Magnetohydrodynamic Phenomena - an Introduction
Module version of WS 2016/7
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 2019/20||WS 2017/8||WS 2016/7||WS 2010/1|
PH2037 is a semester module in German or 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 workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2037 in the version of WS 2016/7 was the Dean of Studies at Physics Department.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
The most important phenomena in ideal fluid dynamics,
magnetohydrodynamics and plasma physics will be explained in an
visually accessible way using illustrative examples and some
experiments. Examples are the magnetic fields in the solar system,
dynamo effect in the sun, plasma confinement in controlled nuclear
fusion experiments. Apart from plasma and astro physics, the basics of
fluid mechanics and electrodynamics are discussed and revisited:
- solar wind
- dynamo effect
- magnetic forces
- magnetic levitation
- plasma equilibria
- single particle picture / collective picture
- turbulent convection
- conservation laws
- turbulent cascades
After successful completion of this module, the students are able to understand and to explain
1. the magneto hydrodynamic (MHD) equations, the main consequences, and its scope of application
2. the single particle movements the MHD equations are based on
3. the conditions for stable magnetic equilibria plasmas
4. the MHD instability mechanisms
5. conservation laws in different scenarios and the turbulence Richardson cascade
No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Introduction to magneto hydrodynamics – ideal plasma effects||
singular or moved dates
Learning and Teaching Methods
Lecture, Transparencies, Blackboard presentation, Discussion, Exercises
- F. F. Chen: "Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion", Plenum Press, NY 1984
- R. J. Goldstone, P. H. Rutherford: "Introduction to Plasma Physics", IOP Publishing Ltd 1995
- Wesson: "Tokamaks"
- U. Frisch: "Turbulence''
- Hazeltine, Waelbroeck: "The Framework of Plasma Physics"
- Biskamp: "Nonlinear Magnetohydrodynamics''
- Landau Lifshitz X: "Physical Kinetics''