22.012 / 22.S27 Seminar: Fusion and Plasma Physics

Spring 2006

The Tokamak is the most developed fusion concept.
Fusion is an attractive domestic energy source. The most developed fusion concept is the Tokamak, shown in this image. (Image courtesy of the Department of Energy, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences.)

Course Highlights

This course features a partial set of lecture notes and sample student projects in the assignments section. In addition, Web resources supplementing class materials are available in the related resources section.

Course Description

This course uses lectures and discussion to introduce the range of topics relevant to plasma physics and fusion engineering. An introductory discussion of the economic and ecological motivation for the development of fusion power is also presented. Contemporary magnetic confinement schemes, theoretical questions, and engineering considerations are presented by expert guest lecturers. Students enrolled in the course also tour the Plasma Science and Fusion Center experimental facilities.
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Prof. Kim Molvig

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session