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1st Edition

Energetic Particles in Tokamak Plasmas

ISBN 9781138545540
Published April 2, 2021 by CRC Press
166 Pages 95 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The study of energetic particles in magnetic fusion plasmas is key to the development of next-generation "burning" plasma fusion experiments, such as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) and the Demonstration Power Station (DEMO). This book provides a comprehensive introduction and analysis of the experimental data on how fast ions behave in fusion-grade plasmas, featuring the latest ground-breaking results from world-leading machines such as the Joint European Torus (JET) and the Mega Ampere Spherical Tokamak (MAST). It also details Alfvenic instabilities, driven by energetic ions, which can cause enhanced transport of energetic ions. MHD spectroscopy of plasma via observed Alfvenic waves called "Alfvén spectroscopy" is introduced and several applications are presented.

This book will be of interest to graduate students, researchers, and academics studying fusion plasma physics.


  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the field in one cohesive text, with the main physics phenomena explained qualitatively first.
  • Authored by an authority in the field, who draws on his extensive experience of working with energetic particles in tokamak plasmas.
  • Is suitable for extrapolating energetic particle phenomena in fusion to other plasma types, such as solar and space plasmas.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Magnetic Nuclear Fusion in Tokamaks

Chapter 2. Charged Paricle Orbits in Magnetized Plasma

Chapter 3. Energetic Ions in Present-day Tokamaks

Chapter 4. Equilibrium of Tokamak Plasma

Chapter 5. MHD Waves in Magnetically Confirned Plasmas

Chapter 6. Toroidicity-induced Alfven Eigenmodes (TAEs)

Chapter 7. Experimental Studies of Alfven Eigenmodes

Chapter 8. Nonlinear Evolution of Coupled Energetic Particle Populations and Energetic Particle-driven Modes

Chapter 9. Alfven Eigenmodes in "Advanced Tokamak" Plasmas

Chapter 10. Alfven Spectroscopy.

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Dr. Sergei Sharapov is of Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, UK. He graduated in experimental nuclear physics from Moscow Physical Technical Institute in 1985, and did his PhD in the physics and chemistry of plasmas at the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy, Moscow. Subsequently, he worked on the theory of nonlinear waves and energetic particle-driven Alfven waves before, in 1993, moving to work on JET and on the spherical tokamaks START and MAST, located at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, UK. Dr. Sharapov's area of interest and expertise lies in the theory, experiment, and diagnosis of energetic particles and energetic particle-driven instabilities