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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Plasma Science and Technology
Module Code PS406
School School of Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Paul Swift
Semester 2: Deborah O'Connell
Autumn: Deborah O'Connell
Module TeachersPaul Swift
Albert Ellingboe
Deborah O'Connell
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

The purpose of this module is to provide students an overview of the fundamental principles that govern low pressure plasma discharges and a broad awareness of the current applications of plasma processing and surface analysis techniques in industry.

Learning Outcomes

1. State the fundamental properties of a plasma.
2. Relate previously introduced physical principles to that of plasmas.
3. Identify the properties of a plasma to the area of its application.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24two lectures per week
Tutorial12one tutorial per week
Assignment Completion24one assignment per week
Independent Study65studying lecture material, solving numerical problems and undertaking background reading
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Syllabus
Electromagnetic interactions in plasmas, plasma chemistry, plasma properties and generation, plasma diagnostics, plasmas in industry, vacuum technology

Electromagnetic interactions in plasmas

Plasma chemistry
plasma chemistry

Plasma properties and generation
plasma properties and generation

plasma diagnostics
Diagnostic methods for plasmas

Plasmas in industry
Industrial applications of plasmas in industry

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Short Answer QuestionsAssignments20%Every Week
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 3
Indicative Reading List

  • M. A. Lieberman and A. J. Lichtenberg: 2005, Principles of Plasma Discharges and Materials Processing, 2nd, Wiley-Interscience,
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Date of Last Revision14-AUG-09

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