PHYS-734 / 2 credits

Teacher(s): Felici Federico Alberto Alfredo, Merle Antoine Pierre Emmanuel Alexis, Pau Alessandro, Reimerdes Holger

Language: English

Remark: Next time: Spring 25 (Block course)


Every 2 years


This course treats the main issues in operation and control of a tokamak. Control-oriented models are derived and controllers are designed using techniques from modern control theory. Operational limits are discussed as well as state-of-the-art research questions for future reactors.



Tokamaks, MHD, model-based control, control engineering, state estimation, machine learning

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Highly recommended: BSc-level knowledge in control engineering and electromagnetism.
Recommended: Some previous exposure to plasma physics and basic understanding of tokamaks.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • To describe the main control loops in tokamaks, the sensors and actuators, the control- oriented models governing the dynamics of the system
  • To design simple feedback controllers using tools from modern control theory


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In the programs

  • Number of places: 40
  • Exam form: Oral (session free)
  • Subject examined: Control and Operation of Tokamaks
  • Lecture: 28 Hour(s)

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