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Title: Compact ion source neutron generator

Abstract

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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Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1223095
Patent Number(s):
9161429
Application Number:
13/451,475
Assignee:
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
H - ELECTRICITY H05 - ELECTRIC TECHNIQUES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR H05H - PLASMA TECHNIQUE
Y - NEW / CROSS SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Y02 - TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE Y02E - REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS [GHG] EMISSIONS, RELATED TO ENERGY GENERATION, TRANSMISSION OR DISTRIBUTION
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2012 Apr 19
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Schenkel, Thomas, Persaud, Arun, Kapadia, Rehan, Javey, Ali, Chang-Hasnain, Constance, Rangelow, Ivo, and Kwan, Joe. Compact ion source neutron generator. United States: N. p., 2015. Web.
Schenkel, Thomas, Persaud, Arun, Kapadia, Rehan, Javey, Ali, Chang-Hasnain, Constance, Rangelow, Ivo, & Kwan, Joe. Compact ion source neutron generator. United States.
Schenkel, Thomas, Persaud, Arun, Kapadia, Rehan, Javey, Ali, Chang-Hasnain, Constance, Rangelow, Ivo, and Kwan, Joe. Tue . "Compact ion source neutron generator". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1223095.
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