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2021/2022

Fundamentals of the Plasma Physics

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XP02ZFP ZK 4 3P
Lecturer:
Stanislav Pekárek (guarantor)
Tutor:
Stanislav Pekárek (guarantor)
Supervisor:
Department of Physics
Synopsis:

This course will provide you with a basic knowledge of plasma physics and of its applications.

Plasma definition. Main plasma characteristics. Collisions of charged particles. Fluid model.. Magneto-hydrodynamics. Aplications.

Requirements:

1. Written report dealing with a particular problem.

2. Sufficent knowledge of plasma physics within the extent of lectures.

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Definition of a plasma, Debye length, plasma parameter, plasma frequency.

2. Classification of plasmas, the n-T diagram, applications.

3. Motion of charged particles in uniform and stationary fields.

4. Motion of charged particles in non-uniform fields, magnetic mirrors.

5. Motion of charged particles in non-stationary fields.

6. Relative dielectric constant, dielectric tensor.

7. Plasmas as fluids, fluid equations.

8. Diffusion, mobility, ambipolar diffusion.

9. Diffusion across magnetic field. Collisions in fully ionized plasmas.

10. Role of collisions on diffusion in magnetic field. Plasma resistivity.

11. Magnetohydrodynamic description of plasmas,diffusion in fully ionized plasma.

12. Introduction to kinetic theory, Boltmann-Vlasov equation.

13. Connections to fluid theories, velocity moments of the Boltzmann-Vlasov equation.

Syllabus of tutorials:

No exercises.

Study Objective:

The objectives of the programme are to improve students understanding of basic plasma physics phenomena in context with electrical discharges for environmental and medical applications, surface or food treatment.

Study materials:

1. F.F. Chen, Introduction to Plasma Physics, Plenum Press, New York, 1974

2. R.J.Galdston, P.H.Rutherford, Introduction to Plasma Physics, IOP Bristol, 1995

3. A. Fridman, L.A. Kennedy, Plasma Physics and Engineering, Taylor&Francis, New York, 2004

Note:
Further information:
https://moodle.fel.cvut.cz/courses/XP02ZFP
Time-table for winter semester 2021/2022:
Time-table is not available yet
Time-table for summer semester 2021/2022:
06:00–08:0008:00–10:0010:00–12:0012:00–14:0014:00–16:0016:00–18:0018:00–20:0020:00–22:0022:00–24:00
Mon
Tue
Wed
roomT2:B2-39e
Pekárek S.
13:30–16:00
(lecture parallel1)
Dejvice
Cvičebna
Thu
Fri
The course is a part of the following study plans:
Data valid to 2022-08-14
For updated information see http://bilakniha.cvut.cz/en/predmet11509104.html