Triton burnup in plasma focus plasmas

Jan S. Brzosko, Jan R. Brzosko Jr., Benjamin V. Robouch, Luigi Ingrosso

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Pure deuterium plasma discharge from plasma focus breeds 1.01 MeV tritons via the D(d,p)T fusion branch, which has the same cross section as the D(d,n)3He (En=2.45 MeV) fusion branch. Tritons are trapped in and collide with the background deuterium plasma, producing 14.1 MeV neutrons via the D(t,n)4He reaction. The paper presents published in preliminary form as well as unpublished experimental data and theoretical studies of the neutron yield ratio R=Yn(14.1 MeV)lYn(2.45 MeV). The experimental data were obtained from 1 MJ Frascati plasma focus operated at W=490 kJ with pure deuterium plasma (in the early 1980s). Neutrons were monitored using the nuclear activation method and nuclear emulsions. The present theoretical analysis of the experimental data is based on an exact adaptation of the binary encounter theory developed by Gryzinski. It is found that the experimentally defined value 1·10-31021cm-3), high temperature (kT>1 keV), and short trapping time (t0≤20 ns). These domains are known as efficient traps of MeV ions but are not the main source of D(d,n)3He fusion. © 1995 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1259 - 1269
Number of pages11
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Brzosko, J. S., Brzosko Jr., J. R., Robouch, B. V., & Ingrosso, L. (1995). Triton burnup in plasma focus plasmas. Physics of Plasmas, 2(4), 1259 - 1269.