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Method and apparatus for generating low energy nuclear particles

United States Patent

February 9, 1999
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A particle accelerator (12) generates an input particle beam having an initial energy level above a threshold for generating secondary nuclear particles. A thin target (14) is rotated in the path of the input beam for undergoing nuclear reactions to generate the secondary particles and correspondingly decrease energy of the input beam to about the threshold. The target (14) produces low energy secondary particles and is effectively cooled by radiation and conduction. A neutron scatterer (44) and a neutron filter (42) are also used for preferentially degrading the secondary particles into a lower energy range if desired.
Powell; James R. (Shoreham, NY), Reich; Morris (Flushing, NY), Ludewig; Hans (Brookhaven, NY), Todosow; Michael (Miller Place, NY)
Brookhaven Science Associates (Upton, NY)
08/ 774,669
December 30, 1996
This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-AC02-76CH00016, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.