The Energy of the Universe


  • Garry McCracken, UK Atomic Energy Authority, Culham Laboratory, Oxfordshire, UK
  • Peter Stott, Département des Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Cadarache, France

Fusion: The Energy of the Universe, 2e is an essential reference providing basic principles of fusion energy from its history to the issues and realities progressing from the present day energy crisis. The book provides detailed developments and applications for researchers entering the field of fusion energy research. This second edition includes the latest results from the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory at Livermore, CA, and the progress on the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) tokamak programme at Caderache, France.
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Researchers and graduate students in the fusion area—inertial fusion and magnetic fusion, and high energy density science, and aerospace; scientists; physicists; electrical and nuclear engineer; chemists. industrial engineers


Book information

  • Published: June 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-384656-3


"The second edition of the book contains two new chapters on ITER and NIF…The text of the book is simple and in easily readable language. Each chapter contains various colourful figures and scenarios of the experimental devices that the reader can follow easily. It provides an invaluable source of information to researchers and students of fusion technology, nuclear physics and power generation who can benefit from it."--Contemporary Physics, September 12, 2013

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What is Nuclear fusion?
Chapter 2: Energy from Mass
Chapter 3: Fusion in the Sun and Stars
Chapter 4: Man-Made Fusion
Chapter 5: Magnetic Confinement
Chapter 6: The Hydrogen Bomb
Chapter 7: Inertial Confinement Fusion
Chapter 8: False Trails
Chapter 9: Tokamaks
Chapter 10: From T3 to ITER
Chapter 11: ITER
Chapter 12: Large Inertial Confinement Systems
Chapter 13: Fusion Power Plants
Chapter 14: Why We Will Need Fusion Energy
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