Fusion Part A

Fusion Part A

Magnetic confinement Part A

1st Edition - January 28, 1981

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  • Editor: Edward Teller
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323147804

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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.

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  • 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



Product details

  • No. of pages: 506
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1981
  • Published: January 28, 1981
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323147804

About the Editor

Edward Teller

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Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace

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