AST 551 / MAE 525
General Plasma Physics I
An introductory course to plasma physics, with sample applications in fusion, space and astrophysics, semiconductor etching, microwave generation, plasma propulsion, high power laser propagation in plasma; characterization of the plasma state, Debye shielding, plasma and cyclotron frequencies, collision rates and mean-free paths, atomic processes, adiabatic invariance, orbit theory, magnetic confinement of single-charged particles, two-fluid description, magnetohydrodynamic waves and instabilities, heat flow, diffusion, kinetic description, and Landau damping. The course may be taken by undergraduates with permission of the instructor.
Sample reading list:
Goldston and Rutherford, Introduction to Plasma Physics
Stix and von Goeler, GPPI lecture notes
Hazeltine and Waelbroeck, The Framework of Plasma Physics
Not Open to Freshmen.
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