22.62 Fusion Energy
Basic nuclear physics and plasma physics for controlled fusion. Fusion cross sections and consequent conditions required for ignition and energy production. Principles of magnetic and inertial confinement. Description of magnetic confinement devices: tokamaks, stellarators and RFPs, their design and operation. Elementary plasma stability considerations and the limits imposed. Plasma heating by neutral beams and RF. Outline design of the ITER "burning plasma" experiment and a magnetic confinement reactor.
This class has 22.611 as a prerequisite.
22.62 will be offered this semester (Spring 2018). It is instructed by I. Hutchinson.
Lecture occurs 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM on Mondays and Wednesdays in NW16-213.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits.
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