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TU Berlin

Hot plasmas in the universe

Lecturer: Prof. Robert Wolf
(Dates of the lecture)

Change of location: The lecture takes place in Room EW 809/10.

The major part of the visible matter in the universe consists of plasma. Plasma states range from relativistic plasma jets, thin hot plasmas of the interstellar medium, and dense hot plasmas in the centre of stars, to terrestrial plasmas such as the aurora borealis or lightning. Extreme plasma states similar to those in the universe, also can be replicated in laboratory plasmas.

The lecture introduces the basic of high temperature plasma physics:

  • single particle motion
  • theory of kinetics of plasmas
  • plasmas as fluids
  • collisional processes in plasmas
  • diffusion and transport
  • plasma waves

By means of examples (interstellar medium, nuclear fusion in the stars, solar wind, laboratory plasmas, etc.) the properties of plasmas will be explained. This knowledge also can be used to develop measurement techniques for determining plasma properties. At the end of the lecture a visit to the fusionexperiment Wendelstein 7-X, at present under construction in Greifswald, will be organized.

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