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Title: NEUTRON SOURCE

Abstract

A compact electronic device capable of providing short time high density outputs of neutrons is described. The device of the invention includes an evacuated vacuum housing adapted to be supplied with a deuterium, tritium, or other atmosphere and means for establishing an electrical discharge along a path through the gas. An energized solenoid is arranged to constrain the ionized gas (plasma) along the path. An anode bearing adsorbed or adherent target material is arranged to enclose the constrained plasma. To produce neutrons a high voltage is applied from appropriate supply means between the plasma and anode to accelerate ions from the plasma to impinge upcn the target material, e.g., comprising deuterium.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Originating Research Org. not identified
OSTI Identifier:
4160561
Patent Number(s):
2933611
Assignee:
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission DTIE; NSA-14-022242
NSA Number:
NSA-14-022242
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-60
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
PHYSICS; ADSORPTION; ANODES; DENSITY; DEUTERIUM; ELECTRIC DISCHARGES; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT; GASES; IONS; MEASURED VALUES; NEUTRON SOURCES; PERFORMANCE; PLANNING; PLASMA; TARGETS; TRITIUM; VACUUM

Citation Formats

Foster, J.S. Jr. NEUTRON SOURCE. United States: N. p., 1960. Web.
Foster, J.S. Jr. NEUTRON SOURCE. United States.
Foster, J.S. Jr. Tue . "NEUTRON SOURCE". United States.
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title = {NEUTRON SOURCE},
author = {Foster, J.S. Jr.},
abstractNote = {A compact electronic device capable of providing short time high density outputs of neutrons is described. The device of the invention includes an evacuated vacuum housing adapted to be supplied with a deuterium, tritium, or other atmosphere and means for establishing an electrical discharge along a path through the gas. An energized solenoid is arranged to constrain the ionized gas (plasma) along the path. An anode bearing adsorbed or adherent target material is arranged to enclose the constrained plasma. To produce neutrons a high voltage is applied from appropriate supply means between the plasma and anode to accelerate ions from the plasma to impinge upcn the target material, e.g., comprising deuterium.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1960},
month = {4}
}