Gekelman with Large Plasma Device

Gekelman with Large Plasma Device

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Caption: Space plasma research. Professor Walter Gekelman & the Large Plasma Device (LAPD), the world's finest plasma research device in 1998. The LAPD is a 10 metre long tube which mimics conditions in space. Plasma is a gas-like state of matter formed of the constituent parts of atoms. It is found throughout space. The interaction of plasma from the Sun with the Earth's atmosphere causes the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights. Radio communications are disrupted by this phenomenon. The LAPD uses strong magnetic fields to hold, shape and study plasma, and it is hoped that research will improve radio communications, and increase our understanding of the universe. The LAPD is owned by UCLA, USA.

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Keywords: aurora, california, detector, detectors, gekelman, lapd, large plasma device, magnetic containment, particle physics research, physicist, plasma, plasma physicist, plasma research, solar wind, us, usa, walter

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