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Plasma Physics 1 (6 ECTS)


Teaching the principles of plasma physics:

Kinetic and fluid models for plasmas applications to the study of wave-plasma interaction.

Magnetohydrodynamic equations for the study of the stability of magnetized plasmas and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) instability in linear and toroidal plasmas.

Introduction to  models of the plasmas produced for applications (kinetics in gas phase and surface phase, sheaths and sources)


Fundamentals of plasma physics: kinetic and fluid plasma models, wave-plasma interaction by fluid model and kinetic model, magnetohydrodynamic equations, magneto-hydrodynamic stability and instabilities, magnetic reconnection, introduction to plasma applications.

Detailed program

Kinetic and fluid descriptions of plasma: the distribution function, the Vlasov equation, the momenta of the distribution function, the fluids equations, MHD and instabilities: space and time scales.

Waves in Plasma: Introduction to the wave propagation in plasma, Linearization of the Maxwell equations and fluids equations; Waves in non magnetised plasma; Langmuir oscillations; Electromagnetic transverse waves; Pressure effects; Waves in a magnetised plasma: perpendicular and parallel propagations; Wave polarisation in plasma; Waves in a drifting plasma: two stream intability.

Kinetics description of waves:Landau Damping. MHD and Instabilities: MHD stability; MHD instabilities

Kink and sausage instabilities, Rayleigh-Taylor instability for plasma and fluids; Plasma Applications

Plasma Sources, Sheats and Applications.


1st year, Master degree, First semester

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy