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Multipurpose neutron generators based on the radio frequency quadrupole linear accelerator
Author(s): Robert W. Hamm
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Paper Abstract

Neutron generators based on the Radio Frequency Quadrupole accelerator are now used for a variety of applications. These compact linear accelerators can produce from 108 to more than 1013 neutrons/second using either proton or deuteron beams to bombard beryllium targets. They exhibit long lifetimes at full output, as there is little target or beam degradation. Since they do not use radioactive materials, licensing requirements are less stringent than for isotopic sources or tritium sealed tube generators. The light weight and compact size of these robust systems make them transportable. The low divergence output beam from the RFQ also allows use of a remote target, which can reduce the seize of the shielding and moderator. The RFQ linac can be designed with a wide range of output beam energy and used with other targets such as lithium and deuterium to produce a neutron spectrum tailored to a specific application. These pulsed systems are well-suited for applications requiring a high peak neutron flux, including activation analysis of very short-lived reaction products. They can replace conventional sources in non-destructive testing applications such as thermal or fast neutron radiography, and can also be used for cancer therapy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4142, Penetrating Radiation Systems and Applications II, (18 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.410581
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Robert W. Hamm, AccSys Technology, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4142:
Penetrating Radiation Systems and Applications II
F. Patrick Doty; H. Bradford Barber; Hans Roehrig; Edward J. Morton, Editor(s)

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