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Plasma Theory I & II: Course Outline fro Plasma Theory II (MAT 668)

Plasma is a distinct phase of matter, separate from the traditional solids, liquids, and gases. It is a collection of charged particles that respond strongly and collectively to electromagnetic fields, taking the form of gas-like clouds or ion beams.

Course Contents

Mechanism of the thermonuclear reactions. Solution of localized Vlasov equation Vlasov theory of small amplitude waves in field free uniform/nonuniform magnetized cold/hot plasmas; the theory of instability.Conservation of particles, momentum and energy in quasilinear theory; Landau damping; the gentle-bump and two-stream instability in quasilinear theory; plasma wave echoes; nonlinear wave-particle interaction.Shielding of a moving test charge, electric field fluctuations in maxwellian and nonmaxwellian plasmas, emission of electrostatic waves; electromagnetic fluctuations, emission of radiation from plasma; black body radiation; cyclotron radiation. 

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