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Plasma-for lack of a better title

  1. Mar 23, 2009 #1
    So i was sitting here thinking about plasma. I started to wonder, if we create some plasma, lets assume we have it contained in some way, magnetic field, can the plasma after it is created be sustained by high power microwave radiation, or other forms of high power EM radiation?
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 23, 2009 #2
    I think you are referring to a method of plasma heating and I think I recall microwaves or EM Radiation being used in a proposal for a fusion reactor, but it might have been inertial confinement using electric fields rather than magnetic ones, I honestly can't remember..

    I'm kind of a noob when it comes to physics too, as I don't even have a BSc yet, so I hope someone else will provide a more satisfactory answer.
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