Breaking Barriers: New Low Temperature Plasma Standards Pave the Way for a Cohesive and Collaborative Research Community

The field of low-temperature plasmas (LTPs) is known for its diverse applications and interdisciplinary nature, but this diversity also poses a challenge for researchers trying to communicate their findings. With varying common practices and reporting expectations, researchers face difficulties in comparing measurements made in different laboratories, exchanging and sharing computer models, and establishing metrics for reliability.

Two NCPST PIs, Miles Turner and Timo Gans, contribute to a new paper published in Plasma Sources Science and Technology, which addresses these challenges by proposing LTP standards for measurements, diagnostics, computations, reporting, and plasma sources. The authors hope these will improve communication, reproducibility, and transparency within the LTP field and allied fields, without limiting innovation or progress. By establishing a shared set of suggestions and expectations, researchers in the LTP field can work together to translate fundamental findings to practice and advance the entire field.

The recommendations put forth in the paper have the potential to create a more cohesive and collaborative LTP research community that can work towards achieving breakthroughs and advancements while ensuring transparency, reproducibility, and reliable methods.