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Fundamentals of Plasma-Material Interactions and 
Plasma Edge Physics in Magnetic Fusion

As part of SOFE 2015, a special one-day mini-course on Plasma Material Interactions (PMI) for Fusion Plasmas Applications will be offered on Sunday May 31, 2015. The mini-course will be held at the Hilton Austin, Austin, TX.  International experts from academia and national Labs will provide a set of comprehensive lectures on plasma material interactions, plasma edge physics and their applications in fusion.

The aim of the mini-course is to provide a comprehensive introduction of plasma-material interactions with emphasis on fusion plasmas. This mini-course will address rising interest in the area of plasma-material interactions and will in part introduce the breadth and depth of the subject in areas including: plasma-surface interactions in fusion edge plasmas, plasma diagnostics for PMI and modelling of the plasma edge and materials, where the plasma/material interface plays a crucial role in materials performance and behavior.  A unique aspect of this mini-course is to bring instructors who not only have an expertise in plasma-material interactions, but also extensive experience both in PMI experiments and atomistic/multi-scale computational PMI modeling.  The course will uniquely describe the challenges of PMI experiments and computational modeling and the areas in which these two thrusts can complement each other.  The course instructors include leading researchers in the areas of experimental and computational plasma-material interactions. 

Minicourse Organizers.

Professor Davide Curreli (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Professor Daniel Andruczyk (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


David Ruzic (University of Illinois)
Brian Wirth (University of Tennessee – Knoxville)
Martin Nieto-Perez (Instituto Politecnico Nacional)
Rajesh Maingi (Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory)

Minicourse Outline.




8:00 – 8:15


8:15 – 8:30

Introduction and Overview

Davide Curreli
Daniel Andruczyk

8:30 – 9:15

Fundamentals of PMI

Daniel Andruczyk

9:15 – 10:00

The Plasma Sheath

Davide Curreli

10:00 –10:30


10:30 – 11:15

Plasma facing materials in fusion

David Ruzic

11:15 – 12:00

Diagnostics for PMI

Daniel Andruczyk

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 13:45

Computational PMI 1 Plasma edge models

Davide Curreli

13:45 – 14:30

Computational PMI 2 Material models

Brian Wirth

14:30 – 15:00


15:00 – 15:45

PMI in Small Scale Devices

Martin Nieto-Perez

15:45 – 16:30

PMI in Fusion Devices

Rajesh Maingi

16:30 – 17:00

Discussion and Closing