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The Plasma Universe

On the occasion of the APS DPP 50th Anniversary Curt Suplee was commissioned to write "The Plasma Universe”. This richly illustrated full color book reveals, for the first time, the exciting world of plasma physics to a non-technical audience. The book describes the important developments of the field of plasma physics during the past 50 years, including biographical information on some of the key contributors to that development. (First published in 2009 by Cambridge University Press and reprinted in 2011.)


The Plasma Universe book has been made freely available for download in PDF form:

The Plasma Universe (PDF - 45.9MB)

                                                                         

From Physical Review

  • Author(s): Xin An, Anton Artemyev, Vassilis Angelopoulos, Xiaojia Zhang, Didier Mourenas, and Jacob Bortnik Electromagnetic ion cyclotron waves are expected to pitch-angle scatter and cause atmospheric precipitation of relativistic ($>1\text{ }\text{ }\mathrm{MeV}$) electrons under typical conditions in Earth’s radiation belts. However, it has been a long-standing mystery how relativistic electrons in … [Phys. Rev. Lett. 129, 135101] Published...
  • Author(s): N. F. Beier, H. Allison, P. Efthimion, K. A. Flippo, L. Gao, S. B. Hansen, K. Hill, R. Hollinger, M. Logantha, Y. Musthafa, R. Nedbailo, V. Senthilkumaran, R. Shepherd, V. N. Shlyaptsev, H. Song, S. Wang, F. Dollar, J. J. Rocca, and A. E. Hussein Short-pulse, laser-solid interactions provide a unique platform for studying complex high-energy-density matter. We present the first demonstration of solid-density, micron-scale keV plasmas...
  • Author(s): Haomin Sun, Jian Chen, Igor D. Kaganovich, Alexander Khrabrov, and Dmytro Sydorenko We study collective processes for an electron beam propagating through a background plasma using simulations and analytical theory. A new regime where the instability of a Langmuir wave packet can grow locally much faster than ion frequency is clearly identified. The key feature of this new regime i… [Phys. Rev. Lett. 129, 125001] Published Mon Sep...
  • Author(s): A. Alejo, H. Ahmed, A. G. Krygier, R. Clarke, R. R. Freeman, J. Fuchs, A. Green, J. S. Green, D. Jung, A. Kleinschmidt, J. T. Morrison, Z. Najmudin, H. Nakamura, P. Norreys, M. Notley, M. Oliver, M. Roth, L. Vassura, M. Zepf, M. Borghesi, and S. Kar Premature relativistic transparency of ultrathin, laser-irradiated targets is recognized as an obstacle to achieving a stable radiation pressure acceleration in the “light sail” (LS) mode...
  • Author(s): A. L. Milder, J. Zielinski, J. Katz, W. Rozmus, D. Edgell, A. Hansen, M. Sherlock, C. Bruulsema, J. P. Palastro, D. Turnbull, and D. H. Froula Measurements were made of the return current instability growth rate, demonstrating its concurrence with nonlocal transport. Thomson scattering was used to measure a maximum growth rate of $5.1×{10}^{9}\text{ }\text{ }\mathrm{Hz}$, which was 3 times less than classical Spitzer-Härm theory predicts...
  • Author(s): Swarnima Singh, P. Bandyopadhyay, Krishan Kumar, and A. Sen We present the first observations of a square lattice formation in a monodisperse complex plasma system, a configurational transition phenomenon that has long been an experimental challenge in the field. The experiments are conducted in a tabletop L-shaped dusty plasma experimental device in a dc gl… [Phys. Rev. Lett. 129, 115003] Published Thu Sep 08, 2022
  • Author(s): Yin Wang, Erik P. Gilson, Fatima Ebrahimi, Jeremy Goodman, and Hantao Ji Magnetorotational instability—a process that might explain the dynamics of astrophysical accretion disks—has finally been observed in the laboratory. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 129, 115001] Published Wed Sep 07, 2022