Welcome to the 2022 Introduction to Fusion Energy and Plasma Physics Course



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During the weeks of June 13th-24th 2022, PPPL will virtually host an intensive course on plasma physics and fusion energy sciences, taught by world renowned scientists from various national and international institutions. The course is targeted at undergraduate students interested in plasma physics and fusion energy science and is open to public at large.

Registration is free and participants that attend the full course will receive a certificate of completion.

The introductory course will be fully conducted via Zoom, and in half-day sessions (12PM-5PM ET) 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 and available regardless of enrollment status.

All of the talks will be presented in the following Zoom webinar:


Due to the public nature of this event, all participants and speakers are asked to abide by a code of conduct.

Speakers

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Dr. Felicie Albert

LLNL
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Prof. Lane Carasik

Virginia Commonwealth U.
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Prof. Livia Casali

UT Knoxville
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Prof. Steffi Diem

UW Madison

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Prof. Jan Egedal

UW Madison
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Dr. Manaure Francisquez

PPPL
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Dr. Ammar Hakim

PPPL
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Dr. Kenneth Hammond

PPPL

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Prof. Zach Hartwig

MIT-PSFC
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Dr. Peter Heuer

Laboratory for Laser Energetics
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Dr. Brian Kraus

PPPL
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Prof. Matt Kunz

Princeton U

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Dr. Ane Lasa Esquisabel

UT Knoxville
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Dr. Nick Murphy

Harvard-Smithsonian CfA
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Prof. Martin Nieto-Perez

Penn State U.
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Dr. Eli Parke

TAE

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Dr. Yeimy Rivera

Harvard-Smithsonian CFA
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Dr. Sophia Rocco

LLNL
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Dr. Erica Salazar

CFS
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PlasmaPy Team


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Prof. David Schaffner

Bryn Mawr College
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Prof. Steven Shannon

NC State University
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Prof. Marien Simeni Simeni

University of Minnesota
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Prof. Katharina Stapelmann

NC State University

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Prof. Weichao Tu

WV University
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Dr. Theresa Wilks

MIT PSFC
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Prof. Jeremiah Williams

Wittenberg U
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Mr. Sam Wurzel

ARPA-E

Agenda

Eastern Time Day 1 (6/13/22) Day 2 (6/14/22) Day 3 (6/15/22) Day 4 (6/16/22) Juneteenth (6/17/2022)
12:00 PM Introduction to the Course
Dominguez
Introduction to Plasma Physics II
Williams
Introduction to Tokamaks
Wilks
Magnetic Reconnection, a Celestial Phenomenon in the Laboratory
Egedal
Juneteenth
1:00 PM Break/Hallway Discussion Break/Hallway Discussion Break/Hallway Discussion Break/Hallway Discussion Juneteenth
1:30 PM Introduction to fusion energy
Hartwig
Stellarators
Hammond
Plasma Turbulence
Francisquez
Heliospheric Plasmas
Rivera
Juneteenth
2:30 PM Break/Hallway Discussion Break/Hallway Discussion Break/Hallway Discussion Juneteenth
3:00 PM Introduction to Plasmas I
Schaffner
Plasma Waves
Diem
Introduction to Inertial Confinemnt Fusion
Kraus
Unlocking the Secrets of Van Allen Radiation Belts
Tu
Juneteenth
4:00 PM Adjourn Adjourn Adjourn Networking Hour Juneteenth
5:00 PM Adjourn
Eastern Time Day 5 (6/20/22) Day 6 (6/21/22) Day 7 (6/22/22) Day 8 (6/23/22) Day 9 (6/24/22)
12:00 PM Introduction to Astrophysical Plasmas
Kunz
Physics of Core-Edge in Tokamaks
Casali
Physics of Low-Temperature/Non-Equilibrium Plasmas
Simeni-Simeni
Computational Methods in Plasma Physics
Hakim
1:00 PM Break/Hallway Discussion Break/Hallway Discussion Break/Hallway Discussion Break/Hallway Discussion
1:30 PM HTS magnets and SPARC: Paving a pathway towards faster, smaller, and economical high-field fusion energy
Salazar
Quantifying progress towards fusion energy gain: the Lawson criterion
Wurzel
Biomedical Plasmas: Plasma oncology and more
Stapelmann
Neutronics in fusion devices (pptm)
Nieto-Perez
Z-Pinches, Pulsed Power, and Fusion
Rocco
2:30 PM Break/Hallway Discussion Break/Hallway Discussion Break/Hallway Discussion Break/Hallway Discussion Break/Hallway Discussion
3:00 PM A survey of magnetic configurations for plasma confinement
Parke
Plasma-surface interactions: Interplay between the plasma and solid wall components
Lasa
Plasma Science: The unsung engine of the digital age (pptx) (lxcat)
Shannon
Computational Workshop
Launch notebook with Google Colab or with Binder, or follow instructions to run notebook on your computer
Nick Murphy & Erik Everson
Laser wakefield acceleration and applications to light sources
Albert
4:00 PM Adjourn Adjourn Networking Hour Break (10 mins)
4:30 PM Adjourn Continue Computational Workshop Heat Removal for First Wall Components
Carasik
5:30 PM Adjourn (5:00 PM) Closing / Adjourn
Dominguez