The 39th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science

ICOPS 2012 The 39th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS) will be held in Edinburgh, UK. The conference venue is the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).In addition to the conference, a mini-coursewill be offered and selected papers will be published in a special issue of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society (NPSS) journal …

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Sun Spot 1476 Decays, No Massive Flare Expected

Recent reports of a massive sun spot known as 1476 suggested that we may be faced with a massive flare known as a Carrington event. However latest reports from USAF/NOAA of Solar and Geophysical Activity, states that while region 1476 (N09W33) continues to be the most dominant region on the disk with an area of 840 millionths …

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Atmospheric Plasma Coatings for Scratch-Proof Displays for Smart Phones and Anti-Bacterial Surfaces

Atmospheric Plasmas are being used in a wide range of applications in the area of useful coatings, that is coatings that give a material a special functions such as self-cleaning, scratch proof or anti-bacterial properties. The term "Functional coatings" is used to describe these and in the current example, a novel plasma nozzle is used …

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Removing Micro Particles from Flue Gas by Corona Plasma-Wet Electrostatic Precipitator (WESP)

In WESP a flue gas is passed between a parallel plate system with a high electrical field. The field cause the breakdown of the gas and the formation of a corona plasma. Particulates in the gas stream charge up negatively and are driven by a DC field and collected at the positive plate. This technology …

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Basque Student Completes Thesis on Plasma Control

Contributing to the nuclear fusion project Fusion Reactors use isotopes of hydrogen in a very hot plasma. The plasma is in thermal equilibrium and is trapped inside a magnetic bottle called a Tokamak.  These complex plasma need very sophisticated control systems. In many industrial applications plasmas are treated as a black box with no attempt at real-time control. …

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My Pulsed Plasma Paper is in the Top 10 Most Read Articles in PSST this Month!

Plasma Sources, Science and Technology (PSST) is one of the leading Journals in the area of Plasma Physics. So, I was very pleased when my colleague and the lead author David Gahan, emailed me today to tell we were number 4 on the most read articles in PSST - nice one! David.   The paper - Ion …

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Next Big Thing in Plasma – Water Repellant Phones

Watch an amazing video showing the P2i coating  repel water.  P2i is the world leader in liquid repellent plasma nano-coating technology. It was established in 2004 to commercialize liquid-repellent treatments developed by the UK’s Ministry of Defence. Now on a commercial-scale, P2i’s patented pulsed plasma process has been successfully applied to a wide range of products in …

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First Hispanic Astronaut Leads Plasma Propulsion Company

Ad Astra Rocket Company (AARC) is a spaceflight engineering company dedicated to the development of advanced plasma rocket propulsion technology. The company is developing the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR®) and its associated technologies. The company is located 3 miles to the West of the NASA Johnson Space Center, and about 25 miles to …

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Scientists Propose a Solution to a Critical Barrier to Producing Fusion

Physicists have discovered a possible solution to a mystery that has long baffled researchers working to harness fusion. If confirmed by experiment, the finding could help scientists eliminate a major impediment to the development of fusion as a clean and abundant source of energy for producing electric power. An in-depth analysis by scientists from the …

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