Stellarator and Heliotron Devices

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Science - 444 pages
This monograph describes plasma physics for magnetic confinement of high temperature plasmas in nonaxisymmetric toroidal magnetic fields or stellarators. The techniques are aimed at controlling nuclear fusion for continuous energy production. While the focus is on the nonaxisymmetric toroidal field, or heliotron, developed at Kyoto University, the physics applies equally to other stellarators and axisymmetric tokamaks. The author covers all aspects of magnetic confinement, formation of magnetic surfaces, magnetohydrodynamic equilibrium and stability, single charged particle confinement, neoclassical transport and plasma heating. He also reviews recent experiments and the prospects for the next generation of devices.
 

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A good starting point for anyone trying to understand magnetic confinement in three dimensions. This book can be mathematically challenging at times for those new to plasma physics in the toroidal domain. The book has awkward sentence structure at times (but this is only minimal and may just be the readers mind getting ahead of himself). Each section starts off in a straight forward way but about a page or two in shifts gears without warning (the book could use sub sections). Otherwise it's a must have for anyone trying to understand these magnetic confinement devices. 

Contents

DESIGN PRINCIPLES OF COIL SYSTEMS IN
7
A DESCRIPTION OF MAGNETICALLY
55
THE MHD EQUILIBRIUM OF A TOROIDAL PLASMA
101
MHD INSTABILITIES IN HELIOTRONS
148
THE PARTICLE ORBIT IN HELIOTRONS
229
NEOCLASSICAL TRANSPORT IN THE STELLARATOR
271
THE HEATING AND CONFINEMENT
325
THE STEADYSTATE FUSION REACTOR
395
Index
431
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Masahiro Wakatani, Professor of Plasma Physics, Kyoto University.

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