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- May 9, 2011
Or pop a balloon?But can it light a match.........
What's interesting about that, is it's on the very edge of what we call 'material'. Manipulation of plasma to act as laser optics is a fascinating prospect. It may be possible to eliminate traditional optics soon from extremely high power lasers. Also these 'optics' would be dust-free.
Edit: Found this article from a couple of year ago. Plasma optics could help fusion.
Since its introduction in the 1977 film "Star Wars," the Death Star has remained one of science fiction's most iconic figures. The image of Alderaan's destruction at the hands of the Death Star's superlaser is burned into the memory of millions of fans.phys.org
Material as it pertains to us is :
2. relating to, derived from, or consisting of matter
- the matter from which a thing is or can be made.
Plasma is one of the 4 fundamental states of matter.
So is matter, even an element alone not material ?
When if ever is a plasma not matter/material ?
Ions and free electrons are matter as they occupy space and have mass so the only question is are ions and free electrons in a plasma " material " and I would say yes at least in the sense that material is matter.
I said that it was on the edge of matter not that it wasn't matter.