• Question: What is the difference between plasmas and laser plasmas?

    Asked by tangfastics123 to Ceri on 16 Jun 2011.
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      Ceri Brenner answered on 16 Jun 2011:

      laser plasmas are just plasmas that have been produced from the interaction of a high power laser pulse with some material. I tend to call them laser plasmas so that you know where they came from, like i’d call the sun a ‘fusion plasma’. Laser plasmas also tend to have properties that make them different from the plasma you get in a plasma tv for example, in that they are really really hot (10^7 degrees) and are really small, and don’t last for very long.