A Route to the Brightest Possible Neutron Source?

The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Science (Impact Factor: 33.61). 03/2007; 315(5815):1092-5. DOI: 10.1126/science.1127185
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We review the potential to develop sources for neutron scattering science and propose that a merger with the rapidly developing field of inertial fusion energy could provide a major step-change in performance. In stark contrast to developments in synchrotron and laser science, the past 40 years have seen only a factor of 10 increase in neutron source brightness. With the advent of thermonuclear ignition in the laboratory, coupled to innovative approaches in how this may be achieved, we calculate that a neutron source three orders of magnitude more powerful than any existing facility can be envisaged on a 20- to 30-year time scale. Such a leap in source power would transform neutron scattering science.

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