Contact: Dr. Abebe Kebede
336-285 2113 or email

Space Science

Astronomy and Astrophysics
Material Science
Nuclear Physics

Dr. Ray Hoff

  Dr. Stephen Shaforth

Triangle Universities

W. Tornow,1 S. M. Shafroth,2 and J. D. Brownridge3

Department of Physics, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708, USA and Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory, Durham, North Carolina 27708-0308, USA

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27715, USA

Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy Binghamton University, New York, 13902-6000, USA

J. Appl. Phys. 104, 034905 (2008); DOI:10.1063/1.2963190
Published 4 August 2008©2008 American Institute of Physics
  Septemmber 29, 2008

Marteena Hall, Room 310  Time- 4:00 PM

Title: Pyroelectric Crystal Accelerators and Their Use in Production of Neutrons via Nuclear Fusion

ABSTRACT: We present evidence for the production of 2H(d,n)3He neutrons in gaseous deuterium by using a pyroelectric crystal as positive ion accelerator. In contrast to previous studies, neutrons were generated without a tip attached to the crystal and without using a solid deuterated target. The deuterium gas provided both the projectile and target nuclei. On the average, 1 neutron/s was obtained in our “hot fusion” experimental setup. No neutrons were detected when a tip was used.