0.2 Hz Plasma-Focus-based source of fast neutrons and hard x rays for applications

C. Moreno, V. Raspa, F. Di Lorenzo, A. Lazarte, P. Knoblauch, A. Clausse
2006 AIP Conference Proceedings  
A small chamber Plasma Focus that operates at 0.2 Hz for several minutes is used as a source of hard x rays and fast neutrons. The device is powered by a microprocessor controlled capacitor charging power supply. The x rays are used for introspective imaging of metallic pieces, static and in motion, that allows for the detection of internal defects as small as 1 mm. The x ray radiation is able to produce clear images of objects placed behind several millimeters of iron and steel. The fast
more » ... ns allow for the detection of hydrogenated substances and can discriminate between different concentrations of water located near the device.
doi:10.1063/1.2405896 fatcat:6g2ewcrrgjevjefhash7hstodm