• 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 and Plasma 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

The 2017 timetable is available here as a PDF.

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.