
Description of Individual Course UnitsCourse Unit Code  Course Unit Title  Type of Course Unit  Year of Study  Semester  Number of ECTS Credits  9101015312016  Plasma Astrophysics  Elective  1  1  8 
 Level of Course Unit  Second Cycle  Objectives of the Course  Objective of this course is to let the student understand the broad range of physical phenomena which determine the behaviour of astrophysical plasmas and the importance of collective effects; explain the movement of charged particles in fields; determine the effect of the medium on the propagation characteristics of electromagnetic waves; be able to grasp the MHD theory and MHD waves; develop a deep understanding concepts and analytical techniques of kinetic theory; understand the role of plasma instabilities in astrophysics.  Name of Lecturer(s)   Learning Outcomes  1  To acquire knowledge that plasma behaves in a similar way from smaller to larger scales.  2  To be able to appreciate one of the scientific principles, i.e., “from simple to complex”, when dealing with motion of charged particles in fields  3  To develop an understanding of astrophysical plasmas both mathematically and physically  4  To be able to derive the Dispersion Relation from linearization of PDEs  5  To identify the wave modes from the Dispersion Relation  6  To recognize the physical properties of MHD waves  7  To be able to grasp the method used in finding conservation equations in kinetic theory  8  To enhance your analytical abilities and physics problemsolving in general 
 Mode of Delivery  Face to Face  Prerequisites and corequisities  None  Recommended Optional Programme Components  None  Course Contents  Vector Analysis; Dimensional Analysis; Motion of Charged Particles in Fields; Fluid Description of Plasma; Electromagnetic Waves in Plasmas; Magnetohydrodynamic Theory; Kinetic Theory; Instabilities in Astrophysics  Weekly Detailed Course Contents  
1  VECTOR ANALYSIS
Definition of a vector, scaler and vectorial products; vector operators: gradient, divergence, curl, Laplacian.    2  DIMENSIONAL ANALYSIS
WHAT IS A PLASMA?
Plasma Parameters, Debye Shielding, Collisions in plasmas    3  MOTION OF CHARGED PARTICLES IN FIELDS
Constant and Uniform Electromagnetic Fields    4  Drifts Due to an External Force    5  Nonuniform Magnetostatics Fields    6  Magnetic Mirror Effect, TimeVarying Electromagnetic Fields    7  FLUID DESCRIPTION OF PLASMA
Particle Conservation, Fluid Motion, Two Fluid and Single Fluid Equations    8  MIDTERM EXAM    9  MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC THEORY
Ideal MHD equations, Conservation Laws, Dissipative MHD
   10  MHD Waves: Sound Waves, Alfven Waves, Magnetoacoustic Waves, Gravity Waves, Inertial Waves
Damping of MHD Waves    11  KINETIC THEORY
Phase Space, Distribution Function, Boltzmann and Vlasov Equations    12  Moments of the Boltzmann Equation
Conservation of Mass, Conservation of Momentum, Conservation of Energy
The FokkerPlanck Equation    13  INSTABILITIES IN ASTROPHYSICS
Hydrodynamic Instabilities: Gravitational (Jeans) Instability, KelvinHelmholtz Instability, Rayleigh Taylor Instability, Convective Instability, Thermal Instability    14  Kinetic Instabilities:
Weibel Instability, Firehose Instability, Mirror Instability    15  Magnetohydrodynamic Instabilities:
Kink Instability, Parker Instability, Shear Instability, Magnetorotational Instability    16  FINAL EXAM   
 Recommended or Required Reading  1) Plasma Astrophysics Part I, Boris V. Somov, Springer, 2006
2) Fundamentals of Plasma Physics, J. A. Bittencourt, Springer, 2004
 Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods   Assessment Methods and Criteria   Language of Instruction  Turkish  Work Placement(s)  None 
 Workload Calculation 

Midterm Examination  1  3  3  Final Examination  1  3  3  Attending Lectures  14  3  42  Individual Study for Homework Problems  6  16  96  Individual Study for Mid term Examination  1  24  24  Individual Study for Final Examination  1  24  24  Homework  6  8  48  
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes  LO1    5    4     5  5  LO2  4  5   3       4   LO3    4   5  4  3  5   5  4  LO4  5    3  4   5      LO5  4  4   2  4   5      LO6      4   3      LO7   4    3        LO8   5  5   5  5  5  5  5  4  5 
 * Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High 



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