Postgraduate Lectures in Plasma Physics
As part of our PhD training program we provide students with a series of lectures that provide a broad introduction to plasma physics. The course is split into 6 modules. Modules 1-4 take place in the first term (October – December), and cover an introduction to plasma physics, waves and transport in plasmas, magnetohydrodynamics and plasma techniques (computational and experimental). The second term (January – March) provides students with introductory/tutorial lectures on a range of research topics in plasma physics and a series of lectures in more advanced plasma theory. There will be problem sheets set (approximately 6) covering the material for modules 1-4.
The course is also open to external students. Imperial College PhD students should attend all of the modules, unless they have arranged with their supervisor to attend alternative classes. External students are free to select from the modular system to suit their own learning objectives. The course is organised by Stuart Mangles - please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Lecture notes and question sheets are available here for students enrolled on the course.
The list of lectures planned is given below, though due to scheduling constraints there could be minor changes to this list.
Term 1: October - December
|Basic Concepts in Plasmas
|Single particle motion, drift motion, adiabatic invariants
|Distribution Functions and the Vlasov Fokker Planck equation
|Moments and the MHD equations
|Waves in fluid plasmas
|Collisions in Plasmas
|Transport in Plasmas
|Waves in Kinetic Plasmas
|Waves in MHD plasmas
|Ideal MHD, resistive diffusion and equilibria
|MHD stability theory
|Computational methods in plasma physics I
|Computational methods in plasma physics II
|Experimental Diagnostic Techniques
|High Power Lasers
Term 2: January - March
|Laser Plasma Interactions:
|Laser Plasma Interactions at Ultra-high Intensities:
|Inertial Confinement Fusions
|Dusty and Industrial Plasmas:
|Ionospheres in the Solar System
|Astrophysical plasmas / plasma turbulence
|Generating x-rays from relativistic charged particle beams
|Introduction to Shocks and Equations of State
|Radiative and atomic processes in plasmas
|Advanced theory of laser plasma interactions
|Advanced theory of inertial confinement fusion
|Advanced Theory of magnetically confined plasmas
The John Adams Institute Accelerator Physics Course
The JAI Accelerator Physics Course provides graduate training in accelerator physics and gives an introduction to both conventional accelerator physics as well as laser plasma particle accelerators. In addition, the course also includes a design project.
For more information, please see JAI Training.