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Plasma Physics 1

Module PH2035

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2017/8

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2020/1WS 2019/20WS 2018/9WS 2017/8WS 2014/5WS 2010/1

Basic Information

PH2035 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Specific catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 60 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2035 in the version of WS 2017/8 was Ulrich Stroth.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module gives an introduction into plasma physics with numerous examples of natural phenomena and technical applications. In part 1 the fundamental properties of plasmas will be introduced together with a general characterization of different types of plasmas and current diagnostic techniques. Topics addressed are charged particles in magnetic fields, adiabatic invariants, the fluid description of plasmas, magneto-hydrodynamic models, the equilibrium condition, plasma stability, the dynamics of typical plasma instabilities and Alfvén waves. The models will be applied to examples from the sun, the ionosphere, technological applications and problems from fusion research.

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of this module the student is able to

  1. name the main properties of plasmas and the difference to neutral gases,
  2. describe the dynamics of charged particles in magnetic fields and explain fundamental concepts of magnetic confinement,
  3. investigate the stability properties of specific plasmas
  4. illustrate the dynamics of typical plasma instabilities and Alfvén waves
  5. to describe, on the basis of the learned fundamentals, plasma-diagnostical and technical applications


Lectures up to the Bachelor level

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lecture, Beamer presentation, black board, exercises, discussion


Exercises, internet pages, additional literature


  • U. Stroth, Plasmaphysik, Phänomene, Grundlagen, Anwendungen, Springer Spektrum, Berlin, Heidelberg 2018
  • R.J. Goldston, P.H. Rutherford, "Plasmaphysik. Eine Einführung", Vieweg 1998, ISBN: 3-528-06884-1,
  • T.J.M. Boyd and J.J. Sanderson, "The Physics of Plasmas", Cambridge University Press 2003, ISBN: 0 521 459125,
  • F.F. Chen, "Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion", Plenum Press, 1990, ISBN: 0-306-41332-9,

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Remarks on associated module exams

The exam for this module can be taken together with the exam to the associated follow-up module PH2036: Plasmaphysik 2 / Plasma Physics 2 after the follwoing semester. In this case you need to register for both exams in the following semester.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Exam to Plasma Physics 1
Tue, 2020-09-22 till 2020-09-07
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