151-2023-00L  Nuclear Fusion and Plasma Physics (EPFL)

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
Lecturersexternal organisers
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNo enrolment to this course at ETH Zurich. Book the corresponding module directly at EPFL.


151-2023-00 GNuclear Fusion and Plasma Physics (EPFL)
**Course at EPFL**
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AbstractThe goal of the course is to provide the physics and technology basis for controlled fusion research, from the main elements of plasma physics to the reactor concepts.
ObjectiveBy the end of the course, the student must be able to:
- Design the main elements of a fusion reactor
- Identify the main physics challenges on the way to fusion
- Identify the main technological challenges of fusion
Content1) Basics of thermonuclear fusion
2) The plasma state and its collective effects
3) Charged particle motion and collisional effects
4) Fluid description of a plasma
5) Plasma equilibrium and stability
6) Magnetic confinement: Tokamak and Stellarator
7) Waves in plasma
8) Wave-particle interactions
9) Heating and non inductive current drive by radio frequency waves
10) Heating and non inductive current drive by neutral particle beams
11) Material science and technology: Low and high Temperature superconductor - Properties of material under irradiation
12) Some nuclear aspects of a fusion reactor: Tritium production
13) Licensing a fusion reactor: safety, nuclear waste
14) Inertial confinement
Literature- J. Freidberg, Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy, Cambridge University Press, 2007
- F.F. Chen, Introductionto Plasma Physcs, 2nd edition, Plenum Press, 1984
Prerequisites / NoticeRequired prior knowledge:
Basic knowledge of electricity and magnetism, and of simple concepts of fluids

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
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