‘Plasma Science takes 5’ - Plasma Science comes to Oxford!
Can you guess what lightning, the Sun and smart phones have in common? The answer is plasma. Plasma Science is key to our understanding of the Universe and underpins our modern lifestyle and yet very few people know anything about it. Plasmas are everywhere - 99% of the visible universe is plasma. Florescent lighting, potential power generation, food packaging, and the next generation of particle accelerators all use plasmas.
Plasma is a hot, electrically charged gas, the fourth state of matter, after solid, liquid and gas. A plasma comprises negatively charged electrons and positively charged ions which are no longer bound together as atoms. It has lots of interesting properties for example it can conduct electricity and be contained in magnetic fields.
The Institute of Physics Plasma Physics Group will be holding an event for the general public called ‘Plasma Science takes 5’ around its annual conference in Oxford. It will feature around ten Plasma Physics researchers giving 5 minute publically accessible talks on a plasma science topic of their choice. Topics such as solar flares, magnetic confinement fusion and medical uses of plasmas will be covered.
‘Plasma Science takes 5’ will take place at Worcester College Oxford on Tuesday 4th April. Doors open at 18:00hrs for a 18:30hrs start. Tickets are free and can be obtained online. Entry will be by ticket only.