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Semiconductors Open a New Niche for Plasma Researchers

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Science  24 Nov 1995:
Vol. 270, Issue 5240, pp. 1292
DOI: 10.1126/science.270.5240.1292


Louisville, Kentucky—Now that Congress has cut a third from the Department of Energy's fusion program—long the primary employer of plasma physicists—job prospects for researchers in the field look grim. But salvation may come from the computer industry. Plasma etching is crucial to the production of dense, high-performance microcircuits, and plasma physicists are in increasing demand to refine the process.