The Design of a Neutron Generator Using the Inertial Electrostatic Confinement of Deuterium Plasma
34th Annual CNS Conference - 2013 June 09-12

Presented at:
34th Annual CNS Conference
2013 June 09-12
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
Fusion Science & Technology

Terry Price (UOIT)
Rachid Machrafi (UOIT)


A neutron generator was designed that uses the inertial electrostatic confinement (IEC) of a deuterium-based plasma to generate neutrons by the process of fusion.  A two-stage high-vacuum system was designed that uses a rotary-vane pump and turbo-molecular pump.  A pressure measurement system was designed that uses a Pirani pressure-gauge and an ionization pressure-gauge.  A high-voltage system was designed that uses an off-the-shelf high voltage power supply and a Cockcroft-Walton voltage-multiplier circuit.  A neutron detection system was designed that uses a Helium-3 neutron detector.  Safety considerations in the operation of the device are discussed.  It is expected this device is to be constructed in 2013-2014.

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