First year of Master's degree in Plasma Physics at Sorbonne Université

This course validates 3 ECTS credits, registration can be separated from a specific degree. This Teaching Unit (UE) is part of the distance-learning first year of Master's degree in Physics offered at Sorbonne Université.

As part of this UE (in French), we will define the plasma state, the fourth state of the matter dominated by electromagnetic forces. We will show and study examples of astrophysical plasmas or plasmas created in laboratories. We will study the dynamics of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields and the waves, which can be propagated in plasmas and their instabilities. Finally, some specific effects of plasma physics will be presented: magnetic field lines freeze in the material, non-collisional shocks, Landau damping effect of the waves.

Teachers: Laurence Rezeau, Arnaud Zaslavsky and Caterina Riconda

Teaching combines handouts, videos (which can be subtitled for the hearing impaired), self-correcting exercises and homework to be returned for corrections. A forum allows interaction between teachers and students as well as between students.

More information here.

Videos prepared for this course are available here (only in French).


MOOC (massive open online course)

The MOOC Plasma Physics: Applications, a joint production of SU-EPFL, is accessible online since January 1, 2018.

The aim of this MOOC is to learn about plasma applications from nuclear fusion powering the sun, to making integrated circuits, to generating electricity.

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 5-6 hours per week
Price: Free (Add a Verified Certificate for $49 USD)
Institution: EPFLx

What you'll learn

  • Different applications of plasma
  • Understanding of the fusion energy challenge, and acquisition of the basis for developing an overall vision of the different R&D elements
  • Understanding of the main plasma societal applications and relevant tools
  • Vision and appreciation of the importance of plasmas in space and astrophysics
  • By solving problems in course content, you will acquire some basic knowledge of MATLAB programming
PLAS@PAR's instructors:
  • François Amiranoff: Research director at CNRS, in LULI (Laboratoire d’Utilisation des Lasers Intenses)
  • Caterina Riconda: Physics professor at Sorbonne Université in Paris
  • Thierry Dufour: Associate professor at Sorbonne Université in Paris

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