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The Plasma & Coatings Physics group is a division at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM)Linköping University, Sweden. Our overall goal is to contribute towards addressing challenges of contemporary materials science and technology through the synthesis of novel films and nanomaterials.


Research highlights

High ionization degree of carbon

A strategy that facilitates a substantial increase of carbon ionization in magnetron sputtering discharges is presented. It is based on increasing the electron temperature in a high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge by using Neon as the sputtering gas.


Entrepreneurial prize to Ulf Helmersson

Ulf have been selected to be "the entrepreneurial researcher of the year" (2013) at Linköping University by the Innovation Office.

Kostas Sarakinos becomes a docent (Associate Professor)

On Wednesday, November 28, 2012, Kostas gave his docent lecture and he can now title himself an associate professor

A large KAW grant to Ulf Helmersson

A consortium lead by Ulf Helmersson is granted SEK 15 336 000 for "Designed Nanoparticles by Pulsed Plasmas" by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation. The funding is for two years and can be extended to five years after certain requirements being met.

Highly read & Cited Articles

Highly cited

In Surface and Coatings Technologythe group has papers in the first and tenth places of the list of most cited articles since 2009! 

In JVST A the article "High power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge" is number nine in the list of most cited 2011-2012 papers during 2013.


Most read

High power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge, J. Vac. Technol. A, 30, 030801 (2012) was the 15th most downloaded in the journal during March 2013.


Highly cited articles

A novel pulsed magnetron sputter technique utilizing very high target power densities. Rank 5 of 17,136 (all years) in Surf. Coat. Technol.

Ionized physical vapor deposition (IPVD): A review of technology and applications. Rank 27 of 36,894 (all years) in Thin Solid Films.

Growth of single-crystal TiN/VN strained-layer superlattices with extremely high mechanical hardness. Rank 126 of 104,266 (all years) in J. Appl. Phys.



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Last updated: 2013-12-02