Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion

Summer School - On campus
July 15 - July 26, 2024

The course also can be arranged as the tailor-made programe for a group of minimum 10 students upon request (the dates and terms can be discuss individually)

Do you want to learn more about controlled nuclear fusion? Then this course is for you!

Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion

Get a unique opportunity to go deeper into physics and enjoy staying in the most beautiful city of Russia! Come to Saint-Petersburg and reveal a marvelous spirit of our lovely city!

  • Brief description

    The course is suitable as the first plasma physics course or an add-on course for senior undergraduate students and graduate students.

    The primary objective of the course is to present the fundamentals of plasma physics particularly highlighting high-temperature plasma physics and its applications to controlled fusion. The course begins with an overview of plasma phenomena and their applications. The lectures cover Coulomb collisions, single particle motion in magnetic field, magnetic traps, principles of controlled fusion, plasma heating and diagnostics. The program also includes study visits to a tokamak laboratory and a laboratory for plasma technologies.

  • Skills and competence to be acquired by students

    The students will acquire and consolidate skills and competence corresponding to the beginning of the first semester of the plasma physics course at Peter the Great Polytechnic University.

Duration: 2 weeks

ECTS credits: 4.0

Participation fee: 50 000 RUB

  • Cultural program

    We offer our students excursions to the most famous palaces, monuments, museums of St. Petersburg, as well as other cultural activities.

Deadline for registration: May 27, 2024

  • Entrance requirements
    • • Knowledge of Calculus and General Physics corresponding to the first two years of a Bachelor's degree program in physics, mathematics, technology etc.
    • • Good command of English. All classes and extracurricular activities are conducted in English. Knowledge of the Russian language is not required.
    • • Applicants are expected to have at least 1 year of University level studies.
  • Course description

    4 ECTS

    The course is intended as the first plasma physics course however it is also suitable for senior undergraduate students and graduate students.

    • • Plasma phenomena on Earth and in the Universe; historical overview of plasma physics; contemporary research areas and technological applications of plasmas; studies of controlled nuclear fusion.
    • • Definition of plasma; quasineutrality, Debye length, plasma frequency.
    • • Coulomb collisions, Rutherford’s formula, Coulomb logarithm
    • • Motion of a single charged particle in magnetic field; Larmor radius, drifts, magnetic traps.
    • • Controlled nuclear fusion; Lawson criterion and ignition criterion.
    • • Principles of plasma heating with electromagnetic waves and neutral beam injection.
    • • Principles of plasma diagnostics, active and passive measurements, line-integral data, Doppler broadening

The detailed course description for ECTS credits transfer at your home university:

Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion Descriptor SS24.pdf

Program partners:

  • A.F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute and Institute of Electrophysics and Electric Power of Russian Academy of Sciences

Professors and lecturers:

  • P.R. Goncharov, Ph.D., Polytech, Russia;


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