Welcome to the 2020 Introduction to Fusion Energy and Plasma Physics Course

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2019 SULI One Week Course Group.

During the weeks of June 15th-26th 2020, students accepted in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program and other fusion/plasma undergraduate intenship programs throughout the US, will participate in an intensive course on plasma physics and fusion energy sciences, taught by world renowned scientists from all over the country.

Due to the unusual circunstances of the 2020 Summer term, the introductory course will be fully conducted via Zoom, and in half-day sessions in order to accomodate various time zones.

The content will reflect the broad research under the Fusion Energy Sciences and Plasma Physics umbrella, including discovery plasma sciences, magnetic fusion energy, fusion materias and technology and high energy density plasmas.

Live Streaming

The entire course will be streamed live, recorded, and uploaded on this site. If you're planning on viewing the streaming lectures, please send us an email with some info (institution, major, etc), to help us track the reach.

If you're a US undergraduate or early graduate student conducting fusion/plasma research, or simply interested in the field, you can enroll in the course at no cost by filling out this form.

Enrolling lets you join the Zoom course, ask questions during the talks, join the networking events and be informed of fusion and plasma events during the Summer. Nonetheless, you can view all talks, live and archived, without enrolling.

Due to the public nature of this event, all participants and speakers are asked to abide by a code of conduct.
Please contact Olivia Merill (omerrill@pppl.gov) if you're having trouble connecting.


Speakers

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Prof. JP Allain

Penn State
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Prof. Scott Baalrud

U of Iowa
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Dr. Aaron Bader

UW Madison
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Dr. Devon Battaglia

PPPL
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Prof. Mike Brown

Swarthmore College
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Prof. Paul Cassak

West Virginia U

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Prof. Steven Cowley

PPPL
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Prof. Steffi Diem

UW Madison
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Dr. Arturo Dominguez

PPPL
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Prof. David Donovan

UT Knoxville
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Dr. Will Fox

PPPL
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Dr. Lauren Garrison

ORNL

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Dr. Cameron Geddes

LBNL
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Dr. Walter Guttenfelder

PPPL
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Dr. Paul Humrickhouse

INL
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Dr. Chuck Kessel

ORNL
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Prof. Eva Kostadinova

Baylor U
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Prof. Carolyn Kuranz

U of Michigan

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Dr. Florian Laggner

PPPL
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Dr. Ane Lasa

UT Knoxville
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Prof. Jose Lopez

Seton Hall
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Dr. Tammy Ma

LLNL
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Prof. Saskia Mordijck

William & Mary
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Dr. Bob Mumgaard

Commonwealth Fusion Systems

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Dr. Nick Murphy

Harvard-Smithsonian CfA
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Dr. Bob Pinsker

General Atomics
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Dr. Yevgeny Raitses

PPPL
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Dr. Kathy Reeves

Harvard-Smithsonian CfA
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Dr. Matt Reinke

ORNL
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Prof. Adam Sefkow

University of Rochester

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Dr. Sterling Smith

General Atomics
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Dr. Brandon Sorbom

Commonwealth Fusion Systems
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Dr. Derek Sutherland

CTFusion Inc
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Dr. Ryan Umstattd

Fusion Industry Association
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Dr. X. Steve Xiao

SRNL
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Prof. Ellen Zweibel

UW Madison

Agenda

Eastern Time Day 1 (6/15/20) Day 2 (6/16/20) Day 3 (6/17/20) Day 4 (6/18/20) Day 5 (6/19/20)
12:30 PM Introduction to the Course (pptx)
Dominguez
Introduction to Plasma Physics (pptx) (LatexNotes) (HandNotes)
Dominguez
Reconnection
Cassak
Tokamaks and STs
Battaglia
Measurements and Diagnostics
Reinke
1:30 PM Energy Context (pptx)
Umstattd
Single Particle Motion
Fox
The Sun and the Heliosphere (pptx)
Reeves
ITER (GSlides)
Laggner
Auxiliary heating
Pinsker
2:30 PM Break Break Break Break Break
3:00 PM Intro to Fusion I (pptx)
Cowley
Waves in Plasmas
Diem
Plasma Astrophysics
Zweibel
Stellarators
Bader
High Temperature Superconductors
Sorbom
4:00 PM Intro to Fusion II (pptx)
Cowley
Turbulence in Plasmas
Mordijck
Laboratory Plasma Astrophysics (notes)
Brown
Alternative configurations (pptx)
Sutherland
Pulsed power and Z-pinches
Sefkow
Eastern Time Day 6 (6/22/20) Day 7 (6/23/20) Day 8 (6/24/20) Day 9 (6/25/20) Day 10 (6/26/20)
12:30 PM Plasma-Material Interaction: Boundary Plasmas
Donovan
Safety Considerations of Building a Fusion Pilot Plant (pptx)
Humrickhouse
Clean Coding (pptx)
Murphy
Low Temperature Plasmas
Baalrud
Inertial Fusion Energy
Ma
1:30 PM PMIs and the Development of Solid PFCs
Lasa
Fusion relevant structural materials
Garrison
Computational Frameworks
Smith
Plasma Propulsion
Raitses
Relativistic HEDP
Geddes
2:30 PM Break Break Break Break Break
3:00 PM PMIs and the Development of Liquid PFCs (pptx)
Allain
Closing the fuel cycle
Xiao
Commercialization of Fusion Energy
Mumgaard
Complex Plasmas
Kostadinova
Astrophysical HEDP
Kuranz
4:00 PM Blanket design
Kessel
Integrated optimization of fusion power plants (pptx)
Guttenfelder
Networking Hour LTP applications and technologies
Lopez
Course wrap up / Networking session II