plasma processing, diamond film deposition, atmospheric re-entry, plasma chemistry diagnostics, atmospheric pressure plasma CVD, IR signature masking by air plasma radiation
  • Plasma Accelerator Group, University of Southern California
    m icrowave source and plasma interaction lab, advanced light source lab,
    microwave and millimeter wave technology, laser-plasma applications
  • Center for Integrated Plasma Studies, University of Colorado
    (dusty plasma group) dusty plasma charging, lunar dust, noctilucent clouds, chondrule formation in lightning discharges, (particle accelerator group) nonlinear dynamics, application to plasma and beam physics
  • Computational Optical and Discharge Physics Group (CODPG), Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
    develops computer simulations and applications of low temperature plasmas; Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools for plasma equipment design; plasma etch, deposition, lasers, pulse power switches, toxic gas remediation, lighting, display panels, nanocrystal generation, dusty plasmas, contamination-free manufacturing
  • Dept of Physics, University of Central Florida
    accelerator physics, relativistic electron-field interactions, diamond thin film deposition, laser-produced plasmas as intense x-ray sources, laser-induced fusion, x-ray lasers
  • Waves & Fields Laboratory, George Mason University
    electron beam microwave device development, PIC code simulation, rotating wave resonators, field emission arrays (FEAs)
  • Plasma Applications Laboratory, University of Texas Dallas, Dallas, Texas
    study of semiconductor processing plasmas; extensive experience in determining plasma kinetics;
    focus on developing plasma diagnostics for semiconductor processing
  • Texas Center for Superconductivity and Advanced Materials, University of Houston
    space vacuum epitaxy, thin film materials technology
  • Elecrooptics, Lasers, and Plasmas, University of Illinois
    gaseous electronics, discharge physics, plasma-arc-driven electromagnetic railgun as ionized cluster beam deposition for thin film and nanocrystal fabrication, plasma spraying for superconducting thin films, fabrication of ultrafine particles, plasma spectroscopy, development and application of new sources of coherent radiation, electron beam excitation of semiconductor materials for laser applications, discharge physics, pulsed power, toxic gas remediation, plasma-surface interactions, computer simulations, plasma chemistry
  • Laboratory for Spectrochemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    plasma chemistry, microwave plasma torch spectrometry, plasma mass spectrometers and spectrograph, plasma modelling, scattering and laser-induced fluorescence, plasma chemistry links
    Dept of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
    dusty plasma waves and instabilities, dust-ion acoustic waves, electrostatic dust-ion cyclotron wave, dust acoustic waves, electrostatic screening, dust grain charging, growth, levitation, sputtering, astrophysical dusty plasmas, strongly-coupled dusty plasmas, dust clouds in plasmas, dust growth, dust detection by Mie scattering, computer simulation of dusty plasmas
  • Plasma Spectroscopy Group, Johns Hopkins University
    plasma spectroscopy, fusion XUV diagnostics, atomic processes in cold plasmas, plasma processing
  • Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    ion beam microfabrication, experimental plasma phyics, high power microwave generation, plasma processing, chaos and nonlinear dynamics, intense beam focusing and stability, laser plasma interactions, diagnostics, lightning simulation, beam induced chemistry, micro-machining, free electron lasers, microwave generation
  • Plasma Science & Fusion Center, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    laser-plasma interactions, gyroton oscillators and amplifiers, high gradient electron acceleration, intense beam theory, plasma technology, environmental monitoring technologies, waste treatment, plasmas for generation of hydrogen-rich gas for pollution reduction in vehicles
  • Plasma Engineering Laboratory, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
    plasma processing of integrated circuits, electron devices, electromagnetics, vacuum microwave devices plasma vapor deposition, inductively coupled plasma etching, microplasma research
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell
    plasma processing of materials, induction heating of solids, RF induction plasmas, transferred arcs, plasma spraying, thermal plasma systems, computer simulations
    (Dr. McKelliget also acts as moderator for the sci.physics.plasma newsgroup.)
  • University of Michigan Intense Energy Beam Interaction Laboratory, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    fundamental physics and technology of interactions between beams of electrons, ions, plasma, microwaves, laser light and radio frequency radiation with plasmas, materials, structures, and biological cells; the lab employs state-of-the-art high-power accelerators, lasers, high power microwave sources, and diagnostic instrumentation.
  • Electronic and Surface Properties of Materials, Michigan State University
    plasma and electromagnetic processing of materials and microstructure engineering, diamond synthesis, plasma processing, electromagnetic sintering of ceramic
  • High Temperature Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
    arc technology and plasma heat transfer studies, anode and cathode heat transfer investigation, modeling of plasma flow and reactions, plasma spray nozzle development, process controls for plasma and wire arc spraying, thermal plasma
    CVD of diamond and boron nitride films, synthesis of nanosized particles
  • Center for High Technology Materials, University of New Mexico
    plasma etch, diagnostics
  • Nonequilibrium Gases and Plasmas, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    plasma fabrication, electromagnetics, simulation of nonequilibrium gas flows and plasmas, electric propulsion, materials processing
  • Center for the Plasma Processing of Material, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    plasma spray and coatings, spray forming, plasma melting, compositite materials, materials and coating sythesis, destruction or recycling of waste materials, testing and characterization, diagnostics
  • Plasma Science Laboratories, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    industrial plasma engineering, interaction of microwaves and plasmas, air plasma generation, plasma simulations, microwave sources, sterilization and decontamination, environmental remediation, high energy density plasmas, one-atmosphere plasma systems research
  • Plasma Applications Laboratory, University of Texas at Dallas
    semiconductor processing discharges, diagnostics, plasma kinetics, pulsed high density plasmas
  • Applied Plasma Technology Laboratory, Old Dominion University, Newport News, Virginia
    One-atmosphere plasma systems, non-equilibrium air plasmas, decontamination/sterilization by plasmas, interaction of electromagnetic (EM) waves with plasmas, plasma-based radiation sources
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    Plasma Processing and Technology Laboratory (PPTL)
    Helically Symmetric Experiment (HSX) Plasma Lab
    Computational Electromagnetics Lab
  • Center for Plasma-Aided Manufacturing, C-PAM, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    thin and thick film deposition, plasma etching, surface modification, diagnostics, sources, sensors, modeling, control, and experimentation for plasma-aided manufacturing; plasma Source Ion Implantation (PSII) process to improve wear, corrosion, and electronic characteristics of material surface


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    U.S. Research Laboratories with Technology Emphasis
  • Argonne Wakefield Accelerator, Argonne National Laboratory
    laser-plasma wakefield particle accelerator research
  • Plasma Spectroscopy Group
    Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland
    plasma spectroscopy, XUV diagnostics, collisional-radiative modeling of highly ionized-high Z atoms (iron to uranium), atomic processes in cold plasma; (RTDC) aerodynamic flows in weakly ionized plasma environments and drag reduction
  • Army Research Laboratory ARL
    weapons and materials research, sensors and electron devices
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York
    plasma valve for fast vacuum-air separation, plasma window, and electron beam welding
  • Defense Sciences Office, DARPA
    thin film coatings, environmental technologies
  • Defense Sciences Engineering Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    power and pulser technology, fast pulse development, pulsed plasma processing, pollutant removal for effluent gases and toxic chemicals, pulsed power, plasma torches, hazardous waste remediation, metallurgical processing, materials synthesis, surface coatings
  • Plasma Physics Applications Group, Applied Physics Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    contamination and uniformity control in plasma-processing tools, plasma source ion implantation, plasma nozzle flow control, intense ion beams for materials processing, accelerated plasmas and intense ion beams for commercial processing, metal-ion implantation/deposition using cathodic arcs
  • Photovoltaic & Space Environment Effects, NASA Glenn Research Center
    space plasma environmental effects, high voltage space power system interactions, arc suppression, plasma source testing, solar array plasma environment testing, sputtering, arcing and current-collection testing, insulating and coatings plasma compatibility testing, electron beam and sputtering of metals and insulators for coatings and electrical contacts
  • The Electric Propulsion Laboratory, NASA Glenn Research Center
    electric propulsion systems, resistojets, arcjets, ion thrusters, Hall effect thrusters, pulsed plasma thrusters, space environment simulation chambers
  • NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland
    (physics/atomic physics) Plasma Radiation (physics/ion storage) Penning traps and non-neutral plasmas, (physics/materials physics and chemistry) semiconductor deposition plasmas, plasma etch (materials science & engineering) thin film processing (electromagnetic technology/semiconductor electronics) thin film process metrology (Chemistry/chemical science/process measurements/high temperature) spray combustion
  • Plasma Physics Division, Naval Research Laboratory
    laser plasma, beam physics, nonlinear plasma dynamics, plasma spectroscopy, strongly coupled and degenerate plasmas, high power laser development, compact accelerator using relativistic klystron concept, microwave sources, lighting, plasma processing, fast radar, diagnostics, electron beam generators, beam propagation, high energy density plasmas, high-power switching, plasma opening switch, high power pulsed systems and loads, ultra high field laser-plasma interactions, high frequency microwave research, coherent radiation sources (gyrotrons, cyclotron masers, free electron lasers), laser-plasma driven accelerators, electromagnetic launcher experiments, helicopter charging analyses, agile mirror radar beam director, electrodeless discharge lamps
  • Advanced Technology Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST Gaithersburg, MD
    plasma technologies - in-house laboratories; external funding - Advanced Technology Program (ATP)
  • Fusion Energy Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    plasma processing, spectroscopy, diagnostics, fabrication of microelectronic devices, plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PE CVD) films, RF and microwave technology
  • Plasma Science & Technology at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
    plasma processing of materials, plasma chemistry, thin film deposition, etching, cleaning and oxidizing surfaces, semiconductor fabrication, diagnostics


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    Research Laboratories (non-U.S.) with Technology Emphasis (alphabetical by country)
  • PLASMATECH, European Commission
    The European network for plasma technology research applications in the fields of Textile, Food, Health, and Environment.
  • Plasma Research Laboratory, Australian National University
    plasma processing, pulsed plasma, reactive evaporation
  • Plasma Physics Group, University of Sydney
    plasma welding, plasma centrifuge for separation of isotopes for medicine and tracer applications, diamond project for diamond film growth using microwave plasma discharges, experiments: diamond synthesis reactor
  • Plasma Instrumentation Laboratory, University of Canberra
    plasma processing, automatic computer control of plasma processing
  • Manufacturing & Infrastructure Technology, Joining and Thermal Processing, Plasma Processing Manufacturing Systems, Plasma Control, CSIRO, Australia
    plasma generating equipment, plasma smelting, plasma spraying, plasma forming (spheroidising), chemical processing at high temperatures, waste conversion and destruction, plasma process control and automated manufacturing systems
  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Sydney, Australia
    plasma immersion ion implantation
  • Surface and Plasma Technology, Technical University of Vienna
    pulsed DC plasmas for plasma nitriding of surfaces and film deposition, plasma chemistry, diamond deposition
  • Atomic and Plasma Physics, Technical University of Vienna
    capillary-discharge plasmas for XUV-laser, diagnostics
  • Belgian Forum for Plasma Science, Brussels, Ghent, Leuven, Antwerp
    cold and hot plasma applications, glow discharges (Ghent)
  • Department of Applied Physics, Ghent University, Gent, Belgium
    industrial plasmas, especially non-thermal high-pressure plasmas; plasma sources for gas treatment, sterilization and high power lasers; fusion plasma research through Trilateral Euregio Cluster (TEC)
  • Plasma, Laser Ablation, and Surface Modeling, University of Antwerp, Belgium
    glow discharge plasma modeling and diagnostics
  • INRS - Energy, Materials and Telecommunications [one of 7 research centers of the Intitut National de la Recherche (INRS) within the Universite du Quebec] Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
    laser-materials interaction, ion implantation, surface and interface science, fusion
  • Plasma Technology Research Centre, Universite de Sherbrooke, McGill Univ., Canada
    thermal plasmas for material treatment, chemical synthesis, extractive metallurgy and toxic waste destruction; specific areas include design and development of plasma furnaces and torches, transfer phenomena and reaction kinetics, process development and design of plasma reactors for thin film and diamond film deposition, metallurgy, mechanical alloying, fusion of dross, minerals treatment, industrial waste valorization and toxis waste destruction, plasma chemistry conferences
  • Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
    dedicated to basic and applied research in industrial coating applications; conducts both analytic and experimental research in thermal spray coatings including atmospheric plasma spray systems
  • Electromagnetics, Photonics, and Plasmas (EPP), University of Alberta
    electromagnetic interactions, laser plasma interactions, laser plasma theory
  • Physics Department, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada
    plasma diagnostics, etching of materials, HF plasma design and modeling for surface treatment, especially polymer and diamond thin film deposition
  • Laboratory of Michael Blades, University of British Columbia, Canada
    plasma chemistry, capacitively coupled plasmas, ion trap mass spectrometry
  • Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies, University of Toronto, Canada
    fundamental and applied research in industrial coatings applications
  • High-Field Physics and Ultrafast Technology Laboratory, Academia Sinica, China
    Laser-plasma particle accelerator, plasma nonlinear optics, high-field and x-ray laser technology
  • Institute of Plasma Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague
    plasma chemistry, plasma spraying, plasma decomposition, plasmas for materials research, one-atmosphere chemically active non-equilibrium plasma flows
  • Physics Dept, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic
    plasma discharge
  • Applied Optics Group, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
    plasma spraying, diagnostics for high temperature and pressure, diamond film CVD
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris, France
    plasma processing, thin film deposition, laser plasmas, plasma lighting, quark-gluon plasma
  • Centre de Physique des Plasmas et Applications de Toulouse, Universite Paul Sabatier
    cold plasmas, modeling non-equilibrium plasmas, thermal plasmas and radiation, kinetics in rare gases, photon sources (lamps, lasers, plasma display panels), reactive species sources (for surface treatment or destruction of noxious molecules), charged particle sources (electron or ion beams, for surface treatment, propulsion), plasma based switches
  • Research Group on Energetics of Ionized Gases G.R.E.M.I., Universite d'Orleans, Orleans, France
    surface treatment, laser ablation, etching, plasma sputtering, dusty plasmas, pulsed discharge, x-ray sources, plasma thrusters, plasma spectroscopy, switching arcs, plasma chemistry, dielectric barrier discharges, gas pollution treatment
  • Center for Energy and Processes: Energy and Innovation Technologies, Ecole des Mines de Paris, Sophia Antipolis Site
    plasmas for hydrocarbon conversion, arc zone studies, hydrodynamic modeling
  • Laboratoire de Physique des Milieux Ionises, Universite Henri Poincare, Nancy (French only)
    plasma processing, semiconductor processing
  • Laboratoire Utilisation des Lasers Intenses, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, France (French only)
    laser-plasma interactions, ultra-fast plasmas, laser plasma particle acceleration
  • Lehrstuhl fur Experimentelle Plasmaphysik Universitat Augsburg Augsburg, Germany microwave and high-frequency plasmas, diagnostics, plasmas and chemical erosion
  • Center for Plasma Science and Technology, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum Bochum, Germany
    application-oriented plasma physics, low-temp. plasmas in reactive gases, plasma-surface interactions, thin film deposition, fusion wall conditioning, high-frequency and microwave discharges, plasma spectroscopy, plasma-ion-mass-spectroscopy, wave propagation and absorption, fluctuations, light scattering, Mie-ellipsometry, laser and plasma physics, exploding wire, capillary discharge, laser plasmas, micro pinch, theta pinch, vacuum sparc, light scattering in plasmas, IR-absorption spectroscopy for plasma diagnostics
  • Institute of Physics, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald, Germany
    low-temperature plasma physics, theory of dense plasmas,
    plasma chemistry, plasma processing, diagnostics, rf, hollow-cathode and other gas discharges
  • Interfacial Technology, Fraunhofer IGB, Fraunhofer Institute Center, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany
    plasma technology, plasma chemistry, plasma cleaning, modification of polymer surfaces, textile treatment, plasma coatings, metal surface purification, scratch resistant coatings, tables of advantages and applications for plasma produced layers
  • Institute for Laser and Plasma Physics, Heinrich-Heine Universitat, Dusseldorf, Germany
    arcs, cleaning of engine exhaust by microwave discharge, nanoparticle synthesis using inductively coupled plasmas, plasma materials processing, XUV source from pulsed CO2 laser plasma, arcs, diagnostics, laser-induced plasmas
  • Plasma Technology Laboratory, University of Patras, Greece
    plasma chemistry, plasma surface interactions, sources and tools, modeling, diagnostics,
    plasma enhanced deposition (PECVD)
  • Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar, India
    plasma processing, plasma nitriding reactor for case hardening, plasma polymerisation and metallurgy, metal recovery, synthesis, surface engineering, plasma pyrolysis for hospital waste disposal,
    fusion plasmas, steady-state superconducting Tokamak (SST-1)
  • Laser Plasma Division, Center for Advanced Technology, Indore, India
    hot, dense laser-produced plasma, plasma hydrodynamics, self-generated fields
  • Electrical Discharge and Plasma Laboratory, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
    vacuum arc deposition for thin films and metallurgical coatings, corona, discharge applications in forensic science, Kirlian (corona discharge imaging) photo gallary, Arcs and Sparks photo gallery
  • Institute for Chemical and Physical Processes, Pisa, Italy
    electromagnetic wave propagation in plasmas, plasma processing, medical and biological laser interactions, intense sources for X-ray microscopy and microlithography
  • Plasma & Polymer Research Group, University of Bari, Italy
    Research and graduate training in various cold plasma and thermal plasma applications: vapor-resistant barrier films, teflon-like films, corrosion protection, anti-mould, anti-algae, and antibacterial coatings, and hemocompatible coatings for biomedicine; dry-etching with low environmental impact; thermal plasma techniques toxic waste destruction.
  • Plasma Research Center, University of Tsukuba, Kawabe, Japan
    non-equilibrium plasmas, chaotic phenomena, plasma based neutron sources, plasma-solid surface interactions, environmental plasma technologies (especially dissociation of CFC and dioxin gases), plasma light sources, organic thin film for future computers, lead battery enhancement
  • Laboratory of Plasma, Laser, and Computational Electromagnetism (LaPlace), Kyushu Institute of Technology
    spacecraft plasma environmental interaction, gas insulation, electromagnetic compatibility
  • Plasma Laboratory, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
    flat panel display development, (phys. educ.) plasma and RF devices (Gun-Sik Park)
  • Physics Dept, Plasma Research Laboratory University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    pulsed capillary discharge, flash x-ray tube and pulsed electron beam source, low-temperature plasmas, including glow, RF, microwave and corona discharges, plasma opening switches, experiments: plasma opening switch, plasma focus
  • Plasma Physics and Radiation Technology, Eindhoven University, The Netherlands
    [Equilibrium and Transport in Plasmas(ETP Group)] fast tomography on plasmas, deposition, incineration gases analyses, high-intensity atom source, inductively coupled plasmas (ICP), lighting plasmas
    [Elementary Processes in GasDischarges (EPG Group)] dusty plasmas - coulomb crystals, Mie scattering ellipsometry, coating/etching of particles suspended in plasmas etching/depositing plasmas, plasma display panels, corona discharges - removal of chemical contaminations in waters
  • Institute of Applied Physics, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
    plasma electrodynamics, nonlinear processes, high-power electronics, laser-plasma interactions
  • Institute of RadioEngineering & Electronics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
    electromagnetism and Antennas, Laser Physics and Nonlinear Optics, thin film technology
    space radio science
  • Division of Plasma Physics, Alfven Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
    electromagnetics (antennas), electrophysics (electron accelerators, plasma technology)
  • Dept of Plasma Physics, Comenius
  • Plasma Physics Research Center (CRPP) of Switzerland, Lausanne, Switzerland
    plasma processing, silicon deposition for photovoltaics, diamond and cubic boron nitride deposition, powder in low temperature, low-pressure plasmas
  • Plasma Physics Group, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
    laser wakefield accelerators, short-pulse laser solid interactions
  • Oxford Plasma Physics and Pulsed Power Group, Oxford, United Kingdom
    dusty plasmas, double layers, capacitively and inductively coupled RF plasmas
  • Surface Science Laboratory, University of Durham, Durham, United Kingdom
    focused on the understanding and design of functional surfaces; plasma deposition, surface treatment, metallization, polymerized fluoropolymer film, organic polymeric substrates, etc.
  • CVD Diamond Group, School of Chemistry, Bristol University, UK
    plasma chemistry, semiconductor materials dry etching, diamond thin film etching

    Corporate sites not listed above.
    See numerous corporate and other sites in Sites Worldwide)


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