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Plasma Confinement and Heating (E C E 527) Syllabus
Course Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcome
  • 1
    Students should be able to calculate particle drifts in the guiding center approximation for various magnetic field structures.
  • 2
    Students should be able to evaluate thermal and particle diffusivity in toroidal systems in different collisionality regimes.
  • 3
    Students should understand the basic concepts of plasma equilibrium and stability between kinetic and magnetic pressures.
  • 4
    Students should be able to calculate temperature relaxation times between species.
  • 5
    Students should be able to calculate plasma heating from various sources such as neutral particle beams, ohmic currents, and radio frequency waves.
  • 6
    Students should have a good grasp of diagnostics systems which are available to measure plasma properties.
  • 7
    Students should be able to perform a rudimentary design of a magnetic confinement systems such as a tokamak.
Plasma Confinement and Heating
E C E 527 ( 3 Credits )
Principles of magnetic confinement and heating of plasmas for controlled thermonuclear fusion: magnetic field structures, single particle orbits, equilibrium, stability, collisions, transport, heating, modeling and diagnostics. Discussion of current leading confinement concepts: tokamaks, tandem mirrors, stellarators, reversed field pinches, etc.
NEEP/Phys/ECE 525 or equiv
College: College of Engineering
Instructor Name
Instructor Campus Address
Contact Hours
Course Coordinator
Text book, title, author, and year
ECE/Physics/EP 527 Course Notes, Anderson, D.
Supplemental Materials
Papers and excerpts from selected texts posted on class webpage.
Required / Elective / Selected Elective
Selected Elective
ABET Program Outcomes Associated with this Course
Program Specific Student Outcomes
Brief List of Topics to be Covered
  1. Magnetic Confinement Fusion
  2. Magnetic Field Structures
  3. Single Particle Orbits
  4. Neoclassical Transport
  5. Equilibrium
  6. Macroscopic Stability
  7. Coulomb Collision Effects
  8. Microinstabilities
  9. Neutral Beam and RF Heating
  10. Plasma Modeling
  11. Diagnostics
  12. Toroidal Magnetic Fusion Confinement Concepts (tokamaks, stellarators, reversed field pinches)
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