22.611 Introduction to Plasma Physics I

Class Info

Introduces plasma phenomena relevant to energy generation by controlled thermonuclear fusion and to astrophysics. Elementary plasma concepts, plasma characterization. Motion of charged particles in magnetic fields. Coulomb collisions, relaxation times, transport processes. Two-fluid hydrodynamic and MHD descriptions. Plasma confinement by magnetic fields, simple equilibrium and stability analysis. Wave propagation in a magnetic field; application to RF plasma heating. Introduction to kinetic theory; Vlasov, Boltzmann and Fokker-Planck equations; relation of fluid and kinetic descriptions. Electron and ion acoustic plasma waves, Landau damping.

This class has 6.013, 8.07, and 18.04 as prerequisites. This class has 18.075 as a corequisite.

22.611 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Fall semester, and will be instructed by I. Hutchinson.

Lecture occurs 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in NW16-213.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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