An Improved Gamma-ray Simulator for Tree Vulnerability and Survivability Studies

Period of Performance: 01/01/1987 - 12/31/1987

$42.1K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Ktech Corp.
1300 Eubank Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
Principal Investigator

Abstract

IN THE EXPERIMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF THE NUCLEAR VULNERABILITY OF STRATEGIC WEAPON SYSTEMS THERE EXISTS A NEED FOR GAMMA-RAY SIMULATORS WITH PULSE DURATION FROM TENS OF NANOSECONDS TO TENS OF SECONDS. THIS PROPOSAL ADDRESSES THE OPTIMIZATION OF THE PULSED REACTOR SYSTEM WHICH CAN PROVIDE HIGH INTENSITY GAMMA PULSE WITH DURATIONS FROM APPROXIMATELY 50 MICROSECONDS TO SEVERAL MILLISECONDS. WORK CONDUCTED UNDER PHASE I HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT EXISTING NEUTRON TO GAMMARAY CONVERTERS CAN BE MADE SIGNIFICANTLY (~230%) MORE EFFICIENT FOR A SIMPLIFIED REACTOR SYSTEM. THIS CURRENT SUBMISSION ADDRESSES THE PROOF OF PRINCIPLE AND FURTHER OPTIMIZATION OF A CONVERTER SYSTEM DEPLOYED ON AN ACTUAL REACTOR.