Introduction to Controlled Fusion

  • Francis F. Chen


It is entirely fitting that this book should end with an introduction, since the study of elementary plasma physics leads to an understanding of the complex problem that originally supplied the impetus for the growth of this new science—the problem of controlled thermonuclear reactions. Since the only fuel required in the ultimate fusion reactor is the heavy hydrogen in seawater, the realization of this goal would mean a virtually limitless source of energy (lasting hundreds of millions of years) at virtually zero fuel cost. The enormous impact this would make on our civilization makes controlled fusion the most important scientific challenge man has ever faced.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis F. Chen
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  1. 1.Electrical Sciences and Engineering Department, School of Engineering and Applied ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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