We have over 10 years of experience in building neutron generators, and we are able to customize our measurement systems according to customer needs.
Our neutron generators use a linear accelerator to fuse two deuterium atoms. D-D fusion produces neutrons with an energy of 2.5 MeV.
Our agile organization and effective production processes enable us to produce neutron generators for solving customer specific issues.
Radiation safety: Neutron generators are inherently safe. Our neutron generator has been approved by Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority for industrial use in the lowest risk-categories.
Neutron generators hardware can be used for example in:
Details are given as ranges because hardware modifications accommodate changes.
Pulsed: Yes, can be changed from software
Time averaged neutron yield: 3E9 – 1E10 n/s
Neutron energy: 2.5 MeV
Interface: Ethernet, Modbus, 20mA current loop, and others on request
Power requirement: 32A 240VAC 3-Phase
System weight: 400 kg (+ 1000kg radiation shielding)
Lead time: 9 months
Maintenance interval: 2000h of operation
Conventionally, isotope sources have been used as neutron sources for scientific research and industrial applications. Typical isotope sources include Americium-Beryllium (AmBe) or Californium-252 (Ca-252). We apply isotope sources especially in neutron imaging applications if small size and light weight is required.
However, isotope sources have various limitations:
Our neutron generators surpass isotope sources due to these four dimensions: Our generators are switched on only when desired. Our generator has a lower lifetime cost than isotope sources of respective yield. Additionally, our generators can be altered with software to better support scientific use.
The generator can be operated in continuous or in pulsed mode. In pulsed mode, neutrons will be produced within microseconds. Because of this, we can identify fast and thermal neutrons, which is useful for many types of analyses such as pulsed fast thermal neutron activation analysis or differential die away method.
Pulse amplitude: 5E8 – 3E11 [n/s]
Pulse length: 20-10 000 μs
Pulse fall-off: 1-5 μs
Pulse rise time: <10 μs