
Course unit
PHYSICS OF FLUIDS AND PLASMAS
SCP7081743, A.A. 2019/20
Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19
ECTS: details
Type 
ScientificDisciplinary 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 
Examination board
Board 
From 
To 
Members of the board 
2 PHYSICS OF FLUIDS AND PLASMAS 
01/10/2019 
30/11/2020 
BOLZONELLA
TOMMASO
(Presidente)
MARTINES
EMILIO
(Membro Effettivo)
MARTIN
PIERO
(Supplente)
SERIANNI
GIANLUIGI
(Supplente)

1 PHYSICS OF FLUIDS AND PLASMAS 
01/10/2018 
30/11/2019 
BOLZONELLA
TOMMASO
(Presidente)
MARTINES
EMILIO
(Membro Effettivo)
MARTIN
PIERO
(Supplente)
SERIANNI
GIANLUIGI
(Supplente)

Examination methods:

Oral exam 
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. Noncollisional 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 onefluid model.
Diffusion and transport.
Basic magnetohydrodynamics; some simple examples of MHD instabilities.
Theory of magnetic topologies; magnetic reconnection; SweetParker model. Magnetic helicity.
Dynamo theory. Parker's turbulent dynamo. Mean field magnetohydrodynamics. 
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings) 

Choudhuri, Arnab Rai, The physics of fluids and plasmas. Cambridge: Cambridge university press, 1998.


