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The General Plasma Science (GPS) subprogram supports research at the frontiers of basic and low temperature plasma science. The aim of this program is to increase our understanding of the dynamical processes, such as the movement of heat, radiation, and particles in the plasma, turbulence, waves, and coherent structures. Plasma flows and their interactions in classical plasmas are also studied as well as the behavior of non-neutral plasmas, dusty plasmas, atmospheric-pressure plasmas, and micro-plasmas. The researchers funded through this program work to both understand the plasma state and also to control it. The research supports a wide range of applications, such as fusion energy, plasma astrophysics, microelectronics, and plasma biomedicine.


What is a plasma?

Fundamental plasma processes in LAPD at UCLA