PHYS 835 Plasma Physics I: Fluids and MHD

Credits: 
3
Instructor(s): 
Michael Shay

Introduction to the properties of electrically conducting fluids and ionized gases.  Topics are:  particle drifts and adiabatic invariants, cold plasma waves, magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), MHD waves, equilibria, shocks, and instabilities.  For each topic, applications to solar system space plasmas, astrophysical plasmas, and laboratory plasmas are presented.