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Thermonuclear fusion has the potential to become an important energy source for a future in which the rapidly increasing world population and environmental and safety concerns regarding present energy systems call for new and improved large scale energy sources. The main R&D line for controlled thermonuclear fusion is along toroidal magnetic confinement (MCF) on the basis of the tokamak concept. Concepts akin to the tokamak are studied for possible advantages in the reactor perspective. Inertial confinement (ICF) is the other significant development line. In this paper the importance of this area of research is discussed and the concepts of both ICF and MCF are described. The status of current fusion research is presented and particular mention of the Community Fusion programme is made. The future prospects for Next-Step related R&D issues are also discussed.

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Authors: BRUHNS H, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: IAEA Technical Meeting on Atomic and Plasma-Material Interaction Processes in Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion, Cadarache (FR), November 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37524 ORA
Record Number: 199310858 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en