The Department of Applied Physics (FirW17) consists of three research groups:
- The research unit Plasma Technology (RUPT) focuses on the physics and applications of non-thermal or “cold” plasmas. Next to the development of innovative plasma sources for environmental, surface engineering and biomedical applications, part of the research involves fundamental studies on underwater plasmas, plasma-surface interactions and microplasmas.
- The research unit Fusion studies the high temperature plasmas that are generated in magnetic confinement machines (tokamaks). Next to the development of plasma diagnostics, the research includes studies related to fusion technology (plasma-wall interactions).
- A third research line is situated within the field of Molecular modelling. Interactions at the nanoscale and chemical kinetics of industrial processes are being investigated by means of multiscale modelling.
The department is responsible for the physics courses in the bachelor curriculum of the Faculty of Engineering. On the European scene, the department is coordinator and one of the seven participating universities of the Erasmus Mundus Master in Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering Physics.