ECE 421
Plasma and Fusion Science

Displaying course information from Spring 2011.

Section Type Times Days Location Instructor
L LCD 0930 - 1050 T R   163 Noyes Laboratory  Thomas Dolan
Official Description Course Information: Same as NPRE 421 and PHYS 479. See NPRE 421.
Course Prerequisites
Course Directors
Detailed Description and Outline


  • 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.
A. Harms, K. Schoepf, G. Miley, and D. Kingdon, Principles of Fusion Energy.
Last updated: 2/13/2013