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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): J. R. Rygg, P. M. Celliers, and G. W. Collins Discrepancies between shock compression models and experiments may be explained by accounting for the contribution of collective plasma oscillations in the heat model for warm dense hydrogen. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 130, 225101] Published Wed May 31, 2023
  • Author(s): Xinzhe Zhu, Boyuan Li, Feng Liu, Jianlong Li, Zewu Bi, Xulei Ge, Hongyang Deng, Ziyang Zhang, Peilin Cui, Lin Lu, Wenchao Yan, Xiaohui Yuan, Liming Chen, Qiang Cao, Zhenyu Liu, Zhengming Sheng, Min Chen, and Jie Zhang A curved “laser wakefield accelerator” could boost the acceleration potential of a multistage version of this device. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 130, 215001] Published Tue May 23, 2023
  • Author(s): C. Stollberg, E. Kroupp, D. Mikitchuk, P. Sharma, V. Bernshtam, M. Cvejić, R. Doron, E. Stambulchik, Y. Maron, A. Fruchtman, I. E. Ochs, N. J. Fisch, and U. Shumlak Spectroscopic measurements of the magnetic field evolution in a Z-pinch throughout stagnation and with particularly high spatial resolution reveal a sudden current redistribution from the stagnating plasma (SP) to a low-density plasma (LDP) at larger radii, while the SP...
  • Author(s): D. Manzini, F. Sahraoui, and F. Califano The interplay between plasma turbulence and magnetic reconnection remains an unsettled question in astrophysical and laboratory plasmas. Here, we report the first observational evidence that magnetic reconnection drives subion-scale turbulence in magnetospheric plasmas by transferring energy to smal… [Phys. Rev. Lett. 130, 205201] Published Fri May 19, 2023
  • Author(s): T. C. H. de Raadt, J. G. H. Franssen, and O. J. Luiten A method for producing ultrashort, ultracold electron bunches could improve the resolution of electron-based imaging methods. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 130, 205001] Published Wed May 17, 2023
  • Author(s): V. Valenzuela-Villaseca, L. G. Suttle, F. Suzuki-Vidal, J. W. D. Halliday, S. Merlini, D. R. Russell, E. R. Tubman, J. D. Hare, J. P. Chittenden, M. E. Koepke, E. G. Blackman, and S. V. Lebedev A spinning plasma ring mimics the rotating structure surrounding a black hole. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 130, 195101] Published Fri May 12, 2023
  • Author(s): K. Jiang, T. W. Huang, R. Li, M. Y. Yu, H. B. Zhuo, S. Z. Wu, C. T. Zhou, and S. C. Ruan Propagation of high-current relativistic electron beam (REB) in plasma is relevant to many high-energy astrophysical phenomena as well as applications based on high-intensity lasers and charged-particle beams. Here, we report a new regime of beam-plasma interaction arising from REB propagation in me… [Phys. Rev. Lett. 130, 185001] Published Tue...