19-23 March 2017
Other Institutes
Asia/Jerusalem timezone


Note that the "Sounds of the Holy city" festival takes place during the same dates as the workshop. The old city where the festival is taking place is within a short walk from the hotel.

If you have not done so - please complete registration "part b". Note that payment can be done using microsoft explorer/edge or google chrome. WE have various reports on problems using Mac's Safari or other browsers.

Saraf visit users had to finalize forms submission. If in doubt, please check with Lea Ben Ari leaba@soreq.gov.il .

After the  Saraf visit we will have a few hours in Tel aviv returning to the hotel towards 22:00. 

Note we still have a few slots open for Posters at the poster session. We encourage participants to bring posters summarizing their talks as a way to facilitate discussions.  



Vacuum arcs are a concern in nearly every vacuum electronic device, consequently they are present in a very wide range of applications. Sometimes they form the basis for device operation, but all too often they are the primary failure mode.

Understanding the physical processes of an arc requires the expertise from many disciplines – material science, surface physics, plasma physics, high-voltage systems and radio frequency to name a few.
The purpose of this workshop series is to bring together scientists and engineers from many different applications and disciplines to discuss the latest efforts to understanding of vacuum arcs. We cover theory, simulation and experiments.

The workshop will run from March 19 - 23 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. See the timetable for lecture topics. The First day of the workshop will be dedicated to a tour of the SARAF accelerator on  March 19.


The organizers wish to acknowledge the following foundations for providing funding for organizing the workshop:

PAZI foundation. SANDIA National Labs. CERN/CLIC.  Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Starts 19 Mar 2017 01:30
Ends 23 Mar 2017 21:00
Other Institutes
Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem (Hosted by: Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel)


The multidisciplinary nature of vacuum arcs and vacuum devices provides a rich environment for finding physics of shared interest from multiple sources. Topics to be covered include:


  • vacuum arcs
  • dc spark systems
  • rf accelerating structures
  • materials
  • diagnostics
  • techniques and technologies for high gradients
  • arcing in fusion devices

Theory and simulations:

  • Arc initiation and evolution
  • Surface modification under electric and electromagnetic fields
  • PIC and PIC-DSMC plasma simulations
  • Dislocation activity
  • Plasma-wall interactions
  • Surface damage and evolution
  • Cavity condition and evolution – pre and post breakdown
  • surface modification under electric and electromagnetic fields


  • particle accelerators
  • discharge-based devices
  • electrostatic failure mitigation
  • fusion devices
  • satellites
  • other industrial interests

See the programme for the previous workshops for other possible topics.

Scientific programme

The program will be divided to four sessions:

  1. Applications - materials and devices.
  2. Field Emission Theory and Experiments
  3. Modeling and simulations
  4. Experiments and Diagnostics.

Saraf visit

The workshop will be preceded by a one day visit to the SARAF lab. Note that late registration will not be available for this tour.

We organized a bus to the lab from conference hotel. See details using the " Saraf visit" tab on the left. 

Travel and accommodation

The meeting will take place at the Leonardo-Plaza Jerusalem. Leonardo Plaza hotel in Jerusalem. Rooms are reserved at a special rate , but must be reserved by January 20th. Please use the"Conference Hotel" tab to make reservations at the reduced rate by this date (Avoid ordering directly from the hotels web site or other external sites as this will be done at regular rates).

Flights: best option is to fly to TLV (Tel Aviv , Israel) 30 minutes by cab from the conference site. Note that flights should be arranged early due to high demand at his time of the year. 

Since the bus to the lab visit will leave early sunday morning. We recommend to arrive to the conference hotel Saturday night - March 18 (or earlier).

Conference social program

The program will include poster session (Monday night), a tour of the old city (Tuesday  - March 21), and a joint dinner. 

On sunday night (after the Saraf visit) we will have the bus drop us for a few hours in Tel Aviv.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the local organizers.


The organizers wish to acknowledge the following foundations for providing funding for organizing the workshop:

PAZI foundation. SANDIA National Labs. CERN/CLIC.  Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Registration for this event is currently open.
There is an open survey.