Research report 2011 - Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
The Plasma Crystal – 10 years of research on the International Space Station
Thomas, Hubertus M.; Morfill, Gregor E.
Theorie und Komplexe Plasmen (Gregor Morfill)
SummaryThe MPE successfully performs research on complex plasmas on the International Space Station ISS since ten years. This allows scientifically new insights in many fields of physics. More than 60 publications in refereed journals have appeared. Some results shall be presented here. This research not only has a successful history but also a promising future: the next lab PK-4 shall be launched in 2014 and for the farer future a new lab is under development. Thus, plasma crystal research might cover the whole span of life of the ISS.