Physics Department Seminar University of Alaska Fairbanks

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A Demonstration of Several Marginally Safe Microwave Oven Experiments
Daisy Huang, Vanessa Spencer, and the microwave from the TA office
Physics Dept, UAF

UAF is one of the world’s leading institutions for space physics, with many leading scholars in plasma physics. However, we have found that not too many people have direct experience with plasmas. The internet provides many suggestions for home-made plasmas using a microwave, but most people do not want to put their own microwaves through such potentially destructive tests. Therefore, we are sacrificing our TA office microwave for educational purposes. Several other unwise, marginally safe demonstrations will also be conducted for entertainment purposes. List of demonstrations:
Light bulb
Fluorescent light bulb
Candle with beaker (we will attempt to catch the plasma)
Ivory soap
Egg (thanks to Dr. Sentman for this suggestion)
Please feel free to bring anything you’d like to warm up for snacks. We will heat them up prior to the demonstrations, so you do not inhale plastic outgas products.

Tuesday, 28 March 2008
Globe Room, Elvey Building
4:00 PM (note time)