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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): B. Bachmann et al. We present measurements of ice-ablator mix at stagnation of inertially confined, cryogenically layered capsule implosions. An ice layer thickness scan with layers significantly thinner than used in ignition experiments enables us to investigate mix near the inner ablator interface. Our experiments r… [Phys. Rev. Lett. 129, 275001] Published Thu Dec 29, 2022
  • Author(s): Bin Liu, Mingyuan Shi, Matt Zepf, Bifeng Lei, and Daniel Seipt A new scheme of ion acceleration by crossing two ultraintense laser pulses in a near-critical relativistically transparent plasma is proposed. One laser, acting as a trigger, preaccelerates background ions in its radial direction via the laser-driven shock. Another crossed laser drives a comoving sn… [Phys. Rev. Lett. 129, 274801] Published Mon Dec 26, 2022
  • Author(s): Matthew Goodbred and Yi-Hsin Liu We develop a first-principles model for the relativistic magnetic reconnection rate in strongly magnetized pair plasmas. By considering the energy budget and required current density near the x-line, we analytically show that in the magnetically dominated relativistic regime, the x-line thermal pres… [Phys. Rev. Lett. 129, 265101] Published Tue Dec 20, 2022
  • Author(s): A. Matsuyama, R. Sakamoto, R. Yasuhara, H. Funaba, H. Uehara, I. Yamada, T. Kawate, and M. Goto The ablation and assimilation of cryogenic pure ${\mathrm{H}}_{2}$ and mixed ${\mathrm{H}}_{2}+\mathrm{Ne}$ pellets, which are foreseen to be used by the ITER tokamak for mitigating thermal and electromagnetic loads of major disruptions, are observed by spatially and temporally resolved measurements… [Phys. Rev. Lett. 129, 255001] Published...
  • Author(s): C. W. Johnson, A. K. Schmid, M. Mankos, R. Röpke, N. Kerker, E. K. Wong, D. F. Ogletree, A. M. Minor, and A. Stibor Researchers have demonstrated a new electron field emitter with unprecedented brightness and spectral purity, promising a breakthrough in electron microscope spectroscopy. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 129, 244802] Published Wed Dec 07, 2022
  • Author(s): S. Bohlen, T. Brümmer, F. Grüner, C. A. Lindstrøm, M. Meisel, T. Staufer, M. J. V. Streeter, M. C. Veale, J. C. Wood, R. D’Arcy, K. Põder, and J. Osterhoff Researchers have demonstrated a noninvasive technique for measuring the energy evolution of an electron bunch inside a laser-plasma accelerator. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 129, 244801] Published Tue Dec 06, 2022
  • Author(s): Steffen Kühn, Charles Cheung, Natalia S. Oreshkina, René Steinbrügge, Moto Togawa, Sonja Bernitt, Lukas Berger, Jens Buck, Moritz Hoesch, Jörn Seltmann, Florian Trinter, Christoph H. Keitel, Mikhail G. Kozlov, Sergey G. Porsev, Ming Feng Gu, F. Scott Porter, Thomas Pfeifer, Maurice A. Leutenegger, Zoltán Harman, Marianna S. Safronova, José R. Crespo López-Urrutia, and Chintan Shah Researchers have solved a long-standing puzzle surrounding...