The Basic Plasma Science Facility (BaPSF) is a US national collaborative research facility for fundamental plasma physics, supported by the US Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

The purpose of BaPSF is to provide the scientific community access to frontier-level research devices (principally the Large Plasma Device) that permit the exploration of plasma processes which can not be studied in smaller devices or are difficult to diagnose in larger facilities, such as magnetic confinement fusion experiments.  

The broad parameter ranges accessible in the plasma devices operated at BaPSF allow studies that span microscopic phenomena on the fast electron time scales (e.g., electron plasma waves, cyclotron radiation) to the slow time scales characteristic of plasma transport driven by drift‐wave turbulence and long wavelength magnetic fluctuations.

News

  • Physicists conducting research at the Large Plasma Device at UCLA’s Basic Plasma Science Facility have succeeded in recreating in miniature the magnetic fields that surround the Earth and other planets — research that may well provide insights into how space weather affects satellites. Read more here.

  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a plan to provide up to $6 million to support frontier plasma science experiments at several plasma research facilities across the nation. Read more here.


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Physicist Saskia Mordijck was recently awarded a CAREER award by the National Science Foundation. She’ll study the fourth state of matter at the LArge Plasma Device at UCLA.  Photo by Adrienne Berard/W&M News

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