Participants of the 6th Kuwoda Summer School

Jef Ongena

As in the past years, the International Workshop and School “Towards Fusion Energy – Plasma Physics, Diagnostics, Spin-Offs” was held in charming Kudowa Zdrój (formerly Bad Kudowa). This summer school is organized by the Association EURATOM/Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion, Warsaw, and the International Centre for Dense Magnetised Plasmas together with its Czech Branch in Prague.

This time, the venue for the Summer School was the Hotel Bristol in Kudowa Zdrój. A total of 14 invited speakers from fusion research laboratories across Europe, from the European Commission and from leading Plasma Physics Research groups at Institutes and Universities in Europe gave lectures on plasma physics and controlled thermonuclear fusion. In addition, students attending the school gave oral presentations on their own work, covering research results from PF-1000 (Plasma Focus 1000, International Centre for Dense Magnetised Plasmas, Warsaw, Poland), Uragan U-3M torsatron (Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology, Kharkov, Ukraine), gas dynamic trap (GDT, Budker Institute, Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk), CASTOR tokamak (Institute of Plasma Physics, Prague).

In addition talks were given on the reinstallation of the COMPASS tokamak from UKAEA-Culham to IPP Prague, research results from the X-ray crystal spectrometer at JET, theoretical studies in plasma physics at the University of Szczecin and studies on capillary discharges and laser generated pulsed plasmas.