Accession Number : AD0696657

Title :   OPTIMIZATION PROBLEMS IN THERMONUCLEAR PLASMA CONFINEMENT,

Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : Wang,P. K. C.

Report Date : OCT 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : The problem of thermonuclear plasma confinement by means of external time-varying electromagnetic fields is explored from the viewpoints of optimal control theory. Using the Boltzmann-Vlasov mathematical model for a collisionless plasma, various mathematical formulations of the confinement problem are discussed. Specific results in the form of necessary conditions for optimality are obtained for the cases where confinement is achieved by means of (1) a spatially uniform time-varying magnetic field and (2) a spatially uniform time-varying electric field in the presence of a strong static magnetic field. Physical interpretations of these results are given. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*THERMONUCLEAR REACTIONS, *CONFINEMENT(NUCLEAR REACTORS)), PLASMA MEDIUM, ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, EQUATIONS OF MOTION, OPTIMIZATION

Subject Categories : Fusion Devices(thermonuclear)
      Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE