Plasmas on all scales ...
       Spring  2010: PHYS & ASTR  - 5150 

Description: Graduate level introduction to plasma physics                                                      
Time: TR 12:30 - 1:45 PM
Location: G1B25
Instructor: Mihaly Horanyi
Phone: (303) 492-6903
Office: Duane Physics D-241
Office hours: You are welcome to stop by anytime, but please call or send an e-mail first.
Course text: D.A. Gurnett and A. Bhattacharjee : Introduction to Plasma Physics, Cambridge University Press, 2005


Grading policy:



Homework   60 %
 15 %
 25 %

Exam dates & locations:

Midterm 1


Course outline:
1) Basic concepts of plasma frequency, Debye shielding, and the Boltzmann distribution function
2) Single particle motion, particle drifts superimposed upon gyro motion, basic physics of the  the radiation belts in our magnetosphere
3) Cold plasma waves with and without magnetic fields
4) Plasma kinetics, the moment equations, fluid approximation
5) The basic ideas behind ideal MHD, simple static equilibria, and frozen flux approximation
6) Kinetic theory of waves in an unmagnetized plasma, the two-stream instability, the plasma dispersion function, and Landau damping
7) The behavior of complex (dusty) plasmas.

Useful web sites:
Physics Department
Department for Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
Center for Integrated Plasma Studies

Coalition for Plasma Science
Sounds of Space (Prof. Gurnett, U. Iowa)

Useful  material:

NRL Plasma Formulary (pdf)

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