Plasma Physics: Introduction

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32 часа курса
О курсе

Plasma, the fourth state of matter, is by far the most abundant form of known matter in the universe. Its behavior is very different from the other states of matter we are usually familiar with. To understand it, a rigorous formalism is required. This is essential not only to explain important astrophysical phenomena, but also to optimize many industrial and medical applications and for achieving fusion energy on Earth.

This physics course, taught by world-renowned experts of the field, gives you the opportunity to acquire a basic knowledge of plasma physics. A rigorous introduction to the plasma state will be followed by a description of the models, from single particle, to kinetic and fluid, which can be applied to study its dynamics. You will learn about the waves that can exist in a plasma and how to mathematically describe them, how a plasma can be controlled by magnetic fields, and how its complex and fascinating behavior is simulated using today’s most powerful supercomputers.

This course is the first of two courses introducing plasma physics and its applications. After completing this course, you will have the prerequisites to enjoy Plasma Physics: Applications, which deals with plasma applications in astrophysics, industry, medicine, nuclear fusion and laser-plasma interaction.

Программа
Plasma Physics: Introduction
Learn the basics of plasma, one of the fundamental states of matter, and the different types of models usedto describe it, including fluid and kinetic.
Что Вы изучите?
  • Basic knowledge of plasma physics and the different models used to describe plasmas
  • An understanding of how to numerically simulate complex plasma dynamics
  • Basic knowledge of MATLAB programming through introduction videos and exercises
Лекторы
Ambrogio Fasoli
Ambrogio Fasoli
Director of the Swiss Plasma Center EPFL
After obtaining his PhD at EPFL with a thesis on chaos in plasmas, Prof. Fasoli moved to JET in 1993 to investigate burning plasma physics and participate in the fusion power record experiments. In 1998 he joined the MIT Physics Department as Assistant Professor and in 2001 he was nominated Assistant Professor at EPFL and Professeur Boursier of the Swiss National Science Foundation, leading the TCV tokamak and the CRPP basic plasma physics groups. In 2005 he became Associate Professor, in 2007 Executive Director of CRPP and in 2008 Full Professor of Physics at EPFL. From 2010 through 2014 he chaired the EPFL Physics Strategic Committee and was a member of the Directorate of the EPFL School of Science. Prof. Fasoli is the Director of the Swiss Plasma Center, the chair of the FuseNet Academic Council, the Editor-in-Chief of the Nuclear Fusion journal, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Paolo Ricci
Paolo Ricci
Associate Professor EPFL
Paolo Ricci earned his master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino and his doctoral studies were conducted at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He spent two-and-a-half years as a postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth College. In 2006, he joined the SPC, as a EURATOM fellow, and was named Tenure Track Assistant Professor in June 2010, and Associate Professor in August 2016. He is at the head of the SPC theory group.
Alan Howling
Alan Howling
Senior Scientist, Basic Plasma Physics and Applications EPFL
Alan Howling obtained a Master in the Science and Application of Electric Plasmas at Oxford University, with his doctoral work at Culham Laboratory. In 1989, he co-founded the Industrial Plasma Applications group with Dr. Hollenstein. He is currently a senior scientist in the group of Dr. Furno for Basic Plasma Physics and Applications, also at the EPFL.
Christian Theiler
Christian Theiler
Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Plasma Physics EPFL
Christian Theiler obtained his master’s degree in physics from ETH Zurich and his PhD from EPFL. After a two-year postdoctoral research position at MIT’s Alcator C-Mod tokamak, he returned to EPFL as a EUROfusion fellow. In July 2016, he has been named Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Plasma Physics at EPFL. His research focuses on experimental edge and divertor physics, primarily on the TCV tokamak.
Duccio Testa
Duccio Testa
Experimental Plasma Physics EPFL
Duccio Testa earned his master’s degree in Physics at the University of Torino, Italy, and his PhD at Imperial College, London. After four years as a post-doctoral fellow at MIT, he joined EPFL where he now mostly works on experimental plasma physics, with a specific focus on the interaction between fast ions, waves and turbulence, and on the operation of the TCV tokamak.
Ivo Furno
Ivo Furno
Adjunct Professor EPFL
Ivo Furno earned his master’s degree in nuclear engineering at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy and his Ph.D. from the EPFL. He was postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Today he’s Adjunct Professor at EPFL leading the Basic Plasma Physics and Applications group at the Swiss Plasma Center. He’s interested in experimental plasma physics and industrial applications of plasmas.
Jean-Philippe Hogge
Jean-Philippe Hogge
Senior scientist, Gyrotron Development Group EPFL
Jean-Philippe Hogge received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from EPFL. He spent then two years at MIT as a post-doctoral fellow and is now permanently employed at CRPP. His domain of expertise covers mainly the development of high power microwave sources for Electron Cyclotron Resonance Heating.
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