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Physics Options with plasma physics

  1. Aug 7, 2009 #1
    Hi. I'm thinking of doing a PhD in plasma physics, ideally to get into nuclear fusion research. But I am a little concerned that the opportunities with plasma physics are a little narrow. Does anyone know anything about its uses or otherwise in industry/non-fusion research? Thanks.
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  3. Aug 17, 2009 #2
    i'm actually considering the same thing. I've followed the recent developments in fusion for a while a now and have borrowed a number of books on particle physics and plasma physics.

    I can't say how fast it will be as ITER is still experimental. We'd have to wait until 2018 at least for a definitive market for fusion.

    I'd pursue it in hopes of working on fusion research, possibly contributing to faster fusion development.
  4. Aug 20, 2009 #3
    Well, its used in astrophysics as well, a lot of the terrestial fusion researchers were originally studying astrophysical plasmas. I think it might help in certain types of propulsion methods too like the ion drives but I'm not sure how many plasma physicists are involved.

    I don't think the opportunities are ridiculously narrow, but it doesn't have as many applications as solid state physics etc.
  5. Aug 20, 2009 #4
    Just out of curiosity. Why that date in particular?
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