Theory, lab and space experiments, and calculations related the physics of [plasmas](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasma_(physics)), i.e., matter constituted by [ionized atoms](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ion).

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What is the effective electron mass in a plasma?

Is there a way to calculate the effective electron mass in plasmas? Effective electron mass is usually defined as varying from the vacuum electron mass in solid state physics. However, momentum ...
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Generation of negative ions in air [duplicate]

What is the main physical mechanism behind the generation of negative ions in air by a high negative voltage electrode ?
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Limitations of particle in cell method for high desnity plasma

Are there any limitations of particle in cell (PIC) method for high density plasma? To be more specific, is modelling of a narrow channel of high density plasma possible or are there any limitations ...
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Does matter found at densities of white dwarfs “feel” more like a solid, liquid or gas?

I'm wondering what it would be like to touch or interact with very dense degenerate matter like this found at white dwarfs. I understand that white dwarfs are initially very hot, but for the sake of ...
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How much of the Solar convection zone is completely ionized?

I was reading about the energy transportation in stars here, and I found this: "The outer portion of solar mass stars is cool enough that hydrogen is neutral and thus opaque to ultraviolet photons, so ...
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Fire: Understanding the states of matter and its mass

If the fire is a state of matter (plasma) and every matter has mass. My question is: how we can calculate the mass of a fire?
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How do you calculate the brightness of an electronic arc through a gas?

Quick question: I want to model the brightness of a xenon flash tube when a capacitor is discharged through it, but I can not find any equations related to this. It only has to be a rough model, just ...
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Does venus have plasma in its atmosphere?

Is it hot enough on Venus for thermal collisions to ionize molecules? If not, what temperature would it have to be?
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How does a Pulsed Plasma Thuster work?

My friend was describing a Pulsed Plasma Thruster (PPT) to me, and we couldn't figure out how it actually worked. The setup involves two conducting plates with a potential difference and a solid, ...
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Why can xenon gas stay ionised after the “trigger voltage” is removed?

From my understanding of a Xenon flash circuit, a storage capacitor and a trigger capacitor are charged up to about 240V (both with similar RC values, but less capacitance is needed for the trigger ...
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What happens to Hydrogen-Boron plasma at 3 billion Kelvin?

A recent popular report states (beware, I believe it is not peer reviewed and this slightly smells like a PR stunt) that a private company TriAlpha has made some notable progress towards ...
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Units in Plasma Physics

What are the units people use in plasma physics? I am having hard time converting an equation from an old paper to SI units. I saw temperature being defined in $eV$. I assume this is $eV/k_B$ with ...
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What is the role of the Cowling, Pedersen and Hall resistivities (or conductivities) in plasma physics?

The current density $\vec{j}$ can be computed as $\vec{j} = \vec{\vec{\sigma}} \vec{E}$, where $\vec{\vec{\sigma}}$ is the conductivity tensor and $\vec{E}$ is the electric field. This conductivity ...
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Using ion beam to create strong magnetic field

Consider, I want to make very strong magnetic field in some spot in space ( focus ) but I cannot put any solid material ( like metal conductor, or superconductor ) close to that spot (e.g. because ...
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Is thermal and electrical conductivity correlated for all phases of matter?

After reading this interesting post about why copper is a great heat conductor, I wondered if a plasma would conduct heat better than a gas. Or, are some properties like density more important for ...
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Electron beam in magnetic field - increase or decrease the field?

When I fire an electron beam into homogenous magnetic field ( eg. inside Helmholtz coil ) it will bend into a circle => it will form a coil ( = current loop ) itself. The magnetic field created by ...
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Induction equation in a rotating frame

In his book, Tom Cravens refers to the induction equation (perfectly conducting limit) in a rotating frame, the Sun. See link below: ...
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Measured versus Predicted Energy gain in Tokamaks with size

Does there exist a known relationship between the energy gain of Tokamaks in dependence of their size? How do fusion engineers can predict how much gain will a given Tokamak size deliver? Do they just ...
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What is the resistance of ionised Xenon gas?

I need to know the typical resistance of ionised xenon gas inside a xenon flash tube, so I can use circuit analysis to calculate the flash duration. I know that a 180uF capacitor is charged to ...
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Geometry of magnetic field lines in plasmas/MHD

So I'm trying to gain an intuitive grasp of plasmas and magnetohydrodynamics. There's a couple of questions I have. What does it means magnetic field lines are frozen into "plasmas"? Is it that ...
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How to calculate electrical and thermal conductivity, enthalpy and density of plasma column in air for a series electric arc?

I am modeling an electric arc according to "Lowke's Simple theory of free burning arc". Its a very interesting theoretical arc model and I want to implement it in Matlab/Simulink. But here, the arc ...
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Book suggestion for introductory plasma physics

I have an undergraduate background of electrodynamics, special theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. I would like to study plasma physics by myself so please suggest a few introductory books on ...
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why is clear electron saturation not obtained in a Langmuir probe experiment?

I recently conducted an experiment to study the I-V characteristics of a Debye sheath, but I can't obtain electron saturation. Why does it happen?
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Is magnetic reconnection reconcilable with magnetic field lines neither starting nor ending?

According to Maxwell's equations, magnetic fields are divergence-free: $\nabla \cdot \mathbf{B} = 0$. If I understand this correctly, this means that magnetic field lines do not start or end. How can ...
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What happens to charge during laser ablation in water?

One of my friends from lab makes gold nanoparticles in the following manner: He puts a gold plate in water (without surfactants or other additives) He fires laser at the plate After 5 minutes ...
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Are x-rays in fusion plasmas mostly from collisions with high atomic number ions?

Say you have a hot (100eV-1keV) hydrogen plasma with no impurities in it and no collisional interaction with the wall. Would this plasma radiate x-rays? X-rays are from bremsstrahlung, so could ...
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Is plasma an intermediate stage of matter? [duplicate]

Can it truly be called a stable state? Fire is stable while it has fuel but isn't it really just a transition point for solid to gas?
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How do I calculate the energy flux for this toroid?

My question is how do i calculate the total energy flux through the walls of the torus in this situation? The Poynting flux is given by $\vec{N} = \frac{1}{\mu} ( \vec{E} \times \vec{B})$ but the ...
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What about the Electric energy density of the toroid?

But what about $U_{E}$, the electric field energy density?
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Difference between fusion plasma and fluorescent lamp plasmas

How is the plasma in a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) different from a plasma in say ITER or the sun? Why does ITER need 100MK and a CFL can work at practically room temperature (apart from the ...
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Real life physics problem: Why is my desktop computer affected by my plasma ball?

Note: this is strictly a physics question, not meant to be an advertisement I was running my desktop with a plasma ball on the side. The desktop has a touch screen enabled. I started to notice that ...
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What is the effect of a magnetic field on a plasma speaker?

I have been doing some research for the past couple years investigating the effect of a magnetic field on a plasma speaker. More specifically, if you apply a relatively uniform magnetic field in no ...
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Plasma wakefield acceleration for Protons

Laser plasma acceleration is a promising technology that could replace the current method of accelerating particles (which is via electric fields). It is somewhat cheaper also as it makes the ...
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Why are low m,n modes more dominant?

Consider an axially symmetric, toroidal, magnetized plasma with some safety factor (q) profile. A flux surface has q=m/n where m is the number of toroidal transits and n is the number of poloidal ...
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Betatron vs Fermi acceleration

According to the reference below, the plasma in a planetary radiation belt increases its temperature anisotropy through radial diffusion; temperature perpendicular to the background magnetic field ...
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What's the difference between “Ohmic dissipation”, “Joule heating”, “ion drag” and “resistive heating”?

The following terms are sometimes used to refer to ... more or less ... the same thing by different people and in different contexts (electronic circuits vs. plasma physics, etc.): Ohmic ...
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Why do rings form on microwaved CD/DVDs?

Here's a microwaved CD. As you can see, the disc has been destroyed, but there are very clear circular rings bridged with lines. Why are rings formed when microwaving discs?
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How does the sun's surface conduct thermal energy from the convective zone to the corona?

How does the surface of the photosphere conduct thermal energy from the convective zone to the corona, while remaining at such a relatively low temperature itself? It seems odd to me that the ...
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Apparatus for generating plasma

I'm working on a project which involves superheating nitrogen to a state of plasma. I was considering using my Fusor, but this project has nothing to do with plasma, and I believe that there are way ...
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Do different plasmas from different elements have different properties?

If so, what are some differences? Like between iron and gold? EDIT: Sorry, I need to clarify: By 'difference' I mean... do they retain their chemical properties from more normal temperatures? Like is ...
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Can we create plasma with other things except gas?

In my school book its written on how plasma is created and it is said that we can create plasma by ionizing a gas but i have heard that plasma can be created even from liquids like water and also from ...
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How does electron positron plasma act compared to normal plasma?

When an electron positron plasma is formed, will it react to magnetic fields the same way? With the gamma ray photons resulting from the annihilation, would the plasma be of greater energy? Thanks!
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How do I find the partition functions for the Saha equation for elements that are complex like Argon?

The question I have is with regards to the partition function needed for solving the Saha equation for Argon. Basically the part I'm confused with is the part of the formula where $g_i/g_a$, where ...
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plasma and infinite acceleration

I am trying to set up a simulation of particles (they are not any particular kinds of particles, they are just points that repel each other). All the particles repel each other through the inverse ...
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nuclear fusion scaling with reactor size

Thinking about physics of thermonuclear fusion, I have always intuitive sense, that making fusion feasible is matter of reactor size. In other words I feel like: if the fusion reactor is big enough ...
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Calculate energy-density of known plasma in microwave?

Let's assume I want to create a plasma in a regular household microwave similar to this home-made experiment. Although I am dealing with a small amount of mass, I assume that the addition of microwave ...
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Is it possible to heat plasma to the point where there is no electrical resistance?

I was discussing Ohm's Law with my teacher and asked about what would happen if the resistance of a circuit was zero, to which he replied that the wire would melt. This got me wondering about ...
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Drifting Maxwellian distribution for energy

Assume I have a drifting Maxwellian distribution with velocity $\vec{a}$, say, in the x-direction, so something like $$ f(\vec{v}) = n\left(\frac{m}{2\pi ...
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Why do the high curvature bends in CFLs have their phosphor coating erode?

I have this pretty old compact fluorescent (CFL) bulb from several years ago still going strong. There was a period where the bulb sat unused when I moved away from home and put the lamp in storage. ...
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Can someone explain diamagnetism in plasma?

Diamagnetic plasma has an internal resistance to an outside magnetic field. I thought that a good analogy for this would be electrical resistivity. In high school we learned that different ...