Study programme 2020-2021Français
Plasma et matière
Programme component of Master's in Physics à la Faculty of Science

Students are asked to consult the ECTS course descriptions for each learning activity (AA) to know what special Covid-19 assessment methods are possibly planned for the end of Q3

CodeTypeHead of UE Department’s
contact details
US-M1-SCPHYS-035-MOptional UEQUINET PascalS888 - Physique atomique et astrophysique
  • QUINET Pascal

of instruction
of assessment
HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) CreditsWeighting Term
  • Français
Français300150055.001st term

AA CodeTeaching Activity (AA) HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) Term Weighting
S-PHYS-052Plasma and Matter3001500Q1100.00%
Programme component

Objectives of Programme's Learning Outcomes

  • Master expertise.
    • Have developed the knowledge and skills acquired in the previous cycle to a level that extends beyond the Bachelor's course in Physics, and which provides the basis for the development and implementation of original ideas in a professional context.
    • Have acquired knowledge and a thorough understanding of specialist areas of physics in connection with mathematics and/or advanced laboratory practices required for these sectors.
    • Have reached a level of knowledge and skill giving them access to the third cycle of the study programme / doctoral studies (only for two-year Master courses).
  • Provide clear and accurate information.
    • Share their knowledge and findings clearly and back them up rationally to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Grow personally and professionally.
    • Present the appropriate knowledge and skills to the teaching profession in upper secondary school (for students in the teaching sector); present the appropriate knowledge and skills for professions using the skills of physicists (and other) in different sectors of society (for everyone).
    • Have developed the skills that will enable them to continue to acquire knowledge independently.
  • Have a creative and rigorous scientific approach
    • Gather and interpret relevant scientific data and critically analyse it, distinguising working hypotheses of proven facts.
    • Apply their knowledge, understanding and ability to solve problems in new or unfamiliar environments and in multidisciplinary contexts related to physical sciences.

Learning Outcomes of UE

At the end of this course, the student should be able to describe the plasma state, to give some examples, to define the fundamental parameters characterizing a plasma and how one can determine such parameters (notably in relation with thermonuclear fusion).

Content of UE

I. Introduction to plasma physics
- The plasma state
- Natural and laboratory plasmas
- Charged particle in electric and magnetic fields
- Stochastic processes in plasmas
- Plasma waves
II. Atomic processes in plasmas
- Radiative processes
- Collisional processes
- Population of atomic levels
- Spectral line shapes
- Applications to plasma diagnostics

Prior Experience

Electromagnetism, atomic and molecular physics

Type of Assessment for UE in Q1

  • Oral examination

Q1 UE Assessment Comments

Not applicable

Type of Assessment for UE in Q3

  • Oral examination

Q3 UE Assessment Comments

Not applicable

Type of Resit Assessment for UE in Q1 (BAB1)

  • N/A

Q1 UE Resit Assessment Comments (BAB1)

Not applicable

Type of Teaching Activity/Activities

AAType of Teaching Activity/Activities
  • Cours magistraux
  • Préparations, travaux, recherches d'information

Mode of delivery

AAMode of delivery
  • Face to face

Required Reading


Required Learning Resources/Tools

AARequired Learning Resources/Tools
S-PHYS-052Lecture notes available from the moodle platform

Recommended Reading


Recommended Learning Resources/Tools

AARecommended Learning Resources/Tools
S-PHYS-052Not applicable

Other Recommended Reading

AAOther Recommended Reading
S-PHYS-052Bibliographic sources:

Alexander Piel Plasma Physics. An Introduction to Laboratory, Space and Fusion Plasmas Springer (2010)

Hans-Joachim Kunze Introduction to Plasma Spectroscopy Springer (2009)

Grade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next

AAGrade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next
(*) HT : Hours of theory - HTPE : Hours of in-class exercices - HTPS : hours of practical work - HD : HMiscellaneous time - HR : Hours of remedial classes. - Per. (Period), Y=Year, Q1=1st term et Q2=2nd term
Date de génération : 09/07/2021
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