Nuclear Emissions During Acoustic Inertial Confinement Cavitation
Author: Rusi P Taleyarkhan
Submitted: 2005-12-20 18:35:49
Co-authors: C.D.West, R. T.Lahey,Jr., R. I. Nigmatulin, R.C.Block
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Acoustically driving deuterated cavities in liquids offers a novel approach towards inertial confinement driven thermonuclear fusion, and for studying substances under intense compression. Spectra of neutron and sonoluminescence emissions were measured in experiments with deuterated liquids. Statistically significant neutron and gamma ray emissions were measured with a calibrated liquid-scintillation detector and sonoluminescence emissions were measured with a fast photomultiplier. Neutron and sonoluminescence emissions were found to be time correlated . Measured neutrons were 2.45 MeV. Neutron and tritium emission rates were found to be compatible and within experimental error margin. Control experiments with non-deuterated liquid under identical conditions conditions did not result in any significant neutron nor tritium activity nor gamma ray emissions. Recent results and ongoing activities will be discussed along with potential scaleup aspects.