About the BaPSF

The Basic Plasma Science Facility performs frontier-level research of the plasma state of matter. Usage of the facility is available to qualified scientists from national and international institutions, and industry. Research on the fundamental properties of plasmas aids our understanding of applications ranging from fusion energy to space science.

The Basic Plasma Science Facility commenced in August of 2001. It is a user facility operated at the University of California, Los Angeles. The core of the facility is a modern, large plasma device (the LAPD) constructed by Walter Gekelman (the facility director) and his staff of reserch scientists and technicians. The first plasma was achieved in July, 2001 and the machine is now in operation. In addition the facility has a solar flux rope experiment housed in a 2 m long background plasma in a separate tets chamber. The chamber is also available to for testing diagnostic concepts. Under development is the ETPD (Enormous Toroidal Plasma Device). This machine is a toroidal device (which was once the largest Tokamak in the world) which hs an inner radius of 2m, an outer radius of 5 m and is 3 m tall. A test high emissivity cathode produces a 20 cm diameter fuklly ionized plasma which is up to 120 m long. A vertical field alows it to spiral 4 times with each turn 30 m in length. The plasma is dense and hot. Unity beta plasmas have been pulsed at a 1 Hz repitiion rate for the past year. The facility wishes to replace the test cathode with a 60-80 cm diamter source and add diagnostics and make this available to the facility users. In addition the facility has a low temperature (plasma etch) tool , and a small laboratory for its high school outreach porogam (LAPTAG)

Usage of the facility is available to qualified scientists from national and international institutions, and industry, who wish to perform frontier level research of the plasma state. The research may have broad applications ranging from fusion energy to space research.