Medich, David Christopher
IEC fusion devices are often used commercially for neutron generation. These devices help observe basic fusion and plasma physics principles, and involve practical knowledge of high voltage and vacuum systems. It is, then, benefi cial for students in research sciences to be able to construct such a device within reasonable economic means. In this project, a practical IEC device is constructed out of accessible materials. The con finement of Deuterium and background gas plasma is analyzed with respect to optical intensity, up to 3000 Volts. The selection of highly transparent anode is recommended for most efficient plasma confinement. Recommendations for continued study on the device are made, so as to directly observe neutron production at fusion temperatures(approx. 20 - 40 keV).
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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