Stellarator and Heliotron Devices

Hardcover | March 1, 1998

byMasahiro Wakatani

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This monograph describes plasma physics for magnetic confinement of high temperature plasmas in nonaxisymmetric toroidal magnetic fields or stellarators. The techniques are aimed at controlling nuclear fusion for continuous energy production. While the focus is on the nonaxisymmetric toroidalfield, or heliotron, developed at Kyoto University, the physics applies equally to other stellarators and axisymmetric tokamaks. The author covers all aspects of magnetic confinement, formation of magnetic surfaces, magnetohydrodynamic equilibrium and stability, single charged particleconfinement, neoclassical transport and plasma heating. He also reviews recent experiments and the prospects for the next generation of devices.

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This monograph describes plasma physics for magnetic confinement of high temperature plasmas in nonaxisymmetric toroidal magnetic fields or stellarators. The techniques are aimed at controlling nuclear fusion for continuous energy production. While the focus is on the nonaxisymmetric toroidalfield, or heliotron, developed at Kyoto Uni...

Masahiro Wakatani, Professor of Plasma Physics, Kyoto University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.29 × 6.18 × 1.1 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195078314

ISBN - 13:9780195078312

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Design principles of coil systems in the stellarator and heliotron3. A description of magnetically confined plasmas4. The MHD equilibrium of a toroidal plasma in three-dimensional geometry5. MHD instabilities in heliotrons6. The particle orbit in heliotrons7. Neoclassical transport in the stellarator and heliotron8. The heating and confinement of stellarator and heliotron plasmas9. The steady-state fusion reactor

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"Stellarator and Heliotron Devices provides an excellent treatment of stellarator theory. It is aimed at graduate students who have a good understanding of classical mechanics and mathematical techniques. It contains good descriptions and derivations of essentially every aspect of fusiontheory. The author provides an excellent qualitative introduction to each subject, pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of the models that are being used and describing our present understanding. He judiciously uses simple models which illustrate the similarities and differences betweenstellarators and tokamaks. . . . I have always respected the author for the quality of students he produces. He provides a list of some of them in the preface, which justifies this opinion. These students are a good demonstration of the usefulness of this book."--Nuclear Fusion