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Title: Method of using deuterium-cluster foils for an intense pulsed neutron source

Abstract

A method is provided for producing neutrons, comprising: providing a converter foil comprising deuterium clusters; focusing a laser on the foil with power and energy sufficient to cause deuteron ions to separate from the foil; and striking a surface of a target with the deuteron ions from the converter foil with energy sufficient to cause neutron production by a reaction selected from the group consisting of D-D fusion, D-T fusion, D-metal nuclear spallation, and p-metal. A further method is provided for assembling a plurality of target assemblies for a target injector to be used in the previously mentioned manner. A further method is provided for producing neutrons, comprising: splitting a laser beam into a first beam and a second beam; striking a first surface of a target with the first beam, and an opposite second surface of the target with the second beam with energy sufficient to cause neutron production.

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
NPL Associates, Inc., Champaign, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1176504
Patent Number(s):
8,526,560
Application Number:
13/672,134
Assignee:
NPL Associates, Inc. (Champaign, IL)
DOE Contract Number:  
SC0006355
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2012 Nov 08
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; 46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Citation Formats

Miley, George H., and Yang, Xiaoling. Method of using deuterium-cluster foils for an intense pulsed neutron source. United States: N. p., 2013. Web.
Miley, George H., & Yang, Xiaoling. Method of using deuterium-cluster foils for an intense pulsed neutron source. United States.
Miley, George H., and Yang, Xiaoling. Tue . "Method of using deuterium-cluster foils for an intense pulsed neutron source". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1176504.
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title = {Method of using deuterium-cluster foils for an intense pulsed neutron source},
author = {Miley, George H. and Yang, Xiaoling},
abstractNote = {A method is provided for producing neutrons, comprising: providing a converter foil comprising deuterium clusters; focusing a laser on the foil with power and energy sufficient to cause deuteron ions to separate from the foil; and striking a surface of a target with the deuteron ions from the converter foil with energy sufficient to cause neutron production by a reaction selected from the group consisting of D-D fusion, D-T fusion, D-metal nuclear spallation, and p-metal. A further method is provided for assembling a plurality of target assemblies for a target injector to be used in the previously mentioned manner. A further method is provided for producing neutrons, comprising: splitting a laser beam into a first beam and a second beam; striking a first surface of a target with the first beam, and an opposite second surface of the target with the second beam with energy sufficient to cause neutron production.},
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