This book is on inertial confinement fusion, an alternative way to produce electrical power from hydrogen fuel by using powerful lasers or particle beams. Two huge laser facilities are presently under construction to show that this method works. It involves the compression of tiny amounts (micrograms) of fuel to thousand times solid density and pressures otherwise existing only in the centre of stars. Thanks to advances in laser technology, it is now possible to produce such extreme states of matter in the laboratory. Recent developments have boosted laser intensities again with new possibilities for laser particle accelerators, laser nuclear physics, and fast ignition of fusion targets. This is a reference book for those working on beam plasma physics, be it in the context of fundamental research or applications to fusion energy or novel ultra-bright laser sources. The book combines quite different areas of physics: beam target interaction, dense plasmas, hydrodynamic implosion and instabilities, radiative energy transfer as well as fusion reactions. Particular attention is given to simple and useful modeling, including dimensional analysis and similarity solutions. Both authors have worked in this field for more than 20 years. They want to address in particular those teaching this topic to students and all those interested in understanding the technical basis.
`... of extraordinary interest ...an excellent and profound treatment of the subject.
R.M. Bock, GSI Darmstadt
`... will certainly become the predominant reference book in inertial confinement fusion. A truly remarkable work.'
Ray E. Kidder, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
1: Nuclear Fusion Reactions
2: Thermonuclear Fusion and Confinement
3: Inertial Confinement by Spherical Implosion
4: Ignition and Burn
5: Energy Gain
7: Thermal Waves and Ablative Drive
8: Hydrodynamic Stability
9: Hohlraum Targets
10: Hot Dense Matter
11: Beam-Target Interaction
12: Fast Ignition
Series: International Series of Monographs on Physics
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 19.5
Weight (kg): 1.18