Checking date: 28/03/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Fusion Reactor Physics
Study: European Master in Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering Physic (273)

Coordinating teacher: MARTIN SOLIS, JOSE RAMON

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Physics

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Basic classical electrodynamics, fluid dynamics and plasma physics (at the level of the 1st year of the master)
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
The course is aimed to present the most relevant aspects of plasma physics in ignition conditions in tokamak and stellarator fusion reactors, which in large part determine the design of future magnetic confinement fusion devices such as the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) tokamak. This course is of interest for the training of those students interested in the field of magnetic and inertial confinement fusion. The basic plasma physics learnt in other courses of the program will have one of its most important fields of application in both, theoretical and experimental analysis, of the plasma behaviour in ignition conditions in a fusion reactor. After the course, the student should have learnt the basic physics underlying the behaviour of a plasma in ignition conditions in a (magnetically) fusion reactor which, to a great extent, determine its design. This will allow the student to identify the elements which are essential for a fusion reactor to work and the regimes under which it should operate.
Description of contents: programme
1. Fusion power. The tokamak scheme 2. Tokamak reactors. Basic elements of tokamak physics 3. Stellarators. Stellarator reactors 4. Equilibrium and stability (tokamaks and stellarators) 5. Plasma confinement and transport in tokamaks 6. Plasma heating and current drive in tokamaks 7. Heating and confinement in stellarator plasmas 8. Plasma-wall interaction in tokamaks 9. Plasma operation and control in tokamak reactors 10. Plasma-wall interaction, plasma operation and control in stellarator reactors
Learning activities and methodology
* Lectures where the theoretical concepts are explained: The lecturers will provide to the students with a file including the material to be given (1 week in advance) which constitutes the basis of the theoretical lectures (lecture notes). * Practical classes: The exercises proposed by the lecturer are solved by the students during the practical classes, corrected and evaluated by the lecturer.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • J. P. Freidberg. PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION. Cambridge University Press. 2007
  • J. Wesson. TOKAMAKS. Oxford University Press. 1997
Additional Bibliography
  • . ITER Physics basis. Nuclear Fusion, vol.39, pg. 2137. 1999
  • D.E. Post and R. Behrisch. PHYSICS OF PLASMA-WALL INTERACTIONS IN CONTROLLED FUSION. NATO ASI Series, Series B: Physics Vol.131. 1986
  • P.C. Stangeby. THE PLASMA BOUNDARY OF MAGNETIC FUSION DEVICES. Series in Plasma Physics. 2000

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