Every summer, the Max-Planck-Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching near Munich, Germany, organizes a one-week summer school in plasma physics for undergraduates.
The course covers the main aspects of plasma physics with emphasis on nuclear fusion:
• energy consumption and selected aspects of the environmental impact of energy production
• basics of plasma physics and nuclear fusion
• kinetic and magneto-hydrodynamic description of a plasma
• concepts and experimental results of tokamak and stellarator configurations
• plasma heating and diagnostics
• plasma-wall interaction and materials research
• safety and environmental aspects of fusion
• ITER and the next steps towards a reactor
• inertial fusion
• astrophysical plasmas
The lectures—held in English—are designed for physics and engineering students who have passed their bachelor courses or who have just started their PhD.