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EEC231A – Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion

3 units – Fall, Winter and Spring Quarter

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing in Engineering; consent of instructor

Grading: Letter.

Catalog Description:

Equilibrium plasma properties; single particle motion; fluid equations; waves and instabilities in a fluid plasma; plasma kinetic theory and transport coefficients; linear and nonlinear Vlasov theory; fluctuations, correlations and radiation; inertial and magnetic confinement systems in controlled fusion.

Expanded Course Description:

  1. Plasma physics applications
  2. Particle motion in electromagnetic field; adiabatic invariants
  3. Fluid equations and diamagnetic drifts
  4. Debye shielding; plasma sheaths
  5. Maxwell’s equations in the plasma; the equivalent dielectric tensor
  6. Waves in cold and warm plasmas: CMA diagram; phase velocity surfaces; polarization and particle orbits; Fredericks and Stringer diagrams for low-frequency waves
  7. Electromagnetic waves: ordinary and extraordinary waves, Appleton-Hartree formula, microwave diagnostics. Alfven waves whistlers, e.m., cyclotron waves
  8. Electrostatic waves: Bohm-Gross waves, ion acoustic waves. two-ion hybrid waves, ion cyclotron waves
  9. Wave packets and group velocity in anisotropic media; resonance cones
  10. Diffusion in partially ionized gases
  11. Resistivity and diffusion in fully ionized gases; magnetic viscosity
  12. Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) theory
  13. Single-fluid equations
  14. Kinetic theory; Vlasov equation and Landau damping
  15. Basic types of instabilities

Textbook/reading:

  1. P.M. Bellan, Fundamentals of Plasma Physics, Cambridge University Press (6 April 2006)
  2. Stix, Waves in Plasmas (1992), American Institute of Physics, NY ISBN 0-88318-859-7

Instructors: Luhmann

THIS COURSE DOES NOT DUPLICATE ANY EXISTING COURSE.

Note: Former EAD 280A now EEC 231A due to discontinuation of EAD course. Course content has not changed, only course department & number. Expanded Course Description Added 7-1-14

Last revised: July 2015