Plasma Physics and Fusion Research
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.
Module version of SS 2011
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
|available module versions|
|SS 2019||SS 2018||SS 2017||SS 2014||SS 2011|
PH2036 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer 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 workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||75 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2036 in the version of SS 2011 was Sibylle Günter.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
This module provides an introduction to the plasma physics relevant for fusion research. After a discussion of the energy problem and the possible role of conventional and renewable energy, the possibilities of fusion will be outlined in a future energy mix. Subsequently, fusion processes the stars are compared to the D-T reaction in a reactor. Based on a discussion of the energy balance the required plasma parameters in a fusion reactor derived and the two concepts inertial confinement fusion and magnetic fusion are presented . Various configurations of magnetic confinement and the associated problems and benefits are discussed. The lecture further deals with questions of the MHD equilibrium and its stability, methods of plasma heating, heat and particle transport, as well as diagnostic methods in hot plasmas.
After successful completion of this module the student is able
- to describe the fusion processes in stars and a fusion reactor
- to establish the energy balance of a reactor and to calculate the necessary plasma parameters
- to evaluate the various concepts of magnetic confinement,
- to calculate the MHD equilibrium in simple (linear) confinement geometries and to test for stability,
- explain causes of heat and particle transport in nearly collisionless plasmas
- to explain methods of heating and hot plasma diagnostics in fusion plasmas
Der vorhergehende Besuch der Vorlesung "Einführung in die Plasmaphysik" wird empfohlen.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Plasma Physics 2||Stroth, U.||
Thu, 10:00–12:00, PH HS2
|UE||2||Exercise to Plasma Physics 2||
Responsible/Coordination: Stroth, U.
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Learning and Teaching Methods
Vortrag, Beamerpräsentation, Tafelarbeit
begleitende Internetseite, ergänzende Literatur
- U. Stroth, Plasmaphysik, Phänomene, Grundlagen, Anwendungen,
VIEWEG+TEUBNER Press, New York", Wiesbaden 2011
- M. Kaufmann, "Plasmaphysik und Fusionsforschung", Teubner 2003, ISBN: 3-519-00349-X
- U. Schumacher, "Fusionsforschung", Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft 1993, ISBN: 3-534-10905-8
- J. Wesson, "Tokamaks", Oxford, 1997, ISBN: 0 19 856293 4 J.
- P. Freidberg, "Ideal Magnetohydrodynamics", Plenum Press, 1987, ISBN: 0-306-42512-2
Description of exams and course work
In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.
In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.