PKP team investigates free electron kinetics self-consistently coupled with state-to-state chemical kinetics and with radiation transport in plasmas of interest for aerospace (shock waves, wind tunnels, MHD) energy and environment (nuclear fusion, plasma assisted combustion, CO2 activation and conversion) and of fundamental properties of gas discharges in different regimes.
This activity is strictly connected to the derivation of complete sets of cross sections of electron impact induced processes, using quantum and semiclassical approaches.
Moreover, part of the research activity is focused on thermal plasmas (LTE) calculating thermodynamic and traspor properties of complex mixtures such as those of interest for the atmosphere of solar planets, laser induced plasmas, plasma torches, astrophysical dense plasmas.
In this context, determination of internal structure of atoms and molecules and of collision integrals (transport cross sections) for binary collisions between heave species allows to derive the fundamental information to characterize thermal plasmas, accounting for exotic chemical systems.
In the theoretical investigation some efforts are devoted to explore new computational techniques (GPGPU) annd to develop innovative and high-performance algorithms.