Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC) Fusion, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1461493382
  • ISBN-13: 9781461493389
  • DDC: 539
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 400 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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This book provides readers with an introductory understanding of Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC), a type of fusion meant to retain plasma using an electrostatic field. IEC provides a unique approach for plasma confinement, as it offers spin-off applications, such as a small neutron source for Neutron Activity Analysis (NAA), that work towards creating fusion power. The IEC has been identified in recent times as an ideal fusion power unit due to its ability to burn aneutronic fuels such as p-B11 as a result of its non-Maxwellian plasma dominated by beam-like ions. This type of fusion also takes place in a simple mechanical structure small in size, which contributes to its viability as a source of power. This book posits that the ability to study the physics of IEC in very small volume plasmas makes it possible to rapidly investigate a design to create a power-producing device on a much larger scale. Along with this hypothesis, the book includes a conceptual experiment proposed for demonstrating breakeven conditions for using p-B11 in a hydrogen plasma simulation. This book offers an in-depth look, from introductory basics to experimental simulation, of Inertial Electrostatic Confinement, an emerging method for generating fusion power; discusses how the Inertial Electrostatic Confinement method can be applied to other applications besides fusion through theoretical experiments in the text; and details the study of the physics of Inertial Electrostatic Confinement in small-volume plasmas and suggests that their rapid reproduction could lead to the creation of a large-scale power-producing device. Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC) Fusion: Fundamentals and Applications also offers the current experimental status of IEC research, details supporting theories in the field and introduces other potential applications that stem from IEC.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Background, Basics, and Some IEC Experiments.
2: Theory of Well Potential Traps in the IEC.
3: Gas Discharges in Gridded IECs.
4: High-Voltage Stalk Design for IECs.
5: IEC Grid Materials and Construction.
6: Effect of Grid Geometry on IEC Performance.
7: Space Charge-Limited Flow.
8: Ion and Electron Current Scaling Issues.
9: Cylindrical and Other IEC Geometries.
10: Various Other IEC Concepts and Experiments.
11: IEC Diagnostics.
12: Potential Applications.
13: Reactor Confinement Theory and IEC Reactor Visions.