Fusion Research

Module PH2196

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

PH2196 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics

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 PH2196 is Sibylle Günter.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The module gives an introduction into fusion research. Starting from general information on the energy problem, basic processes and key parameters of nuclear fusion will be discussed. Different concepts of magnetic confinement of fusion plasmas will be introduced, such as magnetic mirrors, tokamaks, and stellarators. Their properties will be studied with respect to stability, confinement quality and transport. The most important heating methods and diagnostics of fusion plasmas will be introduced and existing devices and the main experimental results achieved will be presented.

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of this module the student is able to

  1. explain the basic fusions processes and the required parameters to obtained a self-sustained burning fusion plasma
  2. describe the main technical elements needed to construct a tokamak or a stellarator experiment as well as to describe the individual advantages and disadvantages of these concepts
  3. name and classify the most frequently observed instabilities of fusion plasmas
  4. describe heating methods and diagnostics of fusion plasmas
  5. discuss the processes leading to transport of heat and particles in plasmas confined in toroidal magnetic fields,
  6. present the technical composition and the scientific objectives of the international fusions experiment Iter.


Lectures up to the Bachelor level

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 4 Fusionsforschung Günter, S.
Mitwirkende: Orain, F.Papp, G.
Donnerstag, 08:30–10:00
sowie Termine in Gruppen

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lecture with ppt presentation, movies and black board, in parallel seminars and group work to discuss the issues brought up in the lecture


Exercises, internet pages, additional literature


  • U. Stroth, Plasmaphysik, Phänomene, Grundlagen, Anwendungen, VIEWEG+TEUBNER Press, New York", Wiesbaden 2011
  • M. Kaufmann, Plasmaphysik und Fusionsforschung. Eine Einführung, Teubner, 2003
  • J. Wesson, Tokamaks, Clarendon Press, Oxford 2011
  • R.J. Goldston, P.H. Rutherford, "Plasmaphysik. Eine Einführung", Vieweg 1998, ISBN: 3-528-06884-1,

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

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

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