• Curriculum

    The summer school consists of lectures, problem classes, a poster session, and laboratory visits. The first few days provide an introduction to the basic principles of plasma physics through lectures and problem solving sessions. Thereafter, the course covers fusion plasmas, solar, space and astrophysical plasmas, laser plasmas, industrial applications, and data analysis.

    A note on the level of mathematical knowledge required to obtain most benefit from the summer school can be downloaded here.

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Lecturer contact information

Welcome and Introduction to JET

CCFE

Mr Chris Warrick

History of Fusion

CCFE

Dr Michael Fitzgerald

Single Particle Motion

CCFE

Plasma Kinetic Theory

The University of Warwick

Fusion & Future Energy Market

CCFE

Landau Damping

CCFE

Classical Transport

CCFE

Low Temperature Plasmas

The Open University

MHD 1 and MHD 2

The University of Manchester

Realisation & Application of Low Temperature Plasmas

University of York

Plasma Turbulence

Corpus Christi College

Inertial Confinement Fusion

University of York

Waves in Plasma

CCFE

Dr Phil Morgan

Diagnostics

CCFE

Plasma Instabilities

CCFE

Ballooning Theory

CCFE

Space Weather

KU LEUVEN

Laser Plasma Physics

University of Strathclyde

Astrophysical Plasma Physics and Particle Acceleration in Plasmas

STFC (RAL)

Equation of State and Opacity

University of York

Magnetic Confinement Fusion

CCFE

Tokamak Edge Physics

CCFE

Dr Brian Lloyd

MAST Introduction

CCFE

Dusty Plasmas

Imperial College London

Cosmic Magnetic Fields

Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

Heating and Current Drive

CCFE

Laser Wakefield Acceleration

Imperial College London

Dr Jakob Svensson

Connecting Theory with Experiment

Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Greifswald

Timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bus departs Oxford
08.30
08.55
Bus departs Oxford
08.30
08.55
Bus departs Oxford
08.30
08.55
Bus departs Oxford
08.30
08.55
Bus departs Oxford
08.30
08.55
Introduction
09.00
09.10

Welcome
Prof Ian Chapman
09.10
09.40

History of Fusion
Mr Chris Warrick
09.40
10.40

Coffee Break
10.40
11.15
Fusion & Future Energy Market
Dr David Ward
09.00
09.40

Landau Damping
Dr Colin Roach
09.40
10.40

Coffee Break
10.40
11.15
MHD 1
Prof Philippa Browning
09.00
10.40

Coffee Break
10.40
11.15
Plasma Turbulence
Prof Steve Cowley
09.00
10.40

Coffee Break
10.40
11.15
Waves in Plasma
Dr Christopher Ham
09.00
10.40

Coffee Break
10.40
11.15
Single Particle Motion
Dr Michael Fitzgerald
11.15
12.55

Lunch
12.55
14.00
Classical Transport
Dr Chippy Thyagaraja
11.15
12.55

Lunch
12.55
14.00
MHD 2
Prof Philippa Browning
11.15
12.55

Lunch
12.55
14.00
Inertial Confinement Fusion
Dr Kate Lancaster
11.15
12.55

Lunch
12.55
14.00
Diagnostics
Dr Phil Morgan
11.15
12.55

Lunch
12.55
14.00
Plasma Kinetic Theory
Dr Ben McMillian
14.00
15.00
Low Temperature Plasmas
Prof. Nick Braithwaite
14.00
15.00
Single Particle Motion
Problem Solving
14.00
15.00
Poster Session
(with refreshments)
14.00
16.00
MHD
Problem Solving
14.00
15.00
Coffee Break
15.00
15.15
Coffee Break
15.00
15.15
Coffee Break
15.00
15.15
Coffee Break
15.00
15.15
Plasma Kinetic Theory
Dr Ben McMillian
15.15
16.00
Low Temperature Plasmas
Prof. Nick Braithwaite
15.15
16.00
Realisation & Application of Low Temperature Plasmas
Dr James Dedrick
15.15
16.15
Ballooning Theory
Dr Sarah Newton
15.15
16.15
Bus departs Culham
16.00
16.30
Bus departs Culham
16.00
16.30
Bus departs Culham
16.00
16.30
Bus departs Culham
16.15
16.45
Bus departs Culham
16.15
16.45
Welcome Dinner
St Edmund's Hall, Oxford
19.00
22.30
Boat trip
Departs Folly bridge at 20:00 Includes drinks and live music No food provided on boat
20.00
23.00

Monday

  • Bus departs Oxford
    08.30 - 08.55
  • Introduction
    09.00 - 09.10
  • Welcome
    09.10 - 09.40
  • History of Fusion
    09.40 - 10.40
  • Coffee Break
    10.40 - 11.15
  • Single Particle Motion
    11.15 - 12.55
  • Lunch
    12.55 - 14.00
  • Plasma Kinetic Theory
    14.00 - 15.00
  • Coffee Break
    15.00 - 15.15
  • Plasma Kinetic Theory
    15.15 - 16.00
  • Bus departs Culham
    16.00 - 16.30
  • Welcome Dinner
    19.00 - 22.30

Tuesday

  • Bus departs Oxford
    08.30 - 08.55
  • Fusion & Future Energy Market
    09.00 - 09.40
  • Landau Damping
    09.40 - 10.40
  • Coffee Break
    10.40 - 11.15
  • Classical Transport
    11.15 - 12.55
  • Lunch
    12.55 - 14.00
  • Low Temperature Plasmas
    14.00 - 15.00
  • Coffee Break
    15.00 - 15.15
  • Low Temperature Plasmas
    15.15 - 16.00
  • Bus departs Culham
    16.00 - 16.30

Wednesday

  • Bus departs Oxford
    08.30 - 08.55
  • MHD 1
    09.00 - 10.40
  • Coffee Break
    10.40 - 11.15
  • MHD 2
    11.15 - 12.55
  • Lunch
    12.55 - 14.00
  • Single Particle Motion
    14.00 - 15.00
  • Coffee Break
    15.00 - 15.15
  • Realisation & Application of Low Temperature Plasmas
    15.15 - 16.15
  • Bus departs Culham
    16.15 - 16.45

Thursday

  • Bus departs Oxford
    08.30 - 08.55
  • Plasma Turbulence
    09.00 - 10.40
  • Coffee Break
    10.40 - 11.15
  • Inertial Confinement Fusion
    11.15 - 12.55
  • Lunch
    12.55 - 14.00
  • Poster Session
    14.00 - 16.00
  • Bus departs Culham
    16.00 - 16.30
  • Boat trip
    20.00 - 23.00

Friday

  • Bus departs Oxford
    08.30 - 08.55
  • Waves in Plasma
    09.00 - 10.40
  • Coffee Break
    10.40 - 11.15
  • Diagnostics
    11.15 - 12.55
  • Lunch
    12.55 - 14.00
  • MHD
    14.00 - 15.00
  • Coffee Break
    15.00 - 15.15
  • Ballooning Theory
    15.15 - 16.15
  • Bus departs Culham
    16.15 - 16.45
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bus departs Oxford
08.00
08.55
Bus departs Oxford
08.30
08.55
Bus departs Oxford
08.30
08.55
Bus departs Oxford
08.30
08.55
Plasma Instabilities
Dr Ken McClements
09.00
10.40

Coffee Break
10.40
11.15
Welcome
09.00
09.10

Laser Plasma Physics
Prof Paul McKenna (TBC)
09.10
10.40

Coffee Break
10.40
11.15
Plasma Transport
Dr Chippy Thyagaraja
09.00
10.40

Coffee Break
10.40
11.15
Tokamak Edge Physics
Dr Fulvio Militello
09.00
10.40

Coffee Break
10.40
11.15
Bus departs Oxford
09.00
09.40

Laser Wakefield Acceleration
Dr Stuart Mangles
09.40
10.40

Coffee Break
10.40
11.15
Space Weather
Prof.Dr. Stefaan Poedts
11.15
12.55

Lunch
12.55
14.00
Astrophysical Plasma Physics and Particle Acceleration in Plasmas
Prof Bob Bingham
11.15
12.55

Lunch
12.55
14.00
Magnetic Confinement Fusion
Dr William Morris
11.15
12.55

Lunch
12.55
14.00
Dusty Plasmas
Dr Michael Coppins
11.15
12.55

Lunch
12.55
14.00
Connecting Theory with Experiment
Dr Jacob Svensson
11.15
12.55

Lunch
12.55
14.00
Waves in Plasma
Problem Solving
14.00
15.00
Equation of State and Opacity
Dr Christopher Murphy
14.00
15.00
Plasma Wall Interaction
Dr Fulvio Militello
14.00
15.00
Cosmic Magnetic Fields
Dr Sui Ann Mao
14.00
15.00
Bus departs Culham
14.00
14.30
Coffee Break
15.00
15.15
Coffee Break
15.00
15.15
Coffee Break
15.00
15.15
Coffee Break
15.00
15.15
JET Intro
Dr Ian Chapman
15.15
15.45
Tour of RAL
15.15
16.30
MAST Intro
Dr Brian Lloyd
15.15
15.45
Heating and Current Drive
Dr Martin O'Brien
15.15
16.15
Tour of JET
15.45
17.00
Tour of MAST
15.45
16.45
Bus departs Culham
16.15
16.45
Bus departs Harwell
16.45
17.40
Bus departs Culham
17.00
17.30
Bus departs Culham
17.00
17.30
Banquet
St Edmund's Hall
19.00
22.00

Monday

  • Bus departs Oxford
    08.30 - 08.55
  • Plasma Instabilities
    09.00 - 10.40
  • Coffee Break
    10.40 - 11.15
  • Space Weather
    11.15 - 12.55
  • Lunch
    12.55 - 14.00
  • Waves in Plasma
    14.00 - 15.00
  • Coffee Break
    15.00 - 15.15
  • JET Intro
    15.15 - 15.45
  • Tour of JET
    15.45 - 17.00
  • Bus departs Culham
    17.00 - 17.30

Tuesday

  • Bus departs Oxford
    08.00 - 08.55
  • Welcome
    09.00 - 09.10
  • Laser Plasma Physics
    09.10 - 10.40
  • Coffee Break
    10.40 - 11.15
  • Astrophysical Plasma Physics and Particle Acceleration in Plasmas
    11.15 - 12.55
  • Lunch
    12.55 - 14.00
  • Equation of State and Opacity
    14.00 - 15.00
  • Coffee Break
    15.00 - 15.15
  • Tour of RAL
    15.15 - 16.30
  • Bus departs Harwell
    16.45 - 17.40

Wednesday

  • Bus departs Oxford
    08.30 - 08.55
  • Plasma Transport
    09.00 - 10.40
  • Coffee Break
    10.40 - 11.15
  • Magnetic Confinement Fusion
    11.15 - 12.55
  • Lunch
    12.55 - 14.00
  • Plasma Wall Interaction
    14.00 - 15.00
  • Coffee Break
    15.00 - 15.15
  • MAST Intro
    15.15 - 15.45
  • Tour of MAST
    15.45 - 16.45
  • Bus departs Culham
    17.00 - 17.30

Thursday

  • Bus departs Oxford
    08.30 - 08.55
  • Tokamak Edge Physics
    09.00 - 10.40
  • Coffee Break
    10.40 - 11.15
  • Dusty Plasmas
    11.15 - 12.55
  • Lunch
    12.55 - 14.00
  • Cosmic Magnetic Fields
    14.00 - 15.00
  • Coffee Break
    15.00 - 15.15
  • Heating and Current Drive
    15.15 - 16.15
  • Bus departs Culham
    16.15 - 16.45
  • Banquet
    19.00 - 22.00

Friday

  • Bus departs Oxford
    09.00 - 09.40
  • Laser Wakefield Acceleration
    09.40 - 10.40
  • Coffee Break
    10.40 - 11.15
  • Connecting Theory with Experiment
    11.15 - 12.55
  • Lunch
    12.55 - 14.00
  • Bus departs Culham
    14.00 - 14.30
No events available!

Included in the programme are tours of the MAST and JET tokamak facilities at the Culham Science Centre and of the laser facilities at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, at which one day of the lectures are held.

Any student who would like more detailed discussions with course lecturers is encouraged to arrange private meetings during their stay. Information can also be provided concerning the various research groups at Culham.

The CME included a large prominence eruption most visible in light with a wavelength of 304 angstroms. SDO captured this footage from 3:00 to 9:00 Universal Time. In this video, the imaging cadence is one frame every 36 seconds.

https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/11201

Visualization from two camera positions of simple gyro-motion of charged particles in a changing magnetic field.

https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4263

Noisy plasma instabilities in high performance JET plasma. White flashes are neutrons hitting the camera, and the whistle at the end is a tearing mode.