2nd Edition

The Energy of the Universe

Print ISBN: 9780123846563
eBook ISBN: 9780123846570
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 7th June 2012
Page Count: 248
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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.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive coverage— basic principles, detailed developments and practical applications
  • Wide accessibility, but with sufficient detail to keep the technical reader engaged
  • Details the initial discovery of nuclear fusion, current attempts to create nuclear fusion here on earth and today's concern over future energy supply
  • Color illustrations and examples
  • Includes technical notes for aspiring physicists


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

Table of Contents


Technical Summaries

Foreword to the Second Edition

Foreword to the First Edition



Chapter 1. What Is Nuclear Fusion?

1.1 The Alchemists’ Dream

1.2 The Sun’s Energy

1.3 Can We Use Fusion Energy?

1.4 Man-Made Suns

1.5 The Rest of the Story

Chapter 2. Energy from Mass

2.1 Einstein’s Theory

2.2 Building Blocks

2.3 Something Missing

Chapter 3. Fusion in the Sun and Stars

3.1 The Source of the Sun’s Energy

3.2 The Solar Furnace

3.3 Gravitational Confinement

3.4 The Formation of Heavier Atoms

3.5 Stars and Supernovae

Chapter 4. Man-Made Fusion

4.1 Down to Earth

4.2 Getting It Together

4.3 Breaking Even

Chapter 5. Magnetic Confinement

5.1 The First Experiments

5.2 Behind Closed Doors

5.3 Opening the Doors

5.4 ZETA

5.5 From Geneva to Novosibirsk

Chapter 6. The Hydrogen Bomb

6.1 The Background

6.2 The Problems

6.3 Beyond the “Sloyka”

6.4 Peaceful Uses?

Chapter 7. Inertial-Confinement Fusion

7.1 Mini-Explosions

7.2 Using Lasers

7.3 Alternative Drivers

7.4 The Future Program

Chapter 8. False Trails

8.1 Fusion in a Test Tube?

8.2 Bubble Fusion

8.3 Fusion with Mesons

Chapter 9. Tokamaks

9.1 The Basics

9.2 Instabilities

9.3 Diagnosing the Plasma

9.4 Impurities

9.5 Heating the Plasma

Chapter 10. From T3 to ITER

10.1 The Big Tokamaks

10.2 Pushing to Peak Performance

10.3 Tritium Operation

10.4 Scaling to a Power Plant

10.5 The Next Step

10.6 Continuing Research

10.7 Variations on the Tokamak Theme

10.8 Stellarators Revisited

Chapter 11. ITER

11.1 Historical Background

11.2 The


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"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