Generation of neutrons in a nanosecond low-pressure discharge in deuterium

M. I. Lomaev, B. A. Nechaev, V. N. Padalko, G. N. Dudkin, D. A. Sorokin, V. F. Tarasenko, E. N. Shuvalov

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The neutron yield is measured in a high-voltage Townsend discharge in deuterium with a hollow cylinder made of tungsten or steel used as a polarizing anode of electrons. A flat metallic plate covered by a layer of deuterated zirconium is applied as a grounded cathode. The highest yield of neutrons in the reaction <sup>2</sup>H(d,n)<sup>3</sup>He, ∼1.2 × 10<sup>4</sup> neutrons per pulse, is observed in the case of the tungsten anode at a deuterium pressure on the order of 100 Pa. The pulsed neutron flux duration estimated with data obtained from a scintillation detector is roughly equal to 1.5 ns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)628-630
Number of pages3
JournalTechnical Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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