Amazing Plasmas




LighteningThough plasma's all around us in the universe, we live in a relatively cold environment, so natural plasma is rare on Earth. Plasmas are often used in industry to make micro-electronics. Engineers make artificial plasma to conduct electricity in neon signs and fluorescent bulbs. Right now, scientists working on fusion - a cheap energy source for the future - are experimenting with plasma in the lab.

Someday, plasma fuel might
power our planet

Plasma ReactorScientists work with super-hot plasmas inside this reactor where temperatures can soar to 100 million degrees! Research into fusion, the energy that powers the Sun, may yield clean fuel for the future.

Inside the Plasma ReactorDrawing of the Plasma Reactor

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