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Title: Small plasma focus as neutron pulsed source for nuclides identification

In this paper, we present preliminary results on the feasibility of employing a low energy (2 kJ, 31 kV) plasma focus device as a portable source of pulsed neutron beams (2.45 MeV) generated by nuclear fusion reactions D-D, for the “in situ” analysis of substances by nuclear activation. This source has the relevant advantage of being pulsed at requirement, transportable, not permanently radioactive, without radioactive waste, cheap, among others. We prove the feasibility of using this source showing several spectra of the characteristic emission line for manganese, gold, lead, and silver.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [5] ;  [6]
  1. Centro de Investigaciones en Física e Ingeniería del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (CONICET-UNCPBA), Pinto 399, Tandil 7000, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  2. (CONICET-UNCPBA), Pinto 399, Tandil 7000, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  3. CONICET(Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas), Rivadavia 1917, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  4. CNEA (Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica), Av. Bustillo 9500, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro (Argentina)
  5. UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)–Circuito Exterior s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, Delg. Coyoacán, P.O. Box 70-543, México DF (Mexico)
  6. Universidad del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (CONICET-UNCPBA), Pinto 399, Tandil 7000, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22224129
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Review of Scientific Instruments; Journal Volume: 84; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: (c) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; GOLD; HEAVY ION FUSION REACTIONS; LEAD; MANGANESE; MEV RANGE; NEUTRON BEAMS; NEUTRONS; PLASMA FOCUS; PLASMA FOCUS DEVICES; PULSES; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; SILVER; THERMONUCLEAR REACTIONS