1 February 2019
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In recent years, turbulence research was invigorated by the application of methods from statistical mechanics, with increasing evidence pointing to describing the transition to turbulence as a so-called directed percolation process. However, in typical experiments on this transition, tracer particles are used that make a visualization of the flow possible. We will use experiments with ‘’complex plasmas’’ to study this transition on the level of the constitutive particles. Complex plasmas consist of an ionized gas – a plasma – in which micrometer-sized particles are embedded. The microparticles acquire strong charges and interact with each other via a plasma-mediated potential. The system formed by them often can be considered a model system, showing many of the same effects as, for instance, ordinary fluids. The microparticles, however, are large and slow enough that their dynamics can be observed by recording their positions with a fast camera and tracing them from frame to frame. In the ground laboratory gravity often disturbs the system. This is why our group at the DLR Institute of Materials Physics in Space is running the complex plasma laboratory PK-4 on board the International Space Station.
Your PhD will focus on experiments on the transition to turbulence and other collective effects in a complex plasma. You will collaborate closely with a young research team that combines experiments, simulations and data analysis, and design, conduct and analyze experiments in the ISS laboratory, as well as use and extend the ground setup. Your tasks include
Please apply until 31 January 2019.
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Dr Mierk Schwabe
Institute of Materials Physics in Space
Phone: +49 8153 28-4239