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What is plasma? Where do we find it? What can we do with it? How does plasma beneficially affect our lives? In this series of video podcasts, brought to you by the Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering and available on YouTube and iTunes, these and other questions about plasmas will be answered. These videos were produced from interviews of leading plasma scientists and engineers from around the world who presented MIPSE seminars at the University of Michigan. They speak about their own internationally leading plasma research, new technologies that will shape our future that use plasmas and how plasmas are important to all of us every day.

MiPlasma Series:

  • Dan Goebel, Electric Propulsion and Asteroid Capture, (February 11, 2015)

  • Edmund Synakowski, Plasma Fusion: Clean Energy for the Future, (October 7, 2015)

  • Patric Muggli, Surfing Plasma Waves (March 18, 2015)

  • Ronnie Shepherd, Creating Implosions to Mimic Stellar Interiors (March 11, 2015)

  • Andrew Christlieb, Computational Plasma Physics (October 15, 2014)

  • Donald Schiffler, Electric Field Emission of Electrons (January 28, 2015)

  • Amy Wendt, Using Light to Diagnose a Cool Plasma (December 10, 2014)

  • Sarah Stewart, Planetary Collisions (January 14, 2015)

  • Cameron Geddes, Compact Particle Accelerators (February 26, 2014)

  • Yuri Shprits, Space Weather and Radiation Belts (March 12, 2014)

  • Thomas Corke, Plasma Lenses for Aircraft Communications (December 11, 2013)

  • Richard Temkin, High Powered Microwaves and Nuclear Fusion Energy (January 22, 2014)

  • Peter Ventzek, Plasma Processing for Microelectronics Fabrication (November 22, 2013)

  • Michael Keidar, Plasma Medicine Using Cold Plasmas to Kill Cancer Cells (October 15, 2014)

  • Hui Chen, High Power Lasers Making Electron Positron Jets (October 23, 2013)

  • Michael Brown, Solar Wind Turbulence and the SSX Plasma Wind Tunnel (October 9, 2013)

  • Vitaly Yakimenko, Plasma Based Particle Accelerators and FACET (September 19, 2013)

  • Edward Thomas, Dusty Plasmas and the MDPX Facility (September 25, 2013)

  • Sergey Lebedev, The Z-Pinch and Making Miniature Astrophysical Jets in the Laboratory (September 18, 2013)

  • Mark J. Kushner, The Wonders of Plasmas


MiPlasma #1. Prof. Mark J. Kushner, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

MiPlasma #2. Prof. Sergey Lebedev, Imperial College, London

MiPlasma #3. Prof. Edward Thomas, Auburn University, Alabama

MiPlasma #4. Dr. Vitaly Yakimenko, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

MiPlasma #5. Prof. Michael Brown, Swarthmore College

MiPlasma #6. Dr. Hui Chen, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

MiPlasma #7. Prof. Michael Keidar, George Washington University

MiPlasma #8. Dr. Peter Ventzek, Tokyo Electron America

MiPlasma #9. Prof. Richard Temkin, MIT

MiPlasma #10. Prof. Thomas Corke, University of Notre Dame

MiPlasma #11. Prof. Yuri Sphrits, Skoltech (Russia), MIT, UCLA

MiPlasma #12. Dr. Cameron Geddes, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

MiPlasma #13. Prof. Sarah Stewart, University of California-Davis

MiPlasma #14. Prof. Amy Wendt, University of Wisconsin-Madison

MiPlasma #15. Dr. Donald Schiffler, The Air Force Research Laboratory

MiPlasma #16. Prof. Andrew Christlieb, Michigan State University

MiPlasma #17. Dr. Ronnie Shepherd, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

MiPlasma #18. Dr. Patric Muggli, Max Planck Institute for Physics, Germany

MiPlasma #19. Dr. Edmund Synakowski, U.S. Department of Energy

MiPlasma #20. Dr. Dan Goebel, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


The MiPlasma project was conceived and executed by Prof. Alexander Thomas. Interviews were conducted by Prof. Thomas and MIPSE Fellows Archis Joglekar, Amanda Lietz, Grant Miars, Manan Kocher, Jeffrey Fine, Yao Kovach, Juliusz Kruszelnicki, with assistance by MIPSE Fellows Frans Ebersohn, Ethan Dale, David Yager-Elorriaga, and Maria Choi. Video capture and production is by Michael Hensel of InMotion Studios, with technical advice and support from Catharine June and Zachary Champion, and graphic design by Rose Anderson.

The project is supported in part by the National Science Foundation.