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Course number and title: EEM185 Introduction to Plasma Electronics
Credits: 4
Instructor(s)-in-charge: W. Mori (mori@physics.ucla.edu)
Course type: Lecture
Required or Elective: A pathway course.
Course Schedule:
Lecture: 3 hrs/week. Meets thrice weekly.
Dicussion: 1 hr/discussion section. Multiple discussion sections offered per quarter.
Outside Study: 7 hrs/week.
Office Hours: 2 hrs/week by instructor. 2 hrs/week by teaching assistant.
 
Course Assessment:
Homework: 7 assignments.
Exams: 1 midterm and 1 final examination.
 
Grading Policy: Typically 25% homework, 25% midterm, 50% final.
Course Prerequisites: EE 101 or Physics 110A.
Catalog Description: Senior-level introductory course on electrodynamics of ionized gases and applications to materials processing, generation of coherent radiation and particle beams, and renewable energy sources.  
Textbook and any related course material:
F. F. Chen, Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Plenum, 1983.
 
Course Website
Topics covered in the course and level of coverage:
Basic concepts: Temperature, Debeye length, plasma oscillations, collisions. 2 hrs.
Motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields: guiding center theory. 3 hrs.
Maxwell�s equations and kinetic theory: Maxwell Vlasov system. 3 hrs.
Two fluid theory. 2 hrs.
Waves in unmagnetized plasmas. 3 hrs.
Waves in magnetized plasmas. 6 hrs.
Diffusion. 2 hrs.
Single fluid theory: Magnetohydrodynamic equations. 3 hrs.
Landau damping. 3 hrs.
Applications: Material processing, particle acceleration, radiation generation, fusion. 3 hrs.
Course objectives and their relation to the Program Educational Objectives:  
Contribution of the course to the Professional Component:
Engineering Topics: 0 %
General Education: 0 %
Mathematics & Basic Sciences: 0 %
Expected level of proficiency from students entering the course:
Mathematics: Strong
Physics: Strong
Chemistry: Not Applicable
Technical writing: Not Applicable
Computer Programming: Some
Material available to students and department at end of course:
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Course Objectives and Outcomes Form: X X X X
Lecture notes, homework assignments, and solutions: X X X X
Samples of homework solutions from 2 students: X
Samples of exam solutions from 2 students: X
Course performance form from student surveys: X X
Will this course involve computer assignments? NO Will this course have TA(s) when it is offered? NO

  Level of contribution of course to Program Outcomes
(a) Strong  
(b) Some  
(h) Some  
(i) Average  
(k) Some  
(l) Some  
(n) Strong  
Strong: (a) (n)
Average: (i)
Some: (b) (h) (k) (l)

:: Upon completion of this course, students will have had an opportunity to learn about the following ::
  Specific Course Outcomes Program Outcomes
1. Understand the definition of a plasma. a
2. Understand the motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields including guiding center drifts. a n
3. Understand waves and oscillations in a unmagnetized plasma. a b n
4. Understand waves and oscillations in a magnetized plasma. a b n
5. To predict whether waves will be reflected or absorbed as they enter a plasma. a b n
6. Understand the meaning of collision in a plasma and be able to calculate the resistance of a plasma. a k n
7. To predict how fast a plasma diffuses along and across a magnetic field. a b k n
8. Understand the meaning of the Vlasov equation. a n
9. Understand how the fluid equations are derived from the Vlasov equation. a n
10. Understand Landau damping and be able to calculate the Landau damping rate. a k n
11. Understand the meaning of statistical averages over a distribution function. a k l
12. Explain how plasma science impacts material processing, particle accelerators, radiation generation, and controlled fusion. a h
13. Several homework assignments delving on core concepts and reinforcing the concepts learned in class. a i
14. Opportunities to interact with the instructor during office hours in order to further the students' learning experience and the students' interest in the material. i

  Program outcomes and how they are covered by the specific course outcomes
(a)   Understand the definition of a plasma.  
  Understand the motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields including guiding center drifts.  
  Understand waves and oscillations in a unmagnetized plasma.  
  Understand waves and oscillations in a magnetized plasma.  
  To predict whether waves will be reflected or absorbed as they enter a plasma.  
  Understand the meaning of collision in a plasma and be able to calculate the resistance of a plasma.  
  To predict how fast a plasma diffuses along and across a magnetic field.  
  Understand the meaning of the Vlasov equation.  
  Understand how the fluid equations are derived from the Vlasov equation.  
  Understand Landau damping and be able to calculate the Landau damping rate.  
  Understand the meaning of statistical averages over a distribution function.  
  Explain how plasma science impacts material processing, particle accelerators, radiation generation, and controlled fusion.  
  Several homework assignments delving on core concepts and reinforcing the concepts learned in class.  
(b)   Understand waves and oscillations in a unmagnetized plasma.  
  Understand waves and oscillations in a magnetized plasma.  
  To predict whether waves will be reflected or absorbed as they enter a plasma.  
  To predict how fast a plasma diffuses along and across a magnetic field.  
(h)   Explain how plasma science impacts material processing, particle accelerators, radiation generation, and controlled fusion.  
(i)   Several homework assignments delving on core concepts and reinforcing the concepts learned in class.  
  Opportunities to interact with the instructor during office hours in order to further the students' learning experience and the students' interest in the material.  
(k)   Understand the meaning of collision in a plasma and be able to calculate the resistance of a plasma.  
  To predict how fast a plasma diffuses along and across a magnetic field.  
  Understand Landau damping and be able to calculate the Landau damping rate.  
  Understand the meaning of statistical averages over a distribution function.  
(l)   Understand the meaning of statistical averages over a distribution function.  
(n)   Understand the motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields including guiding center drifts.  
  Understand waves and oscillations in a unmagnetized plasma.  
  Understand waves and oscillations in a magnetized plasma.  
  To predict whether waves will be reflected or absorbed as they enter a plasma.  
  Understand the meaning of collision in a plasma and be able to calculate the resistance of a plasma.  
  To predict how fast a plasma diffuses along and across a magnetic field.  
  Understand the meaning of the Vlasov equation.  
  Understand how the fluid equations are derived from the Vlasov equation.  
  Understand Landau damping and be able to calculate the Landau damping rate.  

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