Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Nuclear Fusion
02 — 15 JULY, 2018
Do you want to learn more about controlled nuclear fusion? Then this course is for you!
Get a unique opportunity to go deeper into physics and enjoy staying in the most beautiful city of Russia! Come to Saint-Petersburg and reveal a mervellous spirit of our lovely city!
The course is suitable as the first plasma physics course or an add-on course for senior undergraduate students and graduate students.
The primary objective of the course is to present the fundamentals of plasma physics particularly highlighting high-temperature plasma physics and its applications to controlled fusion. The course begins with an overview of plasma phenomena and their applications. The lectures cover Coulomb collisions, single particle motion in magnetic field, magnetic traps, principles of controlled fusion, plasma heating and diagnostics.
The students will acquire and consolidate skills and competence corresponding to the beginning of the first semester of the plasma physics course at Peter the Great Polytechnic University.
Arrival: June 29 – July 01, 2018
Classes: July 02 – 13, 2018
Departure: July 14 – 16, 2018
Duration: 2 weeks
ECTS credits: 4.0
Early bird fee: 410 euro
Regular fee: 480 euro
Participation fee includes tuition fee, study materials, visits to companies and cultural program.
The cultural program includes:
- Boat city tour for students to get acquainted with the beauty of the city.
- Excursion to the Hermitage, one of the world’s largest and oldest museums of fine art.
- Visit to the “Baltika” Brewery/"Coca-Cola" factory where students can learn about the construction and logistic peculiarities of the plant.
- Picnic at the seashore of the Gulf of Finland where students can enjoy Russian style barbecue.
- Excursion to Pushkin, former tzar summer residence famous for its palace and park ensemble. Students will visit the outstanding Catherine Palace with glorious Amber room (optional, for extra price).
- Excursion to Peterhof palace-ensemble with picturesque gardens, a countless number of fountains and giant golden statues (optional, for extra price).
Deadline for registration:
Early bird deadline:
- for non-EU citizens: March 20, 2018
- for EU-citizens and citizens of visa-free countries: May 02, 2018
- for non-EU citizens: April 16, 2018
- for EU-citizens and citizens of visa-free countries: May 28, 2018
- Knowledge of Calculus and General Physics corresponding to the first two years of a Bachelor's degree program in physics, mathematics, technology etc.
- Good command of English. All classes and extracurricular activities are conducted in English. Knowledge of the Russian language is not required.
- Applicants are expected to have at least 2 years of University level studies.
The course is intended as the first plasma physics course however it is also suitable for senior undergraduate students and graduate students.
- Plasma phenomena on Earth and in the Universe; historical overview of plasma physics; contemporary research areas and technological applications of plasmas; studies of controlled nuclear fusion.
- Definition of plasma; quasineutrality, Debye length, plasma frequency.
- Coulomb collisions, Rutherford’s formula, Coulomb logarithm
- Motion of a single charged particle in magnetic field; Larmor radius, drifts, magnetic traps.
- Controlled nuclear fusion; Lawson criterion and ignition criterion.
- Principles of plasma heating with electromagnetic waves and neutral beam injection.
- Principles of plasma diagnostics; active and passive measurements; line-integral data; Doppler broadening.
Totally 32 academic hours:
- 12 academic hours of lectures (6 lectures);
- 18 academic hours of practice, demonstrations and visit to tokamak laboratories;
- 2 academic hours for written examination.
Professors and lecturers: P.R. Goncharov, Ph.D.
Program partners: A.F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences