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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): Zheng Gong, Xiaofei Shen, Karen Z. Hatsagortsyan, and Christoph H. Keitel Transient electron dynamics near the interface of counterstreaming plasmas at the onset of a relativistic collisionless shock (RCS) is investigated using particle-in-cell simulations. We identify a slingshotlike injection process induced by the drifting electric field sustained by the flowing focus … [Phys. Rev. Lett. 131, 225101] Published Wed Nov 29, 2023
  • Author(s): Deepak Sharma, Oded Heber, Daniel Zajfman, and Ryan Ringle We demonstrate both experimentally and using a numerical simulation that, under special conditions, the repulsive Coulomb interaction helps to suppress the emittance growth of an rf-driven bunch of ions in an electrostatic ion beam trap. The underlying mechanisms can be explained by the synchronizat… [Phys. Rev. Lett. 131, 225001] Published Tue Nov 28, 2023
  • Author(s): Francesco Pecora, Yan Yang, William H. Matthaeus, Alexandros Chasapis, Kristopher G. Klein, Michael Stevens, Sergio Servidio, Antonella Greco, Daniel J. Gershman, Barbara L. Giles, and James L. Burch A novel multispacecraft technique applied to Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission data in the Earth’s magnetosheath enables evaluation of the energy cascade rate from the full Yaglom’s equation. The method differs from existing approaches...
  • Author(s): M. Lamač, K. Mima, J. Nejdl, U. Chaulagain, and S. V. Bulanov The interaction of intense laser pulses with plasma mirrors has demonstrated the ability to generate high-order harmonics, producing a bright source of extreme ultraviolet (XUV) radiation and attosecond pulses. Here, we report an unexpected transition in this process. We show that the loss of spatio… [Phys. Rev. Lett. 131, 205001] Published Tue Nov 14, 2023
  • Author(s): Yaozong Xiao, Hao Sun, Bo Liu, Zhentang Zhao, and Chao Feng An attosecond x-ray pulse with known spectrotemporal information is an essential tool for the investigation of ultrafast electron dynamics in quantum systems. Ultrafast free-electron lasers (FELs) have the unique advantage on unprecedented high intensity at x-ray wavelengths. However, no suitable me… [Phys. Rev. Lett. 131, 205002] Published Tue Nov 14, 2023
  • Author(s): A. O. Nelson, L. Schmitz, C. Paz-Soldan, K. E. Thome, T. B. Cote, N. Leuthold, F. Scotti, M. E. Austin, A. Hyatt, and T. Osborne In a series of high performance diverted discharges on DIII-D, we demonstrate that strong negative triangularity (NT) shaping robustly suppresses all edge-localized mode (ELM) activity over a wide range of plasma conditions: $⟨n⟩=0.1–1.5×{10}^{20}\text{ }\text{ }{\mathrm{m}}^{−3}$, ${P}_{\mathrm{aux… [Phys...
  • Author(s): M. Labat, O. Chubar, J. Breunlin, N. Hubert, and Å. Andersson Synchrotron radiation (SR) from bending magnets, wigglers, and undulators is now extensively produced for users at storage ring based light sources, with unique properties in terms of average brightness and stability. We present a profound study of bending magnet SR intensity distribution in the ima… [Phys. Rev. Lett. 131, 185001] Published Wed Nov 01, 2023