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Building Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion Device Aimed for a Small Neutron Source
International Journal of High Energy Physics
Volume 4, Issue 6, December 2017, Pages: 88-92
Received: Oct. 20, 2017; Accepted: Nov. 1, 2017; Published: Dec. 15, 2017
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Gamal M. El-Aragi, Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion Department, Egyptian Atomic Energy, Cairo, Egypt
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The aim of this paper introduces the preliminary results of the design and construction of first Egyptian inertial electrostatic confinement IEC fusion device. It consists of 2.8 cm stainless steel cathode, 6.5 cm anode diameter with 10 cm diameter 30 cm height vacuum chamber. The operation of IEC experiments has concentrated on pulsed operation to achieve the high currents required to generate increased reactions rates. The discharge voltage waveform with peak voltage 20kV with a full width half maximum (FWHM) of 10 nanoseconds and current pulse waveform has been registered using pick-up coil with peak current about 150mA. Experiments are performed with air as operating gas at different pressures and voltages. Time resolved of x-ray radiation signals are obtained using fast radiation detector.
Electrostatic, Confinement, Fusion, X-ray
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Gamal M. El-Aragi, Building Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion Device Aimed for a Small Neutron Source, International Journal of High Energy Physics. Vol. 4, No. 6, 2017, pp. 88-92. doi: 10.11648/j.ijhep.20170406.13
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