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Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy


  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521733175

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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.

    • Includes 100 exercises providing students with good practice to learn plasma physics
    • Largely self contained making it easier for students and newcomers to read
    • Based on course notes from introductory graduate courses in plasma physics and fusion energy at MIT, resulting in a rigorous text ideally suited for learning from
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'The book achieves [its] goal remarkably well … The most modern and thorough introductory textbook on plasma physics for fusion research that I have seen, providing rigorous mathematical descriptions for most of the concepts. I highly recommend it.' T. J. Dolan, Fusion Science and Technology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521733175
    • length: 690 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 173 x 31 mm
    • weight: 1.35kg
    • contains: 124 b/w illus. 100 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Fusion Power:
    1. Fusion and world energy
    2. The fusion reaction
    3. Fusion power generation
    4. Power balance in a fusion reactor
    5. Design of a simple magnetic fusion reactor
    Part II. The Plasma Physics of Fusion Energy:
    6. Overview of magnetic fusion
    7. Definition of fusion plasma
    8. Single particle motion in a plasma - guiding center theory
    9. Single particle motion - Coulomb collisions
    10. A self consistent two-fluid model
    11. MHD - macroscopic equilibrium
    12. MHD - macroscopic stability
    13. Magnetic fusion concepts
    14. Transport
    15. Heating and current drive
    16. The future of fusion research
    Appendix A. Analytical derivation of
    Appendix B. Radiation from an accelerating charge
    Appendix C. Derivation of Boozer coordinates
    Appendix D. Poynting's theorem

  • Author

    Jeffrey P. Freidberg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    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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