Accession Number:

AD0729780

Title:

Correlation of Neutron Production to X Rays and Visible Light in a Dense Plasma Focus.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1971-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

82.0

Abstract:

Characteristics of neutron production from a 16-27 kJ plasma focus device were systematically studied for device parameters of bank energy, gas pressure, gas impurities and anode geometry. Neutron yields of 10 to the 9th power - to -10 to the 10th power per discharge were obtained with deuterium. Comparison of neutron and hard x-ray production was made using photomultiplier-plastic scintillator detectors. The axial neutron distribution was determined using a paraffin-polyethelene collimator. A good time correlation between the hard x-rays and the neutrons was observed. The dependence of the axial neutron source distribution on pressure was obtained and related to the shape of the collapsing plasma boundary. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Fusion Devices (Thermonuclear)
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE