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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): R. Pompili et al. We present a new approach that demonstrates the deflection and guiding of relativistic electron beams over curved paths by means of the magnetic field generated in a plasma-discharge capillary. We experimentally prove that the guiding is much less affected by the beam chromatic dispersion with respe… [Phys. Rev. Lett. 132, 215001] Published Wed May 22, 2024
  • Author(s): Xiaodi Du, Liu Chen, William W. Heidbrink, Michael A. Van Zeeland, Max E. Austin, Jie Chen, Yueqiang Liu, George R. McKee, and Zheng Yan Polarization of drift-Alfvén waves, defined as the ratio of electrostatic to electromagnetic fluctuations, has remained unmeasurable in fusion plasmas for decades, despite its pivotal role in understanding wave dynamics and their impact on plasmas. We report the first measurements of drift-Alfvén wa...
  • Author(s): Mariarita Murabito, Marco Stangalini, J. Martin Laming, Deborah Baker, Andy S. H. To, David M. Long, David H. Brooks, Shahin Jafarzadeh, David B. Jess, and Gherardo Valori New solar observations indicate that plasma waves are responsible for the Sun’s outer atmosphere having different abundances of chemical elements than the Sun’s other layers. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 132, 215201] Published Wed May 22, 2024
  • Author(s): Sayak Bose, William Fox, Hantao Ji, Jongsoo Yoo, Aaron Goodman, Andrew Alt, and Masaaki Yamada We present laboratory measurements showing the two-dimensional (2D) structure of energy conversion during magnetic reconnection with a guide field over the electron and ion diffusion regions, resolving the separate energy deposition on electrons and ions. We find that the electrons are energized by … [Phys. Rev. Lett. 132, 205102] Published...
  • Author(s): Y. Luo, D. Xu, M. Blaskiewicz, and C. Montag As a crucial validation for the forthcoming electron-ion collider (EIC), an experiment at the RHIC demonstrates the ability to prepare and collide ion beams with emittance ratio of 11:1. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 132, 205001] Published Mon May 13, 2024
  • Author(s): Arash Ashourvan and J. Candy In the edge of an $L$-mode tokamak plasma, particle transport and ion energy transport are shown to follow a strong microturbulence (SMT) scaling, whereas in the plasma core the transport is shown to follow quasilinear turbulence scaling. The dependence of diffusivity on potential fluctuation amplit… [Phys. Rev. Lett. 132, 205101] Published Mon May 13, 2024
  • Author(s): K. Põder, J. C. Wood, N. C. Lopes, J. M. Cole, S. Alatabi, M. P. Backhouse, P. S. Foster, A. J. Hughes, C. Kamperidis, O. Kononenko, S. P. D. Mangles, C. A. J. Palmer, D. Rusby, A. Sahai, G. Sarri, D. R. Symes, J. R. Warwick, and Z. Najmudin Experiments were performed on laser wakefield acceleration in the highly nonlinear regime. With laser powers $P<250\text{ }\text{ }\mathrm{TW}$ and using an initial spot size larger than the matched...