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Plasma Physics Gets a Home

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Science  28 Mar 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5308, pp. 1873
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5308.1873a

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Plasma scientists have rushed to take advantage of a new $13 million federal program aimed at generating more basic knowledge about these ionized gases. Jointly sponsored by the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, the program aims to reverse a decades-long pattern of viewing plasma science as a large collection of applications, from fusion energy to plasma processing of semiconductors, and revitalize its scientific underpinnings.