Nuclear Fusion

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Abstract

Nuclear fusion, the joining of light nuclei of hydrogen into heavier nuclei of helium, has potential environmental, safety and proliferation characteristics as an energy source, as well as adequate fuel to power civilisation for times long compared to human history. It is, however, more challenging to convert into an energy source than nuclear fission. This chapter introduces the physics, advantages, difficulties, progress, economics and prospects for fusion energy power plants. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Deuterium
  • Inertial confinement fusion
  • Lithium
  • Magnetic confinement fusion
  • Neutrons
  • Nuclear fusion
  • Nuclear fusion energy
  • Nuclear fusion power
  • Nuclear fusion reactor
  • Plasma
  • Stellarator
  • Tokamak
  • Tritium

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  • Larry R. Grisham

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