Introduction to the Physics and Technology of Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion

Code 702
Semester Spring
Class Hours - Lab Hours 4 - 0
Lecturers Christos Tsironis, Ioannis Kominis (School of AMPS)


Dynamics of electrons and ions in the electromagnetic field.Static and time-dependent fields. Plasmas. Basic parameters of a plasma: Debye length, plasmon frequency. Plasma discreteness. Thernodynamical view of a plasma. Coulomb collisions. Relaxation time-scales. Introduction to thermonuclear reactions.Fusion of light elements.

πυρήνων. Overview of the prospects of the thermonuclear fusion as a basic energy source. Thermonuclear reactors. Present state of the art reactors. ITER and DEMO. Magnetic confinement topologies: Tokamaks and Stellarators. Magnetic Mirrors. Flows and drifts of electron and ions in the various magnetic confinement configurations.Montelling the confined plasma: Introduction to the kinetic theory. Fluid description, Magnetohydrodynamics (MGD).MHD equilibria and stability. Ideal MHD. Poloidal and toroidal magnetic fluxes.Axisymmetric and non-symmetric magnetic topologies. MHD instabilities. Introduction to electromagnetic wave propagation in magnetically confined plasmas. Cold plasma descrition.