Mini-Courses [迷你课程]

All mini-courses were held on Sunday, 4 June 2017 at the Marriott or nearby venues.  Conference participants took advantage of this opportunity to learn more about emerging sub-fields of fusion engineering and science.  Eligible attendees may have applied for a Paul Phelps Continuing Education Grant to offset cost of participation in mini-courses.  Visit for details.

PLEASE NOTE: with regrets on behalf of the organizers of the SOFE-2017 conference, those who have registered for canceled mini-courses will be contacted, and those who have paid will be refunded.

Course descriptions

Plasma-Material Interactions: Fundamentals and Applications

The aim of the mini course is to provide a comprehensive introduction of plasma-material interactions with an emphasis on fusion plasmas. This mini course will address rising interest in the area of plasma-material interaction and will in part introduce the breadth and depth of the subject including: plasma-surface interactions in fusion edge plasmas, plasma diagnostics for PMI and modeling 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

Plasma Diagnostics

This mini-course is targeted for engineers and early-career researchers seeking an introduction to fusion plasma diagnostics. The focus will be on diagnostics on present and future fusion diagnostics, with an emphasis on the requirements and practical engineering issues related to their implementation. Scientists and engineers from US national laboratories and research universities will speak on the following topics: 1) Overview of Diagnostics for Fusion Plasmas, 2) Plasma Confinement Diagnostics – determining fusion device performance, 3) Plasma Stability Diagnostics – insuring required magnetic configuration, 4) Fusion Product Diagnostics – assessing fusion power output, 5) Current Trends in X-Ray Spectroscopy for Fusion Plasmas – evaluation of capabilities and challenges for implementation, 6) Engineering Issues for Diagnostic Implementation and 7) Challenges for ITER Diagnostics – requirements for diagnostics in reactor-scale fusion devices.