Fusion neutron production during deuterium neutral-beam injection into the PLT tokamak

J. D. Strachan, P. L. Colestock, S. L. Davis, D. Eames, P. C. Efthimion, H. P. Eubank, Robert James Goldston, L. R. Grisham, R. J. Hawryluk, J. C. Hosea, J. Hovey, D. L. Jassby, D. W. Johnson, A. A. Mirin, G. Schilling, R. Stooksberry, L. D. Stewart, H. H. Towner

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Fusion neutron emission of 1.5 X 1014 neutrons s"1 and 2 X 1013 neutrons/pulse has been observed for PLT deuterium discharges with up to 2.5 MW of deuterium neutral-beam injection. The neutron time evolution and magnitude are consistent with theoretical calculations of the fusion reactions caused by energetic injected ions which are confined and slow down classically. The factor-of-two accuracy in the absolute neutron calibration is the major uncertainty in the comparison with theory. Neutron sawtooth oscillations 3%) are observed which can also be explained classically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-81
Number of pages15
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1981

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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