[ RadSafe ] Neutron Generator regulations
JPreisig at aol.com
JPreisig at aol.com
Thu Aug 29 12:12:57 CDT 2013
Something to consider about neutron generators. If a person is
well-trained in electronics, and perhaps they could get their hands on a
neutron generator, then they might possibly be able to build a suitcase version
of a neutron generator weapon. Take the suitcase to the location of
interest, plug it in and turn it on from afar. Kind of like a poor man's neutron
bomb. Quite lethal if done correctly. It wouldn't explode, but rather
would just provide a neutron flux density (directed???) and would kill people
and/or other animals.
I guess security people should be taught to keep an eye out for suitcases
and/or other packages which are plugged in to an electrical socket. When
one would see such a suitcase or whatever, then one should move away from the
suitcase. Safety teams could approach such a device with a remball,
Snoopy, Anderson-Braun detector etc. to see if a neutron signal is present.
The next step to do would probably be to turn-off local electric power, and
again approach the suitcase with some caution. I don't know if any of this
scenario is likely. From what I can remember, Schlumberger keeps track of
it neutron generators.
Regards, Joe Preisig
In a message dated 8/27/2013 4:23:09 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
brees at lanl.gov writes:
What are the regulations regarding an electronic neutron generator?
Something like a D-D fusion type. It's possible to make one in a reasonably
well equipped lab, so if someone did, what licensing and use regulations would
Regulations on an x-ray machine are fairly clear (and they're MUCH more
common! - both the machines, and regs!).
I realize that "standard radiation dose limits" would apply, but most of
the regulations I see are associated with the Tritium content of a D-T
generator, is there anything special someone would have to do if they made a D-D
And yes, I realize that if it was done in a DOE facility their rules would
Thanks in advance!
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