Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.09.2019 - 11.12.2019

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I - II Autumn (2018-2019, 2019-2020)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course the students should have a basic understanding of plasma phenomenology, so that they can explain, e.g., how the radio waves propagate in the earth's atmosphere, and how a fusion plasma with a temperature of 100 million degrees can be controlled in laboratory conditions.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Plasma is the fourth and most common state of matter in our cosmos. Our direct contacts with plasma are still -- fortunately -- few and far apart. However, since e.g., modern tele communication is based on basic properties of plasmas, and fusion energy could help slow down the climate change, learning some basics of this peculiar state of matter is not only interesting but also useful.
In this course the student will be introduced to plasma, a gas consisting of electrically charged particles, which makes its properties dramatically different from those of the more familiar states of matter: the free charges interact via Coulomb force that has, in principle, infinite range. This allows plasma to display a host of interesting collective phenomena, the most useful and intriguing of which  will be introduced in this course. The plasma will be treated predominantly with the magnetohydrodynamic description, the foundations of which will be outlined.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching: 48 h

Independent work (exercises, mini-assignments): 50 h

Exam: 4 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

lecture notes and web material

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic knowledge (at the level of a 3rd year student) in statistical physics and electromagnetism.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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