Plasma diagnostics and modelling

Research group at Department of Physical Electronics MU

doc. Mgr. Tomáš Hoder, Ph.D.

group leader


Dr. Hoder investigates ultra-fast phenomena in transient non-thermal plasmas using high sensitivity and resolution electrical, optical or spectroscopic techniques. His focus is on fundamental breakdown processes, whether in gases or liquids. He studies the plasma physics and chemistry using non-steady-state radiative-collision and global electrical models. He gave invited talks on international conferences such as IWM 2017, ICPIG 2015 or meetings of European Science Foundation in 2015. He is active as a reviewer for IOP, AIP, IEEE and Springer plasma physics journals. ORCID page:


Mgr. Zdeněk Bonaventura, Ph.D.


Zdeněk Bonaventura is active in the field of plasma simulations, especially simulations of streamer discharges. His research interests include fundamental phenomena of nanosecond discharges in liquid water, advanced research of kinetic processes in streamer discharges, runaway electrons and plasma propulsion.

doc. Mgr. Pavel Dvořák, Ph.D.


In the field of plasma physics I am active namely in laser-based plasma diagnostics, escpecially in (TA)LIF of radical species including measurements in suface discharges ignited at atmospheric pressure. The fluorescence studies contain the research of atomizers, where we have proven by means of TALIF that atomic hydrogen plays the key role in the decomposition of volatile hydrides. Further, I work with capacitively coupled discharges, where I study their ignition and nonlinear characteristics by both theoretical calculations and various diagnostic methods. Regarding other fields of science, I am interested in speleology and occasionally I am in touch with photochemistry and processes in ice.

prof. Mgr. Vít Kudrle, Ph.D.


Mgr. Martina Mrkvičková, Ph.D.


Martina Mrkvičková received best-poster prize at LAPD conference (Laser-aided plasma diagnostics) in 2017.

doc. Mgr. Zdeněk Navrátil, Ph.D.


Dr. Navrátil's professional interest is concerned with the development and application of advanced optical emission spectroscopy methods for plasma diagnostics, especially of atmospheric pressure discharges. The topics he has studied recently included electric field measurement in helium atmospheric pressure discharges or bremmstrahlung radiation in coplanar barrier discharge. He is the author of spectroscopy software Spectrum Analyzer and EBFFit. Related teaching Atomic and molecular spectroscopy.

Mgr. Adam Obrusník, Ph.D.


Adam Obrusnik is a Plasma Physics graduate. In his research, he has focused primarily on numerical simulation. He has used simulation for studying plasma kinetics and gas dynamics in atmospheric-pressure plasmas. During his undergraduate and graduate studies, he took several research stays at universities in Germany, Netherlands and Italy. Currently, he is expanding his knowledge in the area of low pressure plasmas, specifically in ion thrusters and magnetron sputtering.

Mgr. Lucia Kuthanová, Ph.D.


Lucia Kuthanová (née Potočňáková) has a broad range of plasma science expertise, from plasma surface treatment with consequent chemical and morphological surface analysis, to plasma diagnostics of various discharges mainly by electrical and optical methods in spectrally, spatially and time-resolved manner. Recently she focuses on non-stationary phenomena in filamentary discharges, induced instabilities in plasmas and interactions on plasma-liquid interfaces.

Pedro Arsénio Nunes Aleixo Viegas, PhD.


Pedro Viegas investigates the physics of low-temperature plasmas through numerical simulations, especially of discharges at atmospheric pressure. He has previously done research in Portugal, France and The Netherlands. He has focused mostly on dynamics of helium plasma jets, plasma-surface interactions, numerical methods to calculate vibrational distribution functions, kinetics in plasmas for CO2 conversion and contraction mechanisms in microwave discharges. He is currently expanding his research interests to discharges in liquid water and photoionization in streamers.

PhD students

Mgr. Miroslav Šnírer


PhD topic: Diagnostics and applications of hugh frequency plasma with spatial and temporal inhomogeneities

Mgr. Lukáš Kusýn


PhD topic: Study of non-equilibrium distributions of quantum states in laboratory discharges using spectroscopic methods

Lukáš Kusýn obtained scholarship Ph.D. talent for years 2019-2021.

Mgr. Ján Tungli


PhD topic: `Streamer discharge simulations in electronegative gases and their interaction with solid barriers'.

Participating on collaboration with Eaton European Innovation Center (EEIC).

Mgr. Martin Kubečka


PhD topic: Modelling of plasma sources with magnetic field

Ing. David Prokop


PhD topic: Ultra-fast diagnostics of non-equilibrium plasmas

Mgr. Jan Faltýnek


PhD topic: Microwave diagnostics of plasma and materials

Waseem Khan


PhD topic: Laser-based plasma diagnostics focused on ionized and neutral reactive species

Mgr. Petr Skopal


Mgr. Andrej Roštek


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