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Spring 2016-2017
AST 554   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Irreversible Processes in Plasmas

Matthew W. Kunz

Introduction to theory of fluctuations and transport in plasma. Origins of irreversibility. Random walks, Brownian motion, and diffusion; Langevin and Fokker-Planck theory. Fluctuation-dissipation theorem; test-particle superposition principle. Statistical closure problem. Derivation of kinetic equations from BBGKY hierarchy and Klimontovich formalism; properties of plasma collision operators. Classical transport coefficients in magnetized plasmas; Onsager symmetry. Introduction to plasma turbulence, including quasilinear theory. Applications to current problems in plasma research.

Sample reading list:
Krall & Trivelpiece (1973), Principles of Plasma Physics
Wax, ed., (1954), Selected Papers on Noise and Stochastic Processes
S.I. Braginski (1965), Transport Processes in Plasma
Montgomery & Tidman (1964), Plasma Kinetic Theory
Montgomery (1971), Theory of Unmagnetized Plasma
Helander & Sigmar (2002), Collisional Transport in Magnetized Plasma

Final Exam - 50%
Problem set(s) - 50%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Intended for second-year graduate students. Provides required background for AST 559/APC 539, "Turbulence in Fluids and Plasmas." Extensive course notes are provided.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43030 C01 9:00 am - 10:20 am T Th   Jadwin Hall   A08   Enrolled:9 Limit:20