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Title: The Unexpected Benefits of Harnessing the Stars

Abstract

At the center of all stars, including our sun, fusion occurs. Hydrogen and other simple elements are heated enough that their electrons have been knocked free of their atomic nuclei, forming an ensemble of positively charged ions and negatively charged electrons, known as a plasma, that can conduct electrical currents and respond to electric and magnetic fields. The science of plasmas—the fourth state of matter—is elegant, far-reaching, and impactful. Comprising over 99% of the visible universe, plasmas are also pervasive. Plasma is the state of matter of the sun’s center, corona, and solar flares. Plasma dynamics are at the heart of extraordinary galactic jets and accretion of stellar material around black holes. Plasma physics describes the processes giving rise to the aurora that vividly illuminates the far northern and southern nighttime skies. Some practical applications of plasmas include various forms of lighting, more efficient electronics and transportation, and improved medical procedures.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC) (United States). Fusion Energy Sciences (FES)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) (SC-24)
OSTI Identifier:
1471214
Resource Type:
Program Document
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

None. The Unexpected Benefits of Harnessing the Stars. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
None. The Unexpected Benefits of Harnessing the Stars. United States.
None. Sun . "The Unexpected Benefits of Harnessing the Stars". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1471214.
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title = {The Unexpected Benefits of Harnessing the Stars},
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abstractNote = {At the center of all stars, including our sun, fusion occurs. Hydrogen and other simple elements are heated enough that their electrons have been knocked free of their atomic nuclei, forming an ensemble of positively charged ions and negatively charged electrons, known as a plasma, that can conduct electrical currents and respond to electric and magnetic fields. The science of plasmas—the fourth state of matter—is elegant, far-reaching, and impactful. Comprising over 99% of the visible universe, plasmas are also pervasive. Plasma is the state of matter of the sun’s center, corona, and solar flares. Plasma dynamics are at the heart of extraordinary galactic jets and accretion of stellar material around black holes. Plasma physics describes the processes giving rise to the aurora that vividly illuminates the far northern and southern nighttime skies. Some practical applications of plasmas include various forms of lighting, more efficient electronics and transportation, and improved medical procedures.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {12}
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