The PK4 project is a continuation of the successful PKE Nefedov experiment on board the International Space Station ISS and its successor, PK3 Plus. As with these experiments, PK4 will allow us to study complex ('dusty') plasmas (made up of ions, electrons, neutral gas and micron sized 'dust' particles) in a weightless or microgravity environment. Only under these conditions stress-free plasma crystal systems can exist and provide us with unique and new insights into the physics of complex plasmas.
Instrument for International Space Station (ISS)
Project lead until 2014.
successor of PK3 Plus
last update 2014-08-20 by H. Steinle