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High Energy Density Plasmas

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High Energy Density Plasmas

Christopher Morris, Professor David Hammer, and Daniel Lundberg, Applied and Engineering Physics, at COBRA.At temperatures of 10 thousand to 10 million degrees, researchers study matter with ordinary solid densities in laboratories. At these high temperatures, the components of the atoms break apart into electrons and ions that can move freely among each other, forming a dense plasma (ionized gas). This is not easy to study. The difficulty lies with both making the hot, dense plasma and measuring its properties. For these reasons, studies of “high energy density” matter have only recently become of great interest to the research community. Interest in HED physics has been stimulated by research in plasma physics, astrophysics, inertial confinement fusion, and the fundamental properties of solid-density matter at high temperature.

 

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