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Author Nagle, D. E. ♦ Quinn, W. E. ♦ Ribe, F. L. ♦ Riesenfeld, W. B.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword PHYSICS ♦ CONFINEMENT ♦ DEUTERIUM ♦ DISTRIBUTION ♦ ELECTRIC POTENTIAL ♦ GAUSSIAN PROCESSES ♦ KEV RANGE ♦ MAGNETIC COMPRESSION ♦ MAGNETIC FIELDS ♦ MEASURED VALUES ♦ MOMENTUM ♦ MOTION ♦ NEUTRONS ♦ NUCLEAR EMULSIONS ♦ NUCLEAR REACTIONS ♦ PINCH ♦ PLASMA ♦ PRESSURE ♦ PROTONS ♦ SCYLLA ♦ SPECTRA ♦ STATISTICS ♦ TEMPERATURE ♦ THERMONUCLEAR DEVICES ♦ TRITONS ♦ VELOCITY
Abstract A diagnostic experiment was carried out on the d-d reactions produced by fast magnetic compression of a deuterium plasma. A determination of the velocity spectra of protons and of tritons from the d-d reaction was made by magnetic analysis and nuclear plate detection of the particles. The observed distributions were Gaussian, with widths which corresponded to a deuteron temperature of 1.3 kev. Comparison of the mean proton and triton momenta indicated that no plasma drift in the (axial) direction of observation was present, nor any potertial difference between the source plasma and detector greater than a few volts. These results, coupled with previous ones on the neutron yield, duration, source extent, and lack of circumferential drift argue against any of the simple, physically plausible non-Maxwellian acceleration mechanisms for the d-d reactions so far proposed. (auth)
ISSN 0031899X
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1960-08-01
Publisher Department Los Alamos Scientific Lab., N. Mex.
Journal Physical Review
Volume Number 119
Organization Los Alamos Scientific Lab., N. Mex.


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