The research aims to further our understanding of fundamental
properties of matter in the plasma state, especially its electrodynamic
properties, such as ability to carry electric current, to support
electric fields, and to rapidly release magnetically stored energy.
Laboratory activities deal with double layers and dusty plasmas
whereas space experiments aim to further understand the aurora,
space weather, solar wind - magnetosphere - ionosphere interaction,
and the plasma environments of other planets.
The research profits from a fruitful combination of space
experiments and laboratory experiments as well as theory and numerical
simulation. We participate in a number of spacecraft missions
and we also run a programme of ground based observations. Laboratory experiments
are carried out in-house as well as in collaboration with others.
The research activities can be divided into seven main research areas, further described
under each of the headings below.