I would like to know if it is possible to pressurize plasma with electromagnetic force. if you wanted to pressurize any plasma it could not be done with a solid container as the plasma would lose charge to my understanding. Could plasma be contained in one space by an elctromagnetical container and be pressurized by it?


Have a look of how the ITER fusion reactor contains the plasma.

Plasmas consist of charged particles—positive nuclei and negative electrons—that can be shaped and confined by magnetic forces. Like iron filings in the presence of a magnet, particles in the plasma will follow magnetic field lines. The magnetic field acts as a recipient that is not affected by heat like an ordinary solid container.

There exists the quark gluon plasma, whose existence is being explored at the LHC.

A quark–gluon plasma (QGP) or quark soup1 is a (possible) phase of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) which exists at extremely high temperature and/or density. This phase consists of asymptotically free quarks and gluons, which are several of the basic building blocks of matter.

  • $\begingroup$ sweet!thanks for the reply :) I'm a total noob so pardon my blatant questions! $\endgroup$ – axel Jul 7 '13 at 7:19

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