Magnetic fusion energy

M. C. Zarnstorff, Robert James Goldston

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Abstract

Fusion of light nuclei confined by magnetic fields is being developed as an effectively inexhaustible energy source without the production of greenhouse gases or long-lived radioactive waste and without the risk of runaway accidents. This chapter presents the characteristics of magnetically confined fusion and methods to harness it as an energy source, including an overview of fuel resources, waste, safety, and proliferation risks. Section 2 discusses the physics and technology of magnetic fusion systems. Section 3 describes current major experiments, fusion energy achievements, and the role of the ITER burning-plasma experiment. Section 4 summarizes the international activities to develop fusion as an attractive energy production system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnergy from the Nucleus
Subtitle of host publicationThe Science and Engineering of Fission and Fusion
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
Pages165-188
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9789814689205
ISBN (Print)9789814689199
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Zarnstorff, M. C., & Goldston, R. J. (2016). Magnetic fusion energy. In Energy from the Nucleus: The Science and Engineering of Fission and Fusion (pp. 165-188). World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789814689205_0006