PEP 607 Plasma Physics I

Motion of charged particles in electromagnetic field; Boltzmann equation for plasma; properties of magnetoplasmas; and fundamentals of magnetohydrodynamics. Applications to include: mirror geometry, high frequency confinement, plasma confinement, and heating by means of magnetic fields; motion of plasmas along and across magnetic field lines; magnetohydrodynamic stability theory; plasma oscillations; microinstabilities waves in magnetoplasma; dispersion relations; Fokker-Planck equation for plasmas; plasma conductivity; runaway electrons; relaxation times; radiation phenomena in magnetoplasmas; stability theories; finite Larmor radius stabilization; minimum-B stability; and universal instabilities. Typical text: Schmidt, Physics of High Temperature Plasmas. Fall semester.




Department of Physics

Typically Offered Periods

Fall Semester