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Spring 2010-2011
AST 309 / MAE 309 / PHY 309  

Science and Technology of Nuclear Energy: Fission and Fusion

Alexander Glaser
Robert J. Goldston

Concern about climate change is creating the potential for a renaissance of nuclear fission power. The international ITER fusion experiment is being built to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion. This course will introduce the science and technology of fission and fusion. We will also cover societal risks, such as nuclear weapons proliferation, and societal benefits, such as reduced CO2 emissions.

Sample reading list:
D. Bodansky, Nuclear Energy: Principles, Practices and Policies
S. Glasstone, A. Sesonske, Reactor Design Basics
J. P. Freidberg, Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy
R. J. Goldston, P. H. Rutherford, Introduction to Plasma Physics
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly reading assignments, weekly problem sets, and a mid-term paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Final Exam - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Problem set(s) - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
PHY 101-102 or 103-104 or 107-109, MAT 201 or 203, or EGR 191-194. Thermodynamics background strongly recommended or permission of instructor..

Other information:
Optional tour of Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43159 L01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   Peyton Hall   145   Enrolled:15 Limit:25