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 UPMC.

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).