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Fall 2017-2018
AST 551 / MAE 525   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

General Plasma Physics I

Nathaniel J. Fisch
Hong Qin

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

Other (See Instructor) - 100%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23027 C01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am M W   McCosh Hall   4   Enrolled:10 Limit:30
23027 C01 10:00:00 am - 12:00:00 pm F   McCosh Hall   4   Enrolled:10 Limit:30