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Plasmas: the normal form of matter and the key to unlimited energy

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 10:30
Theoretical Physics, 1 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3NP

The fourth installment of the Mornings of Theoretical Physics was devoted to the physics of plasma – the fourth state of matter, the fabric of much of the visible universe (from stars to galaxies to intergalactic space), the fuel of fusion reactors – and a relatively recent addition to the core activities of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics.

The focus was on the fundamental properties of plasma – what is it? how to make it? how to hold it in a laboratory device? why does it rattle its magnetic cage, seethes and boils and ever rushes to escape? – and on the practicalities of the world’s combined effort to design a fusion power plant.