Course: Plasma physics and astrophysics

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Course title Plasma physics and astrophysics
Course code UFY/PFA
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course In academic years starting with an even year (e.g. 2016/2017), in the winter semester.
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Jelínek Petr, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Introduction to plasma physics, plasma physics research history 2. Fundamentals of plasma physics 3. The movements of charged particles in a magnetic field, cosmic electrodynamics 4. Statistical description of plasma 5. Fluid description of plasmas, magnetohydrodynamics 6. Linear waves in plasmas 7. Plasma oscillations and waves, magnetoacoustic waves in plasma physics 8. Plasma instabilities 9. Hot plasma in the laboratory, tokamaks 10. Plasma in astrophysics 11. Solar plasma physics 12. MHD dynamo, solar wind, cosmic rays 13. Reconnection of magnetic field 14. Relativistic magnetohydrodynamics

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing)
  • Class attendance - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 18 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 6 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The student will acquire theoretical knowledge of astrophysical plasma. This knowledge will provide the student with a broader overview of physics and will serve for a comprehensive education in physics.
To gain basic knowledge of plasma physics and astrophysics. Students will understand processes in astrophysical plasma, especially phenomena related to magnetohydrodynamics and waves and oscillations in the solar corona.
Prerequisites
Course of physics and mathematics at the university level.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination

Active participation in lectures and seminars, participation in seminars 70%. Passing the test to 80%.
Recommended literature
  • Goossens, M.: An introduction to plasma astrophysics and magnetohydrodynamics, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 2003.
  • Chen, F. F.: Úvod do fyziky plazmatu, Academia, Praha, 1984.
  • Kracík, J., Tobiáš, J.: Fyzika plazmatu, Academia, Praha, 1966.
  • Kulhánek, P.: Úvod do teorie plazmatu, Aldebaran Group for Astrophysics, Praha, 2011.
  • Kulsrud, R. M.: Plasma physics for astrophysics, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2005.
  • Priest, E. R.: Solar magnetohydrodynamics, D. Reidel Publishing Company, London, 1982.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Physics for future teachers (1) Category: Physics courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Secondary Schools Teacher Training in Physics (2012) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Physics (1) Category: Physics courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Measuring and Computer Technology (1) Category: Electrical engineering, telecommunication and IT - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter