Detalle del curso

Plasma Physics: Applications

Learn about plasma applications from nuclear fusion powering the sun, to making integrated circuits, to generating electricity.

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This physics course, taught by world-renowned experts in the field, will provide you with an overview of applications in plasma physics. From the study of far distant astrophysical objects, over diverse applications in industry and medicine, to the ultimate goal of sustainable electricity generation from nuclear fusion.

In the first part of this course, you will learn how nuclear fusion powers our Sun and the stars in the Universe. You will explore the cyclic variation of the Sun’s activity, how plasma flows can generate large-scale magnetic fields, and how these fields can reconnect to release large amounts of energy, manifested, for instance, by violent eruptions on the Sun.

The second part of this course discusses the key role of plasma applications in industry and introduces the emerging field of plasma medicine. You will learn in detail how plasmas are generated and sustained in strong electric fields, why plasmas are indispensable for the manufacturing of today’s integrated circuits, and what the prospects are of plasma treatments in cancerology, dentistry and dermatology.

In the third and most extensive part of this course, you will familiarize yourself with the different approaches to fusion energy, the current status, and the necessary steps from present-day experimental devices towards a fusion reactor providing electricity to the grid. You will learn about the key ingredients of a magnetic fusion reactor, how to confine, heat, and control fusion plasmas at temperatures of 100 million degrees Kelvin, explore the challenges of plasma wall interactions and structural materials, and the importance of superconductivity.

Finally, in the fourth part of this course, you will learn about laser-created plasmas and the interaction between plasmas and high-power laser pulses. Applications range from energy production by thermonuclear fusion to laboratory astrophysics, creation of intense sources of high-energy particle and radiation beams, and fundamental studies involving high-field quantum electrodynamics.

To enjoy this course on plasma applications, it is recommended to first familiarize yourself with the plasma physics basics taught in Plasma Physics: Introduction.

Que aprenderás

  • Different applications of plasmas
  • Understanding of the fusion energy challenge, and acquisition of the basis for developing an overall vision of the different R&D elements
  • Understanding of the main plasma societal applications and relevant tools
  • Vision and appreciation of the importance of plasmas in space and astrophysics
  • By solving problems in course content, you will acquire some basic knowledge of MATLAB programming

Conoce a tus instructores

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Ambrogio Fasoli

Director of the Swiss Plasma Center

EPFL

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Paolo Ricci

Associate Professor

EPFL

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Alan Howling

Senior Scientist, Basic Plasma Physics and…

EPFL

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Christian Theiler

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Plasma…

EPFL

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Duccio Testa

Experimental Plasma Physics

EPFL

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Ivo Furno

Adjunct Professor

EPFL

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Jean-Philippe Hogge

Senior scientist, Gyrotron Development Group

EPFL

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François Amiranoff

Directeur de Recherche CNRS

LULI (Laboratoire d’Utilisation des Lasers Intenses)

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Caterina Riconda

Physics professor

Sorbonne Université

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Thierry Dufour

Associate professor

Sorbonne Université

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Categoría: Engineering

Nivel : Intermediate

Institución : École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

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Esfuerzo : 5-6 horas a la semana

Duración : 6 Semanas

Prerequisitos

  • General physics (electricity and magnetism)
  • Vector calculus
  • Completion of PlasmaIntroductionX recommended

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