On May 7th the team met again at the University of Vienna to see how the M.Sc. project was progressing. Margarete Dräger from SBI in Hollabrunn and Rune Ingels from N2 Applied in Norway were received by Stud Techn. Roman Koller and Professor Laimer. The main subject on the agenda was the results of the high speed camera videos of the arc movement at various pressures and the effect of varying the current and power applied to the arc.
The scope and key tasks of the M.Sc. thesis should by now be narrowed down to some key questions related to the main challenges. It was clear that the spectroscopy analysis require extensive studies of relevant books and articles. Air plasma is not so simple to see through, literally speaking. Support and guidance from Professor Laimer will be required. The team was able to use Professor Laimer’s knowledge to fill in possible gaps between modeling and the reality of plasma behavior.
The M.Sc. task is now probably in its most difficult phase. There is enough knowledge to see the challenges and raise the questions, but the nature of the answers gives just new questions and new possibilities. It became apparent that a M.Sc. is a short and limited task in the perspective of developing a new technology.