PHYX 6330—Plasma
Physics I

**Title: Plasma Physics I**

**Professor: Eric Held**

**Time: 9:30 - 10:20 M W F**

**Semester: Fall 2008**

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**Course Objective**

**1. Develop an understanding of the
plasma state including**

**single particle motion, waves, the
plasma kinetic equation**

**and its moments, magnetohydrodynamics,
fluid and kinetic instabilities,**

**quasilinear diffusion and Coulomb
collisions.**

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**Syllabus**

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**# 1. Fundamental plasma parameters
and single particle motion Debye shielding, plasma frequency and the plasma
parameter**

**# single particle drifts, adiabatic
invariants, and the Hamiltonian method**

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**2. Waves in a cold plasma**

**# dispersion relations and the cold
plasma dielectric**

**# cutoffs, resonances and the CMA
diagram**

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**3. Kinetic and fluid descriptions**

**# Boltzmann equation**

**# moments of the Boltzmann equation**

**# finite-T effects on waves**

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**4. Magnetohydrodynamics**

**# derivation and validity**

**# equilibrium and stability**

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**5. Kinetic description of waves in
hot plasma**

**# the Vlasov formulation**

**# electrostatic and electromagnetic
waves**

**# linear and nonlinear Landau
damping**

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**6. Quasilinear theory**

**# assumptions of QL theory**

**# QL diffusion**

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**7. Coulomb collisions**

**# Fokker-Planck operator**

**# moment approach to the linearized
Coulomb collision operator**

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**Text:Intoduction to Plasma Physics,
Donald A. Gurnett and Amitava Bhattacharjee**

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**Additional References:**

**# The Framework of Plasma Physics,
Richard D. Hazeltine and Francois L. Waelbroeck**

**# The Physics of Fully Ionized
Gases, Lyman Spitzer, Jr.**

**# Physics of High Temperature
Plasmas, G. Schmidt**

**# Introduction to Plasma Physics and
Controlled Fusion, F. F. Chen**

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**Grading:**

**Homework (4) 40%**

**Midterm (1) 30%**

**Final (1) 30%**