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Uses-cases of an electron microscope

The physical properties of materials are closely connected to the type of atoms they are made of, how these atoms are arranged in space (their structure), and how the atoms …

What are photonic nanostructures?

In this article, we are going to investigate how we can manipulate materials at this scale to create nanostructures. Photonic nanostructures We will focus on so-called photonic nanostructures. These are …

What is nanoscale?

What is the smallest object we’re able to see with a microscope? Here, we explain how we can use electrons to make microscopes powerful enough to make individual atoms visible. …

Exploring solid-state physics

In this article, our focus is on so-called solid-state physics. In the video above, Kate explains what a solid is and why our ability to understand them is so crucial. …

How does an electron microscope work?

What is an electron microscope? An electron microscope uses a beam of electrons instead of light to create magnified images of very small objects. Described as waves, fast electrons can …

What is fusion?

All stars, including our Sun, are made of plasma. Stars generate enormous amounts of power through a process called fusion. Harnessing this power here on Earth would give us a …

Week 1: Closing thoughts

This week we have discussed the application of plasma physics from fusion through to space propulsion. We hope that you have found the vast array of uses for plasma both …

What is fusion energy?

To understand what fusion is, and what it has to do with plasma physics, we need to take a small detour into some nuclear physics.  A brief summary of nuclear …