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3rd US Low Temperature Plasma Summer School, 2024


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The 3rd United States Low Temperature Plasma Summer School (USLTPSS) will be held June 24-28, 2024, on the campus of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. The USLTPSS is intended to provide an opportunity for graduate students and researchers new to the low temperature (LTP) field to be immersed in the fundamentals and applications of LTPs for one week and to learn from leading researchers in their field.


Summer School Schedule (PDF)

The topics for the Summer School will include:

  • Introduction to Plasmas
  • Low Pressure Plasmas
  • High Pressure Plasmas
  • Magnetized Collisional Plasmas
  • Plasma Kinetics
  • Plasma Chemistry
  • Thermal Plasmas
  • Dusty Plasmas
  • Plasma Sources and Power Design
  • Fluid Modeling
  • Diagnostics
  • Plasma Medicine
  • Environmental and Agricultural Applications
  • Plasma Aided Combustion and Flow Control
  • High Pressure Materials Processing
  • Energy Applications of Plasmas
  • Special Session on Plasma Materials Processing for Semiconductor Fabrication
    • Etching
    • Deposition
    • Feature Scale
    • Machine Learning and Process Control

Poster Session

The attendees will have an option to present a poster on their own research. The poster session will be on Monday evening (please see details in the schedule above). Please bring your printed poster with you. Poster boards are 4 feet wide and 3 feet high. Push-pins will be provided.

Tours, Demos and Moose-Zapdos Training

On Wednesday afternoon, we have several options for hands on demonstrations, tours and training on low temperature plasma (please see details below). The sessions will be held on the UM North campus. You will soon be invited to sign up for your preferred session.

Low Temperature Plasma Measurements – Langmuir Probe

One of the most widely used diagnostics in the field of low temperature plasma (LTP) physics is the Langmuir probe, first introduced by Irving Langmuir, the founder of modern plasma physics. The Langmuir probe is used throughout plasma science as a means to obtain basic plasma data such as electron density, ion density, the floating electrical potential, electron temperature and electron energy distribution. The probe itself is an electrically biased wire immersed in a plasma and collected current (I) is measured as a function of applied voltage (V). This I-V characteristic curve can then to related to the plasma properties. In this hands-on demonstration laboratory, you will generate a neon DC glow discharge plasma on which you will use a Langmuir probe to obtain an I-V characteristic curve and analyze it to get plasma properties. You will also have the opportunity to estimate the ionization potential of neon.

  • Location: Cooley Laboratory, room 1958, 2355 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (UM North Campus)
  • Session length: 45 minutes
  • 6 Students/session:
    • Session 1: 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
    • Session 2: 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
    • Session 3: 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
  • Point of contact: Chelsea Tischler (chemay@umich.edu)

Tour and Demonstrations of the Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion laboratory

Participants will receive a tour of the Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory, one of the leading academic centers in the world for researching advanced forms of in-space propulsion. The tour will highlight on-going work related to Hall thrusters, magnetic nozzles, and pulsed plasma thrusters. There also will be a demonstration of a table top Hall thruster in operation.

  • Location: 1919 Green Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (UM North Campus)
  • Session length: 45 minutes
  • 20 Students/session:
    • Session 1: 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
    • Session 2: 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
  • Point of contact: Eric Viges (eviges@umich.edu)

Demonstration and Training on the MOOSE/Zapdos MultiPhysics Plasma Modeling Software

This workshop will be a hands on demonstration of plasma simulation software Zapdos developed in the MOOSE framework. Software will be preinstalled and tested on lab computers at the University Michigan and students will reproduce a series of 0D and 1D simulations of low temperature plasmas to learn how to do plasma simulation in the MOOSE multi physics framework. A two-fluid (electron and ion) drift diffusion model will be used to study low temperature plasma simulation including plasma formation, steady state operating conditions, and chemistry tracking.

  • Location: GG Brown Laboratory (GGBL), room 2517, 2350 Hayward St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (UM North Campus)
  • Session length: 3 hours
  • Session time: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • 47 available seats
  • Point of contact: Prof. Steven Shannon (scshanno@ncsu.edu)

Tour of NSF ZEUS Laser Facility

ZEUS is a recently opened laser facility designed to investigate interactions of high power lasers with plasmas. The name ZEUS (Zettawatt-Equivalent Ultrashort pulse laser System) refers to the interaction of a PetaWatt laser pulse colliding with a GeV energy electron beam. This geometry provides the equivalent of a “Zettawatt” power laser interaction (1021 Watts) in the rest frame of the electron beam. It will consequently allow exploration of fundamental yet unanswered questions regarding non-linear quantum electrodynamics in relativistic plasmas, including non-perturbative quantum radiation reaction and electron-positron pair production mechanisms. The tours will start with short videos about the facility (history, flythrough) followed by a tour of the facility (target areas and our experimental control room).

  • Location: Carl A. Gerstacker Building, 2200 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (UM North Campus)
  • Session length: 30 minutes
  • 8 Students/session:
    • Session 1: 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    • Session 2: 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
    • Session 3: 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
    • Session 4: 5:45 pm – 6:15 pm
  • Point of contact: Elizabeth Oxford (oxforda@umich.edu)


UM Central campus

  • Lectures: Auditorium 3 (room 1200), Modern Languages Building, 812 E. Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
  • Poster session (Monday evening): Hussey Room (2nd floor), Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
  • Banquet (Thursday evening): Assembly Hall (4th Floor), Rackham Building, 915 E. Washington Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

UM North campus

  • Tours and demos (TBD).


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Summer School locations on UM Central campus


UM housing

Dormitory: UM North Quadrangle, 105 S. State St., Ann Arbor, 48109.

For attendees who are staying in the UM dormitory, the accommodations will begin on Sunday, June 23, and end on Friday, June 28 (unless you have made arrangements to stay later.) Check-in time is from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Check-out time is 12:00 pm (noon). If you arrive late in the evening, you will need to call the evening attendant (procedure to be provided later).


For those of you who will not stay in dormitories, there are several nearby hotels. Those marked with *** are walking distance to all events. For those not within walking distance, we recommend Uber/Lyft rather than on-campus parking.

Application Process

The application portal is now closed. Admission decisions have been communicated to applicants.

Please direct questions to Prof. Mark J. Kushner, usltpss-central@umich.edu.

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The Summer School is offered in collaboration with Project ASPIRE of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

The Summer School is supported by the US National Science Foundation.

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