Celebration of 3000th Publication in Complex Plasma

We received the following email from Prof. Gregor Morfill of Max-Planck-Institut fur extraterrestrische Physik

"On 7th of October 2004, we celebrated the 3000th (!) publication in complex plasmas. The method of selection was the following: first we identified the papers using the search engine "web of science", starting in 1945. The key words were "dust and plasma(s)" or "complex plasmas(s)". A total of 3057 papers was found, number 3000 was "Khrapak and Morfill, Phys. Rev. E, Vol. 68, 066411 (2004)". We took into account some possible errors due to missing or wrongly identified papers and decided that the fairest way to select the "official" 3000th paper should be done by "picking the right one out of Dimitri Samsonov's "Oktoberfest hat". The picking was carried out by Elsbeth Collmar, my secretary, supervised by a lot of greedy scientists who all wanted to win a bottle of fine Champagne (donated by yours truly). This procedure is often used in our group when we have something (or nothing) to celebrate. The result is always final - no legal claims are allowed.

The winner is:

Shukla and Mahajan, Phys. Lett. A 328 (2-3): 185-188, July 26 2004

Our congratulations to our respected colleagues - you may claim your prize at the Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics any time. I would suggest that you do this quickly - otherwise the bottle might be empty!

Some pictures to commemorate the happy event!

Greg Morfill"


Felix Cheung


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