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Physics 519: Plasma Kinetic Theory


Course Outline

Foundations: definition and classification of plasmas, Klimontovich equation, plasma kinetic equation, Liouville equation, collisions

BBGKY hierarchy: derivation, Vlasov equation, phase space density, pair correlation function

Lenard-Balescu equation: time scales, collision term

Fluid models: ideal MHD equations, one- and two-fluid equations, validity of MHD model, guiding center currents

Linear waves: dielectric tensor, wave equation, dispersion relations, examples in Vlasov plasma



Lectures T Th 10:50 - 12:05 PM

Homework (50%)

Term exam (15%)

Presentation (10%)

Final exam (25%)

Text: References distributed in class 


All information is representative only, and is likely to change from year to year.