Barlow, Roger, Ratcliffe, N, Cywinski, Robert, Bungau, Adriana and Edgecock, R. (2012) Optimising neutron production from compact low energy accelerators. In: Proceedings of the Third International Particle Accelerator Conference. IPAC 2012 . JACoW, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, pp. 4154-4156. ISBN 978-3-95450-115-1

There is currently much development in accelerator
based methods to provide flexible and reliable neutron generators,
in response to a decline in the availability of nuclear
reactors. In this paper the focus is on neutron production
via a low energy DC proton accelerator (1-10 MeV)
and light target system. GEANT4 simulations are being
used to study various aspects of target design, beginning
with studies into light targets, such as lithium and beryllium,
which are already in use. Initially the aim is to replicate
these designs and benchmark these simulations with
other models and experimental results before investigating
how modifications can improve neutron production and tailor
experimental geometries to specific applications such as
neutron capture therapy and medical isotope production.

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