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Small deuteron accelerator as a source of slow neutrons
Author(s): John I. W. Watterson; Richard C. Lanza; Jacok Guzek; U. A. S. Tapper; W. R. McMurray; Erik. B. Iverson
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Paper Abstract

Low energy neutrons are easily thermalized and are useful in a number of applications including radiography and neutron scattering. A consideration of the early literature and recent experimental results suggests that the reaction 9Be(d,n)10B can provide a useful source of neutrons in the region of zero to a few hundred KeV that fulfill this requirement. The characteristics of the reaction are describe din this context and some of the limitations on intensity are considered. The advantages of a low energy source in terms of thermalization have been investigated using a MOnte Carlo simulation and it is proposed that a high current deuteron accelerator with an energy in the region of 1.1 to 1.5 MeV, used with a beryllium target provides a neutron source that merits serious consideration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 1997
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 2867, International Conference Neutrons in Research and Industry, (27 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.267847
Show Author Affiliations
John I. W. Watterson, Univ. of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
Richard C. Lanza, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Jacok Guzek, De Beers Diamond Research Lab. (South Africa)
U. A. S. Tapper, De Beers Diamond Research Lab. (South Africa)
W. R. McMurray, National Accelerator Ctr. (South Africa)
Erik. B. Iverson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2867:
International Conference Neutrons in Research and Industry
George Vourvopoulos, Editor(s)

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