FAQ - Bubble Fast Neutron Detector

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Re: FAQ - Bubble Fast Neutron Detector

Post by Richard Hull » Thu Dec 23, 2004 5:01 pm

Rob was a big help to me in the beginning, as well.

He also informed me that when the bubbles won't go away, you can still use the detector as it will still record perfectly!! You just need to subtract the pre-existing bubbles. Naturally, the item is totally shot when the initial bubbles are so numerous that the counting effort is a lose-lose proposition.

As the device gets older, the bubbles will naturally take longer, after recompression to go away, but all bubbles should be gone within 10 minutes. Those that remain are more or less permanent.

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Re: FAQ - Bubble Fast Neutron Detector

Post by Alex Aitken » Thu Dec 23, 2004 5:31 pm

I dont think direct links on espacenet work, but pick an archive and have a read of US 4,143,274.

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Re: FAQ - Bubble Fast Neutron Detector

Post by Richard Hull » Wed Jan 05, 2005 10:34 pm

Additional BTI bubble detector data based on a paper study of the expected life span of the buble detector. A synopsis follows....

1. Always keep the detector stored in its shipping tube.
2. Always store the tube near its median temp range and never at extremes
3. The absolute calibration of the device is only warranted for about 6 months.
4. in the sensitive models under high flux or lots of bubbles per use, the device sensitivity increases.

For longest life...1 to 2 years.... obey all of the above plus........
Try to use the detector a minimum of monthly, but preferably weekly to count neutrons and preferably not a high flux. The detector likes to be used frequently to count low bubble numbers and get depressurized and repressurized.

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Re: FAQ - Bubble Fast Neutron Detector

Post by badflash » Sat Jan 08, 2005 4:44 am

Just ordered mine. It shouldn't be long now before I can try it out...

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Re: FAQ - Bubble Fast Neutron Detector

Post by Richard Hull » Wed Jan 25, 2006 5:24 pm

************* UPDATE 2006 ***********************

BTI now has a minimum order of $300.00 of their product!

The BTI model BD100R (33 bubble/mrem) detector is still $75.00 each meaning you must order 4 or more.

In addition the shipping and US/CANADA boarder transport fee and handling fee is on the order of $150.00 (this is for one or four dosimeters). What the hell ever happened to the joy and promise of NAFTA that Clinton pushed through? Seems like that little short dude Ross Perot was right........ Nafta would ultimately only allow jobs and massed units of cheap products to go over the boarders unfettered, but not personal american one off goods. (screwed again).

In future, unless you can bring four guys in with you, figure on dumping about $450.00 for a bubble detector dosimeter.

More sadness as no one wants to be saddled with only making $225.00 per order!

These still remain the best, most sensitive and cheapest fast neutron detectors out there, in spite of the new "ream your butt" pricing.

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Re: FAQ - Bubble Fast Neutron Detector

Post by longstreet » Wed Jan 25, 2006 10:30 pm

Oh, the graphics of that post! :)

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Re: FAQ - Bubble Fast Neutron Detector

Post by DaveC » Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:07 am

That is a shame about the minimum order and all the extra cost handling charges. Do you think there is any likelihood thesecould be made by amateurs?? The simplicity of measurement is especially attractive.... just the price is "off-putting".


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Re: FAQ - Bubble Fast Neutron Detector

Post by Richard Hull » Thu Jan 26, 2006 3:55 pm

I understand the principle of operation of the devices, but the minutia of their composition and calibration is key to the success and replication effort.

Even they can't manufacture precisely as they expend no little effort in "binning", (their term), the dosimeters following careful exposure to a fixed and well known fast neutron field. Each dosimeter responds differently and a bubble count will determine each one's characteristics, (bubbles/mrem), which seems to be stable over about two years, once properly exposed and binned.

Their defender model is ultra senstive and provides up to 1000 bubbles/mrem! Their latest catalog even details an ultra-defender that looks like a small dry chemical fire extinquisher in size and can sniff out miniscule fast neuts in seconds!!! (didn't enquire as to price.)

Their bizz is really geared up 300% with the war on terror as they offer a multitude of new products geared at detecting bomb grade materials in 1/10 gram quantities!

This surely makes onesie-twosie dosimeter orders a trival matter outside their scope of profit taking.

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Re: FAQ - Bubble Fast Neutron Detector

Post by Steven Sesselmann » Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:07 pm

I was reading further up this thread, that some of you are thinking how a
bubble dosimeter could be made. Does anyone know for sure what is in
them? What is the gel and more importantly what is the supercritical gas in
the gel? Could it be carbon dioxide?
Have you guys noticed extra fizz in your Coke while operating your fusor
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Re: FAQ - Bubble Fast Neutron Detector

Post by Robot_Maker20 » Sat May 17, 2008 5:56 pm

I gather there have been attempts to avoid the visual counting nightmare by detecting each bubble formation accoustically, with some kind of vibration detector attached to the gel container. Anyone here tried this?

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