Course structure and lecture material
The course extends for the entire Fall semester with the idea that during the first period the foundations are laid, the relevant concepts become familiar, and the required mathematical tools are sharpened. In the second period we already go to plasmas of interest, i.e., mainly to space plasmas around the Earth and fusion plasmas for energy production.
The *preliminary* outline of the course is below, but it might be altered according to
the needs of attending students.
- What exactly is plasma? 7.9.
- Charged particles in simple electric and magnetic fields 14.9.
- Plasma as a statistical system 21.9.
- Plasma as a fluid 28.9.
- Plasma dynamics: electrostatic waves 5.10.
- Plasma dynamics: electromagnetic waves 12.10
- Collisions and transport in weakly ionized plasmas 26.10.
- Collisions and transport in fully ionized plasmas 2.11.
- Stuff in toroidal geometry 9.11.
- Plasma (in-) stability 16.11.
- Significance of plasma physics now and in the future: "Earthly" plasmas 23.11.
- Significance of plasma physics now and in the future: "Heavenly" plasmas 30.11.