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Spring 2015-2016
AST 552   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

General Plasma Physics II

Hantao Ji

This is an introductory graduate course in plasma physics, focusing on magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and its extension to weakly collisional or collisionless plasmas. Topics to be covered include: the equations of MHD and extended MHD, the structure of magnetic fields, static and rotating MHD equilibria and their stability, magnetic reconnection, MHD turbulence, and the dynamo effect. Applications are drawn from fusion, heliophysical, and astrophysical plasmas.

Sample reading list:
Freidberg, Ideal Magnetohydrodynamics
Gurnett, D. & Bhattacharjee, A., Introduction to Plasma Physics with Space and Laboratory App
White, Theory of Tokamak Plasmas
Kulsrud, Plasma Physics for Astrophysics

Requirements/Grading:
Other (See Instructor) - 100%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43215 C01 10:30 am - 11:50 am M W F   Lewis Library   117   Enrolled:10 Limit:15