Fall Semester 2017
Lecture: TuTh 11:0012:15 in CHE 2136
Instructor: Prof. James Drake
Office: 3311 A.V. Williams 
Office Hours: dropin or by appt. 

Phone: 3014051471  Email: drake@umd.edu 
Course Description:
An introduction to the basic concepts and phenomena of plasma
physics. Topics include: Ionization and collisional processes,
kinetic and fluid treatments, waveparticle interactions and
quasilinear theory, MHD theory, plasma waves, particle orbits and
plasma stability. These topics will be discussed as they apply to
laboratory and space plasmas.
Class Web site:
The syllabus, homework assignments and solutions to the
homework will be posted on the class web site
(www.terpconnect.umd.edu/~drake/classes/physics761/).
References:
R. J. Goldston and P. H.
Rutherford, Introduction to Plasma Physics, IOP, 1995 

P. M. Bellan, Fundamentals of
Plasma Physics, Cambridge University Press, 2006 

Arana Rai Choudhuri, The Physics of Fluids and
Plasmas, Cambridge University Press, 1998 

NRL Plasma Formulary,
http://wwwppd.nrl.navy.mil/nrlformulary/NRL_FORMULARY_07.pdf 

Richard Fitzpatrick, The
Physics of Plasmas (Lecture Notes),
http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/teaching/plasma/plasma.html 