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Master 2 Physics of Plasmas and Fusion

Master 2 Physics of Plasmas and Fusion
Year

Master Year 2 

Program

Physics of Plasmas and Fusion

ECTS Credits

60

Language

English

Orientation

Research

Location

Campus de Palaiseau, Université Paris-Saclay (Orsay), Sorbonne Université (Jussieu), CentraleSupelec

Course duration

12 months, full time

Course start

September

Degree awarded

Master's degree

WHY ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM?

Asset n° 1 

Integrate a generalist Master's program in plasma physics, which provides high-level training on astrophysical and space plasmas, process and industrial plasmas, as well as thermonuclear magnetic and inertial fusion plasmas and plasmas resulting from laser-matter interaction.

Asset n°2 

Access to numerous research laboratories as well as to major international instruments such as the ITER Tokamaks, the Megajoule, Apollon, Petal lasers, or the most recent space missions (Solar Orbiter, Parker Solar Probe, MMS...).

Asset n°3

Thanks to the vast choice of themes proposed in all fields of plasma physics, build step by step and in full knowledge of the facts a well thought-out professional project (thesis or business opportunity).

Plasma physics is an interdisciplinary field of research. Leading laboratories in France and around the world conduct numerous research programs in the fields of thermonuclear magnetic and inertial fusion, laser-plasma interaction, astrophysics and process plasmas. Plasma physics also addresses societal issues of prime importance: it is at the origin of major innovations in the fields of energy, environment, space, health and defense, for example.

The objective of the Master's program is to train high-level scientists and engineers capable of investing in research on plasmas, whether natural or artificial, cold or hot, diluted or dense. The Master's degree, generalist in the field of plasma physics, offers a vast choice among many themes, thus allowing students to build step by step and in full knowledge of the facts their professional project (PhD thesis or research and development in the field of industry).

The teaching covers the physics of natural plasmas, process plasmas (including industrial plasmas), thermonuclear plasmas and plasmas resulting from laser-matter interaction. These are at the center of many applications such as satellite propulsion and navigation, space instrumentation and communications, atmospheric re-entry, materials engineering, environmental protection (treatment of gaseous and liquid effluents, reduction of CO2 emissions), bio-medicine and the development of therapeutic devices, agriculture and agronomy, microelectronics, acceleration of charged particles and new plasma gas pedals, radiation and energy sources, lasers, techniques for heating and confining plasmas, particularly in the context of thermonuclear magnetic or inertial fusion. Numerous very Large Facilities and Instruments are involved such as the ITER Tokamak in Cadarache, the Laser MegaJoule (LMJ) in Bordeaux, the Apollon and Petal Lasers, and international space missions such as Solar Orbiter, Parker Solar Probe and MMS (Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission).

The courses are approached in a theoretical and fundamental way, but also from the point of view of experimentation, numerical simulation and modeling. They allow students to acquire expertise in different multidisciplinary fields (plasma/health, plasma/environment, plasma/energy, plasma/space, etc.), but also to be introduced to the most current innovative technologies.

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Objectives

This Master’s program enables students to:

  • Follow lessons in physics of space and astrophysical plasmas, cold process plasmas (including industrial plasmas), thermonuclear magnetic and inertial fusion plasmas, laser-plasma interaction and its various applications.
  • Work on theoretical approaches, numerical simulation and experimentation in national and international laboratories as well as with Large Instruments such as Tokamaks ITER and WEST, Mégajoule, Apollon, Petal, Laser X, pulsed machines, or large space missions such as Solar Orbiter, Parker Solar Probe, MMS
  • Take some specialized courses through the national framework of the Federation "Training in Fusion and Hot Plasma Sciences" and carry out projects and practical work on the above-mentioned major projects and international instruments.
  • Pursue a career of excellence as a scientist or engineer working on national and international plasma research program

Partner Universities

Université Paris-Saclay

Sorbonne Université

The majority of the students of the Master 2 Physics of Plasmas and Fusion (about 90%) continue their curriculum by doing a PhD thesis. However, it is possible to be recruited in a large research and development company at the end of the Master's program.

Graduates can aspire to careers as researchers, teacher-researchers or engineers in fundamental or applied research in university laboratories, engineering schools, major public bodies such as CNRS, CEA, ONERA, CNES or companies with a strong R&D component (Alcatel, Air Liquide, Thalès, EDF, IBM, PSA, Renault, Saint-Gobain, EADS, Safran, Snecma....).

The courses are divided into two semesters. The first includes a common core and options, and the second includes more specialized options and an internship.

Core courses

Tools for plasmas and fusion

20h

3 ECTS

English

Magnétohydrodynamics

30h

3 ECTS

English

Kinetic theory of plasmas

30h

3 ECTS

English

Waves and instabilities

30h

3 ECTS

English

Numerical methods and simulation codes

30h

3 ECTS

English

Instrumentation, diagnostics and analysis of plasmas

30h

3 ECTS

English

Atomic, molecular and radiation physics

20h

3 ECTS

English

Elective courses

Students must choose 4 elective courses from the 8 listed below.

Turbulence, transport, heating and confinement in magnetic fusion

30h

3 ECTS

English

Physics and diagnostics in Tokamaks

30h

3 ECTS

English

Space plasmas

20h

3 ECTS

English

High energy density astrophysical plasmas

20h

3 ECTS

English

Low pressure cold plasmas

20h

3 ECTS

English

Non-equilibrium plasmas at high pressures

20h

3 ECTS

English

Relativistic laser-plasma interaction

 

30h

3 ECTS

English

Laser-plasma interaction / Inertial confinement fusion

30h

3 ECTS

English

Students must choose a specialization from the four listed below.  Each specialization is composed of a theoretical course and a practical course (laboratory experiments or numerical laboratory).

Thermonuclear magnetic fusion (takes place at Cadarache, with access to ITER and WEST Tokamaks)

50h

6 ECTS

English

Inertial confinement fusion and  laser-plasma interaction (takes place in Bordeaux, nearby the LASER MEGAJOULE)

50h

6 ECTS

English

Astrophysical plasmas (Paris region)

50h

6 ECTS

English

Process plasmas : application to health, environment,  energy and space (Paris region)

50h

6 ECTS

English

Students must complete a mandatory internship of at least 5 months, representing 24 ECTS, starting in mid-March. It can be carried out in France or abroad.

Admission requirements

Academic prerequisites

Completion of a first year of Master's in Physics at the Institut Polytechnique de Paris or equivalent in France or abroad.

Language prerequisites

  • English

How to apply

Applications can be submitted exclusively online. You will need to provide the following documents:

  • Transcript
  • Two academic references (added online directly by your referees)
  • CV/resume
  • Statement of purpose

You will receive an answer in your candidate space within 2 months of the closing date for the application session.

Fees and scholarships

  • EU/EEA/Switzerland students: 243€
  • Non-EU/EEA/Switzerland students: 3770€
  • Engineer students enrolled in one of the five member schools of Institut Polytechnique de Paris (Ecole polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis): 159€
  • Special cases: please refer to the "Cost of studies" section of the FAQs

Find out more about scholarships

Applications and admission dates

 

Candidatures et calendrier des admissions

Description

Plasma physics is an interdisciplinary field of research. Leading laboratories in France and around the world conduct numerous research programs in the fields of thermonuclear magnetic and inertial fusion, laser-plasma interaction, astrophysics and process plasmas. Plasma physics also addresses societal issues of prime importance: it is at the origin of major innovations in the fields of energy, environment, space, health and defense, for example.

The objective of the Master's program is to train high-level scientists and engineers capable of investing in research on plasmas, whether natural or artificial, cold or hot, diluted or dense. The Master's degree, generalist in the field of plasma physics, offers a vast choice among many themes, thus allowing students to build step by step and in full knowledge of the facts their professional project (PhD thesis or research and development in the field of industry).

The teaching covers the physics of natural plasmas, process plasmas (including industrial plasmas), thermonuclear plasmas and plasmas resulting from laser-matter interaction. These are at the center of many applications such as satellite propulsion and navigation, space instrumentation and communications, atmospheric re-entry, materials engineering, environmental protection (treatment of gaseous and liquid effluents, reduction of CO2 emissions), bio-medicine and the development of therapeutic devices, agriculture and agronomy, microelectronics, acceleration of charged particles and new plasma gas pedals, radiation and energy sources, lasers, techniques for heating and confining plasmas, particularly in the context of thermonuclear magnetic or inertial fusion. Numerous very Large Facilities and Instruments are involved such as the ITER Tokamak in Cadarache, the Laser MegaJoule (LMJ) in Bordeaux, the Apollon and Petal Lasers, and international space missions such as Solar Orbiter, Parker Solar Probe and MMS (Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission).

The courses are approached in a theoretical and fundamental way, but also from the point of view of experimentation, numerical simulation and modeling. They allow students to acquire expertise in different multidisciplinary fields (plasma/health, plasma/environment, plasma/energy, plasma/space, etc.), but also to be introduced to the most current innovative technologies.

Learn more

Objectives

This Master’s program enables students to:

  • Follow lessons in physics of space and astrophysical plasmas, cold process plasmas (including industrial plasmas), thermonuclear magnetic and inertial fusion plasmas, laser-plasma interaction and its various applications.
  • Work on theoretical approaches, numerical simulation and experimentation in national and international laboratories as well as with Large Instruments such as Tokamaks ITER and WEST, Mégajoule, Apollon, Petal, Laser X, pulsed machines, or large space missions such as Solar Orbiter, Parker Solar Probe, MMS
  • Take some specialized courses through the national framework of the Federation "Training in Fusion and Hot Plasma Sciences" and carry out projects and practical work on the above-mentioned major projects and international instruments.
  • Pursue a career of excellence as a scientist or engineer working on national and international plasma research program

Partner Universities

Université Paris-Saclay

Sorbonne Université

The majority of the students of the Master 2 Physics of Plasmas and Fusion (about 90%) continue their curriculum by doing a PhD thesis. However, it is possible to be recruited in a large research and development company at the end of the Master's program.

Graduates can aspire to careers as researchers, teacher-researchers or engineers in fundamental or applied research in university laboratories, engineering schools, major public bodies such as CNRS, CEA, ONERA, CNES or companies with a strong R&D component (Alcatel, Air Liquide, Thalès, EDF, IBM, PSA, Renault, Saint-Gobain, EADS, Safran, Snecma....).

The courses are divided into two semesters. The first includes a common core and options, and the second includes more specialized options and an internship.

Core courses

Tools for plasmas and fusion

20h

3 ECTS

English

Magnétohydrodynamics

30h

3 ECTS

English

Kinetic theory of plasmas

30h

3 ECTS

English

Waves and instabilities

30h

3 ECTS

English

Numerical methods and simulation codes

30h

3 ECTS

English

Instrumentation, diagnostics and analysis of plasmas

30h

3 ECTS

English

Atomic, molecular and radiation physics

20h

3 ECTS

English

Elective courses

Students must choose 4 elective courses from the 8 listed below.

Turbulence, transport, heating and confinement in magnetic fusion

30h

3 ECTS

English

Physics and diagnostics in Tokamaks

30h

3 ECTS

English

Space plasmas

20h

3 ECTS

English

High energy density astrophysical plasmas

20h

3 ECTS

English

Low pressure cold plasmas

20h

3 ECTS

English

Non-equilibrium plasmas at high pressures

20h

3 ECTS

English

Relativistic laser-plasma interaction

 

30h

3 ECTS

English

Laser-plasma interaction / Inertial confinement fusion

30h

3 ECTS

English

Students must choose a specialization from the four listed below.  Each specialization is composed of a theoretical course and a practical course (laboratory experiments or numerical laboratory).

Thermonuclear magnetic fusion (takes place at Cadarache, with access to ITER and WEST Tokamaks)

50h

6 ECTS

English

Inertial confinement fusion and  laser-plasma interaction (takes place in Bordeaux, nearby the LASER MEGAJOULE)

50h

6 ECTS

English

Astrophysical plasmas (Paris region)

50h

6 ECTS

English

Process plasmas : application to health, environment,  energy and space (Paris region)

50h

6 ECTS

English

Students must complete a mandatory internship of at least 5 months, representing 24 ECTS, starting in mid-March. It can be carried out in France or abroad.

Admission requirements

Academic prerequisites

Completion of a first year of Master's in Physics at the Institut Polytechnique de Paris or equivalent in France or abroad.

Language prerequisites

  • English

How to apply

Applications can be submitted exclusively online. You will need to provide the following documents:

  • Transcript
  • Two academic references (added online directly by your referees)
  • CV/resume
  • Statement of purpose

You will receive an answer in your candidate space within 2 months of the closing date for the application session.

Fees and scholarships

  • EU/EEA/Switzerland students: 243€
  • Non-EU/EEA/Switzerland students: 3770€
  • Engineer students enrolled in one of the five member schools of Institut Polytechnique de Paris (Ecole polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis): 159€
  • Special cases: please refer to the "Cost of studies" section of the FAQs

Find out more about scholarships

Applications and admission dates

 

Candidatures et calendrier des admissions