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Methods and apparatus for producing and storing positrons and protons

United States Patent

July 6, 2010
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Apparatus for producing and storing positrons may include a trap that defines an interior chamber therein and that contains an electric field and a magnetic field. The trap may further include a source material that includes atoms that, when activated by photon bombardment, become positron emitters to produce positrons. The trap may also include a moderator positioned adjacent the source material. A photon source is positioned adjacent the trap so that photons produced by the photon source bombard the source material to produce the positron emitters. Positrons from the positron emitters and moderated positrons from the moderator are confined within the interior chamber of the trap by the electric and magnetic fields. Apparatus for producing and storing protons are also disclosed.
Akers; Douglas W. (Idaho Falls, ID)
The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy (Washington, DC), N/A (
11/ 946,512
November 28, 2007
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION This invention was made with United States Government support under Contract No. DE-AC07-05ID14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The United States Government has certain rights in the invention.