Complex-system approaches to space and laboratory plasmas

For the last decades plasma science has been on the decline in the Nordic countries. One reason may be that the theoretical framework of the discipline has seen few groundbreaking developments the last thirty years. Another is that the few plasma laboratories still in operation in the Nordic countries generally use very old equipment, and recruitment of researchers to the field is poor. This is unfortunate, since plasma science is at the core of scientific areas as diverse as space and astrophysics, fusion energy and a multitude of industrial applications.

In modern science disciplines merge, disappear, and new ones emerge at an increasing pace. The decay of traditional plasma physics is therefore no catastrophe. However, plasmas continue to represent an important class of physical systems that need to studied and understood as a part of bigger scientific or technological ventures. Hence, plasma science is too important to be abandoned, but it needs modernisation.

This network is an effort to revitalise plasma science in the Nordic countries by recruiting the young generation of researchers and students to the field.

Facts about the project
Project leader

Kristoffer Rypdal, University of Tromsø, Norway