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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.

Acknowledgments

Videos by Research Area:

All MiPlasma Videos:

  • 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

Acknowledgments

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, and 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 and Andrew Williams 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 and the Department of Energy Office of Fusion Energy Science.