Investigation into direct conversion with medium energy He-ion beams
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The Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (NERI) Direct Energy Conversion project has identified the fission fragment magnetic collimator reactor (FFMCR) as a promising direct fission fragment conversion concept. The US DOE NERI Proof-of-Principle Project at Texas A&M is focused on experimental verification of FFMCR operation principles. The purpose of this experiment was to test design parameters of a scaled prototype of a direct energy collector chamber of the FFMCR. The charge collection efficiency was found using a He+ ion beam to be approximately 88% for beam energies ranging from 20 to 80 keV. The 2.4 10^12 ± 10% ohm resistor used in the experiment holds-up under the stress of high voltage to 40 kV. Electric current leakage tests of the charge collection device also indicate that Teflon® is quite sufficient as an insulator for potentials as high as 40 kV. It is suggested that the present work be extended to determine power efficiencies and to achieve results with higher beam energies.
Guild-Bingham, Avery A. (2004). Investigation into direct conversion with medium energy He-ion beams. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from