Archived Versions

22.611J / 8.613J / 6.651J Introduction to Plasma Physics I

As taught in: Fall 2006

Giant ball of red, green, and blue gases in space.

The remnant of this exploded star, named Tycho's Supernova after Tycho Brahe, is a huge ball of expanding plasma. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Ron Parker

Course Features

Course Description

The plasma state dominates the visible universe, and is important in fields as diverse as Astrophysics and Controlled Fusion. Plasma is often referred to as "the fourth state of matter." This course introduces the study of the nature and behavior of plasma. A variety of models to describe plasma behavior are presented.