Department, University of Maryland,
3339 A. V. Williams
Office hours by appointment
Homework #3 now due on Nov 30.
ROOM: PHY 3301
TIME: TuTh 2:00 -
An introduction to the basic concepts and
phenomena of plasma physics.
Topics include: Vlasov theory, plasma waves, particle orbits, plasma stability,
transport, and nonlinear wave interactions. These topics will be discussed
as they apply to laboratory, industrial processing and space plasmas, as well
as to relativistic beams.
Arana Rai Choudhuri, The Physics of Fluids and Plasmas,
Cambridge Press 1998.
R. J. Goldston and P. H. Rutherford, Introduction to Plasma
Physics, IoP 1995.
NRL Plasma Formulary
Richard Fitzpatrick: Introduction to Plasma Physics
Homework assignments will be given periodically and collected
There will be two take home exams
Students will make a short report either on their research or on a
journal article of their choosing
Exam 1: (Tuesday, Oct. 17) 20%
Exam 2: (Thursday, Dec 7) 20%