The Art of Science, 2005

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“Plasma Table” by Elle Starkman and Andrew Post-Zwicker, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

This photograph was awarded First Prize in the 2005 Princeton University Art of Science Competition.

The Art of Science Competition is a celebration of the aesthetics of research and the ways in which science and engineering inform art and vise versa.

According to Starkman and Post-Zwicker, “A dust cloud of silica microspheres is illuminated by laser light and suspended in a plasma. The dust cloud is approximately 0.5 inches high and floats in a conical shape between the dust tray and an electrode as long as the plasma is maintained. Fundamental dust cloud properties and dynamics have applications ranging from plasma processing to space plasmas.”

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