plasma cloud

plasma cloud

[′plaz·mə ‚klau̇d]
(astrophysics)
An aggregate of electrically charged particles that is embedded in the solar wind.
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"When one of these particles hits a spacecraft, it can generate an electric charge, a little plasma cloud, and that can shorten-out a satellite," says Koschny.
A plasma cloud trails the dwarf planet for tens of thousands of miles, as the solar wind slowly strips away its already-tenuous atmosphere.
A wide angle requirement is necessary to enableestimation of plasma cloud extent and velocity.
For the grafting of PNIPAM to the PCTEPM we employed a plasma-induced technique that has been previously reported in the literature [13] and, which, consists of exposing the PCTEPM to an oxygen (air is used for our case) plasma cloud that creates metastable chemical radicals on the surface of the membrane.
The CME is not fully directed toward Earth, but some of the plasma cloud may be visible in the magnetosphere as an aurora between August 9 and August 10.
As "Plasmatron" implies, a plasma cloud of ionized gas is generated, through which atomized fuel is passed.
Her tonsils were removed at Blackburn Royal Infirmary using a relatively new procedure, that creates a plasma cloud around tissue.
This procedure is done by electronically turning salt water into a plasma cloud and it is that which dissolves the tissue.'
The field concentrates the charged gas into a 1 billion [degrees] C, doughnut-shaped plasma cloud that encircles the planet during storms, says Mitchell.
For, after the initial explosive outburst, the opaque plasma cloud in our quadrant would have followed the standard model and condensed out in stages to form quarks, then protons, then atoms of hydrogen and helium, and eventually galaxies of stars, continually expanding to fill the void it had brought about.
And, finally, in Voyager, Janeway enters a plasma cloud while trying to escape a pursuing Vidiian craft.
Helium has a sufficiently high ionization temperature to resist forming a large plasma cloud in the multikilowatt peak power levels produced by enhanced pulsing.