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Learn about (1) plasma transport across magnetic fields (2) magnetic reconnection (3) an application: fusion energy for space propulsion. Aim to familiarize the student with fundamental and applied topics in plasma physics. Each topic will be introduced in a historical context leading to present day understanding. Models attempting to answer the questions will be developed and their limitations highlighted. Assignements consists of developing computer codes to solve systems of equations, reviewing literature and a presentation to the class.
Student learning goals
Understand the context, the mathematical models and the limitations/challenges.
General method of instruction
(recommended) AA405 - Introduction to aerospace plasmas (optional) AA556 - Space and laboratory plasma physics AA529 - Space propulsion AA558 - Plasma theory
Class assignments and grading
50% homework 50% presentation