Applications of Electronics in Plasma Physics

Rethimno, Crete, Greece

28/06 - 09/07/2010

ERASMUS Intensive Course

The feasibility of producing energy from nuclear fusion in an industrial scale is one of the most challenging issues in modern Science. Laser driven fusion is one of the most promising candidates and its strategic importance is justified by the existing (and potential) multi-billion dollar projects worldwide such as NIF in the US, FIREX in Japan and HiPER in Europe. Side benefits from the building these facilities include major developments in technology as well as advances in pure Physics, by exploiting nature in truly extreme conditions.

The first summer school of a series of three, will be organized by TEI of Crete, Department of Electronics, Centre  for Plasma Physics and Lasers (CPPL) at the House of Culture in Rethimno, Crete, Greece. This Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) is a cooperation between nine Universities from seven different countries: Great Britain, Greece, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

The aim is to provide an introduction to students with diverse backgrounds in the applications of (Opto-) Electronics in Plasma Physics. Special emphasis will be given on the principles, as well as the experimental realization of laser driven fusion and the HiPER project in particular. It is designed to be a self contained course, covering the subject from the physics of hot dense plasmas to computer simulations and state of the art technology needed to implement laser driven fusion. In particular, the lectures will focus on the following topics:

  1. Applications of modern electronics in plasma science and technology

  2. X-ray production by discharge devices and applications in plasma diagnostics

  3. Plasma physics of laser driven fusion

  4. Optoelectronic technologies for the development of laser infrastructures for laser fusion applications

  5. Energy production in an industrial scale by laser driven fusion

  6. The physcis and technology of the Hiper project

The syllabus of the course will be used in the future as a template for a joint Masters programme amongst the participating institutes in the frame of an Erasmus - Mundus programme. All lectures will be presented in English.