EF3360 Complex Plasmas 8.0 credits

Komplexa plasmor

The course covers fundamental aspects as well as interdisciplinary aspects of plasmas seeded with small particles (dust), with focus on dust (small body)-plasma interaction to ensure relevance for broader range of plasma physics.

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

Course offerings

Autumn 18 for programme students

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P1 (8.0 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places

    No limitation

Intended learning outcomes

After completed course the students should be able to

·     appreciate difference between multicomponent and complex (dusty) plasmas

·     distinguish different regimes of dust (small body)- plasma interaction

·     describe and explain the approaches used in the description of those regimes

discuss applications and interdisciplinary aspects of complex plasmas

Course main content

Charging of particles in complex plasmas. Electrostatic potential around a particle and interaction between particles. Momentum exchange and forces in complex plasmas. Waves and instabilities in complex plasmas. Kinetic theory of complex plasmas. Phase transitions in strongly coupled complex plasmas. Interdisciplinary aspects of complex plasmas. Dust in fusion devices. Dust in space plasmas.


Discussion meetings.



Complex (Dusty) Plasmas: Current status, open issues, perspectives

V.E. Fortov, A.V. Ivlev, S. A. Khrapak, A.G. Khrapak, G.E. Morfill

Physics Reports, Vol. 421, Nos.1-2, December 2005

Elementary Physics of Complex Plasmas

V.N. Tsytovich, G.E. Morfill, S.V. Vladimirov and H.M. Thomas

(Lect. Notes Phys. 731, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg 2008)

Selected journal papers


  • EXA1 - Examination, 8.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

Seminar presentations and final oral exam.

Offered by

EECS/Space and Plasma Physics


Svetlana Ratynskaia


Svetlana Ratynskaia <svetlana.ratynskaia@ee.kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2012.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.