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Improvements in Fabrication of Elastic Scattering Foils Used to Measure Neutron Yield by the Magnetic Recoil Spectrometer

H. G. Reynolds, M. E. Schoff, M. P. Farrell, M. Gatu Johnson, R. M. Bionta, J. A. Frenje

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 70 / Number 2 / August-September 2016 / Pages 365-371

Technical Paper /

First Online Publication:July 7, 2016
Updated:August 9, 2016

The magnetic recoil spectrometer uses a deuterated polyethylene polymer (CD2) foil to measure neutron yield in inertial confinement fusion experiments. Higher neutron yields in recent experiments have resulted in primary signal saturation in the detector CR-39 foils, necessitating the fabrication of thinner CD2 foils than established methods could provide. A novel method of fabricating deuterated polymer foils is described. The resulting foils are thinner, smoother, and more uniform in thickness than the foils produced by previous methods. These new foils have successfully been deployed at the National Ignition Facility, enabling higher neutron yield measurements than previous foils, with no primary signal saturation.

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