© 1982

Unconventional Approaches to Fusion

  • Bruno Brunelli
  • G. G. Leotta

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Opening Talk

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. R. Carruthers
      Pages 3-13
  3. Potentials of Fusion Reactor Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. N. A. Krall
      Pages 17-38
    3. K.-H. Schmitter
      Pages 47-70
  4. Compact Tori and Plasma Focus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. M. Okabayashi, Spheromak Study Group
      Pages 95-134
    3. B. Lehnert
      Pages 135-155
    4. J. P. Rager
      Pages 157-192
    5. V. M. Korzhavin
      Pages 193-207
  5. Linear Systems and Particle Rings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. G. C. Vlases
      Pages 211-231
    3. J. G. Linhart
      Pages 233-245
    4. A. E. Robson
      Pages 257-279
    5. S. G. Alikhanov
      Pages 295-299

About this book


The Erice International School of Fusion Reactor Techno­ logy held its 1981 course on « Unconventional Approaches to Fusion » in combination with the IAEA Technical Committee meeting on « Critical Analysis of Alternative Fusion Concepts ». The two events took place in the second half of March with an overlap of a few days only. The present proceedings include the first week's papers; those presented during the second week will be summarised in Nuclear Fusion. Right from the beginning of the course, and in particular In R. Carruthers' opening talk, it was clear that an uncon­ ventional approach was considered stimulating insofar as its con­ ception presented advantageous aspects with respect to the To­ kamak. Indeed the Tokamak was recognized as an « imper­ fect frame of reference» (K. H. Schmitter) in the sense that, al­ though it deserves to be considered as a frame of reference for the other devices because it is the most advanced in the scientific demonstration of controlled thermonuclear fusion, as a fusion reactor, however, the Tokamak does not seem to be completely satisfactory either from an economic or from an operational point of view, if compared with that « enticing ogre », the proven fission reactor (less enticing to the public). Comparison of a Tokamak reactor with a PWR can be founded on considerations of such a basic nature that it becomes almost automatic to ask how far the various unconventional ap­ proaches to fusion are exempt from the Tokamak's drawbacks.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Bruno Brunelli
    • 1
  • G. G. Leotta
    • 2
  1. 1.National Commission for Nuclear EnergyFrascatiItaly
  2. 2.Fusion ProgramCommission of the European CommunitiesBrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Unconventional Approaches to Fusion
  • Editors B. Brunelli
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-41002-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4613-3472-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4613-3470-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 526
  • Number of Illustrations 89 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Nuclear Energy
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