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Uri Shumlak
A A 598
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Aeronautics and Astronautics

Introduction of special topics in the field of aeronautics and astronautics. Topics introduced by regular and guest speakers and includes a variety of information that is of current interest in aeronautics and astronautics. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

This course will cover the emerging field of high energy density plasmas. Course material will include wire Z-pinches, laser/plasma interactions, inertial confinement fusion, magnetized target fusion, and astrophysical plasmas. Applications include studying extreme states of matter, National Ignition Facility (NIF), Z-machine, and liner implosions onto plasma targets. HEDP includes the fields of plasma physics, laser and particle beam physics, condensed matter and materials science, nuclear physics atomic and molecular physics, fluid dynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, astrophysics.

Student learning goals

Students will know the applicability and relevance of high energy density plasmas (HEDP).

Students will understand the primary topics of HEDP, including inertial confinement fusion, astrophysics, and space physics.

Students will know the different approaches of producing terrestrial HEDP and the issues associated with each approach.

Students will understand the various modeling techniques for HEDP and be able to analyze simple HEDP equilibria and stability.

Students will be able to independently research HEDP subtopics sufficiently to prepare and deliver a technical lecture.

General method of instruction

Lectures, Student Lectures Development, Questions & Responses

Recommended preparation

Basic knowledge of plasma physics

Class assignments and grading

develop lecture notes, formulate questions & responses, summary report

Lecture Presentation & Notes 50% Lecture Evaluations, Questions & Responses 20% Summary Report 30%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Uri Shumlak
Date: 01/03/2010