Microplasmas are miniaturized plasmas which have unique properties on account of scaling laws. An important property is the ability to function at atmospheric and higher pressures. Plasmas in general have some unique properties which make them very useful in areas ranging from chemistry to communications. While traditional plasmas are bulky and cumbersome, microplasmas can be made compact, and even low power. This talk will focus on some of these unique properties of DC microplasmas, and the underlying physics behind scaling. A few demonstrative applications from my own research will be discussed. Finally I will discuss some current trends and emerging areas in this area.
Dr.Bhaskar Mitra completed his B.Tech M.Tech Dual Degree from the EE dept, IIT Bombay in 2003. Subsequently he did his Ph.D. from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2008 in the area of Microplasmas for chemical sensing applications. After his Ph.D Dr.Mitra worked briefly with Pico Cal Inc, Michigan where he developed thermal tapping-mode atomic force microscopy with polymer cantilevers. Since Nov 2008 he has been with the Biomedical Engineering department of Rutgers University, NJ where he developed a microsystem for evaluating allergy response. He also implemented a microuidic chip for evaluating chemotaxis in dendritic cells.