Summer Course Detailed Programme

Sessions and Contents

Sunday, 8 July

All day long - Keep-together activities.

19:00 - Cheese & wine courtesy party.

21:00 - Invited lecture: "Surfing big waves - how waves developed", by Daniel Antunes.

The lecture starts with a mini-course on oceanography aimed at the physics of ocean waves, wave prediction and quantifying the quality of a beach for surfing. It will end up with the importance of preserving coastal environment for surfing.
Eng. Daniel Antunes is an avid surfer who surfed most of the best surf spots in the world, excelling in the perfect waves breaking over coral reefs of the islands of Bali and the Mentawai in Indonesia. In his MsC thesis at IST "Modelação Física de um recife artificial para o surf em São Pedro do Estoril", supervised by Prof. Pedro Bicudo (IST) and by Eng. Juana Fortes (LNEC / National Civil Engineering Lab) he studied how to produce perfect surfing waves with a multi-purpose reef (for surfing, biodiversity and coastal protection). His aim is to make his dream of perfect waves come true.

Monday, 9 July

09:30 - Introdution to plasma physics, by Vasco Guerra:
- Definition of plasma
- Occurrence of plasmas in Nature; plasmas in the lab; plasmas at home
- Range of plasma parameters
- World energy consumption and global warming; advantages of nuclear fusion energy
- Confinement processes

11:00 - Break

11:15 - Introduction to plasma physics (cont.):
- Single particle motions; drifts in E and B fields
- Plasma oscillations and plasma waves
- Particle transport in weakly and fully ionized plasmas
- Kinetic description
- Plasma applications: innovative technologies (clean energy, environment protection and remediation, biomedicine, nanomaterials, etc.)

12:30 - Lunch

14:00 - Computational physics, by Jorge Vieira:
- Challenges in plasma modelling and the hierarchy of plasma models
- Massivelly parallel computing and plasma physics
- The particle-in-cell model: from kinetics to hybrid models
- Case studies: from the laboratory to astrophysics:
(a) plasma based accelerators;
(b) collisionless shocks;
(c) relativistic astrophysics.

16:00 – Adjourn

16:30 - Outdoor activities

Tuesday, 10 July

09:30 - Topics in magnetic nuclear fusion, by J. P. Bizarro:
- Why fusion?
- The tokamak
- Equilibrium
- Transport of particles and energy
- Instabilities
- Outstanding issues

11:00 - Break

11:15 – Introduction to inertial confinement fusion, by Marija Vranic:
- The landscape and status of inertial fusion energy
- Basics of inertial confinement fusion
- Advanced inertial confinement fusion concepts

12:30 - Lunch

15:30 - Visit to IST laboratories, by Horácio Fernandes:
- Tokamak ISTTOK
- VOXEL

17:30 – Adjourn

Wednesday, 11 July

09:30 - Kinetic and magneto-hydrodynamic description of a plasma, by Paulo Rodrigues:
- Distribution function and its moments
- From the Vlasov equation to the fluid equations
- MHD description of a plasma

11:00 - Break

11:15 – Plasmas in space, by Mário Lino da Silva:
- Context: Space plasmas and plasmas for Space exploration
- Plasmas in Space
- Plasmas for Space Propulsion
- Atmospheric Entry Plasmas

12:30 - Lunch

14:00 - Signal analysis, by Rui Coelho:
- Interpolation and curve fitting
- Time domain analysis of time series
- Fourier methods for time-frequency and mode number analysis

16:00 – Adjourn

16:30 - Outdoor activities

Thursday, 12 July

09:30 - The ITER project challengers and the JET contribution, by Bruno Gonçalves:
- Tokamak engineering
- JET contribution for scenario development
- Plasma wall interaction and Materials
- ITER challenges (heating, diagnostics and materials)
- The way to fusion electricity

11:00 - Break

11:15 – Lasers and laser-plasma interaction, by Celso João:
- Lasers
- High power lasers
- Laser-plasma interaction and applications

12:30 - Lunch

14:00 - Remote experiments operation, by João Loureiro:
- The e-lab platform
- The Langmuir probe experiment
- A remote apparatus control and data retrieve

16:00 – Adjourn

16:30 - Outdoor activities

Friday, 13 July

09:30 - Plasma technologies for material processing, by Tiago Silva:
- Introduction. Low-temperature plasmas. Technological applications
- Gas discharges:
(a) Breakdown;
(b) Townsend discharges and Paschen's law;
(c) Sheaths.

11:00 - Break

11:15 – Plasma technologies for material processing (cont.)
- Plasma reactors:
(a) General scheme: vacuum system, injection system, power system, cooling system;
(b) Classification: capacitive radio-frequency reactors, high-density reactors, DC discharges.

12:30 - Lunch

14:00 - Data analysis, by Horácio Fernandes:
- Analysis of the I-V Langmuir probe characteristics for different plasma conditions
- Assess the validity of the probe measurements
- Report elaboration

16:00 – Closing session

16:30 - Outdoor activities

20:00 - Farewell Party