### Fundamentals of Plasma Physics

#### Course Description

#### General Competencies

Providing students with the fundamental knowledge of plasma physics, and enabling them to successfully apply very wide use of plasma in their respective disciplines of interest. Giving students a possibility to understand how they could achieve results successfully combining knowledge gained from different disciplines. In the course students see how the elements from atomic physics, electromagnetism, quantum physics, semiconductor theory, and electronics and computing could be used together in plasma physics theory. Helping students to develop critical thinking skills. Preparating students for careers in high-techological industries and in research and developing institutions.

#### Learning Outcomes

- Define plasma state and characteristic plasma parameters.
- Explain plasma and cyclotron frequency.
- Express laws for electromagnetic radiation from plasma.
- Describe collision processes in plasma.
- Describe plasma system with magnetohydrodynamics.
- Describe waves in plasma.
- Describe plasma types and their use.

#### Forms of Teaching

**Lectures**Lectures with exercises and presentations in two cycles of 7 and 6 weeks.

**Consultations**Consulting.

**Seminars**Seminar.

#### Grading Method

Continuous Assessment | Exam | |||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Type | Threshold | Percent of Grade | Threshold | Percent of Grade | ||

Seminar/Project | 0 % | 25 % | 0 % | 25 % | ||

Attendance | 0 % | 5 % | 0 % | 5 % | ||

Mid Term Exam: Written | 0 % | 35 % | 0 % | |||

Final Exam: Written | 0 % | 35 % | ||||

Exam: Written | 0 % | 70 % |

#### Week by Week Schedule

- Historical review of plasma physics. Characteristic plasma parameters.
- Debye shielding. Quazy-neutrality. Plasma and cyclotron frequency.
- Electromagnetic radiation from a plasma. Equlibrium relations.
- Collision processes in plasma. Collision frequency.
- Kinetic theory. Phase space. Distribution function.
- Plasma in electrical field. Resistivity of plasma.
- Magnetohydrodynamics. Basic equations. MHD equilibrium. Rayleigh-Taylor instability.
- Midterm exam.
- Plasma waves.
- Plasma diagnostics : temperature measurements.
- Plasma diagnostics: density measurements.
- Artificially produced plasma - examples.
- Plasma in universe - examples.
- Terrestrial plasma - examples.
- Final exam.

#### Study Programmes

##### University graduate

#### Literature

*Introduction to Plasma Spectroscopy*, Springer

*Introduction to Plasma Physics*, Cambridge University Press

*Plasma Diagnostics*, University of Maryland

*Principles of Plasma Diagnostics*, Cambrigdge University Press

*Fundamentals of Plasma Physics*, Cambridge University Press

#### Lecturers in Charge

#### Grading System

**ID**70068

**4**ECTS

**L3**English Level

**L1**e-Learning

**45**Lecturers

**0**Exercises

**0**Laboratory exercises

#### General

**85**Excellent

**70**Very Good

**60**Good

**50**Acceptable