AST 552 General Plasma Physics
II (2019)
 Classroom:
McDonnell
107
 Period:
February 4 – May 17
 Time:
10:30
 11:50am MWF
 Instructors:
Professor Hantao Ji
 Office:
Rm L222 at PPPL/Rm 106 at Peyton
 Office
hours: by appointment
 Grader:
Andy Alt
 Office:
Rm S211 at PPPL
 Office
hours: by appointment

Class schedules (subject to change; please
check back often).
 Week
1:
lectures on Feb. 4
and Feb. 6.
 Week
2:
lectures on Feb. 11, Feb. 13 and Feb. 15.
 Week
3:
no lectures.
 Week
4:
lectures on Feb. 25, Feb. 27 and March 1.
 Week
5:
lectures on March 4 and March 8.
 Week
6:
lectures on March 11 and March 13, and
midterm exam on March 15.
 Spring
break
(Mar. 16 – Mar. 24)
 Week
7: lectures on March 25 and March 27.
 Week
8: lectures on April 1 and April 3.
 Week
9: lectures on April 8 and April 10.
 Week
10: lectures on April 15 and April 17.
 Week
11: lecture on April 22.
 Week
12: lectures on April 29, May 1 (@Lewis
117) and May 3 (@Lewis 117).

Reading period (May 4 – May 14)
 Final
exam will be oral and will take place on May
1517 @ PPPL Theory Conference Room
(T169).
References
Syllabus
Lecture
Notes and Reading Materials
 Lecture
1: MHD models (notes)
 Freidberg's
book, Ch. 2 & 9
 Braginskii's
review: Wesson's book, p.84, Kulsrud's book, Ch. 8
 Kundu's
book, Ch. 14
 Lecture
2: Magnetostatic equilibrium (notes)
 Freidberg's
book, Ch. 36
 Miyamoto's
book, Ch. 5, 15
 Wesson's
book, Ch. 3
 Kulsrud's
book, Ch. 4
 Lecture
3: Steady flow (notes)
 Wesson's
book, Ch. 3
 Kivelson
and Russell's book, Ch. 4
 Kundu's
book, Ch. 5, 9, 10
 Muller
and Buhler's book, Springer (2001), Ch. 4
 Lecture
4: Waves, Discontinuities, and Shocks (notes)
 Kulsrud's
book, Ch. 5
 Miyamoto's
book, Ch. 3
 Kundu's
book, Ch. 7, 15
 Gurnett
& Bhattacharjee's book, Ch. 8
 Lecture
5: Energy Principle (notes)
 Freidberg's book, Ch. 8, 9, 10
 Kulsrud's
book, Ch. 7
 Miyamoto's
book, Ch. 4
 Lecture
6: Energy Principle: Applications (notes)
 Freidberg's book, Ch. 8
 Kulsrud's
book, Ch. 7
 Miyamoto's
book, Ch. 6
 Lecture
7: Instabilities of Fusion Plasmas I (notes)
 Freidberg's book, Ch. 11
 Wesson's
book, Ch. 7
 Goedbloed
& Poedt's book (2004), Ch. 9
 Lecture
8: Instabilities of Fusion Plasmas II (notes)
 Freidberg's book, Ch. 11 & 12
 Wesson's
book, Ch. 6 & 7
 Miyamoto's
book, Ch. 12 & 15
 Lecture
9: Ideal MHD Instabilities with Flows (notes)
 Kundu's book, Ch. 11
 Kulsrud's
book, Ch. 7
 Lecture
10: Resistive MHD Instabilities (notes)
 Kundu's book, Ch. 11
 Goldston
& Rutherford's book, Ch. 20
 Lecture
11: SelfOrganization and Turbulence (notes)
 Kundu's book, Ch. 12
 Biskamp's
book, Ch. 5
 Lecture
12: Magnetic Reconnection (notes)
 Lecture
13: Magnetic Dynamo (notes)
Homework problems
 Distributed
every
lecture
week; due within one week.
 Homework
problem set 1 (pdf file) due on February
13, 2019. (suggested solutions)
 Homework
problem set 2 (pdf file) due on February
20, 2019. (suggested
solutions)
 Homework
problem set 3 (pdf file) due on March 4,
2019. (suggested
solutions)
 Homework
problem set 4 (pdf file) due on March 11,
2019. (suggested
solutions)
 Midterm
problems (pdf file) on March 15, 2019.
(suggested solutions)
 Homework
problem set 5 (pdf file) due on March 25,
2019. (suggested
solutions)
 Homework
problem set 6 (pdf file) due on March 29,
2019.
 Homework
problem set 7 (pdf file) due on April 5,
2019.
 Homework
problem set 8 (pdf file) due on April 12,
2019.
 Homework
problem set 9 (pdf file) due on April 22,
2019.
 Homework
problem set 10 (pdf file) due on May 3,
2019.
Textbooks
 Miyamoto,
Plasma Physics for Controlled
Fusion 2nd Ed. (Springer, 2016).

Kulsrud, Plasma physics for astrophysics
(Princeton University Press, 2005). [Errata]
 Kundu,
Fluid Mechanics (Academic
Press, 1990); 6th Ed. (Academic Press, 2015).