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Going Where No Plasma Has Gone Before: Plasmas And Their Impact On Lighting, Water Disinfection, And Medical Therapeutics

Speaker Professor Gary Eden, ECE ILLINOIS
Date: 2/1/2014
Time: 10:15 am - 11:30 am
Location: 151 Everitt Lab 1406 W. Green Street Urbana
Event Type: Saturday

Plasma, the fourth state of matter, is ubiquitous on earth and in the universe (aurora borealis, lightning, sun, stars, interstellar space…) but is also essential to modern life. Recently, we (and others) have found that confining plasma to small cavities changes its properties in a profound way. Such “microcavity plasmas” can be produced in various geometries and in arrays numbering hundreds of thousands of plasmas fabricated into sheets. This presentation will explore the wonders of microplasmas and will demonstrate “light tiles,” a new form of lighting that is flat and thin, and water disinfection systems that have been made possible by fashioning plasmas on the microscopic scale.

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