A plasma focus device aimed at working in environmental conditions not tailored for nuclear equipment has been developed by ENEA. It can operate in deuterium at 1 Hz shot rate, with an average neutron production of 3 × 108neutrons/shot at 6 kJ of capacitor energy. It is easy to transport and conceived for those industrial purposes where a rather intense neutron generator is required but the use of tritium is forbidden. The machine is designed to be reliable and uniform in emission and to be operated in the field by personnel who are not specialists, to meet the requirements of the possible transformation into a commercial product.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
Rapezzi, L., Angelone, M., Pillon, M., Rapisarda, M., Rossi, E., Samuelli, M., & Mezzetti, F. (2004). Development of a mobile and repetitive plasma focus. Plasma Sources Science and Technology, 13(2), 272 - 277. https://doi.org/10.1088/0963-0252/13/2/011