EEC231B – Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
3 units – Fall, Winter and Spring Quarter
Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: EEC 231A; consent of instructor.
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:
- Waves in hot plasmas: General hot plasma dispersion, Bernstein modes. cyclotron harmonics, Landau and cyclotron damping
- Damping and excitation of waves: resistivity. viscosity, neutral collisions, resonant particles; grids, coils
- Waves in bounded plasmas; Trivelpiece-Gould modes
- Accessibility and tunneling
- R. F. heating of plasmas
- Tonks-Dattner resonances
- Beam-plasma interactions; convective and absolute instabilities
- Streaming instabilities; Penrose criterion; current-driven instabilities
- Energy and momentum of waves; positive and negative energy waves
- Quailinear diffusion
- P.M. Bellan, Fundamentals of Plasma Physics, Cambridge University Press (6 April 2006)
- Stix, Waves in Plasmas (1992), American Institute of Physics, NY ISBN 0-88318-859-7
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