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Ion acoustic wave experiments in a high school plasma physics laboratory

Gekelman, Walter and Wise, J. and Pribyl, P. and Baker, R. and Layton, W. and Skrzypek, J. and Niknejadi, P. and Ransom, R. and Lee, D. and Zarinshesnas, R. and Kim, T. and Buck, R. and Warfel, E. and Tasoff, T. and Carmona, J. and Skolnik, S. and Kim, L. and Furlong, D. and Gibson, N. (2007) Ion acoustic wave experiments in a high school plasma physics laboratory. American Journal of Physics, 75 (2). pp. 103-110. ISSN 0002-9505. doi:10.1119/1.2372470.

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We describe a successful alliance between a university and several high schools. The alliance is centered on a laboratory experiment constructed by students and faculty. The experiment involves sophisticated concepts and equipment not readily available in high schools. Much of the experiment is directly related to the science and mathematics learned in high school, with opportunities to extend their understanding by applying it to a research experience. The experiment is in plasma physics, but a similar alliance can be implemented in any area of science. Although the number of high school students affected by any one alliance is small, the impact is potentially large in the scientific life of a participating student or teacher.

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Additional Information:© 2007 American Association of Physics Teachers. Received 24 April 2006; accepted 29 September 2006. The authors happily acknowledge the support of the Department of Energy Office of Fusion Science for several grants used to help fund the device construction and the ongoing educational outreach support of the Basic Plasma Science Facility at UCLA, which is funded by a cooperative agreement between the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. We also happily acknowledge the support that the UCLA Vice Chancellor for Research, Roberto Peccei, has given over the years.
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Subject Keywords:physics education, student experiments, plasma ion acoustic waves, plasma density, plasma fluctuations, Langmuir probes, plasma devices
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Classification Code:PACS: 01.50.Pa; 50.00.00
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Official Citation:Ion acoustic wave experiments in a high school plasma physics laboratory Walter Gekelman, J. Wise, P. Pribyl, R. Baker, W. Layton, J. Skrzypek, P. Niknejadi, R. Ransom, D. Lee, R. Zarinshesnas, T. Kim, R. Buck, E. Warfel, T. Tasoff, J. Carmona, S. Skolnik, L. Kim, D. Furlong, and N. Gibson, Am. J. Phys. 75, 103 (2007), DOI:10.1119/1.2372470
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