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Understanding the complex behavior of confined plasmas has led researchers to formulate the fundamental equations of plasma physics. This foundational work and understanding of plasmas has led to important advances in fields as diverse as computers, lighting, waste handling, space physics,switches and relays, and lasers.

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Plasma science has, in turn, spawned new avenues of basic science. Most notably, plasma physicists were among the first to open up and develop the new and profound science of chaos and nonlinear dynamics. Plasma physicists have also contributed greatly to studies of turbulence, important for safe air travel and other applications. Basic plasma science continues to be a vibrant research area. Recent new discoveries have occurred in understanding extremely cold plasmas which condense to crystalline states, the study of high-intensity laser interactions, new highly-efficient lighting systems, and plasma-surface interactions important for computer manufacturing.

Because plasmas are conductive and respond to electric and magnetic fields and can be efficient sources of radiation, they are used in a large number of applications where such control is needed or when special sources of energy or radiation are required. The topics page provides close to 200 subject areas in plasma science and technology and nearly 100 applications!

Plasma Physics Tutorials

Interactive Plasma Physics Experience from Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

Space Physics Textbook from University of Oulu, Finland

Plasma Wave Tutorial by W. S. Kurth

Physics 2000 from the University of Colorado

Gallery of Electromagnetism from Syracuse University

Electron Beam Ion Trap from NIST

PhysicsEd: Physics Education Resources
(electron plasma simulation within virtual laboratory)


Basic Plasma Physics:  U.S. sites     World sites

Basic Plasma Physics - U.S.

  • The Plasma Theory and Simulation Group, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California
    plasma simulations, computer experiments, computer experiments lab and courses, software: plasma device computer experiments PDCX, traveling wave tube simulation XIBC, relativistic 2-D EM PIC simulation XOOPIC
  • California Institute of Technology Pasadena, California
    magnetic helicity, Alfven waves, mode conversion, resonance cones, laser induced fluorescence, pure electron plasmas, plasma theory, transport, plasma statistical mechanics, advanced propulsion systems, experiments: various lab experiments
  • Basic Plasma Science Facility (BAPSF), UCLA, Los Angeles, California
    basic research in linear and non-linear plasma waves and beams, diagnostics, visualization tools, Alfven wave studies, Whistler wave studies, lower hybrid wave studies, interaction of current channels, laboratory simulation of space plasma processes
  • Plasma Physics, Dept of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA, Los Angeles, California
    (plasma experiment group) discharge plasmas, magnetic antennas, nonlinear EMHD effects, thermal noise, Whistler pulsed currents, thermal noise, lower hybrid turbulence, beam-plasma interactions, free plasma expansion, sheath-plasma instability, plasma diagnostics (computational plasma physics group) numerical tokamak, plasma accelerators and light sources, laser plasma interactions, space plasma physics, plasma astrophysics, basic plasma physics, visualization tools, Plasma simulations
    (particle beam physics lab) beam-plasma interaction, nonlinear plasma wake field acceleration (plasma theory group) basic plasma theory, modeling and simulation
  • Nonneutral Plasma Group, Physics Dept, UCSD, La Jolla, California
    nonneutral plasma transport, vortex crystals, rotating walls, laser diagnostics, basic plasma physics, pure electron and pure ion plasmas, collective phenomena, equilibrium waves, 2D fluid dynamics, statistical mechanics, collisional thermalization, many-particle adiabatic invariant, cross-field transport, stability theorem, strongly correlated dusty plasmas, vortex dynamics, turbulence and self-organization, spheroidal plasma modes, experiments: electron plasma systems CAMV, EV, CV ion plasma system IV
  • Tech-X Corporation, Boulder, Colorado
    particle-in-cell (PIC) plasma physics simulation (OOPIC Pro) - improves plasma physics education, solves challenging problems in basic research, and aids in plasma-processing.
  • Center for Multiscale Plasma Dynamics, University of Maryland & UCLA
    focused on applying first-principles, microscopic, kinetic simulation techniques to problems with a slow evolution of macroscopic variables; validate simulations against experimental observations.
  • Plasmas, Fluids & Beams, Dept of Physics, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
    basic plasma theory, MHD turbulence, magnetic reconnection, analytic dynamics, plasma theory and simulation, beam physics, compact free-electron lasers
  • Science, Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico
    basic plasma physics, plasma system modeling
  • University of Michigan Intense Energy Beam Interaction Laboratory, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    fundamental physics and technology of interactions between beams of electrons, ions, plasma, microwaves, laser light and radio frequency radiation with plasmas, materials, structures, and biological cells
  • Center for Space Environment Modeling University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    multiscale hydrodynamic and MHD models for space, laboratory plasmas and highly rarefied gases, simulation of near-equilibrium and non-equilibrium transport in compressible gases and multi-component plasmas, hybrid kinetic and MHD solution techniques, software: various 2D and 3D MHD research models
  • Swarthmore Spheromak Lab, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
    basic plasma physics, spheromak experiments including liquid sodium dynamo
  • Graduate Program in Plasma Physics, Princeton University
    graduate program in basic plasma physics, magnetic fusion, and plasma astrophysics
  • Dept of Physics, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    (Tojima) new entropic paradigm, cluster plasma, laser wavefield accelerator
  • Plasmas and Fusion Technology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    (Center for Plasma Theory and Computation) theory, modeling and simulations, basic plasma theory (Basic Plasma Experiments)
  • Interoperability-based Environment for Adaptive Meshes (IBEAM), consortium
    adaptive mesh for applications such as radiation-hydrodynamic models of gamma-ray bursts

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Basic Plasma Physics - non-U.S.

  • Centre de Donnees GAPHYOR; Research Centers led by Universite Paris-Sud, Orsay, France
    database on the properties of atoms, molecules, gases and plasmas, including plasma physics, conference list
  • Theory & Complex Plasmas, Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik, Garching, Germany
    complex plasmas, theoretical and numerical plasma science, dusty plasmas, plasma crystals, energetic galactic systems
  • Institut fur Physik Humboldt - Universitat zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany
    adiabatic processes in dense plasmas, dense plasmas in strong magnetic fields, theory and simulation of nonideal quantum plasmas
  • Weizmann Plasma Laboratory, Rehovot, Israel
    basic atomic and plasma physics, theoretical and computation plasma physics, plasma spectroscopy, Who's Who, Plasmas and Phyiscs on Internet, Conferences, Databases, Jobs and Software for atomic and plasma physics, software: Coulomb-Born-exchange code ATOM, free software lists for atomic and plasma physics, experiments: plasma opening switch (POS), Z-pinch
  • Magnetofluiddynamics (CMFD) Consortium, Trieste, Italy
  • National Institute for Fusion Science, ECW Laboratory, Nagoya University
    wave-partice interactions, and physics of self-organized structures in rotating plasmas
  • The Plasma Laboratory, University of Tromso, Tromso, Norway
    basic plasma physics, wave propagation, coherent strucutures
  • Division of Plasma Physics, Alfven Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
    electromagnetism (antennas, wave propagation), electrophysics (electron accelerator physics, plasma technology), fusion (reversed-field pinch), plasma physics (lab and space plasmas)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, Dept of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
    plasma theory (lab plasmas, pulsar plasma, magnetic liquids), lattice-Boltzmann cellular automata model
  • Plasma Physics Group, Faculty of Physics, Ivan Franko Lviv State University, L'viv, Ukraine
    relativistic plasmas, equilibrium and nonequilibrium statistical plasma studies, stellar spectra
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