Discussion of waves, equilibrium and stability, diffusion and resistivity, basic plasma kinetic theory, and wave-particle interactions. Prerequisite: ESS 415, or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with A A 556; W, odd years.
This course will cover Plasma Waves for lab and space plasma applications. We start with the fluid equations (derived in ESS415/515 and AA405) and derive dispersion relationships for several wave modes. We then go back to the distribution function and derive Landau damping and growth along with a discussion of equilibrium and stability. We finish with a series of discussions about off angle wave propagation modes and mode coupling for a whole zoo of plasma waves.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
ESS415/515 or AA405 That is, it will be assumed that the student has been introduced to beginning plasma physics as well as both single particle motion in electric and magnetic fields, as well as magnetohydrodynamic theory (MHD).
Class assignments and grading
Weekly problem assignments
Homework 50% Midterm 20% Final 30%
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