Although students in several of the engineering and science degree programs at Georgia Tech have been involved in the Fusion Research Center over the years, most students matriculate in the Nuclear & Radiological Engineering Program, which offers the following fusion and plasma physics courses:
NRE4232 Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Design
Introduction to the methodologies of nuclear and radiological design. An open-ended design project that integrates all relevant engineering aspects is to be completed in this course. For several years the design project has been a sub-critical fast reactor driven by a tokamak fusion neutron source.
NRE4610 Introduction to Fusion Physics and Technology
Introduction to the physics of magnetically confined plasmas, superconducting magnets, energy storage and transfer, interaction of radiation with matter, tritium breeding blankets, tritium and vacuum systems, fusion reactor design. Textbook: Stacey, W. M., Fusion: An Introduction to the Physics and Technology of Magnetic Confinement Fusion, Second Edition. Weinheim: WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2010.
NRE6102 Plasma Physics
Physics of magnetically confined plasmas. Individual particle motion and confinement. Kinetic and fluid theories. Plasma equilibrium, instabilities and transport. Plasma heating and current drive. Plasma-materials interactions. Physics of the divertor and plasma edge. Confinement and power balance. Operational limits. Fusion reactors and neutron sources. TextbookTextbook: Stacey, W. M., Fusion Plasma Physics. Weinheim: WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2005.
NRE7102 Advanced Plasma Physics
An advanced treatment of topics in plasma instabilities, transport, rotation, edge physics, etc. and in neutral particle transport in plasmas.
NRE6401 Advanced Nuclear Engineering Design
For several years the design project has been a sub-critical fast reactor driven by a tokamak fusion neutron source.
NRE8801 FUSION TECHNOLOGY
Superconducting magnets, neutral beam and electromagnetic heating and current drive systems, tritium breeding blankets, structural materials, radiation damage, heat removal, stress limits, fusion reactor design, etc.
NRE8901 Special Topics in Nuclear Engineering
Individual study or experimental investigation of topics of current interest, guided by faculty and staff of the FRC and/or by scientific staff at collaborating fusion research labs. Recent Special Topics have included the Physics of the Tokamak Edge Pedestal, Radio-Frequency Plasma Heating and Current Drive, Fusion Technology, etc.
These specifically Fusion and Plasma courses are supplemented by the wide variety of Math, Physics, Engineering and Computing courses offered at Georgia Tech, and in particular by courses on Radiation Physics (interaction of radiation with matter) and Radiation Transport offered in the NRE Program.