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Fall 2017-2018
AST 555   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Fusion Plasmas & Plasma Diagnostics

Philip C. Efthimion
Richard P. Majeski

Introduction to experimental plasma physics, with emphasis on high-temperature plasmas for fusion. Requirements for fusion plasmas: confinement, beta, power and particle exhaust. Discussion of tokamak fusion and alternative magnetic and inertial confinement systems. Status of experimental understanding: what we know and how we know it. Key plasma diagnostic techniques: magnetic measurements, Langmuir probes, microwave techniques, spectroscopic techniques, electron cyclotron emission, Thomson scattering.

Sample reading list:
I. Hutchinson, Plasma Diagnostics
Reprints from Nuclear Fusion, Physics of Plasmas,
Phys. Rev. Letters, etc.,
Class notes,

Mid Term Exam - 30%
Final Exam - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Problem set(s) - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Other information:
Spectroscopy in the visible, ultraviolet, and X-ray wavelengths, scattering of laser light and microwaves, hard X-rays, neutrons, and alpha particles. Fluctuations and transport. Lectures and student presentations.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23029 C01 01:15:00 pm - 02:30:00 pm T Th   Forrestal Campus   S213   Enrolled:10 Limit:30