Development of a fast response neutron detector for the supersonic FRC collision process

N. Sahara, T. Asai, D. Kobayashi, Ts Takahashi, H. Ogawa, R. Magee

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The collisional merging experiments of the field-reversing configuration (FRC) at supersonic/Alfvénic velocities have been performed in the FRC Amplification via Translation-Collisional Merging device only in Japan. This experiment may excite shockwaves and cause particle acceleration. To obtain supporting evidence of particle acceleration by shockwaves, we have proposed to observe neutrons originating from the D-D fusion reaction of accelerated non-thermal particles. A plastic scintillation detector has been developed for the supersonic/Alfvénic collision/merging FRC experiment. The developed neutron detector has sufficient performance of neutron sensitivity and nanosecond response time. In the collisional merging process, we obtained a signal that could be considered a neutron, which is not predicted by the adiabatic compression process in the two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamics simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063501
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


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