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Advance Plasma Physics: Course Outline (PH-617)

This advanced plasma physics course will provide a systematic and extensive coverage of advanced topics in plasma physics.

Course Outline

  • Review of motion of a charged particle in electric and magnetic fields.
  • Two-fluid equations.
  • Diamagnetic drift, and electrostatic and electromagnetic waves in cold plasma.
  • Diffusion in fully and partially ionized plasmas. 
  • Steady state solutions.
  • Recombination.
  • Diffusion across a magnetic field. .
  • Collisions in fully ionized plasmas. 
  • The single fluid MHD equations.
  • Solution of diffusion equation.
  • Bohm diffusion and neoclassical diffusion.
  • Hydromagnetic equilibrium and plasma β.
  • Diffusion of magnetic field into a plasma.
  • Classification of instabilities.
  • Two-streaming instability.
  • Rayleigh-Taylor instability. 
  • Resistive drift waves.
  • Introduction to kinetic theory of plasmas. 
  • Equations of kinetic theory.
  • Derivation of the fluid equation. 
  • Plasma oscillations.
  • Langmuir waves and Landau damping.
  • Introduction to controlled fusion and confinement schemes.
  • Description of Tokamak and pinch devices.
  • Supplementary heating.

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