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The following sources are recommended by an expert whose research specialty is plasma science.


Six Superlative Sources

· Perspectives on Plasmas: The Fourth State of Matter provides a resources page and comprehensive listing of servers worldwide in addition to a concise explanation and summary of plasma basics and applications. An exhibition area and photo gallery are provided for the general audience.

· Plasma Gate provides comprehensive information and links for atomic and plasma physics including who's who, jobs, conferences, data bases, free software, and plasma servers by country and region. Site provided by the Plasma Laboratory of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.

· The Interactive Plasma Physics Education Experience provides a plasma glossary and many other resources. Site provided by the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

· Windows to the Universe is a graphics-rich web site focused on the solar system and space weather with interactive tutorials; provided by the Space Physics Research Laboratory of the University of Michigan.

· The Plasma Dictionary enables searching for specific terms or browsing of alphabetical listings. The site is based on the Princeton plasma glossary created by Robert Heeter and provided by the Science and Technology Education Program of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

· The NRL Plasma Formulary is a compilation of mathematical and scientific formulas and physical parameters for plasma regimes from laboratory devices to astrophysical objects; originally created by David Book and maintained by the Naval Research Laboratory.

Other Excellent Sources

· The Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest scientific society, provides useful information.

· The newsgroup Plasma Science and Technology Community Exchange.

· The Plasma Theory and Simulation Group at the University of California, Berkeley, provides free downloads of state-of-the-art plasma physics software with information on projects, software, publications, courses, and workshops.

· Oulu Space Physics is an extensive on-line textbook that covers plasma physics, the Sun and interplanetary medium, the earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere, coupling processes, aurora, cosmic rays, space weather, space instrumentation and analysis techniques. The site is a collaborative project of the Space Research Group at the University of Oulu, Finland.

· The Centre de Données GAPHYOR provides comprehensive databases on the properties of atoms, molecules, gases and plasmas, including chemical reactions. The site is provided by a Group of Research Centers led by the Laboratoire de Physique des Gaz et des Plasmas, Université; Paris-Sud, France.

· The Plasma Technology Research Centre provides lists of plasma chemistry conferences, a research directory, and research into many plasma applications; provided by the Universite de Sherbrooke, McGill University, Canada.

· General Atomics Fusion Education offers classroom educational materials, key concepts of fusion energy, and virtual tour of a magnetic confinement fusion device; provided by the Fusion Group of General Atomics in San Diego, California.

· FusEdWeb: Fusion Energy Educational Web Site contains links to sites and PDF documents that promote the study of fusion and plasmas; provided by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

· Space Weather Center is a colorful, interactive site on space plasmas and space weather; provided by the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

· Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere is a tutorial on the Earth's magnetosphere with history and hyperlinked glossary; site created and maintained by David P. Stern and Mauricio Peredo of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

· International Solar Terrestrial Physics NASA public outreach page about space plasmas, geospace, space weather, and spacecraft missions.

· SOHO: Exploring the Sun is a multimedia exploration of the Sun and space plasmas from the European Space Agency with high-resolution graphics and movie clips.

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