AST 552 General Plasma Physics
II (2018)
 Classroom:
Neuroscience
Room A02
 Period:
February 5 – May 11
 Time:
10:30
 11:50am MWF
 Instructors:
Professors Amitava Bhattacharjee and Hantao Ji
 Phones:
(609)2433100, (609)2432162
 Offices:
Rm T158 at PPPL, Rm L222 at PPPL/Rm 106 at Peyton
 Office
hours: by appointment
 Grader:
Andy Alt
 Office:
Rm S216A at PPPL
 Office
hours: by appointment

Class schedules (subject to change; please
check back often).
 Week
1:
lectures on Feb. 5
(AB) and Feb. 7 (HJ).
 Week
2:
lectures on Feb. 12 (AB) and Feb. 14 (HJ).
 Week
3:
lectures on Feb. 19 (HJ) and Feb. 21 (HJ).
 Week
4:
lectures on Feb. 26 (AB), Feb. 28 (HJ), and Mar.
2 (HJ).
 Week
5:
no lectures.
 Week
6:
lectures on Mar. 12 (AB), Mar. 14 (AB),
and midterm exam on Mar. 16.
 Spring
break
(Mar. 17 – Mar. 25)
 Week
7: lectures on Mar. 26 (HJ), Mar. 28 (HJ), and Mar.
30 (Andy Alt).
 Week
8: lectures on Apr. 2 (AB) and Apr. 4 (AB).
 Week
9: lecture on Apr. 9 (AB) and Apr. 11 (HJ).
 Week
10: lectures on Apr. 16 (HJ), Apr. 18
(HJ), and Apr. 20
(AB).
 Week
11: lecture on Apr. 27 (AB).
 Week
12: lectures on Apr. 30 (AB) and May 4
(AB).

Reading period (May 5 – May 10)
References
Syllabus
Lecture
Notes and Reading Materials
 Lecture 1:
Magnetic field: a Hamiltonian system
 J. Cary and
R. Littlejohn, Annals of Physics 151,
1 (1983).
 A. Morozov
and L. Solove'v, Reviews of Plasma Physics 2,
1 (1966).
 Lecture 2: 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 3:
Magnetostatic Equilibrium
 Gurnett
& Bhattacharjee's book, Ch. 7
 Lecture 4:
Stead Flows (notes)
 Miyamoto's
book, Ch. 4
 Wesson's
book, Ch. 3
 Kivelson
& Russell's book, Ch. 4
 Kundu's
book, Ch. 4 & 5
 Lecture
5: Waves, Discontinuities, 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
6: Ideal Stability: Normal Mode Analysis
 Gurnett
& Bhattacharjee's book, Ch. 7
 Lecture
7: Energy Principle (notes)
 Freidberg's
book, Ch. 8, 9, 10
 Kulsrud's
book, Ch. 7
 Miyamoto's
book, Ch. 4
 Lecture
8: Energy Principle: Applications (notes)
 Kulsrud's
book, Ch. 7
 Miyamoto's
book, Ch. 6
 Lecture
9: Linear Tearing Instabilities
 Gurnett
& Bhattacharjee's book, Ch. 7
 Lecture
10a: Instabilities of Fusion Plasmas I (notes)
 Freidberg's
book, Ch. 11
 Wesson's
book, Ch. 7
 Goedbloed
& Poedts book (2004), Ch. 9
 Lecture
10b: 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
11: Nonlinear Tearing Instability and Magnetic Reconnection (notes)
 Lecture
12: Ideal MHD Stability with Flows (notes)
 Kundu's
book, Ch. 11
 Kundu's
book, Ch. 7
 Lecture
13: Plasma SelfOrganization (notes)
Homework problems
Exam problems
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).