Offered subject to student demand/lecturer availability
The statistical mechanics component builds upon the basic foundations of statistical physics dealing with equilibrium quantum and classical gases. Topics include Liouville's theorem and the Boltzmann equation, and applications to transport processes such as diffusion, electrical and thermal conductivity and the Hall effect; fluctuations around equilibrium, random walks; and introduction to phase transitions.
The plasma physics component provides an introduction to the basic properties of plasmas, such as Debye shielding, the plasma parameter and the plasma frequency. We also investigate scattering of charged particles, Thomson scattering, small and large angle collisions in plasmas. Single particle motions within a plasma are studied, including E x B drift, Grad B drift, curvature and polarization drift. This leads to investigations of conservation of magnetic moment and other adiabatic invariants, magnetic mirrors and Fermi acceleration. Concluding with an examination of waves in plasmas, including Langmuir waves and ion plasma waves.
|Unit name||Advanced Astrophysics|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Dr P Jarvis and Assoc Prof S Ellingsen
|Available as student elective?||No|
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2x1-hr lectures per week
weekly homework tasks; 2 hour test; assignment sets.
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