16.55 Ionized Gases
Properties and behavior of low-temperature plasmas for energy conversion, plasma propulsion, and gas lasers. Equilibrium of ionized gases: energy states, statistical mechanics, and relationship to thermodynamics. Kinetic theory: motion of charged particles, distribution function, collisions, characteristic lengths and times, cross sections, and transport properties. Gas surface interactions: thermionic emission, sheaths, and probe theory. Radiation in plasmas and diagnostics.
This class has 8.02 as a prerequisite.
16.55 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by P. C. Lozano.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.
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