Branch of Study: Physics and Technology of Thermonuclear Fusion (PTTF)
The study of physics and technology of thermonuclear fusion is interdisciplinary in character and includes classical and advanced parts of physics, mathematics and computer science. Graduates in this branch are able to use their knowledge in natural science and engineering work with the aid of modern information technology.
Branch manager: prof. Ing. Igor Jex, DrSc.
The branch Physics and Technology of Thermonuclear Fusion offers the structured courses:
- Bachelor degree course (3 years) completed with the title Bc.
- Continuing Master´s Degree Course (2 years), completed with the title Ing.
- Doctoral Degree Program (4 years) completed with the degree of Ph.D.
Complete study programs for the Bachelor´s and Master´s degree course in FTTF, including timetables can be found in Study programs and timetables (in Czech). If you are interested in topics for Bachelor projects and Master theses, these can be found in Project/thesis topics(in Czech).
3 years, completed with the title Bc.
Physics subjects cover mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, thermodynamics, theoretical physics and experimental physics, and applied physics. Mathematical subjects include parts of mathematical analysis, algebra, numerical methods, mathematical physics equations, and mathematical statistics. IT subjects develop basic computer skills, a basic knowledge of programming and use of the Internet.
The course is focused on research and development of nuclear fusion with a view to its future use in power engineering. Students gain a detailed knowledge in plasma physics, principles of thermonuclear installations and the technology of their components. An integral part includes methods of measurement, numerical modelling, fundamentals in material physics, physics of ionizing radiation, fundamentals in power engineering. A number of optional lectures accompany the course according to the topics of the Bachelor´s project.
Knowledge: Graduates gain knowledge in fundamental physical, mathematical and IT disciplines expanded in the field of plasma physics theory and technology and master the physical and engineering grounds of this field. Graduates can pursue their studies in the subsequent Master´s Degree course in the same or a similar branch.
Skills: Use of methods and techniques of the main branches of physics for the solution of real- world engineering problems with IT support. Being involved in solving theoretical problems on a technical engineering level, mastering the usage of experimental instrumentation for plasma technologies.
Competence: Based on their competence, bachelor graduates will find positions in industry, research, and the private sector. Typical competences gained are analytical thinking and a systematic approach to work based on solid knowledge and backed up by IT skills. They can find positions as qualified technicians working in sophisticated applications of plasma physics, from the thermonuclear fusion reactors through the environment and medicine to material engineering.
2 years, completed with a title Ing (Eng).
The subjects study the given fields in depth and attain significant insight into state-of-the-art developments. The course includes specialised laboratory courses and independent student projects on an individually-chosen topic. The projects equip the student with a firmer grasp of the field and often yield original results publishable in scientific reviews.
In this branch students gain a thorough knowledge of mathematics and physics which, as graduates, they are able to apply in solving technological, research and scientific problems related to applied disciplines of physics and technology of plasma , with a stress on thermonuclear fusion , both at a national and international level. The Master Degree course in the branch of physics and technology of thermonuclear fusion consists of three main parts: theory, experimental physics and fusion technology. Students are expected to learn the basics of each part. However, they are allowed considerable freedom to specialise in one of them through their choice of optional lectures and the topic of their Master´s thesis. In addition to theoretical lectures, students do hands-on work at the tokomak Golem, newly installed by our Faculty. Hands-on training also takes place in partner institutes, especially in the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic (with the tokomak Compass). The branch of study is closely linked to the European coordinated fusion research program by the Faculty membership in the EURATOM-IPR.CR Association, and also offers students a great deal of mobility programmes.
Knowledge: Students gain detailed knowledge in the field of plasma physics theory and technology with an emphasis placed on the topic of research and development of thermonuclear fusion for future use in power engineering. Therefore they are expected to learn the physical and engineering fundamentals of this discipline.
Skills: A good orientation in the scientific and technological challenges plasma physics represents in the modern world and its sophisticated applications.
Competence: Graduates fill the positions of qualified Engineers, researchers and scientists in advanced applications of plasma physics, beginning with state-of-the-art thermonuclear fusion reactors of both types of plasma containment : magnetic and inertial, through environmental , medical and material engineering, to investigation into the processes taking place in plasma states of matter in the Universe. The combination of a rich theoretical background, good prospects for the future and extensive interdisciplinary qualifications make it easy for graduates to find positions, both in science and in the very latest fields of industry.
4 years, completed with a title Ph.D.
The objective of the course is to educate experts in all fields of plasma physics. They are capable of cooperation with international experimental projects in many ways - numerical simulation, experiment and theory. Students can benefit from existence of the COMPASS tokamak and from close relationship between European laboratories coordinated by EUROfusion (JET, ASDEX-U, TCV, MAST) and thus short stays on these devices can be inherent part of doctoral degree course. For more information see https://www.fjfi.cvut.cz/en/education/doctoral-study