Fusion Physics at 1 Kelvin

 Dr. Scott Bergeson
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Brigham Young University

Plasma physics usually happens at high temperatures, when electrons have enough energy to ionize atoms through collisions. But plasmas can also be created in non-thermal states, when the concept of temperature doesn’t really apply. I will describe some of our recent work in plasmas near the absolute zero of temperature, and show how some of this work relates to fusion-class plasmas.