Checking date: 20/04/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Plasma-wall interactions in fusion plasmas
Study: European Master in Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering Physics (88)

Coordinating teacher: MARTIN SOLIS, JOSE RAMON

Department assigned to the subject: Physics Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Basic knowledge of atomic and surface physics (graduate level)
The course intends to provide with a basic understanding of the physical and chemical processes responsible for material erosion and plasma contamination during the interaction of fusion plasmas with plasma facing materials. The concepts of edge transport, divertor configuations, neutral particle behaviour and impurity screening will be addressed. Challenges in material selection and present developments in the field will be extensively reviewed. The course will provide the student with an appropiate training in plasma-material interactions, of interest not only in fusion plasmas but also in plasma technology and material processing.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Overview 2. Particle recycling 3. Basic approach to particle-solid interaction 4. Plasma surface interactions. Mechanisms for plasma contamination 5. Limiter design. Material selection 6 Wall coatings and material repair by plasma techniques 7. Divertors 8. Present challenges and future developments
Learning activities and methodology
* Teaching Methods : Classroom lectures and classroom problem solving sessions. Homework assignments * Course Material: Lecture notes. Virtual facilities (links to relevant web pages) will be also provided with the aim of improving the interaction with the lecturers and the learning of the subject
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 70
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 30
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • .K. Janev and H.W. Drawin eds.. Atomic and Plasma Material Interaction in controlled thermonuclear Fusion. Elsevier, Amsterdam. 1993
  • D.E. Post and R. Behrisch, eds. . Physics of Plasma-Wall Interactions in Controlled Fusion. Plenum Press, New York. 1986
  • W.O. Hofer and J. Roth. Physical Processes of the Interaction of Fusion Plasmas with Solids. Academic Press, New York. 1996
Additional Bibliography
  • B H Bransden and C J Joachain. Physics of atoms and molecules. Longman. 1984
  • EIRENE. A+M code.
  • H. R. Griem. Plasma Spectroscopy. Mc Graw Hill.
  • I.I. Sobelman, Vainshtein, Yuko. Excitation of atoms and broadening of spectral lines. Springer Verlag.
  • R.D.Cowan. The Theory of Atomic Structure and Spectra. University of California Press.

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