Velocity-Space Methods for Reactor Plasmas.
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C
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In reactor systems, the reaction rates are calculated from a velocity space integral over the reaction cross-section times the distribution-functions of the reacting species. In a plasma, the shape of the distribution functions themselves is determined by solving a diffusion plus convection problem in velocity space. This review describes briefly the physical processes of central interest to such a description and the mathematical formulation of the problem. It presents the numerical methods which have been used in such calculations by various authors. Optimization on a vector computer the Texas Instruments ASC is described. Finally, some indication is given of what may be expected as reactor systems are treated in more detail. Author
- Statistics and Probability
- Nuclear Fission Reactors (Non-Power)
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics