134.750 Thermal Nuclear Fusion
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC
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Course evaluation


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to analyse experimental and theoretical problems in the field of (magnetic) nuclear fusion and to name the advantages but also the problems in the realisation of this new energy source.

Subject of course

Introduction to principles of nuclear fusion reactions and magnetically confined hot plasmas; plasma physics, energy balance criteria, principles of plasma confinement (magnetical, inertial); status of international development of experiments, plasma diagnostics, heating methods, transport processes

Teaching methods

Teaching of the physical basics of the nuclear fusion reactor in lectures on selected chapters.

Mode of examination


Additional information

on 8 Mondays in SS 2020 from 14:00 to 15:45 in Seminarroom SemR. DB gelb 05 B


9.3.2020, 23.3.2020, 30.3.2020, 20.4.2020

27.4.2020, 11.5.2020, 18.5.2020, 25.5.2020

1st date for exam: 8.6.2020

2nd date for exam anticipated for October 2020




Course dates

Mon14:00 - 16:0009.03.2020Sem.R. DB gelb 05 B VO

Examination modalities

Oral exam during which questions about the lecture‘s matter should be answered and the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear fusion reactors should be discussed. Estimated duration: 20-30 minutes

Course registration

Not necessary



Lecture notes consist of the slides shown during the lecture course.

Recommende literature:

Ulrich Stroth: Plasmaphysik, Springer Verlag (in German)

John Wesson: Tokamaks

Previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in physics and mathematics

Recommended from 4th semester on.