Collisionless Plasma Physics - Material for the year 2019-2020

2019-2020
External Lecturer(s): 
Dr Michael Hardman
General Prerequisites: 

Prequel: Kinetic Theory (MT), an undergraduate course on Electricity and Magnetism.

Course Term: 
Hilary
Course Weight: 
1.00 unit(s)

Assessment type:

Course Overview: 

18 lectures.
Areas: CMT, Astro, foundational course.
Sequel: Collisional Plasma Physics (TT) (note however that this course is self-contained and can be taken
without continuing to Collisional Plasma Physics). (TT).
Please submit your homework for Collisionless Plasma Physics via the 'assignments' tab.
Visiting and Short Option Students Only: Please e-mail your work to your TA/Tutor by the required deadline, copying in mmathphys@maths.ox.ac.uk

Course Syllabus: 

Part I. Magnetized plasmas:
Particle motion. Drift kinetics. Drift waves and slab Ion Temperature Gradient instability. Barnes damping of compressional Alfven waves.
Part II. Plasma waves:
Cold plasma waves in a magnetized plasma. WKB theory of cold plasma wave propagation in an inhomogeneous plasma, cut-offs and resonances. Hot plasma waves in a magnetized plasma. Cyclotron resonance.