248 pages, 100 illustrations
Fusion: The Energy of the Universe, 2/e 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. This title features comprehensive coverage – basic principles, detailed developments and practical applications. It offers wide accessibility, but with sufficient detail to keep the technical reader engaged. It details the initial discovery of nuclear fusion, current attempts to create nuclear fusion here on earth and today's concern over future energy supply. It features color illustrations and examples. It includes technical notes for aspiring physicists.
Chapter 1: What is Nuclear fusion?
Chapter 2: Energy from Mass
Chapter 3: Fusion in the Sun and Stars
Chapter 4: Man-Made Fusion
Chapter 5: Magnetic Confinement
Chapter 6: The Hydrogen Bomb
Chapter 7: Inertial Confinement Fusion
Chapter 8: False Trails
Chapter 9: Tokamaks
Chapter 10: From T3 to ITER
Chapter 11: ITER
Chapter 12: Large Inertial Confinement Systems
Chapter 13: Fusion Power Plants
Chapter 14: Why We Will Need Fusion Energy
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Garry McCracken gained a PhD in solid state physics but has spent most of his working life as an experimental physicist working on various aspects of the magnetic confinement fusion program with the UK Atomic Energy Authority at Culham Laboratory. His main interest has been in the study of the plasma boundary and in the interaction between the plasma and the surrounding structures and in studying the design of fusion reactors and the radiation damage problems which may be encountered. In 1979 he spent a year at the Plasma Physics Laboratory of Princeton University, USA, where he worked on the Princeton Large Tokamak.