Scientists Make Plasma That Is 50x Colder Than Space

Physicists at Rice University have simulated the kind of ultra-hot plasma found in the center of dead stars in a lab by creating laser-cooled plasma that is roughly fifty times colder than the ambient temperature in deep space.

The paradoxical work brings us the world's first laser-cooled neutral plasma, which researchers hope will allow physicists to study some of the most exotic matter in the universe, such as the dense gases found in white dwarf stars, as well as make progress in fusion energy research.

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