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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 22.615 (Spring 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • MHD Theory of Fusion Systems 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Nuclear Science and Engineering 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Jeffrey Freidberg 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 22.615 MHD Theory of Fusion Systems

    Spring 2007

    Course Highlights

    22.615 MHD Theory of Fusion Systems

    Spring 2007

    Illustration with cross-section of a tokamak.
    A Tokamak is a toroidal plasma heated to over 50 million degrees Celsius. The plasma current serves to generate the helical component of the magnetic field necessary for equilibrium. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

    Course Description

    This course discusses MHD equilibria in cylindrical, toroidal, and noncircular tokamaks. It covers derivation of the basic MHD model from the Boltzmann equation, use of MHD equilibrium theory in poloidal field design, MHD stability theory including the Energy Principle, interchange instability, ballooning modes, second region of stability, and external kink modes. Emphasis is on discovering configurations capable of achieving good confinement at high beta.

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