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Turbulent Transport in Fusion Plasmas

Module PH2194

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

PH2194 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 75 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2194 is Peter Manz.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module gives an introduction into transport processes, where turbulent transport processes are emphasized. Different model-based and theoretical approaches are introduced and applied to concrete problems motivated by transport in magnetic confined fusion plasmas and their interaction with the wall. After a brief introduction in the common characterization of classical, neoclassical and turbulent transport and the associated transport coefficients based on the random walk picture of diffusion, non-diffusion-based theoretical descriptions of turbulent transport are studied in more detail. Non-diagonal transport processes are studied. Different types of random walk models as continuous time random walk or Levy flights in respect to sub- and superdiffusion are investigated. Finally non-local transport is highlighted.  

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of this module the student is able to

1. explain and characterize classical, neoclassical and turbulent transport in magnetically confined fusion plasmas
2. explain and characterize advanced models of transport as non-diagonal and non-local transport 
3. explain and characterize sub and superdiffusion
4. evaluate a concrete problem (not restricted to fusion problems) to apply the appropriate transport model


Lectures up to Bachelor level,
basic knowledge in plasma physics (Plasma physics I PH2035)

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 4 Turbulent Transport in Fusion Plasmas Manz, P.

Learning and Teaching Methods

lecture with group discussions, case studies from the literature,  exercises


blackboard, power point presentation


selected recent Journal publications given in the lecture

U. Stroth, 'Plasmaphysik - Phänomene, Grundlagen, Anwendungen', Vieweg+Teuber

Module Exam

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.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

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