Development and study of a portable plasma focus neutron source

V. P. Vinogradov, Alexander VLadimirovich Nashilevskiy, V. I. Krauz, G. E. Remnev, Yu V. Vinogradova, G. G. Kanaev, K. N. Mitrofanov, V. V. Myalton

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The work is devoted to designing a compact pulsed neutron source on the basis of a plasma focus (PF) discharge. The main task was to study the physical processes accompanying a sub-kilojoule repetitive PF discharge. A device with a power supply energy of up to 600 J and pulse repetition rate of up to 10 Hz has been developed and put into operation. The dependence of the neutron yield as a function of the pulse repetition rate has been studied experimentally. A neutron flux of ∼108 neutrons/s has been obtained in the 3-s-long packet mode with a repetition rate of 10 Hz and discharge current of 80-90 kA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-159
Number of pages14
JournalPlasma Physics Reports
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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