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.

2024S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC


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

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 10 Mondays in SS 2024 from 14:00 to 15:30 in Seminarroom SemR. DB gelb 05 B and/or via Zoom


11.3.2024  Wolfrum         

18.3.2024  Willensdorfer 

  8.4.2024  Wolfrum        

15.4.2024  Willensdorfer 

22.4.2024  Wolfrum         

  6.5.2024  Wolfrum         

13.5.2024  Willensdorfer 

27.5.2024  Willensdorfer 

  3.6.2024  Wolfrum         

17.6. 2024 Willensdorfer 

Exam dates (preliminary)

1. Exam date: 24.6.2024

2. Exam date: End of June

3. Exam date: 15.7.2024

4. Exam date: End of September




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


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 460 Physical Energy and Measurement Engineering Mandatory elective
066 461 Technical Physics Mandatory elective
810 Technical Physics Mandatory elective
810 Technical Physics Mandatory elective


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.