Neutron emission during a nanosecond discharge in deuterium in a nonuniform electric field

M. I. Lomaev, B. A. Nechaev, V. N. Padalko, S. I. Kuznetsov, D. A. Sorokin, V. F. Tarasenko, A. P. Yalovets

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Neutron emission during a nanosecond deuterium discharge formed at the nonuniform electric field is investigated. A stable neutron yield is observed when the cathode is made of metallic plates covered by a layer of deuterated zirconium and the anode is made of stainless steel in the form of a tube. It is shown that, when the deuterium pressure equals several Torr, neutrons are emitted from both deuterated and deuterium-free cathodes. The influence of the anode design on the neutron yield is studied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-130
Number of pages7
JournalTechnical Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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