Collisionless Plasma Physics - Material for the year 2020-2021

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External Lecturer(s): 
Dr Michael Hardman
General Prerequisites: 

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

Course Term: 
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).
Homework deadlines are:
Week 3, Wednesday 23:59.
Week 6, Wednesday 23:59.
Link to submit homework to TA Javier Maurino-Alperovich:

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.