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Spring 2016-2017
AST 562   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Laboratory in Plasma Physics

Samuel A. Cohen

Develop skills, knowledge, and understanding of basic and advanced laboratory techniques used to measure the properties and behavior of plasmas. Representative experiments are: cold-cathode plasma formation and architecture; ambipolar diffusion in afterglow plasmas; Langmuir probe measurements of electron temperature and plasma density; period doubling and transitions to chaos in glow discharges; optical spectroscopy for species identification; microwave interferometry and cavity resonances for plasma density determination; and momentum generated by a plasma thruster.

Sample reading list:
O. Auciello & D.L. Flamm, editors, Plasma Diagnostics
A. Wong, Introduction to Experimental Plasma Physics
R.H. Huddlestone & S.L. Leonard, editors, Plasma Diagnostic Techniques
T. Hutchinson, Principles of Plasma Diagnostics
M. Heald & C. Wharton, Plasma Diagnostics with Microwaves

Other (See Instructor) - 100%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
Three laboratory reports are required. At least four experiments must be performed.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43032 C01 12:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T Th   Forrestal Campus   S213   Enrolled:8 Limit:12