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Plasmaphysics and Fusion Research

Module PH1326

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

PH1326 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.

This module description is valid to SS 2014.

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
120 h 40 h 4 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH1326 is Philipp Lauber.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The Ssminar consists of talks by students on topics from the following areas:

Fundamentals of Plasma Physics: Plasmacharacteristika, plasmas in local thermodynamic equilibrium, elastic collisions and conductivity of plasmas, magnetized plasmas, magnetohydrodynamics ...

Technical plasmas: light sources, surface processing, space propulsion

Plasmas in fusion research: fusion reactions, magnetic confinement of fusion plasmas, the elements of a fusion reactor and methods for measuring plasma parameters: measurement of electron density and temperature, optical emission spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy 

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the module the student can
use the basic methods of literature retrieval, condense their knowlegde from scientific papers into a presentation and obtain presentation skills.
They have learned about different aspects of plasma physics.


keine Vorkenntnisse, die über die Zulassungsvoraussetzungen zum Masterstudium hinausgehen

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

The learning outcomes of this module will be developed through the literature search, the study of literature, the preparation of the presentation, the discussion with the teacher, the talk itself and answering questions about it.


Presentation materials, complementary literature


Specialized literature to the individual topics of the seminar talks will be provided;
in addition students make an own literature search.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In the course of the seminar each student individually prepares a talk on a topic of current research. Based on this talk the learning outcome is tested.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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