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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): Andrei M. Beloborodov Predictions indicate that when a neutron star radiates a burst of radio waves, interactions of the burst with the star’s magnetic field should produce observable x rays. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 128, 255003] Published Fri Jun 24, 2022
  • Author(s): R. Varennes, X. Garbet, L. Vermare, Y. Sarazin, G. Dif-Pradalier, V. Grandgirard, P. Ghendrih, P. Donnel, M. Peret, K. Obrejan, and E. Bourne In absence of external torque, plasma rotation in tokamaks results from a balance between collisional magnetic braking and turbulent drive. The outcome of this competition and cooperation is essential to determine the plasma flow. A reduced model, supported by gyrokinetic simulations, is first...
  • Author(s): D. E. Ruiz, D. A. Yager-Elorriaga, K. J. Peterson, D. B. Sinars, M. R. Weis, D. G. Schroen, K. Tomlinson, J. R. Fein, and K. Beckwith The magneto-Rayleigh-Taylor instability (MRTI) plays an essential role in astrophysical systems and in magneto-inertial fusion, where it is known to be an important degradation mechanism of confinement and target performance. In this Letter, we show for the first time experimental evidence of mode m…...
  • Author(s): B. Y. Li, F. Liu, M. Chen, F. Y. Wu, J. W. Wang, L. Lu, J. L. Li, X. L. Ge, X. H. Yuan, W. C. Yan, L. M. Chen, Z. M. Sheng, and J. Zhang The efficiency of high-order harmonic generation from a relativistic laser interacting with solid targets depends greatly on surface plasma distribution. The usual method of enhancing efficiency involves tuning the plasma scale length carefully by improving the laser contrast. Here, we experimentall...
  • Author(s): S. C. Jardin, N. M. Ferraro, W. Guttenfelder, S. M. Kaye, and S. Munaretto It is well documented that the central electron temperature in the national spherical torus experiment (NSTX) remains largely unchanged as the external heating power, and hence the normalized volume averaged plasma pressure $β$ increases [Stutman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 115002 (2009) ]. Here we presen… [Phys...
  • Author(s): G. J. Choi and T. S. Hahm We present a gyrokinetic analysis of the vortex flow evolution in a magnetic island in collisionless tokamak plasmas. In a short term ${\overline{ω}}_{D}t<1$, where ${\overline{ω}}_{D}$ is the secular magnetic drift of the orbit center, initial monopolar vortex flow approaches to its residual lev… [Phys. Rev. Lett. 128, 225001] Published Wed Jun 01, 2022
  • Author(s): R. Roussel, A. Edelen, D. Ratner, K. Dubey, J. P. Gonzalez-Aguilera, Y. K. Kim, and N. Kuklev A classical model for arbitrary systems exhibiting hysteresis is combined with machine learning techniques to efficiently create models for characterizing hysteresis in accelerator magnets and to improve model-based optimization. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 128, 204801] Published Tue May 17, 2022