Join Professor Michael P. Bradley from the Dept. of Physics & Engineering Physics, University of Saskatchewan for the lecture titled “Plasma Physics in the Universe and on Earth“
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Plasma Physics in the Universe and on Earth
Plasma Physicists often call plasmas the “fourth state of matter” and boast that plasma is the most abundant form of material in the Universe. This is in fact true, and plasma dynamics play an important role in astrophysical phenomena. On the Earth plasmas have been harnessed by scientists and engineers for a wide range of important technological applications. These include plasma surface treatments of mechanical parts for improved wear resistance, use of plasmas to grow highly specialized thin films, plasma-based fabrication processes for semiconductor chips for computer and mobile device applications, various biomedical applications, and the ultimate plasma application: controlled nuclear fusion. In this talk I will discuss our current work on a number of these plasma application areas in the University of Saskatchewan Plasma Physics Lab, and highlight how the unique aspects of plasma properties and behaviour enable their various applications.