EEC231C – Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
3 units – Fall, Winter and Spring Quarter
Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: EEC 231B; 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:
- Neoclassical diffusion
- Equilibrium and stability
- MHD equilibrium
- Hydromagnetic equilibrium in confinement geometries
- Tokamak equilibrium, safety factor, Grad-Shafranov shift
- Rayleigh-Taylor instability, interchange instability
- MHS stability; energy principle
- Tokamak stability
- Tearing modes’ magnetic reconnection
- Sawtooth instability
- Drift waves
- Thomson scattering; collective scattering
- Parametric instabilities
- Stimulated scattering
- Laser fusion
- White, Theory of Tokamak Plasmas (1989), Elsevier Science Publishers B.V.
- Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy, Jeffrey P. Freidberg, Cambridge University Press, 2007
- Kruer, The Physics of Laser Interactions (1988), Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc.
- Dalton D. Schnack, Lectures in Magnetohydrodynamics: With an Appendix on Extended MHD, Springer, Lecture Notes in Physics, Volume 780 (2009)
THIS COURSE DOES NOT DUPLICATE ANY EXISTING COURSE.
Note: Former EAD 280C now EEC 231C 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