Category Archives: Principles of Fusion Energy

Electrostatic Confinement

A more plausible approach to the confinement problem is to recognize that ions are known to be affected by electrostatic fields, so that confinement by such force effects can also be conceived. One specific and interesting electrostatic approach to confinement involves a spherical metallic anode emitting deuterons towards the centre. These ions then pass through a spherical negatively charged grid […]

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Bulk Particle Transport

Media in which fusion reactions occur consist mainly of interspersed charged particles which are affected by short and long range forces. The cumulative effect of these forces combined with the intractability of an analytical description of each individual particle suggests that various approaches be used in the determination of the macroscopic behaviour of an ensemble of moving and colliding particles.

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Catalyzed Fusion

A reaction statement for d-t fusion which incorporates both mass flow and energy flow may be written as + d + t —^ (t/r) —^ n + cc + Qdt (7.63) where Ed, is the energy supplied to heat the deuterium and tritium to thermonuclear temperatures and to sustain their high kinetic energies against all energy loss mechanisms; (dt) is […]

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Muon Catalysis Efficiency

A literal interpretation of the parameter is that it represents the average number of d-t fusions a muon can catalyze during its lifetime. Equation (12.21) could be evaluated if the muon injection rate density F^(t) is known as a function of time together with the time dependent concentration N^dt(t); the former is specified by accelerator operation but the latter can […]

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