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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 2017

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

Atmospheric-pressure air plasams and air plasma ramparts

Becker, K. H. & Kunhardt, E. E. Jan 16 2015 ICOPS/BEAMS 2014 - 41st IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science and the 20th International Conference on High-Power Particle Beams. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 7012487

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

atmospheric pressure
ionization cross sections