Kinetic Theory of Plasmas
Plasma equilibrium and dynamics using a kinetic description, including collisionless damping and collisional transport.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesPHSCS 545 & PHSCS 642 & PHSCS 721
Course Outcomes: 

Diffusion and Transport

Be able to describe the physical basis of transport in gases (thermal conduction, viscosity, and diffusion), in terms of the microscopic details of collisions between particles.

Boltzmann Equation

Be able to explain the meaning of the Boltzmann transport equation and solve it in simple cases.

Fokker-Planck Equation

Be able to explain the physical meaning of the Fokker-Planck transport equation, its relation to the Boltzmann equation, and its application to Coulomb scattering in plasmas.

Particle Simulation Methods

Be able to computationally model both Boltzmann and Fokker-Planck transport phenomena using particle simulation techniques.