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75 Plasma Physics

Includes magnetohydrodynamics and plasma fusion. For ionospheric plasmas see 46 Geophysics. For space plasmas see 90 Astrophysics.


Plasma Physics – The study of the nature and properties of highly ionized gases (comprised of ions and free electrons). NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA Interest

Exhaustive Interest : Theoretical magnetohydrodynamics and plasma fusion; research and test equipment for studies in plasma physics as related to aerospace sciences.

Selective Interest : Applications of magnetohydrodynamics and plasma fusion that may be of interest for propulsion, power sources, and other uses in the aerospace program.

Negative Interest : Heavy industrial and commercial applications; large power reactors.


Input Subjects of Specific Interest

  • electrogasdynamics
  • electrohydrodynamics
  • electron density (plasma physics)
  • fusion devices
  • hydromagnetics (plasma physics)
  • ion beams (plasma physics)
  • laser interaction with plasmas
  • magnetogasdynamics
  • magnetohydrodynamics
  • magnetoplasmas
  • MHD generators
  • microwave interaction with plasmas
  • mirror machine (plasma physics)
  • nuclear fusion (plasma physics)
  • plasma conductivity
  • plasma diagnostics
  • plasma dynamics
  • plasma flow
  • plasma fusion
  • plasma oscillations
  • plasma physics
  • plasma physics research equipment
  • plasma pinch
  • plasma propulsion (theory)
  • plasma seeding
  • plasma sheath
  • plasma theory
  • plasma waves
  • stellarators
  • tokamak devices
  • whistlers (plasma physics)