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School of Science
PHYSICS
Course unit
PHYSICS OF FLUIDS AND PLASMAS
SCP7081743, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PHYSICS
SC2382, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track PHYSICS OF MATTER [002PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICS OF FLUIDS AND PLASMAS
Website of the academic structure http://physics.scienze.unipd.it/2018/laurea_magistrale
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge TOMMASO BOLZONELLA

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
SCP7081743 PHYSICS OF FLUIDS AND PLASMAS TOMMASO BOLZONELLA SC2382

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines FIS/03 Material Physics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus
Examination methods: Oral examination
Assessment criteria: Knowledge of the course material and ability to independently present and interpret it.
Course unit contents: The course presents, at an advanced level, some of the main subjects of the physics of fluids and plasmas.
During the course examples and applications from both astrophysics and controlled fusion will be presented.

Introduction
Fluids and plasmas in nature and laboratory. Characteristics and limitations of theories describing neutral fluids and plasmas. Non-collisional Boltzmann equation.

Neutral fluids
Collisional Boltzmann equation.
Moment equations and fluid dynamics derivation.
Ideal fluids; macroscopic derivation of fluid dynamics.
Viscuous flows.
Linear theory of waves and instabilities. Perturbative approach.
Turbulence in neutral fluids; Kolmogorov theory.

Plasmas
Basic properties of plasmas; plasmas in nature and laboratory.
Plasma orbit theory.
Dynamic of many charged particles.
Kinetic theory of plasmas, BBGKY hierarchy, Vlasov equation.
Two fluid model.
Collisionless processes in plasmas; Landau damping.
Collisional processes and the one-fluid model.
Diffusion and transport.
Basic magnetohydrodynamics; some simple examples of MHD instabilities.
Theory of magnetic topologies; magnetic reconnection; Sweet-Parker model. Magnetic helicity.
Dynamo theory. Parker's turbulent dynamo. Mean field magnetohydrodynamics.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)