Details of PH5110 (Autumn 2019)

Level: 5 Type: Theory Credits: 4.0

Course CodeCourse NameInstructor(s)
PH5110 Fluid and Magnetohydrodynamics Dibyendu Nandi

Fluids are ubiquitous in the physical and living world and fluid dynamical processes, including instabilities, play an important role in governing a diverse range of phenomena.
Plasmas in various forms constitute over 95 % of the observable universe and plasma phenomena play an important role in laboratory devices such as Spheromaks and Tokamaks. Under certain conditions plasma behave as a continuum and flows in such plasma systems can generate magnetic fields through dynamo action leading to a host of interesting phenomena in stars and in the Universe. This course is designed to provide interested students an understanding of principles of fluid dynamics, plasma physics and the dynamics of magnetized plasmas in the astrophysical and laboratory context.

Course Outline

Fluid Dynamics, Plasma Physics, Magnetohydrodynamics, Astrophysical and Laboratory Plasmas

Detailed Syllabus

Fluid Dynamics: Fluids in the Universe, Basic Equations of Fluid Dynamics, Fluid Instabilities, Helicity, Convective Turbulence

Plasma physics: Kinetics, Particle orbits, Transport Coefficients

Magnetohydrodynamics: Governing equations of MHD, MHD instabilities and flows, Magnetic helicity

Applications to Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas: MHD dynamos, Magnetic reconnection, Stellar winds, Jets from compact objects, Laboratory plasmas

Who can take the course: Integrated BS-MS Students in Physics, MS by Research Students, Integrated PhD Students and PhD Students:

Undergraduate level knowledge of Mathematical Methods, Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Thermodynamics and Nuclear physics will be assumed.

1. The Physics of Fluids and Plasmas; Arnab Rai Choudhuri (Cambridge)

2. The Physics of Plasmas: T J M Boyd, J J Sanderson (Cambridge)

3. Plasma Physics: An Introduction to the theory of astrophysical, geophysical and laboratory plasmas: Peter A Sturrock (Cambridge)

Course Credit Options

Sl. No.ProgrammeSemester NoCourse Choice
1 IP 1 Not Allowed
2 IP 3 Elective
3 IP 5 Elective
4 MR 1 Not Allowed
5 MR 3 Not Allowed
6 MS 9 Elective
7 RS 1 Elective
8 RS 2 Elective