Learning outcomes of the course unit
Development of kinetic and transport theory of charged particles in gases, starting from the appropriate kinetic equations (Boltzmann and Fokker-Planck).
NONE. However, it would be preferable for the student to have attended the optional 'Introduction to Plasma Physics' course of the Physics degree course
Course contents summary
Kinetic theory of gaseous mixtures: Boltzmann equation, evolution equations for macroscopic quantities. Electrons in gases (Lorentz gas): approximate solution of the Boltzmann equation in electric and magnetic fields, conductivity tensor, Joule effect, relaxation processes. Heavy ions in light gases (Rayleigh gas): Fokker-Planck equation and its solution in electric and magnetic fields, transport properties. The relaxation-time approximation of the Boltzmann equation and the ''path-integral'' formulation of the transport problem.
J.-L. Delcroix, Physique des Plasmas, Vol. 2;
F. Reif, Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics, McGraw-Hill.