Physics of Plasma-Wall Interactions in Controlled Fusion

  • D. E. Post
  • R. Behrisch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction to the Physics of Plasma Wall Interactions in Controlled Fusion

    1. D. E. Post, R. Behrisch, B. Stansfield
      Pages 1-14
  3. Introduction: Approaches to Controlled Fusion and Role of Plasma-Wall Interactions

  4. Plasma Physics

    1. Peter C. Stangeby
      Pages 41-97
    2. P. Bogen, E. Hintz
      Pages 211-280
  5. Atomic Physics

  6. Surface Physics

  7. Bulk Material Properties

    1. M. F. Smith, J. B. Whitley
      Pages 539-605
  8. Fusion Experiments and Theory

    1. C. E. Singer
      Pages 607-625
    2. D. E. Post, K. Lackner
      Pages 627-693
    3. D. B. Heifetz
      Pages 695-771
    4. M. Ulrickson
      Pages 855-890
    5. P. Mioduszewski
      Pages 891-929
    6. F. Wagner, K. Lackner
      Pages 931-1004
    7. J. Tachon
      Pages 1005-1066
    8. Steven L. Allen, The TMX-U/MFTF-B Experimental Teams
      Pages 1067-1099
    9. D. E. Post, R. F. Mattas
      Pages 1101-1147
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 1149-1183

About this book


Controlled thermonuclear fusion is one of the possible candidates for long term energy sources which will be indispensable for our highly technological society. However, the physics and technology of controlled fusion are extremely complex and still require a great deal of research and development before fusion can be a practical energy source. For producing energy via controlled fusion a deuterium-tritium gas has to be heated to temperatures of a few 100 Million °c corres­ ponding to about 10 keV. For net energy gain, this hot plasma has to be confined at a certain density for a certain time One pro­ mising scheme to confine such a plasma is the use of i~tense mag­ netic fields. However, the plasma diffuses out of the confining magnetic surfaces and impinges on the surrounding vessel walls which isolate the plasma from the surrounding air. Because of this plasma wall interaction, particles from the plasma are lost to the walls by implantation and are partially reemitted into the plasma. In addition, wall atoms are released and can enter the plasma. These wall atoms or impurities can deteriorate the plasma performance due to enhanced energy losses through radiation and an increase of the required magnetic pressure or a dilution of the fuel in the plasma. Finally, the impact of the plasma and energy on the wall can modify and deteriorate the thermal and mechanical pro­ perties of the vessel walls.


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Editors and affiliations

  • D. E. Post
    • 1
  • R. Behrisch
    • 2
  1. 1.Princeton University Plasma Physics LaboratoryPrincetonUSA
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für PlasmaphysikGarching/MunichFederal Republic of Germany

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