can you make cold plasma?

by ctech4285
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Nov16-10, 01:00 PM
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is it possible to make a cold (room temp) charged gas?
would be nifty to use in a heat pump. instead of using compressors you could use fields to compress and decompress the gas
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Andy Resnick
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Nov16-10, 02:11 PM
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Like, for example, the plasma within fluorescent bulbs?
ctech4285 is offline
Nov16-10, 02:33 PM
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i suppose that would work.
is there any reading material on using fields to compress cold plasma?

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Nov17-10, 02:33 PM
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can you make cold plasma?

It's not exactly "reading material", but try holding a magnet up to a fluorescent tube, or one of those plasma globes you can egt at the novelty stores.

I would recomend a device you are not too fond of, since the palsma may never flow properly through it again (this from my own chilhood experience with a strong magnet and my family's first plasma screen TV!).
Dr Lots-o'watts
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Nov17-10, 02:47 PM
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Quote Quote by Andy Resnick View Post
Like, for example, the plasma within fluorescent bulbs?
If you light one of those outside in Canadian Winter at -20 degC, the gas will probably remain below room temperature.

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