Dr. Katharina Stapelmann

Dr. Katharina Stapelmann

Nuclear Engineering

Phone: 919-515-5987
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NE 732 Principles of Industrial Plasmas

3 Credit Hours

Theory and fundamental physical principles of industrial plasmas. Applications in plasma processing, plasma manufacturing technology, plasma-driven devices and plasma-aided technology. Emphasis on particle transport and plasma flow.


Introduction to Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy (NC State NE/PY 528) or equivalent.

Course Requirements

Two midterms (30% each) and one final exam (40%). The first midterm will be a conference-style poster presentation, the second midterm a conference-style oral presentation, both about a publication related to the topics discussed in class. The final exam will be a written report about an assigned publication.

Course Topics

  • Basic plasma phenomena
  • Heating mechanisms
  • Sheath dynamics
  • Basic plasma chemistry
  • Plasma reactor design considerations
  • How plasmas are used for material modifications, including:
    • Etching, Deposition, Implantation, Nitridation


Optional: Michael A. Lieberman and Allan J. Lichtenberg, Principles of Plasma Discharges and Materials Processing, John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Computer and Software Requirements

Please review minimum computer specifications recommended by NC State University and Engineering Online.

Updated: 11/16/2021