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Title: METHOD OF PRODUCING ENERGETIC PLASMA FOR NEUTRON PRODUCTION

Abstract

A method is given for producing an energetic plasma for neutron production. An energetic plasma is produced in a small magnetically confined subvolume of the device by providing a selected current of energetic molecular ions at least greater than that required for producing a current of atomic ions sufficient to achieve "burnout" of neutral particles in the subvolume. The atomic ions are provided by dissociation of the molecular ions by an energetic arc discharge within the subvolume. After burnout, the arc discharge is terminated, the magnetic fields increased, and cold fuel feed is substituted for the molecular ions. After the subvolume is filled with an energetic plasma, the size of the magnetically confined subvolume is gradually increased until the entire device is filled with an energetic neutron producing plasma. The reactions which take place in the device to produce neutrons will generate a certain amount of heat energy which may be converted by the use of a conventional heat cycle to produce electrical energy.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Originating Research Org. not identified
OSTI Identifier:
4108638
Patent Number(s):
2969308
Assignee:
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G21 - NUCLEAR PHYSICS G21B - FUSION REACTORS
H - ELECTRICITY H05 - ELECTRIC TECHNIQUES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR H05H - PLASMA TECHNIQUE
NSA Number:
NSA-15-008236
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-61
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
PHYSICS; ATOMS; BURNOUT; CONFINEMENT; CURRENTS; DECOMPOSITION; ELECTRIC ARCS; ELECTRIC DISCHARGES; ENERGY; HIGH TEMPERATURE; IONS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MOLECULES; NEUTRAL PARTICLES; NEUTRONS; PLANNING; PLASMA; PRODUCTION; THERMONUCLEAR DEVICES; THERMONUCLEAR REACTIONS

Citation Formats

Bell, P R, Simon, A, and Mackin, Jr, R J. METHOD OF PRODUCING ENERGETIC PLASMA FOR NEUTRON PRODUCTION. United States: N. p., 1961. Web.
Bell, P R, Simon, A, & Mackin, Jr, R J. METHOD OF PRODUCING ENERGETIC PLASMA FOR NEUTRON PRODUCTION. United States.
Bell, P R, Simon, A, and Mackin, Jr, R J. Tue . "METHOD OF PRODUCING ENERGETIC PLASMA FOR NEUTRON PRODUCTION". United States.
@article{osti_4108638,
title = {METHOD OF PRODUCING ENERGETIC PLASMA FOR NEUTRON PRODUCTION},
author = {Bell, P R and Simon, A and Mackin, Jr, R J},
abstractNote = {A method is given for producing an energetic plasma for neutron production. An energetic plasma is produced in a small magnetically confined subvolume of the device by providing a selected current of energetic molecular ions at least greater than that required for producing a current of atomic ions sufficient to achieve "burnout" of neutral particles in the subvolume. The atomic ions are provided by dissociation of the molecular ions by an energetic arc discharge within the subvolume. After burnout, the arc discharge is terminated, the magnetic fields increased, and cold fuel feed is substituted for the molecular ions. After the subvolume is filled with an energetic plasma, the size of the magnetically confined subvolume is gradually increased until the entire device is filled with an energetic neutron producing plasma. The reactions which take place in the device to produce neutrons will generate a certain amount of heat energy which may be converted by the use of a conventional heat cycle to produce electrical energy.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1961},
month = {1}
}

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