Accelerators Article Beams Physics Year 2009

A neutron producing target for BINP accelerator-based neutron source

Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 2009

Authors:   B. Bayanov, E.Kashaeva, A.Makarov, G.Malyshkin, S.Samarin, S.Taskaev.
Journal: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Abstract: An innovative accelerator-based neutron source for BNCT has just started operation at the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk. One of the main elements of the facility is a lithium target producing neutrons via the threshold 7Li(p,n)7Be reaction at 25 kW proton beam with energies of 1.915 MeV or 2.5 MeV. The design of an optimal target and results of the investigation of radiation blistering of the lithium layer were presented at previous NCT Congresses. During the last two years the neutron target has been manufactured, assembled and placed in the facility. Optimization of the target is carried out with the Monte Carlo simulation code MCNP. In this article, the design of the target is discussed, results of all previous investigations are summarized, results of target testing and neutron generation are described, and results of simulation of neutron spectra are presented.