This paper reports an experimental investigation of a scheme to produce an intense, pulsed, point-like, and quasi-monoenergy neutron source. In this scheme, the inner wall of a deuterated plastic spherical cavity is mono-directionally irradiated by a 2.4 kJ laser beam through an open-tip gold cone inserted into the cavity. The whole inner wall of the cavity is illuminated by laser light owing to multiple laser reflections, and the laser-ablated plasma stagnates near the center of the cavity, at which a several keV hot spot is generated. Thermonuclear and beam D-D fusion reactions occur in the hot spot. We have demonstrated the neutron yield exceeding 107 neutrons per pulse from a <100 μm diameter hot spot with the deuterated plastic cavity and mono-directional GEKKO-XII laser irradiation.
Production of intense, pulsed, and point-like neutron source from deuterated plastic cavity by mono-directional kilo-joule laser irradiation
Y. Abe, A. Sunahara, S. Lee, T. Yanagawa, Z. Zhang, Y. Arikawa, A. Morace, T. Nagai, T. Ikenouchi, S. Tosaki, S. Kojima, S. Sakata, N. Satoh, T. Watari, K. Nishihara, T. Kawashima, A. Yogo, H. Sakagami, H. Shiraga, H. Nishimura, K. Mima, H. Azechi, T. Norimatsu, M. Nakai, S. Fujioka; Production of intense, pulsed, and point-like neutron source from deuterated plastic cavity by mono-directional kilo-joule laser irradiation. Appl. Phys. Lett. 4 December 2017; 111 (23): 233506. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5016531
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