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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. Milhone, K. Flanagan, J. Egedal, D. Endrizzi, J. Olson, E. E. Peterson, J. C. Wright, and C. B. Forest We present the first observation of instability in weakly magnetized, pressure dominated plasma Couette flow firmly in the Hall regime. Strong Hall currents couple to a low frequency electromagnetic mode that is driven by high-$β$ ($>1$) pressure profiles. Spectroscopic measurements show heating ... [Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 185002...
  • Author(s): Xiumei Qiao and Ke Lan High density carbon (HDC) ablator is one of the promising candidates toward thermonuclear ignition in inertial confinement fusion (ICF), but it shows the largest ablation front instability growth as compared to other traditional ablator materials. In this Letter, we propose a novel HDC-CH capsule de... [Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 185001] Published Tue May 04, 2021
  • Author(s): Cédric Reux, Carlos Paz-Soldan, Pavel Aleynikov, Vinodh Bandaru, Ondrej Ficker, Scott Silburn, Matthias Hoelzl, Stefan Jachmich, Nicholas Eidietis, Michael Lehnen, Sundaresan Sridhar, and JET contributors For the first time it is experimentally demonstrated on the JET tokamak that a combination of a low impurity concentration bulk plasma and large magnetohydrodynamic instabilities is able to suppress relativistic electron beams without...
  • Author(s): Manuel Kirchen, Sören Jalas, Philipp Messner, Paul Winkler, Timo Eichner, Lars Hübner, Thomas Hülsenbusch, Laurids Jeppe, Trupen Parikh, Matthias Schnepp, and Andreas R. Maier Applications of laser-plasma accelerators demand low energy spread beams and high-efficiency operation. Achieving both requires flattening the accelerating fields by controlled beam loading of the plasma wave. Here, we optimize the generation of an electron bunch...
  • Author(s): S. A. Antipov, D. Amorim, N. Biancacci, X. Buffat, E. Métral, N. Mounet, A. Oeftiger, and D. Valuch A new proof-of-principle experiment has been performed to measure the strength of Landau damping created by the LHC octupole system at 450 GeV injection energy with single low intensity bunches. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 164801] Published Tue Apr 20, 2021
  • Author(s): F. Batsch et al. (AWAKE Collaboration) We use a relativistic ionization front to provide various initial transverse wakefield amplitudes for the self-modulation of a long proton bunch in plasma. We show experimentally that, with sufficient initial amplitude [$≥(4.1±0.4)\text{ }\text{ }\mathrm{MV}/\mathrm{m}$], the phase of the modulation... [Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 164802] Published Tue Apr 20, 2021
  • Author(s): S. X. Tang, T. A. Carter, N. A. Crocker, W. W. Heidbrink, J. B. Lestz, R. I. Pinsker, K. E. Thome, M. A. Van Zeeland, and E. V. Belova Fast-ion driven Alfvén waves with frequency close to the ion cyclotron frequency ($f=0.58{f}_{ci}$) excited by energetic ions from a neutral beam are stabilized via a controlled energetic ion density ramp for the first time in a fusion research plasma. The scaling of wave amplitude with injection ra...