Advanced Topics in Plasma Physics (2019-2020)

External Lecturer(s): 
Prof. Alex Schekochihin
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Course Overview: 

8 Lectures
Area: Astro

Elements of stability theory for collisionless plasmas, linear and nonlinear. Nyquist’s
method, Penrose’s criterion. Thermodynamics of collisionless plasma. Gardner’s theorem.
Statistical mechanics and quasilinear theory of collisionless relaxation. Kadomtsev-Pogutse,
Lenard-Balescu and Landau effective collision integrals. The structure of nonlinear theory and
role of phase-space turbulence. Plasma echo. Anti-phase-mixing. Quasiparticle kinetics and
weak turbulence theory. Langmuir turbulence.