, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 225-234
Date: 27 Mar 2012

On the spectrum of Z-pinch plasma neutrons

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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.

Original Russian Text © V.V. Vikhrev, A.D. Mironenko-Marenkov, 2012, published in Fizika Plazmy, 2012, Vol. 38, No. 3, pp. 251–260.