22.616 Plasma Transport Theory


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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 be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by Staff.

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

In the Fall 2011 Subject Evaluations, 22.616 was rated 6.3 out of 7.0. You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Plasma Transport Theory site or on the 22.616 Stellar site.

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