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Who discovered plasma?

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Plasma was first discovered by Sir William Crookes in 1879. He used an electrical discharge tube that became known as a "Crookes tube." He first labeled plasma as "radiant matter" because of its luminous quality.

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Plasma is the most common of the four types of matter. It comprises more than 99 percent of all matter in the universe. Plasma occurs when a state of matter contains a large amount of ionized particles and generates its own magnetic field. When under the influence of a magnetic field, it may form structures such as filaments, beams and double layers. The sun is made of plasma.

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