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Actinide/beryllium neutron sources with reduced dispersion characteristics

United States Patent

August 14, 2012
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Neutron source comprising a composite, said composite comprising crystals comprising BeO and AmBe.sub.13, and an excess of beryllium, wherein the crystals have an average size of less than 2 microns; the size distribution of the crystals is less than 2 microns; and the beryllium is present in a 7-fold to a 75-fold excess by weight of the amount of AmBe.sub.13; and methods of making thereof.
Schulte; Louis D. (Los Alamos, NM)
Los Alamos National Security, LLc (Los Alamos, NM)
12/ 868,963
August 26, 2010
STATEMENT OF FEDERAL RIGHTS The United States government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396 between the United States Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC for the operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory.