- Published on 04 February 2022
Guest Editors: Michael Brunger, Holger Kersten and Jose L Lopez.
Submissions are invited for a Topical Issue of EPJ D on Electron-Driven Processes from Single Collisions to High-Pressure Plasmas.
Kurt Becker has had a long and remarkable research career that spans from the early 1980s to the present. At the core of all of his work were electron-driven and electron-initiated processes. Throughout his career, the study of electron-molecule collisions played a central role, particularly the measurement and calculation of electron ionization cross sections with molecules and free radicals of technological importance. His early work also dealt with elucidating the role of spin-dependent interactions in electron-atom collisions.
In the 1990s, Prof. Becker was one of the early researchers who studied microplasmas, i.e. plasmas where at least one critical dimension is below 1mm. A main focus of his interest was on (micro)plasmas generated and sustained at atmospheric-pressure. Together with his colleague, the late Professor Erich Kunhardt, he obtained several patents for a novel design of a Capillary Plasma Electrode Discharge (CPED) plasma source. These patents formed the basis of two startup companies in the late 1990s. This experience formed the basis for his ensuing interest in innovation and entrepreneurship, in exploring ways to leverage breakthroughs in fundamental science and in engineering to develop new products, devices, and processes that address important societal problems. However, throughout his scientific career, Professor Becker's main focal point remained the study of electron-driven and electron-initiated processes from studies under single-collision conditions to the investigation of the complex environment in high-pressure plasmas.
This Special Topical Issue of the European Physics Journal D (EPJ D) seeks to honor Kurt Becker, who served as Editor-in-Chief for the journal from 2010 to 2016, on his 70th birthday. The Guest Editors seek a broad range of original manuscripts that encompass the area of (i) electron-molecular collisions, (ii) electron-atom collisions, particularly electron-photon coincidence studies in rare gases, (iii) Low temperature plasma research, and (iv) science innovation and entrepreneurship in a university ecosystem.
The topical issue is now open for submission of contributions. Original research papers, review articles, and white paper/roadmap articles are all welcomed. We invite contributors to communicate their intention to submit manuscripts for this Topical Issue to the Guest Editors as soon as possible. Please provide the tentative title of the paper and a short abstract. The full manuscripts should be submitted before the deadline directly to the EPJ D Editorial Office at https://www.editorialmanager.com/epjd/
Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the Topical Issue on “Electron-Driven Processes from Single Collisions to High-Pressure Plasmas”. Papers will be published continuously and will appear as soon as accepted on the journal website. The electronic version of the Topical Issue will contain all accepted papers in the order of publication. All submitted papers will be refereed according to the usual high standards of the journal. More information about EPJ D, including instructions for authors is available here.
EPJ D is a hybrid journal offering Open Access publication via the Open Choice programme and a growing number of Springer Compact “Publish and Read” arrangements which enable authors to publish OA at no direct cost (all costs are paid centrally).