Various technologies described herein pertain to a micro gas-puff based source of neutrons, x-rays, and/or energetic particles. The micro gas-puff based source can generate plasma, which can emit neutrons, x-rays, and the like. The micro gas-puff based source includes a diode, which further includes an anode and a cathode. Further, a chamber is between the anode and the cathode. Moreover, a MEMS gas supply can inject a puff of gas between the anode and the cathode within the chamber, where the MEMS gas supply shapes the puff of gas to form a quasispherical density profile of gas created in various of geometries. Further, a pulsed power supply applies a voltage across the anode and the cathode to cause compression of the puff of gas to form the plasma.
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This invention was developed under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 between Sandia Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.