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Adelphi Technology’s new microwave-driven neutron generators receive the prestigious R&D 100 award for 2012

Adelphi Technology Inc. and its collaborator, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), have received the 2012 R&D 100 award for their development of “High Output Neutron Generators, DD100 Series.” The DD100 series includes the models DD-108 and DD-109. Called the "Oscars of Innovation", the R&D 100 Awards recognize and celebrate the top 100 technology products of the year. This is R&D magazine’s 50th year giving these awards. According to the magazine, these awards “have included sophisticated testing equipment, innovative new materials, chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products, consumer items, and high-energy physics. The R&D 100 Awards span industry, academia, and government-sponsored research.”

The DD100 series of neutron generators make excellent laboratory sources. They are unique in that they produce high neutron yields using the safer DD fusion reaction. The Adelphi generator is easily repairable, uses no radioactive tritium and has a much longer lifetime. The generator uses an open vacuum system with non-radioactive deuterium flowing through it. The Adelphi DD fusion reaction neutron generators also offer large neutron yields that are comparable or even larger than those using radioactive tritium and the DT fusion reaction. The new Adelphi generator uses a new highly efficient microwave-driven ion source that produces much higher average currents than those produced in competitors’ sources. Even though the DT reaction is more efficient than the DD reaction, the microwave ion source permits the Adelphi generator to have comparable neutron yields.

The announcement was made on the following R&D magazine website:

LBNL also has two websites announcing their winners and including our joint development of the high output neutron generator.