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Fusion : a voyage through the plasma universe

Author: Hans Wilhelmsson
Publisher: Bristol [England] ; Philadelphia : Institute of Physics Pub., ©2000.
Series: Plasma physics series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Professor Hans Wilhelmsson shares with us his 50-year, life-long dream as one of fusion's main contemporary figures, to recreate on Earth the conditions that give rise to fusion at the heart of the Sun. He takes us through time on an epic voyage where we meet Nobel prize-winning characters such as Niels Bohr, Hannes Alfven and Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar and the many cultural inspirations that have brought us to the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hans Wilhelmsson
ISBN: 0750306394 9780750306393
OCLC Number: 43670571
Description: xxiii, 158 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
Contents: Part 1 Fusion in the Cosmos 1 --
1 Plasmas 3 --
1.1 The secrets of plasmas 3 --
1.2 Plasma physics peculiarities and games 6 --
2 Nuclear fusion 10 --
2.1 Nuclear fusion reactions 10 --
2.2 Nuclear fusion plasmas 12 --
3 The cosmos 16 --
3.1 Fusion in the cosmos 16 --
3.2 How it all began ... 17 --
3.3 Galaxies and stars 20 --
3.4 The Sun's metabolism 24 --
4 The plasma universe 30 --
4.1 Around the Sun 30 --
4.1.1 The magnetoplasma revolution 30 --
4.1.2 The challenge of space plasma exploration 35 --
4.1.3 Cosmic plasma jets 37 --
4.1.4 The all-pervasive Alfven wave 41 --
4.1.5 The dynamic face of the Sun 43 --
4.1.6 Solar flares and prominences 45 --
4.1.7 Comets 49 --
4.2 The Sun-Earth interplay 54 --
4.2.1 The solar wind 54 --
4.2.2 The Earth's magnetosphere 57 --
4.2.3 The ionosphere 60 --
4.2.4 Auroras 62 --
4.3 Beyond the Sun 64 --
4.3.1 Supernovas 64 --
4.3.2 Pulsars: lighthouses of the cosmos 65 --
4.3.3 Quasars 67 --
5 Electrical discharges 71 --
5.1 Applications of plasmas 71 --
Part 2 Fusion On Earth 75 --
6 Dynamic fine structure of plasmas 77 --
6.1 Modelling as a tool for interpretation and prediction 77 --
6.2 Waves and instabilities 79 --
6.3 Nonlinear effects 83 --
6.4 Three-wave interaction 85 --
6.5 Evolution of populations: explosive instabilities 88 --
6.6 Vortices 90 --
6.7 Wavelets and turbulence 94 --
6.8 From fine structure to global dynamics of fusion plasmas 95 --
7 The art of magnetic confinement 100 --
7.1 The principle of magnetic confinement 100 --
7.2 Fusion energy generation and self-sustained fusion 101 --
7.3 The architecture of magnetic confinement 102 --
7.4 History of alternative concepts 103 --
7.5 Stellarators and tokamaks 104 --
8 Microballoon explosions by lasers: inertial confinement 106 --
8.1 The principle of inertial confinement 106 --
8.2 Instabilities 107 --
8.3 The concepts of direct and indirect drive 107 --
8.4 Laser fusion 108 --
8.5 Ion beam drivers 110 --
9 The fusion reactor 113 --
9.1 Reactor requirements 113 --
9.2 Reactor design 114 --
9.3 Heating and confinement 114 --
10 Outlook into the future 116 --
Conclusions --
the great fusion plant 120.
Series Title: Plasma physics series.
Responsibility: Hans Wilhelmsson.
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Discusses various aspects of fusion and how they relate to our universe. This book studies the attempts to produce fusion energy on Earth. It addresses a wide range of topics from stars, galaxies,  Read more...

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