Fusion Part A - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780126852011, 9780323147804

Fusion Part A

1st Edition

Magnetic confinement Part A

Editors: Edward Teller
eBook ISBN: 9780323147804
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1981
Page Count: 506
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Fusion, Volume I: Magnetic Confinement, Part A is the first of the two-part volume that covers the complexity and application of controlled magnetic fusion.

This book is divided into seven chapters and starts with a brief historical overview and some properties of controlled fusion. The subsequent chapters deal with the principles, thermodynamic stability, and configuration of Tokamak plasma. These topics are followed by discussions of the variations and application of stellarators; the concepts of mirror theory; and the establishment of the experimental basis of the mirror-confinement physics. The last chapter focuses on the principles, configuration, and application of the reversed-field pinch.

This book will prove useful to physicists, physics students, and researchers.

Table of Contents

List Of Contributors


Contents Of Part B

1 Introduction

I. Early History

II. Controlled Fusion in Low-Density Plasmas

III. Some Properties of Plasmas

IV. The Role of Plasma Instabilities

V. Types of Magnetic Fusion Machines

VI. Outlook


2 Tokamak Plasma Stability

I. Introduction

II. Equilibrium

III. Stability: General Considerations

IV. MHD Stability

V. MHD Stability of the Tokamak

VI. Resistive Instabilities

VII. Microinstabilities

VIII. Cross-Field Transport

IX. Conclusions


3 The Tokamak

I. Introduction

II. The Tokamak Configuration

III. Experimental Tokamak Devices

IV. Plasma Heating Methods

V. MHD Stability

VI. Confinement

VII. Future Tokamak Devices


4 Stellarators

I. Introduction

II. Particle Orbits in Stellarators and Torsatrons

III. Transport in Stellarator/Torsatrons

IV. MHD Equilibrium and Stability

V. Survey of Experimental Devices

VI. Stellarator Reactors

VII. Summary


5 Mirror Theory

I. Introduction

II. The Mirror Effect

III. The Magnetic Well Mirror Geometry

IV. The Standard Mirror Concept

V. The Tandem Mirror Concept

VI. Mirror Stability Theory

VII. Mirror Reactors

VIII. Field-Reversed Mirror


6 Experimental Base of Mirror-Confinement Physics

I. Introduction

II. Early Observations

III. Establishment of the Principles of Mirror Confinement—Early Work

IV. The Magnetic Well Principle—The Ioffe Experiment

V. Microinstabilities—A First Look

VI. Neutral-Beam and Molecular Ion Injection

VII. Microinstabilities—A Closer Look

VIII. High-Density Plasmas and the DGH and CLC Modes

IX. The DCLC Mode; 2XIIB and Warm-Plasma Stabilization

X. Ambipolar Potentials and Electron Physics

XI. Magnetic Wells and High Beta

XII. High-Density Mirror Experiments—Theta Pinches and Multiple—Mirror Systems

XIII. Direct Conversion and Mirror Fusion Systems

XIV. New Mirror Facilities


7 The Reversed-Field Pinch

I. Introduction

II. The Reversed-Field Pinch Configuration

III. Methods of Producing the RFP Configuration

IV. Review of Z-Pinch Stability Theory

V. Review of RFP Experiments

VI. Physics of Reversed-Field Pinch

VII. Reactor Aspects of the RFP




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About the Editor

Edward Teller

Affiliations and Expertise

Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace

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