Nat Fisch - Video Lecture

Nat Fisch - Video Lecture

IVS-IPSTA 2020 Online Conference December 13, 2020

Afternoon Plasma Session
Session chair:
Ido Barth 

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Energy Transformations in Plasma

Nat Fisch

Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University


Within the class of multi-species fluids and gases, plasma exhibits certain unique thermodynamic features, such as: its ability to maintain species at different temperatures, its sensitive dependency of viscosity on temperature, its sensitive dependency of collisions on velocity, and its support on different timescales of a large variety of collective motions. At the same time, many plasma applications involve the transformation of energy from one form of energy to another, such as from turbulent to thermal, from thermal to radiation, from directed motion to thermal, and from thermal to directed motion. This talk will explore how certain of these unique features of plasma might be used to create advantageous energy transformations, with an emphasis on the exploitation of these unique features in controlling nuclear fusion.