The Plasma Universe

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Speaker: Melanie Windridge

Date: 15 June 2011
Start Time: 7 pm
End Time: 8:30 pm

Venue: BIS, 27-29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SZ

Plasma is sometimes called “the fourth state of matter” as it is a special, energised state where the atoms of a gas are stripped of their electrons. This soup of charged particles (the negative electrons and the positively charged atomic left-overs, called ions) behaves in strange and beautiful ways. Sometimes the electrons can reattach themselves to the atoms and emit light in this process, so plasmas give off a huge range of electromagnetic radiation. They also conduct electricity and respond to electric and magnetic fields, creating filaments and structures. Plasma makes up 99.999% of the visible universe, most of this in space such as the Sun and stars, the solar wind and galactic nuclei. On Earth, we are familiar with plasmas as lightning, the aurorae, plasma TVs and neon lights. This talk will take you on a journey through space to the solar system and, finally, to Earth, exploring the beautiful and fascinating plasmas of the universe, and the numerous and varied applications of our increasing knowledge of plasma.

Biography

Melanie is a plasma physicist with a PhD from Imperial College London, where she researched fusion energy in partnership with Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Oxfordshire. In 2010 she toured the UK as the Institute of Physics Schools Lecturer, talking to over ten thousand teenagers about fusion. She has made numerous television and radio appearances, including BBC’s Bang Goes the Theory, Country Tracks and My Genius Idea and National Geographic Channel’s Madlabs.

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