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Characterization of the deuteron beam current in a linear accelerator for nuclear-diagnostic calibrations

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dc.contributor.advisor Richard Petrasso. en_US
dc.contributor.author Denis, Daniel (Daniel B.) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Nuclear Science and Engineering. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-25T15:24:38Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-25T15:24:38Z
dc.date.copyright 2008 en_US
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/53276
dc.description Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Nuclear Science and Engineering, February 2009. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 27-28). en_US
dc.description.abstract In Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) research, passive detection systems are often required in several applications for observing fusion-product spectra from an ICF-capsule implosion. These detection devices can be calibrated by using fusion products produced in a linear accelerator as the characteristics of the fusion products are well known. For these calibration experiments it is important to determine the absolute current of the beam striking the target, because this determines the fusion-reaction rate. A Faraday Cup was installed and used for this purpose, in which an ammeter is used to measure the charge built up on the cup that is proportional to the beam current of the accelerator. Currents up to -100p~A were measured using the Faraday Cup. For 100tA 120kV D+ current on an erbium target doped with deuterium, D-D reaction rates of -107 per second were determined. Besides the Faraday Cup, a target movement stepper motor was also successfully installed and tested, their LabView based control programs were written, and their operation procedures were documented. The secondary electron suppression capability of the cup was successfully tested as well. The Faraday Cup serves as a diagnostic for the quality of accelerator operation. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Daniel Denis. en_US
dc.format.extent 40 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Nuclear Science and Engineering. en_US
dc.title Characterization of the deuteron beam current in a linear accelerator for nuclear-diagnostic calibrations en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.B. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Nuclear Science and Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 547285593 en_US


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