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Prof. Maria C. Garcia, University of Cordoba (Spain)
Dates of visit: January-July 2012
Optical Emission Spectroscopy and Microwave Plasmas
Prof. Maria C. Garcia of the Dept. Fisica Aplicada at the University of Cordoba (Spain) is finishing 6 months in Ann Arbor as a MIPSE visitor. Prof. Garcia’s field of research is optical emission spectroscopy and microwave plasmas. During the first three months of her stay, she collaborated with Prof. Max Shtein’s research group (Material Sciences and Engineering) on investigations of hollow-cathode plasma sputtering sources for thin film deposition with applications in photovoltaics. Prof. Garcia implemented optical emission spectroscopy (OES) diagnostics on the deposition reactor to help clarify the plasma parameters controlling the deposition process.
Maria Garcia at John Foster's lab.
During the second half of her stay, Prof. Garcia is collaborating with the research group of Prof. John Foster (Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences). In this research, plasmas are being produced in bubbles in liquids, with applications to water purification and materials processing. Using time resolved OES diagnostics, Prof. Garcia is helping determine plasma species densities and temperatures in these non-equilibrium, multiphase systems.