Steady-State, High Dose, Neutron Generation and Concentration Apparatus and Method for Deuterium Atoms
Patent, Filed 1 Jul 91, patented 7 Sep 99
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A steady-state source of neutrons is produced within an electrically grounded and temperature controlled chamber confining tritium or deuterium plasma at a predetermined density to effect implantation of ions in the surface of a palladium target rod coated with diffusion barrier material and immersed in such plasma. The rod is enriched with a high concentration of deuterium atoms alter a prolonged plasma ion implantation. Collision of the deuterium atoms in the target by impinging ions of the plasma initiates fusion reactions causing emission of neutrons during negative voltage pulses applied to the rod through a high power modulator. The neutrons are so generated at a relatively high dose rate under optimized process conditions.
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