Checking date: 30/05/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Turbulence in Plasmas
Study: European Master in Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering Physic (273)

Coordinating teacher: SANCHEZ FERNANDEZ, LUIS RAUL

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Physics

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Plasma Physics, Magnetohydrodynamics, Electrodynamics, Fluid Dynamics
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
- Basic understanding of the physics of turbulence - Recognition of differences between fluid and (magnetized) plasma turbulence - Basic knowledge of turbulence numerical simulation - Basic knowledge of experimental techniques to measure turbulence and turbulent fields
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction to turbulence 2. The Navier-Stokes equation 3. Turbulence Basics in fluids 4. Two-dimensional turbulence 5. Experimental techniques to measure turbulence in fluids 6. Magnetohydrodynamic turbulence 7. Physics of magnetohydrodynamic dynamos 8. Numerical simulation of turbulence in fusion plasmas 9. Physics of turbulence-generated zonal flows in fusion plasmas 10. Drift wave turbulence 11. Experimental techniques to measure turbulence in fusion plasmas
Learning activities and methodology
- Topics are discussed in class with the help of slides that are provided to students. - Selected research articles from the area of turbulence are handed to the students that, in small groups, must work through them, extract the main ideas, and present them in class at the end of the course.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • P. A. Davidson. Turbulence. Oxford University Press. 2004
  • P.A. Davidson. An introduction to Magnetohydrodynamics. Cambridge University Press. 2002
  • W. D. McComb. The Physics of Turbulence. Oxford Science Publications. 1990

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