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What Is Plasma?

What Is Plasma Used For? What Is Plasma Made Of?

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A plasma ball is a popular novelty toy that contains plasma.

A plasma ball is a popular novelty toy that contains plasma.

Luc Viatour
Here's a look at what plasma is, what plasma is used for and what plasma is made of.

What Is Plasma?

Plasma is one of the states of matter. The other states of matter are liquids, solids and gases. Typically, plasma is made by heating a gas until its electrons have sufficient energy to escape the hold of the positively charged nuclei. Although you may not hear much about plasma, it is the most common prevalent state of matter in the universe and it relatively common on Earth.

What Is Plasma Used For?

Plasma is used in television, neon signs and fluorescent lights. Stars, lightning, aurorae and most flames consist of plasma.

What Is Plasma Made Of?

Plasma is made of free electrons and positively charged ions (cations).

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