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By Günter Grieger (auth.), Charles J. Joachain, Douglass E. Post (eds.)

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The want for long term power resources, particularly for our hugely technological society, has turn into more and more obvious over the past decade. the sort of assets, of large poten­ tial value, is managed thermonuclear fusion. The objective of managed thermonuclear fusion learn is to provide a high-temperature, thoroughly ionized plasma within which the nuclei of 2 hydrogen isotopes, deuterium and tritium, endure sufficient fusion reactions in order that the nuclear strength published through those fusion reactions could be reworked into warmth and electrical energy with an total achieve in strength. This calls for common kinetic energies for the nuclei of the order of 10 keV, such as temperatures of approximately a hundred million levels. furthermore, the plasma needs to stay restrained for a undeniable time period, in which adequate power has to be produced to warmth the plasma, conquer the power losses and provide warmth to the facility station. at the moment, major ways are being investigated to accomplish those ambitions: magnetic confinement and inertial con­ finement. In magnetic confinement study, a low-density plasma is heated by way of electrical currents, assisted by way of extra heating tools equivalent to radio-frequency heating or impartial beam injection, and the confinement is completed through the use of quite a few magnetic box configurations. Examples of those are the plasmas produced in stellarator and tokamak devices.

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Hence, the electrostatic potential must be determined self-consistently from charge neutrality and ambipolarity. 4 EBT The EBT geometry is stabilized by relativistic electron annuli so that the core plasma is then governed by drift and diffusion processes, along with the atomic physics related impurity radiation and charge exchange. The radial transport balance is 33 ~at - , a r ar (rr j ) + nnoion (38) (39) 3. - a (T ) n 2 at e = 2nme -r' aar (rQe) + Pl+e (40) (41) where Er : radial electrostatic field 55 GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF MAGNETIC CONFINEMENT fe,i: Qe,i: Pi + j : : ~j: radial electron,ion fluxes radial electron, ion energy fluxes Coulomb equilibration ECH resonant power absorption (ej/kTj)Dnj; ~j = (ej/kTj)Knj and the neoclassical fluxes are: fj =- ~ Dnj ar - DT j ~ ar + Qj = _ Knj a:; _ KTj a:; + n ~jEr (42) nj~jEr (43) The solution for the self-consistent potential in EBT shows that several theoretically possible solutions exist, according to neoclassical theory, although one is thermally unstable.

The drift is confined to within a Larmor radius (rL) of a magnetic flux surface, and the magnitude of deviation from a surface is limited by the existence of the longitudinal invariaQt 45 GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF MAGNETIC CONFINEMENT S2 J( E:, lJ,r) = fS, ds YE: - llB - eljl = constant (6) E:,lJ: particle energy, magnetic moment; ,: electrostatic potential; S, S"S2: distance along field, turning points. The azimuthal step/bounce is L: length of central cell; R: plasma radius. Fbr reactor conditions (high temperature), 6lj1« electrons, and 6lj1 ~ , for fuel ions and a- particles.

270°) around the torus. 4 Alternatiyes, Somewhat further removed from reactor consideration at the moment are the EBT and Reversed Field Pinch approaches, EBT consists of a toroidal set of linked simple mirrors, each embedded in a microwave cavity, Microwave heating of relativistic electrons cause the formation of annular, high a electron rings in each cavity, and these rings provide stability for the simple mirror configuration. 1 Eguilibrium and Stability Particle motion is computed assuming that the magnetic field is known, For low- a plasnas, the magnetic field is very nearly given by the vacuum fields of external conductors, with little effect from the plasna, (The "poloidal" a is the relevant quantity for this comparison for tokamaks, with the magnetic pressure contributed by the current-produced (or poloidal) field being used in the S definition, ) For high- a conditions the plasma- induced fields must be calculated self-consistently, The equilibrium conditions are found from the pre-Maxwell equations (displacement current is neglected) and the steady state momentum balance: (2) ~ is the stress tensor which, for non-isotropic velocity distriDutions has the Chew-Goldberger-Low form: ~ = Pgbb + (.!.

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