Nuclear reactions induced by a pyroelectric accelerator

Jeffrey Geuther, Yaron Danon, Frank Saglime

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This work demonstrates the use of pyroelectric crystals to induce nuclear reactions. A system based on a pair of pyroelectric crystals is used to ionize gas and accelerate the ions to energies of up to 200 keV. The system operates above room temperature by simply heating or cooling the pyroelectric crystals. A D-D fusion reaction was achieved with this technique, and 2.5 MeV neutrons were detected. The measured neutron yield is in good agreement with the calculated yield. This work also verifies the results published by Naranjo, Gimzewski, and Putterman [Nature (London) 434, 1115 (2005)NATUAS0028-083610.1038/nature03575].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number054803
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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