Review: Fusion reactions, energy release in fusion of hydrogen isotopes, coulomb barrier, thermonuclear reactions, reaction cross-sections, fusion in early universe.

Thermonuclear Fusion: Introduction, fusion in a hot medium, reaction rate, energy sharing, energy carried by charged particles, power density, radiation losses from plasma, plasma confinement, performance criteria.

Elementary Plasma Theory: Plasma properties, theoretical plasma models, behavior of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields, collision phenomena in plasma, plasma oscillations.

Formation and Heating of Plasma: Ohmic heating, heating by magnetic compression, Ion-cyclotron resonance heating, plasma sources.

Progress Towards Fusion Power: Magnetic confinement machines, inertial confinement machines, requirements and problems, other fusion concepts, prospectus for fusion reactors.

Recommended Text:
1- Raymond. L. Murray “ Nuclear Energy”, 5th Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann (2001).
2- R. Herman “ Fusion: The Search for Endless Energy”, Cambridge University Press
3- J. Raeder, K. Borrass, R. Bunde, et al “ Controlled Nuclear Fusion”, John Wiley & Sons. (1986).
4- Glasstone and Lovberg “ Controlled Thermonuclear Reactions”, D. Van Nostrand Company (1960).
5- K. S. Krane “ Introductory Nuclear Physics”, John Wiley & Sons. (1988).
6- Kenro Miyamoto “ Plasma Physics For Nuclear Fusion”, (English Language Edition) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1989).