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EEC231B – Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion

3 units – Fall, Winter and Spring Quarter

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite: EEC 231A; 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. Waves in hot plasmas: General hot plasma dispersion, Bernstein modes. cyclotron harmonics, Landau and cyclotron damping
  2. Damping and excitation of waves: resistivity. viscosity, neutral collisions, resonant particles; grids, coils
  3. Waves in bounded plasmas; Trivelpiece-Gould modes
  4. Accessibility and tunneling
  5. R. F. heating of plasmas
  6. Tonks-Dattner resonances
  7. Beam-plasma interactions; convective and absolute instabilities
  8. Streaming instabilities; Penrose criterion; current-driven instabilities
  9. Energy and momentum of waves; positive and negative energy waves
  10. Quailinear diffusion
  11. Echoes

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 280B now EEC 231B 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