Course code IST10
Course title Plasma Science and Technology
Institution Instituto Superior Tecnico Lisboa
Course address Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
City Lisbon
Minimum year of study 3rd year
Minimum level of English Good
Minimum level of French None
Key words Plasma, Nuclear Fusion, Lasers, Physics
Language English
Professor responsible João Pedro Bizarro
Telephone +351 218417815
Fax +351 218417819
Participating professors João Pedro Bizarro, Vasco Guerra, Luís L. Alves, Marta Fajardo, Horácio Fernandes, Nuno Loureiro, João Fortunato, Nuno Pinhão, Mário Lino da Silva, Carlos Silva
Number of places Minimum: 8, Maximum: 16, Reserved for local students: 0

This introductory course to Plasma Physics and Technology deals with the basic properties of weakly and fully ionized plasmas, and with the basic concepts and mathematical tools needed to understand such media. The notions acquired provide the necessary background for further studies in the fields of gaseous electronics, fusion plasmas, space plasmas or lasers and laser-plasma interactions.

The course includes theoretical lectures, problem solving classes, as well as laboratory and numerical simulation workshops.

Programme to be followed

- Plasma definition and its occurrence in Nature

Collective effects: Debye shielding and plasma frequency

Applications: magnetic and inertial confinement nuclear fusion, surface and materials processing, gaseous electronics, plasma technologies, reentry plasmas

Motion of charged particles in E and B fields

Fluid description. Fluid drifts. Langmuir and electromagnetic waves

Introduction to kinetic theory: Vlasov and Boltzmann equations

Prerequisites Physics, mathematics or engineering degree students; the students should have collected at least 36 ECTS on maths and physics courses.
Course exam 2 hours written exam and homework assignments.