Thermal plasmas

Equilibrium (or LTE) plasmas are characterized, deriving thermodynamic, transport properties and equilibrium composition, in a wide range of pressure and temperatures, ranging from technological applications to planetary atmospheres and stellar plasmas.

atmospheres

Thermodynamics and Transport in Equilibrium Plasmas

Thermodynamic properties and equilibrium chemical composition of complex gas mixtures (Earth, Mars and Jupiter atmospheres) have been calculated in the framework of the statistical thermodynamics, exploiting a fast and stable algorithm for the solution of the chemical equilibrium composition with the hierarchical approach. A simplified model, the two-level approach, to calculate partition functions and thermodynamic properties of atomic species has been proposed, reducing the number of the true atomic states in few virtual levels through a grouping procedure.
Transport coefficients (thermal conductivity λ, viscosity η and electrical conductivity σe) for plasmas generated in the impact of space vehicles on different planetary atmospheres (Earth, Jupiter, Mars), have been derived, in the framework of the Chapman Enskog theory, considering a high-order approximation and including also minor species. The core of the calculation is represented by the characterization of binary interactions, i.e. the derivation of collision integrals, describing the microscopic dynamics. The phenomenological approach has been proposed and validated for a number of different systems, that is based on modeling the average interparticle interaction with a phenomenological potential, whose parameters can be estimated through correlation formulas from physical properties of the collisional partners. Moreover a novel efficient algorithm has been implemented based on fractal integration.
The web-access computational tool EquilTheta, that calculates chemical equilibrium product concentrations, thermodynamic and transport properties for a given mixture in wide temperature and pressure ranges, is the focus of a business plan for the creation of a CNR-UniBAS spin-off.

High-Density Plasmas

The thermodynamic properties and the electrical conductivity of non-ideal, high-density hydrogen plasma have been investigated, accounting for quantum effects due to the change in the energy spectrum of atomic hydrogen when the electron-proton interaction is considered embedded in the surrounding particles. High-density conditions have been simulated assuming a simple confined-atom model, with the atom fixed in the centre of a spherical box, or atomic hydrogen subject to a screened Coulomb potential.

Laser-induced Plasmas

Laser induced plasma, LIP, is a technique of growing interest in different fields such as material processing, diagnostic, chemical analysis and space applications (Mars Curiosity Rover). Theoretical investigations have been dedicated to verify the assumption of local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE), commonly considered for calibration-free LIBS.

  1. titanium laser-induced plume expansion
    Nanosecond laser pulsed have been used to evaporate metal and metal oxides, in different environments, such as vacuum chamber, free air and water, in this last case also simulating the bubble dynamics. The role of chemical reactions in the dynamics of plume expansion has been investigated under different assumptions, such as LTE, free flow (without reactions) and chemical kinetics.
  2. collisional-radiative (CR) model of aluminium-laser induced plasma
    A deeper analysis can be carried out by considering a collisional radiative model for atomic metals, using experimental values of plume parameters such as pressure and temperature.
  3. electron and phonon dynamics in metals
    A similar approach can be used to investigate electron and phonon gas in a solid hitted by a fs laser pulse, exciting the electrons, which relax in ps range exchanging energy with the phonon-lattice.

Fluctuations in Gases and Plasmas

Fluctuation theory describes fundamental plasma processes and also provides expressions for the spectral densities of fluctuating plasma quantities as function of the averaged distribution function. This particular outcome of the fluctuation framework constitutes the basis of a number of independent diagnostics that can be implemented in diverse plasma environments. While fluctuation theory is rigorous for collisionless fully ionized plasmas, there exist regimes where approximate methods have to be invoked. Numerical experiments, which are performed by mean of Molecular Dynamics simulations, allows us to explore such regimes which are intractable by the analytical approach.

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People

Domenico_bruno

Domenico

Bruno

CNR Researcher

gcolonnaGianpiero

Colonna

CNR Researcher

alaricchiutaAnnarita

Laricchiuta

CNR Researcher

mcapitelliMario

Capitelli

Associate Professor

ldpietanza

Lucia Daniela

Pietanza

CNR Researcher

savino_longo

Savino

Longo

Professor Associate

adangolaAntonio

D’Angola

Professor Associate

Publications

  1. D. Bruno, A. Frezzotti, G.P. Ghiroldi, Oxygen transport properties estimation by classical trajectory–direct simulation Monte Carlo, Phys. Fluids 27 057101 (2015). DOI: 10.1063/1.4921157.
  2. V. Laporta, D. Bruno, Electron-vibration energy-exchange models in nitrogen-containing plasma flows, J. Chem. Phys. 138 104319 (2013). DOI: 10.1063/1.4794690.
  3. D. Bruno, F. Esposito, V. Giovangigli, Relaxation of rotational-vibrational energy and volume viscosity in H-H2 mixtures, J. Chem. Phys. 138 084302 (2013). DOI: 10.1063/1.4792148.
  4. M. Tuttafesta, A. D’Angola, A. Laricchiuta, P. Minelli, M. Capitelli, G. Colonna, GPU and Multi-core based Reaction Ensemble Monte Carlo method for non-ideal thermodynamic systems, Computer Physics Communications, 185, 540–549, (2014); doi: 10.1016/j.cpc.2013.10.017
  5. G. Colonna, A. D’Angola, A. Laricchiuta, D. Bruno, M. Capitelli, Analytical Expressions of Thermodynamic and Transport Properties of the Martian Atmosphere in a Wide Temperature and Pressure Range, Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing, 33, 401–431, (2013); doi: 10.1007/s11090-012-9418-4
  6. G. D’Ammando, G. Colonna, M. Capitelli, A simplified approach to calculate atomic partition functions in plasmas, Physics of Plasmas, 20, 032108, (2013); doi: 10.1063/1.4794286
  7. A. V. Kosarim, B. M. Smirnov, A. Laricchiuta, M. Capitelli, Resonant charge-exchange involving excited helium atoms and reactive transport of local thermodynamic equilibrium helium plasma, Physics of Plasmas, 19, 062309, (2012); doi: 10.1063/1.4729727
  8. D. Bruno, G. Colonna, A. Laricchiuta and M. Capitelli, Reactive and internal contributions to the thermal conductivity of local thermodynamic equilibrium nitrogen plasma: The effect of electronically excited states, Physics of Plasmas, 19, 122309, (2012); doi:10.1063/1.4771689
  9. A. D’Angola, G. Colonna, A. Bonomo, D. Bruno, A. Laricchiuta, M. Capitelli, A phenomenological approach for the transport properties of air plasmas, The European Physical Journal D, 66, 205, (2012); doi: 10.1140/epjd/e2012-30147-8
  10. M. Capitelli, G. Colonna, G. D’Ammando, R. Gaudiuso, L. D. Pietanza, Physical Processes in Optical Emission Spectroscopy, Chapter in Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy in the series Springer Series in Optical Sciences, vol. 182, 31-57, (2014); doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-45085-3_2

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Loretta del Mercato, si aggiudica l'ERC STARTING GRANT 2017

Loretta del Mercato, si aggiudica  l'ERC STARTING GRANT 2017

uno dei bandi più competitivi a livello europeo.

Lecce, 6 settembre 2017 

Lo European Research Council, che promuove la ricerca di eccellenza in Europa, nei giorni scorsi ha reso noti i nomi dei 406 vincitori della selezione ERC STARTING GRANT 2017, il bando tra i più competitivi a livello internazionale.

Su 3085 progetti presentati, 406 i progetti selezionati a cui sono stati destinati i 605 i milioni di euro di investimento. 48 le nazioni di provenienza dei ricercatori, soltanto 17 gli Italiani che condurranno le loro ricerche nel nostro paese, tra cui Loretta del Mercato, ricercatrice dell'Istituto di Nanotecnologia del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche di Lecce.

Un importante riconoscimento alla ricerca nel settore della medicina di precisione condotta presso il CNR NANOTEC, un indiscusso premio al talento della giovane ricercatrice che, a 38 anni e un contratto a tempo determinato, sarà a capo del progetto "Sensing cell-cell interaction heterogeneity in 3D tumor models: towards precision medicine – INTERCELLMED".

Il progetto, il cui obiettivo è affrontare uno dei problemi più spinosi della ricerca sul cancro, ovvero la difficoltà nel trasformare i risultati delle ricerche scientifiche in applicazioni cliniche per i pazienti e che vedrà coinvolto l'Istituto tumori "Giovanni Paolo II" di Bari, si propone di sviluppare nuovi modelli in vitro 3D di tumore del pancreas, alternativi ai modelli animali, ingegnerizzati con un set di sensori nanotecnologici che consentiranno di monitorare le interazioni delle cellule tumorali con il loro micorambiente, verificare l'appropriatezza delle terapie prima della somministrazione ai pazienti oncologici e quindi prevedere la risposta dei singoli pazienti ad una o più terapie antitumorali.

La realizzazione di queste piattaforme 3D multifunzionali consentirà di superare le evidenti differenze intercorrenti tra "modelli animali" ed esseri umani fornendo dati attendibili ed in tempi più rapidi rispetto ai dati ottenuti tramite lunghi e costosi procedimenti di sperimentazione sugli animali. Le tecnologie e i modelli sviluppati saranno estesi anche ad altre forme di tumori solidi nonché impiegati per studi nell'ambito della ingegneria tissutale e della medicina rigenerativa.

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Zeiss Microscopy Technology and Complete Correlative Workflow

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Zeiss Microscopy Technology and Complete Correlative Workflow

Lecce, Italy, 2017 Wednesday July 19th 

CNR NANOTEC @ Lecce, Aula Seminari – pal. G, Piano Terra

Program - PDF

Zeiss, as microscopy technology leader, provides the unique complete imaging solution ranging from light, confocal, electron, ion and Xray modalities with a complete and straightforward correlative workflow. An overview of different technologies will be presented with a special focus on X-Rray microscopy.

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MCS 2017

International Workshop on Micropropulsion and CubeSats

Bari, Italy, 26 - 27 June 2017

Program - MSC2017

This narrow-field, invited-only meeting is the first attempt to bring together the Materials and Micropropulsion communities with a view to contribute to the development of the Global Materials and Micropropulsion Roadmap, and set such meetings to a regular basis.