Checking date: 11/04/2023

Course: 2024/2025

Lab Project: experimental techniques in plasmas, nuclear physics and materials
Master in Mathematical Engineering (Plan: 460 - Estudio: 88)


Department assigned to the subject: Physics Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Basic knowledge of Atomic Physics, Electrodynamics, Material Science and Solid State Physics (graduate level).
Objectives - Development of laboratory projects related to plasma diagnostic (microwave-based apparatus, radiation spectroscopy and probes) - Development of laboratory projects on nuclear physics (particle detectors characterization, total absorption gamma-ray spectroscopy) - Development of laboratory projects on mechanical properties of materials and microstructure (tensile properties, plastic deformation and application of PAS in microstructure investigation)
Skills and learning outcomes
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 spectroscopies, 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
Laboratory sessions.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100

Basic Bibliography
  • William Callister. Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering. John Wiley & Sons.

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.