• Timetable

    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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Timetable

Week 1: 16th July – 20th July

 

Week 2: 23rd July – 27th July

Lecturers

Prof. Ian Chapman – Welcome – CCFE, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Mr. Chris Warrick – History of Fusion – CCFE, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Dr. Michael Fitzgerald – Single Particle Motion – CCFE, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Dr. Ben McMillian – Plasma Kinetic Theory – The University of Warwick
Dr. Chippy Thyagaraja – Classical Transport – CCFE, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Prof. Philippa Browning – MHD I – The Univeristy of Manchester
Prof. Philippa Browning – MHD II – The Univeristy of Manchester
Dr. William Morris – Magnetic Confinement Fusion – CCFE, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Dr. Nick Braithwaite – Low Temperature Plasmas – The Open University
Dr. Hanni Lux – Fusion and the Future Energy Market – CCFE, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Dr. Chris Ham – Waves in Plasma – CCFE, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Dr. Colin Roach – Landau Damping – CCFE, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Dr. Ivor Coffey – Diagnostics – QUB Queens University Belfast UK
Dr. Jakob Svensson – Connecting Theory with Experiment – Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Greifswald
Dr. Kate Lancaster – Inertial Confinement Fusion – University of York

Dr. Ken McClements – Plasma Instabilities – CCFE, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Dr. Sarah Newton – Balooning Theory – CCFE, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Dr. James Dedrick – Applied Low Temperature Plasmas – University of York
Prof. Ian Chapman – Introduction to JET – CCFE, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Prof. Paul McKenna – Laser Plasma Physics – University of Strathclyde
Prof. Bob Bingham – Astrophysical Plasma Physics and Particle Acceleration in Plasmas – Central Laser Facility (RAL), University of Strathclyde
Dr. Christopher Murphy – Equation of State and Opacity – University of York
Dr. Chippy Thyagaraja – Plasma Transport – CCFE, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Dr. Michael Coppins – Dusty Plasmas – Imperial College London
Dr. Fulvio Militello – Plasma Wall Interaction – CCFE, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Dr. Brian Lloyd – Introduction to MAST – CCFE, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Dr. Fulvio Militello – Tokamak Edge Physics – CCFE, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Prof. Dr. Stefaan Poedts – Space Weather – KU, Leuven
Dr. Sui Ann Mao – Cosmic Magnetic Fields – Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
Dr. Martin O’Brien – Heating and Current Drive – CCFE, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Dr. Stuart Mangles – Laser Wakefield Acceleration – Imperial College London
Prof. Steve Cowley – Plasma Turbulence – Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford & Imperial College, London

 

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.