Checking date: 22/04/2018

Course: 2019/2020

Experimental techniques in plasmas, nuclear physics and materials
Study: European Master in Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering Physic (273)

Coordinating teacher: LEGUEY GALAN, TERESA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Physics

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Basic knowledge of Atomic Physics, Electrodynamics, Material Science and Solid State Physics (graduate level).
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
The students should be able to: - Obtain the main parameters of magnetically confined fusion plasmas. - Evaluate power balance of fusion plasmas. - Calibrate gamma particle detectors. - Determine alpha particle-target material interaction cross-sections. - Characterize materials using the stress-strain curve. - Obtain parameters that describe the mechanical characteristics of a material. - Correlate mechanical characteristics and microstructure.
Description of contents: programme
1. PLASMA DIAGNOSTICS. Interaction of lasers, microwave and infrared radiation, light atoms and heavy ions with plasmas: Thomson scattering, Laser induced fluorescence, reflectometry, interferometry, active charge-exchange spectroscopy and heavy ion beam probe diagnostics. VIS, VUV, soft and hard X-ray spectroscopy┬┐s, electron cyclotron emission, magnetic and electrostatic probes. Measurement of fusion products. 2. NUCLEAR PHYSICS. Characteristics of detectors for alpha and gamma particles: Ionisation and scintillation detectors and photomultipliers. Neutron detectors. Signal transmission and electronics for pulse signal processing: amplifiers, analogical to digital converters. 3. MECHANICAL PROPERTIES. Structural Materials in Fusion Reactors. Mechanical Testing. Elastic Deformation. Materials Failure. Dislocations and Strengthening Mechanisms.
Learning activities and methodology
Classroom lectures plus post-lecture assignments.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 70
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 30

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.