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Kurt Becker

Vice Dean for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

1978 …2018
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Kurt Becker is an international expert in the areas of the experimental and theoretical study of electron-driven processes in plasmas. He was part of a group of pioneering scientists who determined the ionization cross sections for atoms and molecules, which are critical to understanding the charge carrier formation in plasmas.

Honors and Awards

1982, Dr. Eduard-Martin Prize for Excellence in Research from the Vereinigung der Freunde der Universität des Saarlandes, Germany 1982-83, Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany 1992, Election to Fellowship in the American Physical Society 2001, Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award (with E. E. Kunhardt) from the Research and Development Council of New Jersey 2007, Honorary Professorship, Leopold Franzens Universität Innsbruck, Austria

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, American Physical Society Member, IEEE Member, German Physical Society Member, Materials Research Society

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Research Output 1978 2018

25 years of microplasma science and applications: A status report

Becker, K., Jan 1 2018, p. 5-9. 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Guest Editorial Special Issue on Plenary, Invited Selected Minicourse Papers from ICOPS 2017

Lopez, J. L., Becker, K., Dasgupta, A. & Zhu, W. D., Jun 1 2018, In : IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science. 46, 6, p. 1869-1871 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

The future for plasma science and technology

Weltmann, K. D., Kolb, J. F., Holub, M., Uhrlandt, D., Šimek, M., Ostrikov, K. K., Hamaguchi, S., Cvelbar, U., Černák, M., Locke, B., Fridman, A., Favia, P. & Becker, K., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Plasma Processes and Polymers. 1800118.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Plasma Gases
gas discharges

Microplasmas, a platform technology for a plethora of plasma applications

Becker, K., Aug 1 2017, In : European Physical Journal: Special Topics. 226, 13, p. 2853-2858 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Plasma applications