Saint Petersburg, Russia

Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (Polytech-SOKENDAI)*

blended course
when 5 July 2022 - 16 July 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 295

The course is intended as the first plasma physics course however it is also suitable for senior undergraduate students and graduate students.

Plasma phenomena on Earth and in the Universe; historical overview of plasma physics; contemporary research areas and technological applications of plasmas; studies of controlled nuclear fusion.
Definition of plasma; quasineutrality, Debye length, plasma frequency.
Coulomb collisions, Rutherford’s formula, Coulomb logarithm
Motion of a single charged particle in magnetic field; Larmor radius, drifts, magnetic traps.
Controlled nuclear fusion; Lawson criterion and ignition criterion.
Principles of plasma heating with electromagnetic waves and neutral beam injection.
Principles of plasma diagnostics, active and passive measurements, line-integral data, Doppler broadening.

Course leader

P.R. Goncharov, Ph.D., Polytech, Russia;
japan K. Saito, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., National Institute for Fusion Science (Japan)
japan Y. Suzuki, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., National Institute for Fusion Science (Japan)
japan S. Satake, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof.

Target group

Entrance requirements:

- Knowledge of Calculus and General Physics corresponding to the first two years of a Bachelor's degree program in physics, mathematics, technology etc.
- Good command of English. All classes and extracurricular activities are conducted in English. Knowledge of the Russian language is not required.
- Applicants are expected to have at least 1 year of University level studies.

Fee info

EUR 295: Online format: 295 Euro

Hybrid format: 295 Euro + 4000 Rub (non-refundable registration fee for the Letter of Invition)

Participation fee includes tuition fee, study materials, field trips and cultural program.

Upon successful completion of the course students will receive hard copies of certificates with ECTS credits (mailed by post in case of the online format of the Summer School).


- If you take 2 programs in one season you get a 10% discount per each course;
- If you take 3 or more programs in one season you get a 15% discount per each course;
- If you are an alumni of any previous course in the last 5 years you get a 10% discount for any summer program;
- If you are an SPbPU student you get a 20% discount for any summer course;
- If you are a student of any other Russian university you get a 15% discount for any summer program.

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