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The 4th state of matter -Plasma

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  • 1. Plasma, the 4 th state of matter Done by : Jeremy Teo (14) 1O2
  • 2. What is plasma?
    • A plasma is a hot ionized gas consisting of approximately equal numbers of positively charged ions and negatively charged electrons.
  • 3. Characteristics of plasma
    • Plasmas are made up of electrically charged particles, strongly influenced by electric and magnetic fields.
    • Neutral gases are not.
    • Plasmas are considered a distinct "fourth state of matter."
  • 4. Plasma and geomagnetic fields
    • Plasma is influenced
      • Externally - by the Earth's magnetic field or the interplanetary magnetic field and
      • Internally – by the localized charge concentrations and electric currents that result from the differential motion of the ions and electrons.
  • 5.
    • The forces affect the particles within the plasma. It gives the particles' behaviour a coherent, collective quality that neutral gases do not display.
  • 6. The plasma universe
    • About 99% of the matter in the observable universe is in the plasma state,
    • In our solar system, the Sun, the interplanetary medium, the magnetospheres and ionospheres of the Earth and other planets, as well as the ionospheres of comets and certain planetary moons all consist of plasmas.
  • 7. Space plasmas
    • The plasmas of interest to space physicists are extremely tenuous, with densities dramatically lower than those achieved in laboratory vacuums.
    • The temperatures of space plasmas are very high, ranging from several thousand degrees Celsius in the plasma sphere to several million degrees in the ring current.
  • 8.
    • While the temperatures of the "cooler" plasmas of the ionosphere and plasma sphere are typically given in degrees Kelvin, those of the "hotter" magnetospheric plasmas are more commonly expressed in terms of the average kinetic energies of their constituent particles measured in "electron volts."
  • 9.
    • An electron volt (eV) is the energy that an electron acquires as it is accelerated through a potential difference of one volt and is equivalent to 11,600 degrees Kelvin.
    • Magnetospheric plasmas are often characterized as being "cold" or "hot." Although these labels are quite subjective, they are widely used in the space physics literature.
  • 10.
    • As a rule of thumb, plasmas with temperatures less than about 100 eV are "cold," while those with temperatures ranging from 100 eV to 30 keV can be considered "hot." (Particles with higher energies--such as those that populate the radiation belt--are termed "energetic.")
  • 11. Examples of artificially produced plasmas
    • Those found in plasma displays, including TVs
    • Inside fluorescent lamps (low energy lighting), neon signs
    • Rocket exhaust and ion thrusters
    • The area in front of a spacecraft's heat shield during re-entry into the atmosphere
    • Inside a corona discharge ozone generator
  • 12.
    • Plasma ball or plasma globe
    • Arcs produced by Tesla coils (resonant air core transformer or disruptor coil that produces arcs similar to lightning but with alternating current rather than static electricity)
    • Plasmas used in semiconductor device fabrication including reactive-ion etching, sputtering, surface cleaning and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition
    • Laser-produced plasmas (LPP), found when high power lasers interact with materials.
  • 13.
    • Fusion energy research
    • The electric arc in an arc lamp, an arc welder or plasma torch
    • Inductively coupled plasmas (ICP), formed typically in argon gas for optical emission spectroscopy or mass spectrometry
    • Magnetically induced plasmas (MIP), typically produced using microwaves as a resonant coupling method
  • 14. Examples of terrestrial plasmas
    • Lightning
    • Ball lightning
    • St. Elmo's fire
    • Upper-atmospheric lightning
    • The ionosphere
    • The polar aurorae
    • Most flames
  • 15. Examples of space and astrophysical plasmas
    • The Sun and other stars (plasmas heated by nuclear fusion)
    • The solar wind
    • The interplanetary medium (space between planets)
    • The interstellar medium (space between star systems)
  • 16.
    • The Intergalactic medium (space between galaxies)
    • The Io-Jupiter flux tube
    • Accretion discs
    • Interstellar nebulae
  • 17. References
    • http://pluto.space.swri.edu/IMAGE/glossary/plasma.html
    • http://www.google.com.sg/
    • http://www.google.com.sg/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasma_(physics)
  • 18. Thank you for all your attention!

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