PHYS 4150 - Plasma Physics

Discusses the fundamentals of plasma physics, including particle motion in electromagnetic fields, wave propagation, collisions, diffusion, and resistivity. Presents examples from space plasmas, astrophysical plasmas, laboratory fusion plasmas, and plasmas in accelerators. Prereqs., PHYS 1110-1120 and MATH 400 or APPM 2350. Coreq., PHYS 3310. Typically offered Fall term.

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PHYS 5141 - Astrophysical and Space Plasmas.

Covers magnetohydrodynamics and a few related areas of plasma physics applied to space and astrophysical systems, including planetary magnetospheres and ionospheres, stars, and interstellar gas in galaxies. Prereq., graduate standing in astrophysical and planetary science or physics. Same as ASTR 5140.

PHYS 5150 - Introductory Plasma Physics

Includes basic phenomena of ionized gases, static and dynamic shielding, linear waves, instabilities, particles in fields, collisional phenomena, fluid equations, collisionless Boltzman equations, Landau damping, scattering and absorption of radiation in plasmas, elementary nonlinear processes, WKB wave theory, controlled thermonuclear fusion concepts, astrophysical applications, and experimental plasma physics (laboratory). Prereq., PHYS 3310. Same as ASTR 5150. Typically offered Spring term.

PHYS 5220 - Nonlinear Dynamics

Conservative systems: canonical perturbation theory, adiabatic invariants, surface of section, overlap criterion, orbit stability, quasilinear diffusion, renormalization analysis of transition to chaos. Bifurcation theory: center manifolds, normal forms, singularity theory. Dissipative systems: strange attractors, renormalization analysis of period doubling, intermittency. Prereq., PHYS 5210. Same as ATOC 5220. Typically offered Spring term.

PHYS 7160 - Intermediate Plasma Physics

Continuation of PHYS 5150. Topics vary yearly but include nonlinear effects such as wave coupling, quasilinear relaxation, particle trapping, nonlinear Landau damping, collisionless shocks, solutions; non-neutral plasmas; kinetic theory of waves in a magnetized plasma; anisotropy; in-homogeneity; radiation--ponderomotive force, parametric instabilities, stimulated scattering; plasma optics; kinetic theory and fluctuation phenomena. Prereq., PHYS 5150 or instructor consent. Same as ASTR 7160. Typically offered Fall term in alternating years.

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