22.616 Plasma Transport Theory

Class Info

The Fokker-Planck operator for Coulomb collisions, including the Landau and Rosenbluth potential forms, is derived, expanded to obtain useful limits, and used to define characteristic times. Classical collisional transport in an arbitrary magnetic field is developed first, and then the high (Pfirsch-Schluter), low (banana), and intermediate (plateau) collisionality regimes of tokamak transport are examined with emphasis on the banana regime where bootstrap current is most pronounced. Gyrokinetics and zonal flow is discussed.

This class has 22.615 as a prerequisite.

22.616 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Fall semester, and will be instructed by Staff.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

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