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An Interactive Workshop by PWiPP

Princeton Women in Plasma Physics (PWiPP) combined forces with Princeton Undergraduate Women in Physics (UWiP), bringing plasma physics out of the forest of Forrestal Campus and into the main campus with an interactive workshop on What is Plasma Physics (WiPP, get it??)!


The workshop was attended by 20+ undergraduate students, representing the departments of physics, astrophysics, and mechanical & aerospace engineering, among others. PPPL graduate students Xin (Laura) Zhang (2016), Sierra Jubin (2017), Alexandra LeViness (2018), Jessica Li (2018), Kendra Bergstedt (2018), and Suying Jin (2018) gave a short and sweet half-hour presentation, which included exposure-level discussions on 4 major topics in plasma physics: space and astrophysical plasma, magnetic fusion devices, lasers and plasmas, and low temperature plasmas and applications. The workshop featured hands-on demos on loan from the wonderful PPPL Science Education department. The handheld Tesla coil, the mini plasma speaker, and the glow discharge tubes - complemented by themed snacks and cat videos - ended up being the hit of the event. A handful of students stayed to have a more in-depth discussion after the official programming.


Fans: keep a look out for future announcements of a private tour of PPPL with WiPP! More plasma filled fun to come!

Kendra Bergstedt (2018) explains how the aurora is formed in the winter themed conference room in Jadwin Hall.

Kendra Bergstedt (2018) explains how the aurora is formed in the winter themed conference room in Jadwin Hall.

What Is Plasma Physics??

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