Lab: Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton University
Career: Plasma physicist, fusion scientist, mechanical engineer
Each summer, 45 undergraduate physics and engineering students from schools across the country converge at Princeton for a crash course in plasma physics. A state of matter found in stars and frequently in interstellar space, a plasma is an electrically charged soup of ions and free electrons made by superheating atoms until they rip themselves apart.
Over the summer, students get to use the lab's collection of plasma-creating machines, some of the best in the U.S., to study plasmas firsthand. For example, students ionize lithium atoms with radiowaves to see how plasmas are created. They also study how magnetic fields, such as those found in the sun, interact to create solar storms. And after an upgrade, students will work on the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX), a device that physicists will use to study fusion. The NSTX will heat plasma to 100 million degrees until the atoms fuse together and release energy. This is the same process that fuels the sun, and it could one day be a source of clean energy.
Plasma cannon for accessing hardened structures. As soon as the plasma hits the door all their systems go dead from raw electron pairing pulling the juice right out of their systems, and right through the operators as well as they rush to that ionized gas. At that temp and level of power, no point looking for unburnt bodies.
Who me? I'm in the Guild Navigator program. Yeah, gonna help Dune's new God Emperor sell spice. Nah, I don't ever get to leave campus, because our innate space folding capability gets trained up by being in all the world's colleges at the same time, and being that time has stopped, I never have found the way to get out of school yet. That's how I graduate.
Now that's one cool washing machine!