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Presentation of the laboratory - the research at the LPGP

The Laboratoire de Physique des Gaz et des Plasmas (LPGP) in Orsay, founded in the 60's, develops activities in the domains of fundamental, experimental and theoretical research.

The resulting applications are of primary interest to industry in the fields of surface processing and environment. Located in the campus of Université Paris-Sud, the LPGP is the oldest plasma physics laboratory in France. It is also one of the largest with a staff of about 75 people. The main site of the LPGP is located at the Centre Scientifique d'Orsay and one of the LPGP teams is situated at Gif-sur-Yvette in the buildings of the École Supérieure d'Électricité (SUPELEC).

The activities of LPGP cover a broad field ranging from high temperature plasmas with fields such as inertial or magnetic confinement fusion, laser plasma interaction and magnetospheric plasmas, to lower temperature, non-equilibrium plasmas. The interest of those plasmas is due to the fact that the various constituting species (electrons, ions, atoms or neutral molecules) have very different energies allowing to achieve ionization of the gaseous medium, strong reactivity of the created species and low temperature of heavy particles.



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