This class covers a variety of topics topics including: Adiabatic charged particle dynamics; incoherent radiation processes; collective effects in plasma; propagation characteristics of electrostatic and electromagnetic waves; introduction to resonant interaction between charged particles and plasma waves.
While the course content remains identical to previous years, I use a new method of delivery known as "guided reading" which is a variant of a "flipped classroom" environment. Students are given reading assignments in the course reader, and two ~1-hour lectures are provided per week, that guide the students step-by-step through their assigned reading. Class-time is spent working on problem sets in a discussion style environment. By flipping the class in this way, I hope to provide students with a far higher level of individualized attention than has been feasible in the past.