The Physics of Inertial Fusion: Beam Plasma Interaction, Hydrodynamics, Hot Dense Matter

Paperback | June 5, 2009

byStefano Atzeni, Jurgen Meyer-ter-Vehn

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This book is on inertial confinement fusion, an alternative way to produce electrical power from hydrogen fuel by using powerful lasers or particle beams. It involves the compression of tiny amounts (micrograms) of fuel to thousand times solid density and pressures otherwise existing only inthe centre of stars. Thanks to advances in laser technology, it is now possible to produce such extreme states of matter in the laboratory. Recent developments have boosted laser intensities again with new possibilities for laser particle accelerators, laser nuclear physics, and fast ignition offusion targets. This is a reference book for those working on beam plasma physics, be it in the context of fundamental research or applications to fusion energy or novel ultra-bright laser sources. The book combines quite different areas of physics: beam target interaction, dense plasmas,hydrodynamic implosion and instabilities, radiative energy transfer as well as fusion reactions. Particular attention is given to simple and useful modelling, including dimensional analysis and similarity solutions. Both authors have worked in this field for more than 20 years. They want to addressin particular those teaching this topic to students and all those interested in understanding the technical basis.

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This book is on inertial confinement fusion, an alternative way to produce electrical power from hydrogen fuel by using powerful lasers or particle beams. It involves the compression of tiny amounts (micrograms) of fuel to thousand times solid density and pressures otherwise existing only inthe centre of stars. Thanks to advances in la...

Stefano Atzeni is Professor of Physics in the Dipartimento di Energetica, Universita di Roma "La Sapienza" and INFM, Italy. Jurgen Meyer-ter-Vehn is Professor of Physics at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, and at the Technical University of Munich in Germany.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:June 5, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199568014

ISBN - 13:9780199568017

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Table of Contents

ForewordPreface1. Nuclear Fusion Reactions2. Thermonuclear Fusion and Confinement3. Inertial Confinement by Spherical Implosion4. Ignition and Burn5. Energy Gain6. Hydrodynamics7. Thermal Waves and Ablative Drive8. Hydrodynamic Stability9. Hohlraum Targets10. Hot Dense Matter11. Beam-Target Interaction12. Fast IgnitionReferences

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"Will certainly become the predominant reference book on inertial confinement fusion. A truly remarkable work." --Ray E. Kidder, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory