Phoenix Nuclear Labs

Ultra Compact Generator

PNL’s most compact deuterium-deuterium (DD) neutron generator was designed for mobile applications and for customers where minimizing physical size of the device is of the utmost importance. This small and transportable system is useful for a number of different applications such as explosives and SNM detection. It can be easily mounted on small vehicles for mobile applications.

The ultra-compact generator utilizes a self-loading solid titanium target to produce variable neutron output between 1×109 and 1.3×1011 n/s in a very compact form factor. For the standard system, which uses no tritium, regulatory burden and required shielding are significantly reduced. For customers that need even higher neutron output, a tritiated target will provide a the highest neutron yields. However, this comes at the cost of increased regulatory and
shielding burden.

The generator utilizes a solid target composed of titanium and copper. Because the target is self-loaded by the beam itself, it has a drastically increased target lifetime relative to other solid target systems. Target lifetime exceeds 10,000 hours. Neutron yield remains constant over the life of the target, thanks to a propriety target cleaning/replenishing procedure than can be performed during device operation.


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