Optimising Neutron Production from Compact Low Energy Accelerators

N. Ratcliffe, R. Barlow, A. Bungau, Robert Cywinski, T. R. Edgecock

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There is currently much development in accelerator based methods to provide flexible and reliable neutron generators, in response to a decline in the availability of nuclear reactors. In this paper the focus is on neutron production via a low energy DC proton accelerator (1-10 MeV) and light target system. GEANT4 simulations are being used to study various aspects of target design, beginning with studies into light targets, such as lithium and beryllium, which are already in use. Initially the aim is to replicate these designs and benchmark these simulations with other models and experimental results before investigating how modifications can improve neutron production and tailor experimental geometries to specific applications such as neutron capture therapy and medical isotope production.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIPAC 2012
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Particle Accelerator Conference 2012
EditorsJ. Corbett
PublisherJoint Accelerator Conferences Website (JACoW)
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9783954501151, 9781634392587
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
Event3rd International Particle Accelerator Conference - Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, United States
Duration: 20 May 201225 May 2012
Conference number: 3


Conference3rd International Particle Accelerator Conference
Abbreviated titleIPAC 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Internet address


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