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Potential for creation of artificial radiation belts during space testing of an NPB

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2 Author(s)
Hughes, R.J. ; Los Alamos Nat. Lab., NM, USA ; Cottingame, W.B.

Because of the potential for the charged effluence from an orbital neutral particle beam (NPB) system to become trapped in the Earth's magnetic field, the creation of long-lived fluxes is possible. The circumstances that can lead to trapping of protons from an H0 NPB system operated at altitudes of 300-1000 km are considered. A first-order assessment of the flux levels and decay rates of the relic protons produced is presented. An NPB could significantly enhance the near-Earth radiation environment for up to several years, and as such could contributed to the radiation hazard

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:37 ,  Issue: 5 )