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Introduction

  • Oliver Allanson
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Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Abstract

More than \(99\%\) of the known matter in the Universe is in the plasma state (Baumjohann and Treumann 1997), by far the most significant material constituent of stellar, interplanetary, interstellar and intergalactic media. Not only is a deep understanding of plasmas then clearly necessary to understand the physics of our universe, but plasmas are also of real interest to us on Earth. Nuclear fusion experiments—and in principle, future power stations—necessarily exploit the plasma state to work, either using high-temperature plasmas confined by strong magnetic fields, or plasmas formed by the laser ablation of a solid fuel target.

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