This page focuses on the course 16.55 Ionized Gases as it was taught by associate Professor Paulo Lozano and Professor Emeritus Manuel Martinez-Sanchez in Fall 2014.
This course focused on the properties and behavior of ionized gases, or plasmas, including equilibrium, kinetic theory and gas surface interactions. Also covered was radiation in plasmas and diagnostics.
Course Goals for Students
- Understand how energy conversion, plasma propulsion, and gas lasers impact the properties and behavior of low-temperature plasmas.
- Describe gas surface interactions, radiation in plasmas, and the ways in which these phenomena relate to diagnostics.
- Apply the equilibrium and kinetic theory of ionized gases, along with an understanding of other theorems and their inter-relationships, to solve problems relating to low-temperature plasmas.
Possibilities for Further Study/Careers
This course prepares students for graduate study in the area of space propulsion engineering.
Every other fall semester
The students' grades were based on the following activities:
Breakdown by Year
Breakdown by Major
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
- Met 2 times per week for 1.5 hours per session; 25 sessions; mandatory attendance.
- Two additional sessions were used for quizzes.
Out of Class
- Complete assigned readings.
- Complete 5 homework assignments.