UCLA Plasma Science and Technology Institute



The Plasma Science and Technology Institute at UCLA consists of affiliated laboratories and research groups that investigate fundamental questions related to the fourth state of matter known as "plasma."

Plasmas are found naturally throughout the universe, starting at 50 kilometers above the earth's surface. Numerous practical applications of plasmas exist and present research shows great promise for plasma-based fusion to become an environmentally benign source of limitless energy.

The areas of study include basic plasma physics, fusion research, space plasmas, laser-plasma interactions, advanced accelerators, novel radiation sources, and plasma-materials processing. Diverse programs encompass experimentation, theory, and computer simulation.