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Module 3: Plasma control

FuseNet has developed educational materials for secondary schools. The goal of these materials is to provide secondary school teachers with all the tools required to teach nuclear fusion in fun and engaging lessons. 

The module consists of:

  • A student reader
  • Lecture slides
  • Teacher's manual
  • Additional exercises

Module 3: Plasma control

In this module, students learn about the basics of control theory, and see how this is used in fusion. Starting from the simple example of a home thermostat, we see how measurements and actuators can be used to control physical quantities. We see how this translates to fusion, by considering the basics of different plasma heating methods. The module concludes by discussing diagnostic techniques.

The student reader explains the concept of control in fusion and contains short classroom exercises and high-quality images and graphics. The lecture slides and teacher's manual provide secondary school teachers with a ready-to-use lesson to teach the contents of this module to their students. In the additional exercises, teachers can find extra exercises at varying levels of difficulty. 

All the materials are created by FuseNet and are free to use for educational purposes. The lecture slides are available in pdf-format and in ppt-format, so that you can edit the slides to your preferences or include extra slides. The student reader, teacher's manual and additional exercises are available as pdf-documents.


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