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Riverside Research Conducts Successful Performance Acceptance Test on New Plasma Vacuum Chamber

16 March 2016

Dayton, OH – Riverside Research, a not-for-profit scientific research company primarily serving the US Department of Defense (DOD) and the Intelligence Community (IC), performed acceptance testing on the large plasma vacuum chamber recently installed in the Open Innovation Center (OIC).

The operational vacuum test was conducted over the course of eight hours and the chamber ultimately achieved a base pressure of 3.1 x 10-7 Torr, which is one billion times lower than the standard atmospheric pressure that surrounds us on a typical day. This pressure corresponds to an altitude of approximately 200 miles above sea level, which is midway between the 100-300 mile altitudes that low earth orbit satellites typically fly. The graph below provides details of the successful vacuum test.

“This new capability enables Riverside Research to perform advanced research and development in plasma physics and space applications,” said Dr. Jeffrey Pursel, Director, Open Innovation Center. “It will support ionospheric and space plasma environments, hypersonic plasma environments, space propulsion, plasma-magnetic field interactions, dusty plasmas, and plasma-based material processing applications.”

                                                                 Pressure Log of the Test


About Riverside Research

Riverside Research is a not-for-profit organization chartered to advance scientific research in the public interest and in support of the United States government. Comprised of leading engineering, technology, and operations experts, Riverside Research delivers trusted solutions in Biomedical Engineering, Cyber, Electromagnetics Sciences, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance. These Centers of Excellence are supported by five integrated research laboratories that conduct independent and mission-focused research in critical technology areas. Originating as part of Columbia University in the 1950s and established as an independent corporation in 1967, Riverside Research remains dedicated to its academic heritage by working with colleges and universities from across the nation to advance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through education, research, and workforce development. Learn more at


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