studies in plasma physics are primarily concerned with measurements
aimed at broadening our understanding of basic properties of plasmas
and of ions in the plasma environment: transport properties, fluctuations,
and influences of plasma fields on the radiative properties of atoms
and ions (plasma spectroscopy). Out of these studies comes, in addition
to basic data for comparison with plasma theory, new diagnostic techniques
that may be applied for measurement of properties of plasmas in, e.g.,
the fusion power program and industrial plasma applications.