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Controlled Fusion and Plasma Physics

1st Edition

By Kenro Miyamoto

CRC Press

393 pages | 146 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Plasmas

Charge Neutrality and Landau Damping

Fusion Core Plasma

Particle Orbit and Magnetic Configuration

Particle Orbit

Coulomb Collision, Neutral Beam Injection

Time and Space Scales in Plasmas


Toroidal System


Magnetohydrodynamic Equations for Two Fluids

Magnetohydrodynamic Equations for One Fluid


Tokamak Devices


MHD Stability and Density Limit

Impurity Control, Scrape Off Layer, and Divertor

Classical, Neoclassical Transports, and Bootstrap Current

Confinement Scalings of L Mode and H mode

Steady-State Operation

International Tokamak Experimental Reactor (ITER)

Trials to Innovative Tokamaks

Reversed Field Pinch (RFP)

RFP Configuration

MHD Relaxation

Confinement of RFP


Helical Field

Stellarator Devices

Neoclassical Diffusion in Helical Field

Confinement of Stellarator

Quasi-Symmetric Stellarators

Conceptual Design of Stellarator Reactor

Mirror, Tandem Mirror

Trapped Particle in Mirror and Confinement Time

Mirror Experiments

Instabilities in Mirror System

Tandem Mirrors

Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) Instabilities

Interchange Instabilities

Formulation of MHD Instabilities

Cylindrical Plasma with Sharp-Boundary Configuration

Energy Principle

Cylindrical Plasma with Diffuse Boundary Configurations

Hain-Lüst MHD Equation

Ballooning Instability

Eta-i Mode Due to Density and Temperature Gradient

Alfvén Eigen Mode

Resistive Instabilities

Tearing Instability

Neoclassical Tearing Mode

Resistive Drift Instability

Resistive Wall Mode

Boltzmann Equation and Landau Damping

Boltzmann Equation

Landau Damping

Quasi-Linear Theory of Evolution in the Distribution Function

Plasma as Medium of Waves

Dielectric Tensor of Cold Plasma

Properties of Waves

Waves in a Two-Component Plasma

Various Waves

Dielectric Tensor of Hot Plasma

Velocity Space Instabilities

Wave Heating and Non-Inductive Current Drive

Energy Flow

Wave Heating in Ion Cyclotron Range of Frequency (ICRF)

Lower Hybrid Heating

Electron Cyclotron Heating

Lower Hybrid Current Drive

Electron Cyclotron Current Drive

Neutral Beam Current Drive

Plasma Transport by Turbulence

Fluctuation Loss, Bohm, GyroBohm Diffusion, and Convective


Loss by Magnetic Fluctuation

Dimensional Analysis of Transport

Computer Simulation by Gyrokinetic Particle and Full Orbit Particle Models

Zonal Flow



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