SUMTRAIC is a 2-weeks experimental SUMmer TRAIning Course in plasma physics and, in particular, in magnetic confinement fusion devices (tokamaks). It is organised annually at the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Republic (IPP CAS) in Prague.
What will I do there?
The centre of gravity of this school lays in the direct involvement of the participants in the processing and analysis of experimental data from the COMPASS tokamak or even in the participation in the experiments, when compatible with the experimental program. Due to the decommissioning of COMPASS, there will be no experiments this year.
- Only one day will be devoted to lectures (how to access data, introduction to the COMPASS tokamak, python lecture...)
- The rest of the time, you will be paired in a group and supervised by one scientist. You will work on a real and relevant scientific topic.
- You will have to present your 2-weeks work the last day of the event in a 10 min presentation
→ You will get a full experience of what a real scientist in nuclear fusion does
A word about the COMPASS tokamak?
COMPASS was one of the leading devices among smaller tokamaks in the world, with an experimental program focused on plasma-wall interaction, edge plasma physics, H-mode and runaway electrons. Thanks to its flexibility, it suits perfectly for student education. The tokamak was decommissioned in 2021 but the 10-years extensive database will allow students to work on real experimental data. See here for more information on the COMPASS device.
When is it?
This year, SUMTRAIC will be organised from August 29th to September 9th and will be focused on data analysis related to the latest research topics investigated at the IPP Prague.
Deadline for application is June 1st and applicants can expect an answer around mid-June.
- Accommodation of participants is covered by the IPP of Prague
- A symbolic fee to cover the administrative expenses is set to 50€ per student.
- Traveling expenses to Prague is up to the participants.