Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Physics of Inertial FusionBeamPlasma Interaction, Hydrodynamics, Hot Dense Matter$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Stefano Atzeni and Jürgen Meyer-ter-Vehn

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198562641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198562641.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 22 April 2019

Thermonuclear fusion and confinement

Thermonuclear fusion and confinement

(p.31) 2 Thermonuclear fusion and confinement
The Physics of Inertial Fusion

Stefano Atzeni

JÜrgen Meyer-Ter-Vehn

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces inertial confinement fusion (ICF). For comparison, it also presents basic features of magnetic confinement fusion (MCF) and thermonuclear fusion in general. When addressing the goal of power production, these main approaches to controlled fusion are also referred to as inertial fusion energy (IFE) and magnetic fusion energy (MFE), respectively. While MFE aims for a steady-state plasma confined by a magnetic field, IFE is a pulsed concept, burning small fuel capsules at a rate of a few hertz. The underlying fusion reactions are the same and require similar plasma temperatures (of the order of the ideal ignition temperature), but densities differ by eleven orders of magnitude. This chapter provides an understanding of these plasma parameters in simple terms, by deriving the ideal ignition temperature and the confinement conditions for MCF (Lawson criterion) and high-gain ICF (ρR confinement condition). General features of fusion power production and different fuel cycles are also briefly addressed.

Keywords:   thermonuclear fusion, inertial confinement fusion, inertial fusion energy, magnetic confinement fusion, magnetic fusion energy, confinement, ideal ignition temperature, Lawson criterion, ICF ρR confinement condition

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .