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Abstract

This present brief account surveys the more salient features of controlled release of energy from nuclear fusion with the objective of providing a perspective against which the diverse role of atomic processes may be viewed. The discussion is general in nature and the reader is directed to more specialised literature for details and for references to individual contributions. Interest has focused on reactions involving deuterium due to its suitability for attaining the necessary collision energies and fuel availability. The most significant reactions involving deuterium are given, and the reasons for the choice of a DT mixture as the fuel for a fusion reactor. Further sections of the paper discuss : the principles of a DT fusion reactor; magnetic confinement of fusion plasmas; energy balance conditions in a magnetically confined fusion plasma; auxiliary heating; neutral beam injection heating; radiofrequency heating; and: inertial confinement.

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Authors: HARRISON M F A CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON (UK), CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: WRITE TO THE LIBRARIAN, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON, OX14 3DB (UK), MENTIONING REPORT CUL-3076, 1984
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