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What is Plasma Flow?

  1. Oct 26, 2015 #1


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    I am going to presenting on a scientific report and the report that I choose (this can still change) is the following: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2001GL013014/pdf

    In this report, they ask the question of what produces what?
    Does plasma flow produce an electric field?
    Does an electric field produce a plasma flow?

    In it, they find that a plasma flow produces an electric field using mathematical models and support it with the law of conservation.

    But, I have to dumb this report down. I wanted to explain what an electric field is and what a plasma flow is. There's a ton of information out there on the electric field, but when I try to find or ask myself what a plasma flow is all I can think about is the sun and the flow that it observes.


    So, if you were trying to explain what plasma flow is, how would you? Is there any links of info you have on it?

    Any suggestions for me?
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  3. Oct 26, 2015 #2


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    It's just like the wind blowing, only it's a plasma instead of air and is electrically conductive.
  4. Oct 26, 2015 #3


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    Okay, so let me ask this:

    Plasma Flow : Really, to understand what this means, you need to know what plasma is. So I can start by reading the Plasma (physics) wikipedia.

    We see that it is electrically conductive so it is able to conduct an electric current.
    This goes with the article I'm reading as a plasma flow can generate an electric field, however, an electric field (on its own) can not generate a plasma flow.

    I'm all good here ?
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