Create Plasma in Your Microwave

Have you ever wanted to create Plasma (an ionized gas) in you home? If so, then all you need is a microwave oven, some grapes, and the Microwave Grape Plasma tutorial.

I have not tried this, but I am tempted.

Note: This procedure could cause severe damage to the oven or bodily injury so please try at your own risk.

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7 Comments

  1. Pardon my ignorance but I’m curious…Is there a compelling reason why I would want to create plasma at home? Does it have some practical household application that I can possibly benefit from?

  2. No practial application, just the fun of doing science and creating something that normally can’t be replicated at home

  3. Why take the chance of ruining your microwave at home. Just try it in one of the microwaves at work!

  4. Extremely cool.

  5. I’ve never done that, but I did wrap a hard-boiled egg up in a plate, surrounded it and secured it inside with a load of saran wrap, then put it in the microwave for 10 minutes, and would you believe that the egg didn’t explode?

    That is, until I opened up the microwave and started to take off the saran wrap.

    Egg on my face was an understatement.

  6. I still want to try this on the 1000+ watt microwaves at 7-11… preferrably *after* I’m finished nuking my burrito.

  7. Bill

     /  April 1, 2008

    Plasma is used in making the chips within your computer. Like your CPU. It is used to smooth out the 25 or so layers of metal. We are talking very, very thin layers! in the 1-10A range!

    You might like to play with a magnet around your plasma – It should repel the cloud away from the magnet.

    Looking at plasma often is not good for your eyes I’ve been told by my trainer. I have no written proof of that statement.

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