PTYS 414

Introduction to Plasma Physics

The purpose of this course is to present an introduction to the physics of plasmas. Topics include fundamental plasma scales and interactions, single particle motion, magnetohydrodynamic and fluid models, linear waves, kinetic theory, plasma stability, magnetic reconnection, and non-linear processes. The roles of these processes are considered in a variety of systems, including the Sun and stars, their extended atmospheres, planetary magnetospheres, and laboratory devices.  The emphasis throughout will be on basic physical processes and the various approximations used in their application to realistic and relevant problems. The graduate course is identical to ASTR/ATMO/PHYS 514, with PTYS as the home department.

Course Level: 
PTYS Minor Elective
Course Level Other: 
PTYS Undergraduate Course
Course Credits: 
3
Course Type: 
Undergraduate

Semester Section Number Instructor(s) Day/Time Location Resources
2022 Spring 001 Kristopher Klein TTH 2:00-3:15p.m. Kuiper 312