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EEM060 - Plasma physics with applications and fusion
Owner: TELTA
4,0 Credits (ECTS 6)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: C

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0102 Examination 4,0 c Grading: TH   4,0 c   Contact examiner

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Professor  Mattias Marklund


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A plasma is a partially or completely ionized gas, which primarily is created when a gas is heated to very high temperatures and is transformed into the fourth state of matter - the plasma state. Since plasmas consist of free electrons and ions, it interacts strongly with external electric and magnetic fields, but also with internal fields, which are created spontaneously by local charge imbalances in the plasma. These interactions give rise to phenomena, which play an important role in many different fields of physics as well as in technical applications. Plasma physics comprises the study of the plethora of electromagnetic phenomena, which arise as a consequence of the interaction between plasma particles and external electric and/or magnetic fields. The course will give insight into how plasmas are created, where they appear and will try to develop a physical understanding of the characteristic properties of plasmas. An important part of the course is to illustrate plasma physics concepts and phenomena by considering applications ranging from fusion energy generation and microwave techniques to space physics and astrophysics.

Basic theory
- Physical conditions for the existence of plasmas
- Plasma particle motion in electric and magnetic fields
- Simplest model equations for description of plasma phenomena (two-fluid description without temperature effects)
- Waves in plasmas (electron plasma oscillations, waves in magnetized plasmas (Alfven and whistler waves)).
- Resonance and cut-off phenoemna.
- Instabilities in plasmas.
- Magnetohydrodynamics
- Qualitative introduction to temperature effects in plasmas
- Simple kinetic plasma theory and derivation of a fluid description of -hot- plasmas
- Collisions, diffusion and resistivity

- Wave propagation in the ionosphere, space, and the interstellar medium
- Microwave-induced breakdown in waveguides, resonators, and filters
- Microwave heating of plasmas
- Fusion energy generation


The course will be presented in the form of lectures where basic theory and instructive applications will be discussed. An important part of the course work is home-work in the form of hand-in exercises, approximately 1/week. In order to pass the course you are required to have completed the hand-in exercises and to have passed a final written examination.


The content of the course is covered by specially written material.


Written examination, together with hand-in exercises.

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