Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (Polytech-SOKENDAI)*

Summer School - Online/Hybrid (* in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency)
July 12 - July 23, 2021

The course will be held online but 3 participation options are available for certain individuals:

Option 1 - online.

Option 2 - hybrid. Due to massive and continuous vaccination in Russia and resuming international air and railway service with 29 countries we offer a hybrid online/on-campus summer school option to students holding citizenship of:

the United Kingdom, Tanzania, Turkey, Switzerland, Egypt, Maldives, the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Korea, Cuba, Serbia, Japan, the Seychelles, Ethiopia, Vietnam, India, Qatar, Finland, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Greece, Singapore, Venezuela, Germany, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka.

You can join the online course for 270 euro (+4000 Rub for reg. fee) but come to St. Petersburg to take touristic advantages for the duration of the program and attend online classes at your dormitory/hostel.

If you choose Option 2, just apply for the online course here and inform us on your choice via email to get further instructions.

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
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

    This is a joint program developed in cooperation with School of Physical Sciences of SOKENDAI (the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan).

    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:

Online format: 270 Euro

Hybrid format: 270 Euro + 4000 Rub (non-refundable registration fee for the Letter of Invitation)

Participation fee includes tuition fee, study materials, field trips and cultural program.

Upon successful completion of the course students will receive hard copies of certificates with ECTS credits (mailed by post in case of the online format of the Summer School).

Masters students from FuseNet member universities can request financial support for attending the summer school through Application for funding is available through the website as well.

We are proud to offer the limited numbers of tuition fee waiver to excellent, highly motivated students to study on our summer schools.

All applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

- Be a citizen of one of the countries from the IAEA

- Submit a CV and a Motivation Letter e via e-mail:

The application deadline for the tuition fee waiver is May 05, 2021

All the applicants will be evaluated by academic coordinators of the course.

Successful applicants will be notified in the week commencing May 21, 2021

  • Cultural program

    Online format:*

    • - Online Pub Quiz;
    • - Online Interactive Tour to SPbPU Museum;
    • - Online broadcasting of excursion to the Hermitage museum;

    Cultural program in the Hybrid format is discussed with participants individually.

    *All of the listed above activities are planned to take place but in case any of those will have to be cancelled, an alternative event will be offered to participants.


Provided only for the Hybrid or the Tailor-made formats:

  • on campus at the university dormitory
  • off-campus at partner hostels in the city center

Details of the options and booking procedures will be discussed with each applicant individually.

Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion

Deadline for registration

Online format: June 28, 2021

Hybrid format:

- for EU- or visa-free countries nationals: June 14, 2021

- for non-EU nationals: May 05, 2021

  • 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 WS21.pdf


Program partners:

  • japan SOKENDAI: The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Japan)
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • 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;
  • japan K. Saito, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., National Institute for Fusion Science (Japan)
  • japan Y. Suzuki, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., National Institute for Fusion Science (Japan)
  • japan S. Satake, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., National Institute for Fusion Science (Japan)
  • japan N. Tamura, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., National Institute for Fusion Science (Japan)
  • Dr. M. Barbarino, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)


Summer and Winter Schools Team