ECE 421 - Plasma and Fusion Science

Official Description

Course Information: Same as NPRE 421 and PHYS 479. See NPRE 421.

Description

Course provides an introduction to the physics of plasmas, including particle and fluid descriptions, waves, collisions, stability, and confinement, with applications to controlled thermonuclear fusion rectors, problems in fusion engineering, and astrophysics.

Notes

Same as NPRE 421 and PHYS 479.

Topics

  • Review of Maxwell's equations and introduction to basic plasma physics
  • Introduction to the fusion problems: need and possible reactions
  • Plasma models for the fusion problem: 3-fluid model, sheath theory, diffusion
  • Energy balances; radiation losses, energy extraction
  • Confinement: magnetic bottles, pinch, mirror cusp configurations
  • Stability configurations: introduction to micro- and macro-instabilities
  • Review of current approaches: concepts such as DCX, Stellerator

Detailed Description and Outline

Topics:

  • Review of Maxwell's equations and introduction to basic plasma physics
  • Introduction to the fusion problems: need and possible reactions
  • Plasma models for the fusion problem: 3-fluid model, sheath theory, diffusion
  • Energy balances; radiation losses, energy extraction
  • Confinement: magnetic bottles, pinch, mirror cusp configurations
  • Stability configurations: introduction to micro- and macro-instabilities
  • Review of current approaches: concepts such as DCX, Stellerator

Same as NPRE 421 and PHYS 479.

Computer Usage

PCs used in select homework assignments (15%), optional in others.

Topical Prerequisities

Junior standing in the College of Engineering or consent of instructor.

Texts

A. Harms, K. Schoepf, G. Miley, and D. Kingdon, Principles of Fusion Energy.

Last updated

2/13/2013