6-7 Mev Characteristic Gamma-Ray Source Using A Plasma Opening Switch And A Marx Bank
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC PLASMA PHYSICS DIV
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A 640 kV Marx bank and plasma opening switch POS produce an intense pulse of MeV protons that stop in a fluorine-bearing target. The 19Fp,alphagamma16O reaction produces 6- to 7-MeV characteristic gamma-rays that can induce fission reactions in fissionable materials, such as depleted uranium DU. Some fission reactions are also induced by neutrons generated by proton andor deuteron reactions in the target, indicating that this system could be used to produce a mixed source of gamma-rays and neutrons. Experimental results are presented, and future options are described to improve this kind of mixed source.
- Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particle Physics