The IEC Neutron Generator and Filter Concept for Neutron Capture Therapy

  • J. H. Nadler
  • W. Y. Yoon
  • G. H. Miley


This paper describes a neutron generator based on the inertial-electrostatic confinement (IEC) of high energy deuterium ions, and the possible applications of such a generator to neutron capture therapy (NCT). An IEC generator has been under development at the University of Illinois for several years,1,2 and a recent paper has introduced the IEC neutron generator for NCT applications.3 This paper will present a neutron moderator configuration and some preliminary design calculations of resultant neutron energy spectra.


Glow Discharge Neutron Output Cathode Voltage Neutron Energy Spectrum Neutron Moderator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. H. Nadler
    • 1
  • W. Y. Yoon
    • 2
  • G. H. Miley
    • 3
  1. 1.Idaho Operations OfficeUS Department of EnergyIdaho FallsUSA
  2. 2.ldaho National Engineering LaboratoryIdaho FallsUSA
  3. 3.Fusion Studies LaboratoryUniversity of Illinois UrbanaUSA

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