6.651[J] Introduction to Plasma Physics I

Class Info

Linear waves and instabilities in magnetized plasma; solutions of Vlasov-Maxwell equations in homogeneous and inhomogeneous plasmas; conservation principles for energy and momentum; quasi-linear theory and nonlinear stabilization; solitons and coherent nonlinear phenomena; collisions and discrete particle effects; fluctuations in a stable plasma; Fokker-Planck equation and transport phenomena. A subject description tailored to fit the background and interests of the attending students distributed shortly before and at the beginning of the subject.

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

6.651[J] will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by Staff.

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

In the Fall 2015 Subject Evaluations, 6.651[J] was rated 5.8 out of 7.0. You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Introduction to Plasma Physics I site.

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