Instance: 2018/2019 - 2S
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Last updated on 2019-02-01.
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Suitable for English-speaking students
An introduction to Plasma Physics will be given in this curricular unit. Its main goal is to present to the
student the basic properties of plasmas. The student can then apply these fundamental concepts to other
fields of plasma physics such as, thermonuclear fusion and plasma discharges.
This curricular unit (CU) presents the fundamentals of plasma physics, in a step by step methodology. These
issues are presented in a comprehensive and coherent logic sequence. In this curricular unit application
problems and examples are presented, together with the appropriate tools to solve them.It is also the objectives of this curricular unit that students:
- develop reasoning and acquire skills in autonomous and critical problem solving;
- acquire a continuous work discipline throughout the semester;
- be respectful of ethical values such as mutual respect and honesty.
Learning outcomes and competences
The teaching / learning process is focused on the student’s work, together with monitoring of the
development and acquisition of knowledge and skills by the student.
More to the point, the present curricular unit adopts a teaching methodology that privileges the acquisition
of specialized and specific competencies that qualify the student for the competent exercise of his/her skills
on research, in particular in what concerns plasma physics.
Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)
Newtonian mechanics; thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; electromagnetism and electrodynamics; waves.
1-Definition of plasma. Debye shielding. Criteria for the definition of plasma. Debye length. Plasma frequency. Plasmas in nature. Some applications of plasma physics.
2-Charged particle motion in electromagnetic fields.
3-Elements of plasma kinetic theory. Phase space. Distribution function. Average values of a physical quantity. The equilibrium state. Boltzmann and Vlasov equations.
4-Macroscopic transport equations.
5-Plasma conductivity and diffusion.
6-Introduction to gas discharges physics.
Bittencourt J. A.; Fundamentals of plasma physics
. ISBN: 0-387-20975-1
Inan Umran S.; Principles of plasma physics for engineers and scientists
. ISBN: 978-0-521-19372-6
Chen Francis F. 1929-; Introduction to plasma physics and controlled fusion
. ISBN: 0-306-41332-9 (V. 1)
Teaching methods and learning activities
Theoretical lectures (TEORICAS): complete discussion of the subjects and exercise solving of main basis cases.
Exercise classes (TEÓRICO-PRÁTICAS): exercise solving under the supervision of the teacher of several exercises.
The distributed evaluationre will consist of two tests in pre-defined dates.
Distributed evaluation with final exam
Amount of time allocated to each course unit
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Eligibility for exams
► Any student will be admitted to the final examination of the course unit if:
- is exempt from attendance at the course unit;
- has not exceeded the limit of absences to practical classes;
- has carried out the distributed evaluation.
♦ TP classes (theoretical-practical) have attendance control;
♦ In T classes (theoretical) there will be no attendance control.
NOTE: For the sake of normalization, the number of practical classes is considered as twelve (12), which means that the maximum number of absences allowed is three (3).
Calculation formula of final grade
The course final mark is obtained as the sum between the marks obtained in EF and the value obtained in AD with 40% and EF with of 60% according to the formula given below:
CF = EF * 0.60 + AD * 0.40
CF - Final Mark (0 to 20 points)
EF - Final Exam (0 to 20 points)
AD - Averall evaluation of one individual problem solving with group correction and presentation to the class + the presentation (by a group of 3 students) of a scientific article to the class.
Examinations or Special Assignments
A- PROBLEM (P): to be held in the classroom. There are 7 different problems, 1 for each group of 3 students.
- P (ind): individual resolution of 1 problem, in the classroom, on a topic of the subject taught. The problem is handed to the teacher.
- P (group): Correction, by a group of 3 students who solved the same problem, of the problem solved individually. The problem thus corrected is given to the teacher.
- ADP: Presentation and discussion of the problem, by the group, to the other colleagues and teacher.
B- PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF A SCIENTIFIC PAPER (ADA): presentation, by a group of 3 students, of an article previously provided. The reading and study of the article will be done outside the classroom and the presentation, to the colleagues and teacher, should be done using the power point, with a number ranging from 10 to 15 slides.