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Determination of Deuteron Energy Distribution From Neutron Diagnostics in a Plasma-Focus Device

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11 Author(s)
Kubes, P. ; Fac. of Electr. Eng., Czech Tech. Univ. in Prague, Prague ; Kravarik, J. ; Klir, D. ; Rezac, K.
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Fast neutrons from deuteron-deuteron fusion reactions were used for a study of fast deuterons in the PF-1000 plasma-focus device. The energy spectrum of neutrons was determined by the time-of-flight method using ten scintillation detectors positioned downstream, upstream, and side-on the experimental facility. Neutron energy-distribution functions enabled the determination of axial and radial components of energy of deuterons producing the fusion neutrons, as well as a rough evaluation of the total energy distribution of all fast deuterons in the pinch. It was found that the total deuteron energy-distribution function decreases with the deuteron energy more slowly than the tail of the Maxwellian distribution for 1-2-keV deuterons.

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Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:37 ,  Issue: 1 )