The performance of fusion devices and of a future fusion power plant critically depends on the plasma facing materials and components. Resistance to local heat and particle loads, thermo-mechanical properties, as well as the response to neutron damage of the selected materials are critical parameters which need to be understood and tailored from atomistic to component levels.
The 14th International Conference on Plasma-Facing Materials and Components for Fusion Applications addresses these issues. A tutorial course with contributions from experts in the fields covered by the event is organised on Monday, 13 May 2013 from 13:00 to 18:00 h. These introductory lectures are dedicated to PhD students, PostDocs, and newcomers in the field. This tutorial course will be held in the Tutorial: Super-C Auditorium, RWTH Aachen University.