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Title: Compact ion source neutron generator

A neutron generator includes a conductive substrate comprising a plurality of conductive nanostructures with free-standing tips and a source of an atomic species to introduce the atomic species in proximity to the free-standing tips. A target placed apart from the substrate is voltage biased relative to the substrate to ionize and accelerate the ionized atomic species toward the target. The target includes an element capable of a nuclear fusion reaction with the ionized atomic species to produce a one or more neutrons as a reaction by-product.
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1223095
Assignee:
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA) LBNL
Patent Number(s):
9,161,429
Application Number:
13/451,475
Contract Number:
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2012 Apr 19
Research Org:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

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