Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 8, 2007 - Science
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There has been an increase in interest worldwide in fusion research over the last decade and a half due to the recognition that a large number of new, environmentally attractive, sustainable energy sources will be needed to meet ever increasing demand for electrical energy. Based on a series of course notes from graduate courses in plasma physics and fusion energy at MIT, the text begins with an overview of world energy needs, current methods of energy generation, and the potential role that fusion may play in the future. It covers energy issues such as the production of fusion power, power balance, the design of a simple fusion reactor and the basic plasma physics issues faced by the developers of fusion power. This book is suitable for graduate students and researchers working in applied physics and nuclear engineering. A large number of problems accumulated over two decades of teaching are included to aid understanding.
  

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Contents

Fusion power 1
3
The fusion reaction
21
Fusion power generation
37
Power balance in a fusion reactor
60
Design of a simple magnetic fusion reactor
85
The plasma physics of fusion energy 109
111
Definition of a fusion plasma
121
Singleparticle motion in a plasma guiding center theory
139
A selfconsistent twofluid model
223
MHD macroscopic equilibrium
245
MHD macroscopic stability
296
Magnetic fusion concepts
333
Transport
449
Heating and current drive
534
The future of fusion research
633
Appendix A Analytical derivation of σv 645
666

Singleparticle motion Coulomb collisions
183

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About the author (2007)

Jeffrey P. Freidberg is a Professor and previous Head of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department at MIT. He is also an Associate Director of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, which is the main fusion research laboratory at MIT.

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