Thursday, August 15, 2019

Electromagnetic Waves For Thermonuclear Fusion Research (Free PDF)

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The science of magnetically confined plasmas covers a wide variety of topics, from classical and relativistic electrodynamics to quantum mechanics. During the last sixty years of research, our initial primitive understanding of plasma physics has made impressive progress thanks to a variety of experiments — from tabletop devices with plasma temperatures of a few thousands of degrees and confinement times of less than 100 microseconds, to large tokamaks with plasma temperatures of up to five hundred million degrees and confinement times approaching one second. We discovered that plasma confinement is impaired by a variety of instabilities leading to turbulent processes with scales ranging from the plasma size to a few millimeters. Understanding these phenomena, which are what has slowed down our progress towards a fusion reactor, has required the use of very sophisticated diagnostic tools, many of them employing electromagnetic waves.

The primary objective of this book is to discuss the fundamental physics upon which the application of electromagnetic waves to the study of magnetically confined plasmas is based. My hope is to bring the reader who intends to enter the field of controlled thermonuclear fusion to a full knowledge of this type of diagnostics. Since the emphasis is on physics principles, the book does not provide a detailed description of techniques and instrumentation. Nevertheless, at the end of each chapter, a list of references should ease the acquisition of any technical information.

About the Author
1. Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion
2. Electron Waves
3. Inhomogeneous Plasmas
4. Refractive Index Measurements
5. Wave Propagation in Turbulent Plasmas
6. Non-collective Scattering
7. Plasma Reflectometry
8. Electron Cyclotron Waves in Hot Plasmas
9. Electron Cyclotron Emission

Author Details
"Ernesto Mazzucato"
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, USA

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