Summary: further mathematical and physical analysis was performed on the experiment "Unidirectionalization of Particulate Distributions in Isotropic D+D→He3+n Reactions Utilizing Differential Ion Velocities" to explain unpredicted data.
This continuation study was designed to induce unidirectionality in the particle distribution emanating from the output of an IEC (inertial electrostatic confinement) fusion reaction through the utilization of differential initial ion velocities. While the D+D→He3+n reaction normally outputs particles in a spherical, isotropic pattern when induced in an IEC device, it was hypothesized that a focusing effect could be induced in the neutron distribution emanating from the reactor by applying a momentum/velocity differential to the reactant ions. This was accomplished through the use of a directional ion source attached to a LINAC-style chamber setup for an IEC reactor. This ion source consisted of a single-body electrified tube and plate to accelerate ions through an increased voltage. A detailed predictive mathematical analysis, expressing chamber conditions initially as a set of separable differential equations, and later as a virtual set of overlapping spheres, was run to optimize bubble detector placement. Through the use of triple integration, the ratio of the smaller and larger sections of the spheres can be found, indicating the ratio of neutron radiation exiting the front compared to the rear of the reactor. The data agreed with the calculations, though some of the radiation superseded the energy detection boundaries of the BTI detectors; further experimentation is planned. The final result yielded a directionalization coefficient of 2.095, indicating unidirectionalization of neutrally charged radiation had occurred.
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I was lucky enough to win my state's science and engineering fair, meaning that I qualify to enter my project into the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). This is the poster to be exhibited; it will be printed out on a 3-8.5 foot poster. (PDF - large file.)
(The poster will be uploaded at the beginning of the fair.)