Fusion Plasma Physics

  • ID: 2292935
  • Book
  • 571 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Nuclear fusion, mankind s ultimate energy source, may become the most important energy source of the new century. But still many important phenomena, e.g. the transport mechanisms that determine the confinement of the plasma, are not yet fully understood. Thus, they are the subject of intense research, which drives a rapid environment of this field of plasma physics and generates the need for an up–to–date textbook for students and reference for researchers in the field.

This state–of–the–art textbook assembles material from various sources in a systematic and concise way for a modern course on the physics of magnetically confined plasmas aimed at graduate and advanced undergraduate students. It both presents the fundamental theories and methodologies of fusion plasma physics and introduces the topics of current research. Each chapter is rounded off with a set of exercises.
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Basic Physics

Motion of Charged Particles

Magnetic Confinement

Kinetic Theory

Fluid Theory

Plasma Equilibria



Neoclassical Transport

Plasma Rotation

Turbulent Transport

Heating and Current Drive

Plasma–Material Interactions


Plasma Edge

Neutral Particle Transport

Power Balance

Operational Limits

Fusion Reactors and Neutron Sources

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Professor Stacey received his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966. He then worked in naval reactor design at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory and led the fast reactor theory and computations and the fusion research programs at Argonne National Laboratory. In 1977, he became Callaway Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he has been teaching and performing research in reactor physics and plasma physics. He is the author of six books and about 250 research papers. He led the international INTOR Workshop which defined the design features and R&D needs for the first fusion experimental reactor, for which he received the US Dept. of Energy Distinguished Associate Award. Professor Stacey is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and of the American Physical Society and is the recipient of, among other awards, the Seaborg Award for Nuclear Research and the Wigner Reactor Physics Award from the American Nuclear Society.
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