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Q: Is fire a plasma? What is plasma?
Physicist: Generally speaking, by the time a gas is hot enough to be seen, it’s a plasma. The big difference between regular gas and plasma is that in a plasma a fair fraction of the atoms are ionized. But in a plasma the material itself is free charges. Maybe not the best plasma, or the most ionized plasma, but it does alright. The candle picture is from here, and the Jacob’s ladder picture is from here.
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