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Subject: Re: clarification (Mass spec)
Date: Aug 18, 2:30 pm
Poster: Jim Lux

On Aug 18, 2:30 pm, Jim Lux wrote:

>Might not be as big a problem for a magnetic sector instrument. The speed would affect the calibration, and resolution.

And, of course, that's what I was thinking.. a magnetic sector instrument, with an array detector, so you get 100% probability of intercept (although detection prob might (will) be lower)...

A question might arise as to the distribution of ions inside the fusor while it's running. After all, you're down in a molecular flow area, so it's not like a tank of gas with an agitator. If you hang a mass spec off a port on the side of the reaction chamber, you may or may not pick up reaction products. I suppose that they're moving pretty fast after a fusion (i.e. not all the energy goes into the neutron).