For more information or current course offerings, please consult the Current Quarter Class Schedule or the 1999-2001 Graduate School Bulletin.
Phys 5162 Introduction to Plasma Physics
(4 cr; prereq Phys 5022, 5024 or #; offered alt yrs)
Magnetohydrodynamics and properties of collisionless plasmas, with applications to the magnetic field of the earth and sun and to plasma confinement. Transport phenomena and effects of collisions.
Cosmic rays, their characteristics and their motion in the interplanetary and interstellar medium. Topics in x-ray and radio astronomy.
Interaction of magnetospheric physics with the solar wind; single particle motions, radiation belts, and plasma convection; magnetic structure and currents; collective behavior, magnetohydrodynamic description of plasmas; discontinuities, boundary layers and shocks; plasma waves and instabilities.
Intstructors: Cattell, Lysak
Sample Problem Set
Survey of atmosphere above 15 km; physics and chemistry of the stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere; temperature and density profiles; major and minor constituents and their distributions; aspects of pollutants; reactions and rates; global variation of constituents; the energy budget of the atmosphere.
Study of properties of plasmas at an advanced theoretical level. Transport phenomena, radiation from plasma, themonuclear machines and their instabilities, and waves in magnetized plasma.
Possible topics: theory of waves and instabilities in hot plasma.
Current Seminar Schedule
Properties of energetic particles in both solar-terrestrial and astrophysical environments. The earth's radiation belts, effects of the earth's magnetic field on charged particles, energy and charge spectrum of cosmic rays, the structure and evolution of the galaxy, motion of particles in the galactic and intergalactic medium, and topics in x-ray and radio astronomy.
Solar surface physics including photosphere, chromosphere, and corona; spectroscopic observations and their interpretation; solar active regions, sunspots, plages; associated magnetic fields, optical, radio, and particle effects and the solar wind; the terrestrial magnetic field and trapped radiation, auroral phenomena, and geomagnetic storms.
Instructor: Kellogg, Lysak
Fall Quarter 1998 Syllabus