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A magnetohydrodynamic simulation by the Gamera project at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory shows bursty bulk flows (in red and brown) in the plasma sheet approaching Earth on the nightside. Rice University space plasma physicists have developed algorithms to measure the buoyancy waves that appear in thin filaments of magnetic flux on the nightside. (Credit: Gamera/APL)
Nightside barrier gently brakes ‘bursty’ plasma bubbles

December 23, 2019

The solar wind that pummels the Earth’s dayside magnetosphere causes turbulence, like air over a wing. Physicists at Rice University…
Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space

November 5, 2019

Voyager 1 has a companion in the realm of the stars. Researchers at the University of Iowa report that…
Scientists use a laser to align the plasma created at the Proto-MPEX machine at ORNL. Credit: Ted Biewer/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
Fusion—Heating the core

October 8, 2019

In a recent study, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory performed experiments in a prototype fusion reactor materials…
A tool for identifying phases of matter

June 20, 2019

Even if you’re not a physicist, phases of matter … really matter. They’re the distinct physical forms taken…
Researchers turn liquid metal into a plasma

March 14, 2019

Most laypersons are familiar with the three states of matter as solids, liquids, and gases. But there are…
Tangled magnetic fields power cosmic particle accelerators

December 18, 2018

Magnetic field lines tangled like spaghetti in a bowl might be behind the most powerful particle accelerators in…
Clean air, healthy swine

December 14, 2018

Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) costs the swine industry more than $580 million each year, while…
Waves transfer energy in space plasma

December 13, 2018

An international research team led by Naritoshi Kitamura at the University of Tokyo demonstrated that distinct populations of…
New Solution to the Space Junk Problem – Burn it up with Plasma Beams

October 3, 2018

Space junk is a growing problem. For decades we have been sending satellites into orbit around Earth. Some…
Electrons ride plasma wave

September 3, 2018

There is a good chance that soon a new door will open to physicists, offering them new insights…
Exploring the chemistry of nuclear explosions

July 25, 2018

To understand fallout formation from a nuclear explosion, it’s important to look at the gas phase of metal…
Researchers work to advance understanding of hydrodynamic instabilities in NIF, astrophysics

July 17, 2018

In a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) “Special Feature” paper published online June 26, Lawrence…
FLASHForward makes waves

June 26, 2018

Electron beam generates strong wakefield in plasma at DESY for the first time. The plasma accelerator project FLASHForward…
NIF achieves record double fusion yield

June 14, 2018

An experimental campaign conducted at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) has achieved a total…
New minimally invasive, cost-effective method shows promise in treating cancer without harming healthy cells

May 22, 2018

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University researchers have developed a minimally invasive technique that may help doctors better explore and…
How to Map the Phases of the Hottest Substance in the Universe

December 11, 2017

Scientists are searching for the critical point of quark-gluon plasma, the substance that formed just after the Big…
Study sheds light on turbulence in astrophysical plasmas

December 1, 2017

Plasmas, gas-like collections of ions and electrons, make up an estimated 99 percent of the visible matter in…
Taking a Spin on Plasma Space Tornadoes with NASA Observations

November 17, 2017

Interplanetary space is hardly tranquil. High-energy charged particles from the Sun, as well as from beyond our solar…
‘Perfect Liquid’ Quark-Gluon Plasma is the Most Vortical Fluid

August 6, 2017

Swirling soup of matter’s fundamental building blocks spins ten billion trillion times faster than the most powerful tornado,…
Scientists create first laboratory generation of high-energy shock waves that accelerate astrophysical particles

July 25, 2017

Throughout the universe, supersonic shock waves propel cosmic rays and supernova particles to velocities near the speed of…
NASA Team Pursues Blobs and Bubbles with New PetitSat Mission

May 10, 2017

Figuring out how plasma bubbles and blobs affect one another and ultimately the transmission of communications, GPS, and…
Proton-nuclei smashups yield clues about ‘quark gluon plasma’

April 11, 2017

Findings from Rice University physicists working at Europe’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are providing new insight about an…
Recreating conditions inside stars in the laboratory with compact lasers

January 18, 2017

Using compact lasers, a team including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists has created pressures more than a…
ORNL exclusively licenses carbon fiber processing inventions to RMX Technologies

May 14, 2016

RMX Technologies of Knoxville, Tenn., and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed an exclusive…
Device developed by Adamec to test for Zika in Brazil

April 8, 2016

A University of Nebraska–Lincoln researcher is partnering with Brazilian officials to distribute a device that could accelerate testing…
Study shows Ebola treatment to be safe but ineffective

January 8, 2016

Results of the largest European Union funded Ebola study, involving University of Liverpool researchers, shows that plasma-based treatment of…
Go for the burn: how to melt a satellite

December 16, 2015

Imagine being confronted with half a tonne or more of metal and composite structures, electronics boxes and solar…
First plasma generated in the Wendelstein 7-X

December 13, 2015

The plasma researchers’ efforts and patience have paid off. On December 10th, 2015 a good ten years after…
Physicists propose new plasma-based method to treat radioactive waste

December 11, 2015

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) are proposing a new way…
Producing Cold Electron Beams to Increase Collision Rates at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider

December 9, 2015

Engineers and physicists team up on new technology for keeping particle beams tightly packed, with possible applications at…
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