Ion sources for sealed neutron tubes

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Fast and thermal neutron activation analysis with sealed neutron generators has been used to detect oil (oil logging), hazardous waste, fissile material, explosives, and contraband (drugs). Sealed neutron generators, used in the above applications, must be small and portable, have good electrical efficiency and long life. The ion sources used in the sealed neutron tubes require high gas utilization efficiencies or low pressure operation with high ionization efficiencies. In this paper, the authors compare a number of gas ion sources that can be used in sealed neutron tubes. The characteristics of the most popular ion source, the axial Penning discharge ... continued below

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Burns, E.J.T. & Bischoff, G.C. November 1, 1996.

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  • Burns, E.J.T. Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Neutron Tube Dept.
  • Bischoff, G.C. Lockheed Martin Specialty Components, Largo, FL (United States)

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    Publisher Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Fast and thermal neutron activation analysis with sealed neutron generators has been used to detect oil (oil logging), hazardous waste, fissile material, explosives, and contraband (drugs). Sealed neutron generators, used in the above applications, must be small and portable, have good electrical efficiency and long life. The ion sources used in the sealed neutron tubes require high gas utilization efficiencies or low pressure operation with high ionization efficiencies. In this paper, the authors compare a number of gas ion sources that can be used in sealed neutron tubes. The characteristics of the most popular ion source, the axial Penning discharge will be discussed as part of the zetatron neutron generator. Other sources to be discussed include the SAMIS source and RF ion source.

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INIS; OSTI as DE97001320

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  • CAARI `96: Conference on the applications of accelerators in research and industry, Denton, TX (United States), 1 Sep 1996

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  • Other: DE97001320
  • Report No.: SAND--96-2784C
  • Report No.: CONF-9609289--1
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 414412
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc684858

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Burns, E.J.T. & Bischoff, G.C. Ion sources for sealed neutron tubes, article, November 1, 1996; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc684858/: accessed November 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.