• Plasma Physics
    • Department of Physics and Astronomy
    • Credit. 3
    • PH339
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    • Spring , 2015
    • 4160
    • Course Description:
    • ( Exchange Programme )
    • The course is introductory-level plasma physics where I teach students the fundamental concepts, theories and some potential applications for plasma physics. Fundamental theories include single-particle approach as a first step which gives a reasonable background on different particle drift motions in various E- and B-field configurations some are relevant to E-B fields of magnetic-confinement machines like EAST Tokamak in CHINA. The fluid-theory of plasma physics is given and directly applied to various (tens) kinds of plasma waves (EM and ES) and their propagation characteristics in plasma. A modified approach of the fluid theory, called “MHD” is applied to get the electrical properties and the stability properties of the plasma in various confinement configurations, including the most famous 2D equilibrium configuration called “Grad-Shafranov”. Finally I teach the basics of the microscopic theory of plasma physics which is the kinetic approach. Based on this theory I derive the exact dispersion relationship of plasma waves and the so called “Landau damping”. Throughout the course, we teach how the plasma physics is applied, for example to create a nuclear fusion reactor for future energy needs etc.
    • Course Syllabus:
    • After completing the course, students should know:
      1.Plasma in nature and how to create it on earth and laboratory
      2.Single-particle motions and drifts in variety of E- and B- field configurations
      3.Macroscopic “Fluid” theory of plasma physics and the plasma approximation
      4. Plasma waves and their propagation (Plasma Optics)
      5. The Plasma Diffusion problem and Resistivity
      6. Magnetohydrodynamics and the Equilibrium configurations of plasmas
      7. Microscopic theory of plasma physics (Kinetic approach) and Landau damping
    • Schedule:
    • Introduction and basic parameters of plasma media 4 hours
      Single particle motion in various E-B fields 6hours
      Fluid formulation of plasma physics 6hours
      Plasma Waves 8hours
      Advanced Plasma Waves 4hours
      Plasma Diffusion 4hours
      Electrical properties of Plasma 4hours
      MHD and Equilibrium 6hours
      Kinetic Theory of plasmas& and Landau damping 4hours
      Final Exams 2hours
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    • Nasr Hafz
    • Associate Professor
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    • nasr@sjtu.edu.cn
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  • Prerequisite Course:

    Fluid Mechanics, Statistical mechanics, Classical electrodynamics

  • Textbooks:

    F.F. Chen ”Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion” Vol.1
    R. O. Dendy: Plasma Physics: An Introductory Course
  • Grading:

    I assess students based on the following
    1. Activity in class
    2. Assignments and homework
    3. Attendance
    4. Midterm-exam results
    5. Final exam results
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