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Spring 2015-2016
* AST 309 / MAE 309 / PHY 309 / ENE 309   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Science and Technology of Nuclear Energy: Fission and Fusion

Robert J. Goldston

Concern about climate change and need for energy independence has driven recent growth in nuclear fission power. However the events at Fukushima Daichi and the negotiations with Iran illustrate some of the issues. Fusion energy is moving towards realization of an alternative approach to nuclear power, with fewer dangers, but not yet ready to be commercialized. 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 Prospects
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.

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

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

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
41593 L01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T Th   Jadwin Hall   A07   Enrolled:10 Limit:30