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Spring 2012-2013
AST 309 / MAE 309 / PHY 309 / ENE 309  

Science and Technology of Nuclear Energy: Fission and Fusion

Robert J. Goldston

Concern about climate change has driven some to support the growth of nuclear fission power. The events at Fukushima Daichi and the fear of nuclear terrorism have driven others away. New experiments in fusion energy are moving towards the realization of an alternative approach to nuclear power, with fewer dangers but not yet commercializable. In this course we will study the science and technology of both fission and fusion. You will gain a good physical understanding of how both approaches work, including their benefits and risks, through applying and expanding your scientific and mathematical skills.

Sample reading list:
S. Glasstone, A. Sesonske, Reactor Design Basics
D. Bodansky, Nuclear Energy: Principles, Practices and Policies
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. All reading assignments will be provided in electronic form.

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. CBE 246, CHM 306, MAE 221, PHY 301 prior or concurrent, or permission of instructor..

Other information:
Optional tour of Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42793 L01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   Jadwin Hall   A07   Enrolled:17 Limit:30