Chapter 14. Fusion Reactors

A device that permits the controlled release of fusion energy is designated as a fusion reactor in contrast with one yielding fission energy, the fission reactor. As discussed in Chapter 7, the potentially available energy from the fusion process is enormous. The possibility of achieving controlled thermonuclear power on a practical basis has not yet been demonstrated, but progress in recent years gives encouragement that fusion reactors can be in operation in the 21st century. In this chapter we will review the choices of nuclear reaction, study the requirements for feasibility and practicality, and describe the physical features of machines that have been tested. Suggestions on this chapter by John G. Gilligan are ...

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