- Conference date: 10–15 August 2008
- Location: Fort Worth (Texas)
Controlatron neutron generators are used for testing neutron detection systems at Sandia National Laboratories. To provide for increased tube lifetimes for the moderate neutron flux output of these generators, metal hydride target fabrication processes have been developed. To provide for manufacturing quality control of these targets, ion beam analysis techniques are used to determine film composition. The load ratios (i.e. T/Zr concentration ratios) of Controlatron neutron generator targets have been successfully measured by simultaneously acquiring RBS and ERD data using a beam energy of 10 MeV. Several targets were measured and the film thicknesses obtained from RBS measurements agreed within with Dektak profilometer measurements. The target fabrication process and ion beam analysis techniques will be presented.
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