Controlled Fusion and Plasma Physics

Kenro Miyamoto

October 23, 2006 by CRC Press
Textbook - 393 Pages - 146 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781584887096 - CAT# C7095
Series: Series in Plasma Physics


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  • Reviews the developments, technology, and physics of the main fusion programs
  • Covers critical issues such as MHD stabilities, empirical energy confinement scalings of L and H modes, and the steady-state operation of tokamaks
  • Explains the design concept of ITER and introduces trials of innovative tokamaks beyond ITER
  • Describes experimental results of improved confinement by pulsed parallel current drive (PPCD), current profile control in RFP, activities on quasisymmetric stellarators, and tandem mirrors
  • Presents the computer simulation of gyrokinetic particle and full orbit particle models
  • Contains problems at the end of each chapter and a solutions manual with qualifying course adoptions
  • Summary

    Resulting from ongoing, international research into fusion processes, the International Tokamak Experimental Reactor (ITER) is a major step in the quest for a new energy source.The first graduate-level text to cover the details of ITER, Controlled Fusion and Plasma Physics introduces various aspects and issues of recent fusion research activities through the shortest access path.

    The distinguished author breaks down the topic by first dealing with fusion and then concentrating on the more complex subject of plasma physics. The book begins with the basics of controlled fusion research, followed by discussions on tokamaks, reversed field pinch (RFP), stellarators, and mirrors. The text then explores ideal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) instabilities, resistive instabilities, neoclassical tearing mode, resistive wall mode, the Boltzmann equation, the Vlasov equation, and Landau damping. After covering dielectric tensors of cold and hot plasmas, the author discusses the physical mechanisms of wave heating and noninductive current drive. The book concludes with an examination of the challenging issues of plasma transport by turbulence, such as magnetic fluctuation and zonal flow.

    Controlled Fusion and Plasma Physics clearly and thoroughly promotes intuitive understanding of the developments of the principal fusion programs and the relevant fundamental and advanced plasma physics associated with each program.