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Title: Intense combined source of neutrons and photons for interrogation based on compact deuteron RF accelerator

Interrogation of special nuclear materials can benefit from mobile sources providing significant fluxes of neutrons (10 8/s at 2.5 MeV, 10 10/s at 14.1 MeV) and of photons (>10 12/s at 1-3 MeV). We propose a source that satisfies these requirements simultaneously plus also provides, via the reaction 11B(d,n) 12C(γ 15.1), a significant flux of 15-MeV photons, which are highly penetrating and optimal for inducing photo-fission in actinides. The source is based on a compact (< 5 m) deuteron RF accelerator that delivers an average current of a few mA of deuterons at 3-4 MeV to a boron target. The accelerator consists of a short RFQ followed by efficient inter-digital H-mode structures with permanent-magnet-quadrupole beam focusing [Kurennoy et al. (2012)], which suit perfectly for deuteron acceleration at low energies. Our estimates, based on recent measurements, indicate that the required fluxes of both neutrons and photons can be achieved at ~1 mA of 4-MeV deuterons. The goal of the proposed study is to confirm feasibility of the approach and develop requirements for future full system implementation.
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  1. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1875-3892
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physics Procedia
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 66; Journal Issue: C; Conference: 23. Conference on Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry, CAARI 2014, San Antonio, TX (United States), 25-30 May 2014; Journal ID: ISSN 1875-3892
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; accelerator design; technology and operations; interrogation; source; neutron; photon; accelerator; IH-PMQ; deuteron
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