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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): Tobias Dornheim, Attila Cangi, Kushal Ramakrishna, Maximilian Böhme, Shigenori Tanaka, and Jan Vorberger We present an effective static approximation (ESA) to the local field correction (LFC) of the electron gas that enables highly accurate calculations of electronic properties like the dynamic structure factor $S(q,ω)$, the static structure factor $S(q)$, and the interaction energy $v$. The ESA combin... [Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 235001...
  • Author(s): Giovanni Lapenta, Jean Berchem, Mostafa El Alaoui, and Raymond Walker Earth’s magnetotail is an excellent laboratory to study the interplay of reconnection and turbulence in determining electron energization. The process of formation of a power law tail during turbulent reconnection is a documented fact still in need of a comprehensive explanation. We conduct a massiv... [Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 225101] Published Tue Nov 24, 2020
  • Author(s): J. J. Ruby, J. R. Rygg, D. A. Chin, J. A. Gaffney, P. J. Adrian, C. J. Forrest, V. Yu. Glebov, N. V. Kabadi, P. M. Nilson, Y. Ping, C. Stoeckl, and G. W. Collins Energy flow and balance in convergent systems beyond petapascal energy densities controls the fate of late-stage stars and the potential for controlling thermonuclear inertial fusion ignition. Time-resolved x-ray self-emission imaging combined with a Bayesian inference analysis...
  • Author(s): O. S. Humphries, R. S. Marjoribanks, Q. Y. van den Berg, E. C. Galtier, M. F. Kasim, H. J. Lee, A. J. F. Miscampbell, B. Nagler, R. Royle, J. S. Wark, and S. M. Vinko The development of bright free-electron lasers (FEL) has revolutionized our ability to create and study matter in the high-energy-density (HED) regime. Current diagnostic techniques have been successful in yielding information on fundamental thermodynamic plasma properties...
  • Author(s): Kazunori Takahashi, Christine Charles, Rod W. Boswell, and Akira Ando The polytropic index of free electrons expanding in a magnetic nozzle of varying strength is experimentally investigated under a nearly zero electric field, allowing all the electrons to escape to the axial boundary and never return to the source. The measurements clearly demonstrate a continuous ch... [Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 165001] Published Fri Oct 16, 2020
  • Author(s): A. Antognini, N. J. Ayres, I. Belosevic, V. Bondar, A. Eggenberger, M. Hildebrandt, R. Iwai, D. M. Kaplan, K. S. Khaw, K. Kirch, A. Knecht, A. Papa, C. Petitjean, T. J. Phillips, F. M. Piegsa, N. Ritjoho, A. Stoykov, D. Taqqu, and G. Wichmann (muCool Collaboration) An important step towards a high brightness, low energy, muon beam is achieved by compressing a positive muon beam from a vertical spread of 10 mm to 0.7 mm within a few...
  • Author(s): Uwe Niedermayer, Thilo Egenolf, and Oliver Boine-Frankenheim The concept of dielectric-laser acceleration (DLA) provides the highest gradients among breakdown-limited (nonplasma) particle accelerators and thus the potential of miniaturization. The implementation of a fully scalable electron accelerator on a microchip by two-dimensional alternating phase focus... [Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 164801] Published Tue Oct 13, 2020