Fundamentals of Plasma Physics

Course Description

Historical review of plasma physics. Characteristic plasma parameters. Debye shielding. Quasy-neutrality. Plasma and cyclotron frequencies. Electromagnetic radiation from a plasma. Collisional processes in plasma. Collisional frequency. Plasma in electrical field. Resistivity of plasma. Magnetohydrodynamics: basic equations, equilibrium, Rayleigh-Taylor instability. Plasma waves. Plasma diagnostics: temperature and density measurements. Types of plasma and use: artificialy produced plasmas, terrestrial plasmas, plasmas in universe.

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

  1. Define plasma state and characteristic plasma parameters.
  2. Explain plasma and cyclotron frequency.
  3. Express laws for electromagnetic radiation from plasma.
  4. Describe collision processes in plasma.
  5. Describe plasma system with magnetohydrodynamics.
  6. Describe waves in plasma.
  7. 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 Comment: 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

  1. Historical review of plasma physics. Characteristic plasma parameters.
  2. Debye shielding. Quazy-neutrality. Plasma and cyclotron frequency.
  3. Electromagnetic radiation from a plasma. Equlibrium relations.
  4. Collision processes in plasma. Collision frequency.
  5. Kinetic theory. Phase space. Distribution function.
  6. Plasma in electrical field. Resistivity of plasma.
  7. Magnetohydrodynamics. Basic equations. MHD equilibrium. Rayleigh-Taylor instability.
  8. Midterm exam.
  9. Plasma waves.
  10. Plasma diagnostics : temperature measurements.
  11. Plasma diagnostics: density measurements.
  12. Artificially produced plasma - examples.
  13. Plasma in universe - examples.
  14. Terrestrial plasma - examples.
  15. Final exam.

Study Programmes

University graduate
Computer Engineering (profile)
Mathematics and Science (1. semester)
Computer Science (profile)
Mathematics and Science (1. semester)
Control Engineering and Automation (profile)
Mathematics and Science (1. semester)
Electrical Engineering Systems and Technologies (profile)
Mathematics and Science (1. semester)
Electrical Power Engineering (profile)
Mathematics and Science (1. semester)
Electronic and Computer Engineering (profile)
Mathematics and Science (1. semester)
Electronics (profile)
Mathematics and Science (1. semester)
Information Processing (profile)
Mathematics and Science (1. semester)
Software Engineering and Information Systems (profile)
Mathematics and Science (1. semester)
Telecommunication and Informatics (profile)
Mathematics and Science (1. semester)
Wireless Technologies (profile)
Mathematics and Science (1. semester)

Literature

H.-J. Kunze (2009.), Introduction to Plasma Spectroscopy, Springer
D. A. Gurnett, A. Bhattacharjee (2005.), Introduction to Plasma Physics, Cambridge University Press
A. W. DeSilva (1991.), Plasma Diagnostics, University of Maryland
I. H. Hutchinson (1987.), Principles of Plasma Diagnostics, Cambrigdge University Press
Paul M. Bellan (2008.), Fundamentals of Plasma Physics, Cambridge University Press

Lecturers in Charge

Grading System

ID 70068
  Winter semester
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