A A 556
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 ESS 576; 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
Lecture Weekly homework assignments Midterm Final
Student should have passed an introductory graduate plasma physics course which would have introduced the student to basic plasma concepts, single particle motion in electric and magnetic fields, and introductory two fluid MHD theory.
Class assignments and grading
Problem assignments to provide exercise with specific plasma wave concepts.
Homework - 50% Midterm - 20% Final - 30%
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