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Slides of the lectures (PDF format)
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Movie of the turbulence in a tokamak plasma
Lecturer: Arthur G. Peeters
Weighting: 7.5 CATS
The course will discuss the two main approaches: inertial confinement and magnetic confinement, with the emphasis on the later since it is further developed. The course will deal with both the physics phenomena as well as with the boundary conditions that must be satisfied for a working reactor.
By the end of the module, you should:
be familiar with the main experimental reactor concepts.
have an understanding of the boundary conditions such concepts have to satisfy
be familiar with the main physics effect, and understand how they influence the reactor design.
have a deep understanding of a few chosen subjects of the field
Nuclear fusion / Energy production / Efficiency of a reactor / Current status
Essential elements of plasma physics (briefly introduced)
Virial theorem / Pressure equilibrium / Why the simplest topology for good energy confinement is the torus.
The tokamak .
Reason for the plasma current / Plasma elongation / Vertical instability and control / The divertor and impurity control / External heating / Energy confinement .
Collision dominated transport / Instabilities and turbulence
Inertial confinement fusion
Basic concept / Current status / Physics challenges
Commitment: 15 Lectures
Assessment: 1.5 hour examination
Recommended Texts: Lecture notes
Other useful books include: J.A. Wesson