Faculty Advisor

Hakim, Hossein

Faculty Advisor

Jarvis, Susan M.

Faculty Advisor

Pedersen, Peder C.


The purpose of this project was to design and prototype electronics to power and control a compact neutron source. Using this neutron source, Physicists can simulate the detection dark matter event. In this way, calibration of the detector can be accomplished, as well as testing of the shielding surrounding the detector. Three power supplies were built. Two were identical supplies for the Cathode and Filament pins on the Minitron which supply up to 3A at 3V. One was a 200V 16mA supply for the Grid pin on the Minitron which is controlled by computer. In addition, a controller for a high voltage supply for the high voltage input on the Minitron. This report documents the process from design requirements to testing the supplies with the Minitron and monitoring neutron generation.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering