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Plasma in Our Lives

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 videos, available on YouTube, these and other questions about plasmas will be answered. The videos originated 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. The videos were produced by the Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering, with sponsorship by the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy Office of Fusion Energy Science.


Videos by Research Area:

All MiPlasma Videos:

  • Andréa Schmidt, Taking a Neutron Picture in a Flash (September 18, 2019)
  • Simon Bland, High Energy Density Physics: Mega-amps and Megabars (March 20, 2019)
  • John Kline, Deconstructing Integrated High Energy Density Physics Experiments into Fundamental Models for Validation (December 5, 2018)
  • Svetlana Starikovskaia, Making Plasmas in Nanoseconds (November 14, 2018)
  • Jeffrey Oishi, Simulating Stellar Flows (October 31, 2018)
  • Richard Wirz, Plasma Rockets Using Advanced Materials (October 10, 2018)
  • John Cary, Use of Computation for Understanding Plasmas (September 26, 2018)
  • Brad Hoff, Electron Beam Source Studies at AFRL (January 27, 2016)
  • Ricky Ang, Electron Emission from Two-Dimensional Novel Materials and Applications (April 11, 2018)
  • Selma Mededovic Thagard, Plasmas for Water Purification (April 4, 2018)
  • Mark Cappelli, Plasma Control of Electromagnetic Waves (March 28, 2018)
  • John Brophy, Ion Propulsion and the Job Creating Power of the Rocket Equation (January 17, 2018)
  • Gregory Rochau, From Stars to the Laboratory: Plasmas, Fusion, Energy and Security (September 27, 2017)
  • Mark Herrmann, Creating, Diagnosing, and Controlling High Energy Density Matter with the National Ignition Facility (November 29, 2017)
  • Tiberius Moran-Lopez, Plasma Sciences and Stockpile Stewardship (October 18, 2017)
  • Philipp Grete, Plasmas, Magnetic Fields, Turbulence (November 15, 2017)
  • Vyacheslav (Slava) Lukin, Plasma Physics at the National Science Foundation (September 19, 2016)
  • Benjamin Jorns, Electric Propulsion and Plasma (April 12, 2017)
  • Martin Gundersen, Plasma and Pulsed Power (September 20, 2017)
  • David Meyerhofer, High Energy Density Physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory (November 30, 2016)
  • Troy Carter, Fundamental Processes in Plasma Physics (October 19, 2016)
  • Gianluca Gregori, Magnetic Fields and Fusion (March 22, 2017)
  • Matthew Gomez, Pulsed Power for Plasma Fusion (March 8, 2017)
  • André Anders, Plasmas, Metals, Sputtering, and Materials (December 7, 2016)
  • Luís Silva, In Silico Plasmas under Extreme Conditions: from Particle Accelerators to Pair Plasmas in Pulsars (October 5, 2016)
  • Vandana Miller, Plasma Medicine (December 2, 2016)
  • James Drake, Electron and Ion Heating, Acceleration and Energy Partition During Magnetic Reconnection (September 21, 2016)
  • Michael Kong, Gas Plasmas in Medicine (February 24, 2016)
  • Alexander Schekochihin, Magnetic Fields and Plasma Turbulence (March 23, 2016)
  • Ellen Zweibel, Extreme Astrophysics: The Science of Cosmic Rays (February 10, 2016)
  • Sergey Macheret, Microplasmas for Reconfigurable Radio-Frequency Electronics (September 30, 2015)
  • Steve Cowley, Fusion Energy, ITER, and Studying Physics (January 13, 2016)
  • Brad King, Turning Liquid Magnets into Miniature Plasma Thrusters (December 9, 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)
  • Dan Goebel, Electric Propulsion and Asteroid Capture (February 11, 2015)
  • Donald Schiffler, Electric Field Emission of Electrons (January 28, 2015)
  • Sarah Stewart, Planetary Collisions (January 14, 2015)
  • Amy Wendt, Using Light to Diagnose a Cool Plasma (December 10, 2014)
  • Andrew Christlieb, Computational Plasma Physics (October 15, 2014)
  • Yuri Shprits, Space Weather and Radiation Belts (March 12, 2014)
  • Cameron Geddes, Compact Particle Accelerators (February 26, 2014)
  • Richard Temkin, High Powered Microwaves and Nuclear Fusion Energy (January 22, 2014)
  • Michael Keidar, Plasma Medicine Using Cold Plasmas to Kill Cancer Cells (January 15, 2014)
  • Thomas Corke, Plasma Lenses for Aircraft Communications (December 11, 2013)
  • Peter Ventzek, Plasma Processing for Microelectronics Fabrication (November 22, 2013)
  • 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)
  • Edward Thomas, Dusty Plasmas and the MDPX Facility (September 25, 2013)
  • Vitaly Yakimenko, Plasma Based Particle Accelerators and FACET (September 19, 2013)
  • Sergey Lebedev, The Z-Pinch and Making Miniature Astrophysical Jets in the Laboratory (September 18, 2013)
  • Mark Kushner, The Wonders of Plasmas


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, Marcel Georgin, Paul Campbell, Yeimy Rivera, Amina Hussein, and Austin Brenner, with assistance by MIPSE Fellows Frans Ebersohn, Ethan Dale, David Yager-Elorriaga, and Maria Choi. Video capture and production is by Michael Hensel and Andrew Williams of InMotion Studios, with technical advice and support from Catharine June, Zachary Champion, Dan Newman, and Hayley Hanway and graphic design by Rose Anderson.

The project is supported in part by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy Office of Fusion Energy Science.