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Plasma, the fourth state of matter, in recent years has become an area of intense research.  This research has yielded valuable common applications, including fluorescent lighting, plasma television, etching and deposition of IC fabrication, and propulsion of spacecraft.  Currently, the Tufts Plasma Engineering Laboratory is involved with a number of exciting research projects with the goal of extending these applications as well as creating new ones.

                

Tufts offers a graduate course (EE-194-PLA) that introduces the basic principles of plasmas and then discusses their many common applications.  Click here to view the introductory lecture

Outside Resources

To learn how computer chips are manufactured and why plasmas play a crucial role in creating the microscopic features on these chips, click here.

For more information about the uses and applications of plasmas, refer to the Coalition for Plasma Science.