On the spectrum of Z-pinch plasma neutrons
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- Vikhrev, V.V. & Mironenko-Marenkov, A.D. Plasma Phys. Rep. (2012) 38: 225. doi:10.1134/S1063780X12030087
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Generation of neutrons from Z-pinch discharges in a deuterated gas medium has been studied. It is shown that a power-law energy dependence of the number of high-energy deuterons in Z-pinch plasma explains the observed broadening of the neutron spectrum in these systems. It is established that, at an average ion energy below 3 keV in Z-pinch plasma, neutrons are mostly generated due to the interaction of high-energy (∼100-keV) deuterons with the main plasma components.