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  1. Solar flare accelerated isotopes of hydrogen and helium. [observed by IMP-4 and IMP-5

    Anglin, J. D.; Dietrich, W. F.; Simpson, J. A.

    1973-01-01

    Measurements of solar flare hydrogen, deuterium, tritium, helium-3, and helium-4 in the energy range approximately 10 to 50 MeV per nucleon obtained with instrumentation on the IMP-4 and IMP-5 satellites are reported and studies based on these results which place several constraints on theories of solar flare particle acceleration are discussed. A brief review of previous work and the difficulties in studying the rare isotopes of hydrogen and helium is also included. Particular emphasis is placed on the fact that the information to be obtained from the solar flare products of high energy interactions is not available through either solar wind observations where both the acceleration mechanism and the coronal source of the nuclear species are different, or optical measurements of solar active regions.

  2. Production of helium projectile fragments in 16O-emulsion interactions at 4.5 A GeV/c

    Zhang Dong-Hai; Li Zhen-Yu; Li Jun-Sheng; Wu Feng-Juan

    2004-01-01

    The measurements of partial production cross sections of the multiple helium projectile fragments emitted at 4.5A GeV/c 16O-Em interactions are reported. We have studied the production rate of helium projectile fragments due to fragmentation of 16O ions and compared it with that obtained from different projectiles at various energies. The dependence of on the mass number of the incident beams is formulated. The multiplicity distributions of the helium fragments produced in 16O-Em interactions at different energies exhibit Koba-Nielson-Olesen (KNO) scaling.The correlation of helium projectile fragments and target fragments is also investigated and it is found that the average of target fragments is increased with the decrease of the number of helium fragments in peripheral interactions.

  3. Penetration Characteristics of Air, Carbon Dioxide and Helium Transverse Sonic Jets in Mach 5 Cross Flow

    Erinc Erdem

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available An experimental investigation of sonic air, CO2 and Helium transverse jets in Mach 5 cross flow was carried out over a flat plate. The jet to freestream momentum flux ratio, J, was kept the same for all gases. The unsteady flow topology was examined using high speed schlieren visualisation and PIV. Schlieren visualisation provided information regarding oscillating jet shear layer structures and bow shock, Mach disc and barrel shocks. Two-component PIV measurements at the centreline, provided information regarding jet penetration trajectories. Barrel shocks and Mach disc forming the jet boundary were visualised/quantified also jet penetration boundaries were determined. Even though J is kept the same for all gases, the penetration patterns were found to be remarkably different both at the nearfield and the farfield. Air and CO2 jet resulted similar nearfield and farfield penetration pattern whereas Helium jet spread minimal in the nearfield.

  4. Commissioning report of the MuCool 5 Tesla solenoid coupled with helium refrigerator

    Geynisman, Michael; /Fermilab

    2010-05-01

    MuCool 5T solenoid was successfully cooled down and operated coupled with MTA 'Brown' refrigerator. The system performed as designed with substantial performance margin. All process alarms and interlocks, as well as ODH and fire alarms, were active and performed as designed. The cooldown of the refrigerator started from warm conditions and took 44 hours to accumulate liquid helium level and solenoid temperature below 5K. Average liquid nitrogen consumption for the refrigerator precool and solenoid shield was measured as 20 gal/hr (including boil-off). Helium losses were small (below 30 scfh). The system was stable and with sufficient margin of performance and ran stably without wet expansion engine. Quench response demonstrated proper operation of the relieving devices and pointed to necessity of improving tightness of the relieving manifolds. Boil-off test demonstrated average heat load of 3 Watts for the unpowered solenoid. The solenoid can stay up to 48 hours cold and minimally filled if the nitrogen shield is maintained. A list of improvements includes commencing into operations the second helium compressor and completion of improvements and tune-ups for system efficiency.

  5. Antiprotonic helium

    Eades, John

    2005-01-01

    An exotic atom in w hich an electron and an antiproton orbit a helium nucleus could reveal if there are any differences between matter and antimatter. The author describes this unusual mirror on the antiworld (5 pages)

  6. Development efforts on helium vessel for 5 cell - 650 MHz SRF cavity at RRCAT

    The work focuses on the development of helium vessel which houses a 5 cell - 650 MHz SRF niobium cavity and serves as a helium bath to maintain the cavity at 2 K. The vessel has provision for changing the axial length of the cavity for tuning purpose by using a tuning mechanism and a large bellow. Titanium has been chosen as a material of construction of the vessel due to its coefficient of thermal expansion being close to that of niobium. Efforts have been initiated to understand the functional requirements, design requirements, acceptance criteria for design and analysis, non-destructive examination requirements, inspection and testing requirements, manufacturing technology of the titanium vessel and its integration with the SRF cavity. The welding assumes a special significance as titanium is highly reactive and ductility of the weld joint is lost in the presence of air and other impurities. A trial vessel has been conceptualised having typical sizes and geometries. The manufacturing features of vessel are based on ASME B and PV Code, Section VIII Division-1 and manufacturing of this vessel has been started at an Indian industry. Quality assurance plan for this work is developed. The paper describes the work done at RRCAT on the functional and integration requirements, overall design requirements, design methodology to achieve code conformance, manufacturing technology and QAP being used in the development of helium vessel. (author)

  7. Properties of V-(8-9)Cr-(5-6)Ti alloys irradiated in the dynamic helium charging experiment

    Chung, H.M.; Nowicki, L.; Smith, D.L. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1996-10-01

    In the Dynamic Helium Charging Experiment (DHCE), helium was produced uniformly in vanadium alloy specimens by the decay of tritium during irradiation to 18-31 dpa at 425-600{degrees}C in lithium-filled capsules in the Fast Flux Test Facility. This report presents results of postirradiation tests of tensile properties and density change in V-8Cr-6Ti and V-9Cr-5Ti. Compared to tensile properties of the alloys irradiated in the non-DHCE (helium generation negligible), the effect of helium on tensile strength and ductility of V-8Cr-6Ti and V-9Cr-5Ti was insignificant after irradiation and testing at 420, 500, and 600{degrees}C. Both alloys retained a total elongation of >11 % at these temperatures. Density change was <0.48% for both alloys.

  8. Thermal-hydraulic system study of a high pressure, high temperature helium loop using RELAP5-3D code

    Highlights: ► A thermal-hydraulic system analysis for a high pressure, high temperature helium loop has been investigated. ► The loop belongs to the Helium Loop Karlsruhe (HELOKA) facility, which contains the European Helium Cooled Pebble Beds Test Blanket Module (HCPB TBM) as the test module. ► The loop including all components has been modeled using the system code REALP5-3D, and the main control strategy has been implemented as well. ► With this model, the loop dynamics in conditions relevant for blanket module operation have been demonstrated. - Abstract: The thermal-hydraulic system analysis for the Helium Loop Karlsruhe (HELOKA) facility, a high pressure, high temperature experimental helium loop having the European Helium Cooled Pebble Beds Test Blanket Module (HCPB TBM) as the test module, was investigated. Using the system code REALP5-3D, all components in the loop are modeled as well as the main control strategy. With this model, the loop dynamics in conditions relevant for blanket module operation are simulated and analyzed.

  9. Single electron capture in collisions of Nq+ (q =5, 6, 7)ions with helium

    Wang Fei; Wang Miao-Miao

    2011-01-01

    Close-coupling calculations are carried out for cross sections of the single electron capture in collisions of Nq+(q=5,6,7) ions with helium atoms in the collision velocity range from 0.3 a.u.to 1.8 a.u.The relative importances of the single ionization (SI) to the single capture (SC) are investigated for the Nq+(q =5,6,7) projectiles,respectively.The SI/SC cross section ratio for the N7+ projectile obtained from our calculations is in excellent agreement with the experimental data.The ratio curves also show us distinct behaviours when the charge of the projectile is different.The partial electron capture cross sections for different projectiles indicate that the electron on the target He atom tends to be captured by the projectile into its lower orbital of the outer shell with the decreasing projectile charge.

  10. Floating Pressure Conversion and Equipment Upgrades of Two 3.5kw, 20k, Helium Refrigerators

    Homan, Jonathan; Linza, Robert; Garcia, Sam; Vargas, Gerardo; Lauterbach, John; Ganni, Venkatarao (Rao); Sidi-Yekhlef, Ahmed; Creel, Jonathan; Norton, Robert; Urbin, John; Howe, Don

    2008-01-01

    Two helium refrigerators, each rated for 3.5KW at 20K, are used at NASA s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Building No. 32 to provide cryo-pumping within two large thermal-vacuum chambers. These refrigerators were originally commissioned in 1996. Equipment refurbishment and upgrades to the controls of these refrigerators were recently completed. This paper describes some of the mechanical and control issues that necessitated the equipment refurbishment and controls change-over. It will describe the modifications and the new process control which allows the refrigerators to take advantage of the Ganni Cycle "floating pressure" control technology. The upgrades -- the controls philosophy change-over to the floating pressure control technology and the newly refurbished equipment -- have greatly improved the performance, stability, and efficiency of these two refrigerators. The upgrades have also given the operators more information and details about the operational status of the main components (compressors, expanders etc.) of the refrigerators at all operating conditions (i.e.: at various loads in the vacuum chambers). Capabilities, configuration, and performance data pre, and post, upgrading will be presented.

  11. A 6 kW at 4.5 K helium refrigerator for CERN's Cryogenic Test Station

    For purposes of testing the present LEP superconducting resonant cavities and the future LHC magnets, CERN built a test station the cryogenic power of which is presently supplied by a dedicated 6 kW at 4.5 K helium refrigerator. The thermodynamic cycle is discussed and special emphasis is put on a new cryogenic expansion turbine operating in the liquid phase. Information is given about: the cycle screw compressors' performances, the general performance of the refrigerator, the expected efficiency enhancement due to the liquid turbine, an off-design turn down operation

  12. π-Helium-4 scattering experiment at 5GeV/c. Data processing

    The context of this work is an experiment realised at CERN, with the object to search pre-existing isobaric states in helium nucleus, by means of the study of scattering reactions of π- with simultaneous observation of recoil nucleus (3He or 3H) and forward pion. In this work, only the study of recoil detectors is done. This one, described with many details consists of a set of four wire chamber planes, two planes of semiconductors and two scintillators planes. The performances of this set of detectors are presented in regard to identification of recoil particle, energy and recoil angle measurements. A 'missing mass' analysis of the events of the experiment is done. Preliminary results of elastic and inelastic scattering are given. For elastic scattering a qualitative comparison is done with the multiple scattering Glauber formalism

  13. Effect of helium and DPA's on tensile properties of V-5Ti and V-3Ti-1Si

    Specimens of the alloys V-5Ti and V-3Ti-1Si were irradiated in a mixed-spectrum fission reactor in reactor grade liquid sodium to a fast neutron fluence of 3.8 x 1025m-2 (E>0.1 MeV), which corresponds to 6.2 dpa. Irradiation temperatures were 500, 600 and 700 deg C. Some of the specimens were pre-injected with helium to 100 appm at approx 50 deg C by means of a cyclotron. In addition, part of the specimens were doped with boron-10 to concentrations of 100 and 600 appm. Tensile testing, at temperatures equal to the irradiation temperatures and at a strain rate of 10-4 s-1, showed an increase in strength and reduced elongation at 500 deg C and to a lesser extent at 600 deg C. These changes are caused by displacement damage. Helium, pre-injected as well as produced by transmutation of boron-10, did not have a significant influence on the tensile properties. Cavities seen in the irradiated materials at low concentrations, were not preferentially located on grain boundaries. There was no apparent deleterious effect of lithium, which is also a transmutation product of boron-10. (author). 12 refs.; 8 figs.; 3 tabs

  14. Liquid helium

    Atkins, K R

    1959-01-01

    Originally published in 1959 as part of the Cambridge Monographs on Physics series, this book addresses liquid helium from the dual perspectives of statistical mechanics and hydrodynamics. Atkins looks at both Helium Three and Helium Four, as well as the properties of a combination of the two isotopes. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of science and the study of one of the universe's most fundamental elements.

  15. Helium cryogenics

    Van Sciver, Steven W

    2012-01-01

    Twenty five years have elapsed since the original publication of Helium Cryogenics. During this time, a considerable amount of research and development involving helium fluids has been carried out culminating in several large-scale projects. Furthermore, the field has matured through these efforts so that there is now a broad engineering base to assist the development of future projects. Helium Cryogenics, 2nd edition brings these advances in helium cryogenics together in an updated form. As in the original edition, the author's approach is to survey the field of cryogenics with emphasis on helium fluids. This approach is more specialized and fundamental than that contained in other cryogenics books, which treat the associated range of cryogenic fluids. As a result, the level of treatment is more advanced and assumes a certain knowledge of fundamental engineering and physics principles, including some quantum mechanics. The goal throughout the work is to bridge the gap between the physics and engineering aspe...

  16. High nuclear polarization of helium-3 at low and high pressure by metastability exchange optical pumping at 1.5 Tesla

    Abboud, M; Maitre, X; Tastevin, G; Nacher, P J; Abboud, Marie; Sinatra, Alice; Maitre, Xavier; Tastevin, Genevieve; Nacher, Pierre-Jean

    2003-01-01

    We perform metastability exchange optical pumping of helium-3 in a strong magnetic field of 1.5 T. The achieved nuclear polarization, from 80% at 1.33 mbar to 25% at 67 mbar, shows a substantial improvement at high pressures with respect to standard low-field optical pumping. The specific mechanisms of metastability exchange optical pumping at high field are investigated, advantages and intrinsic limitations are discussed. From a practical point of view, our results open the way to alternative technological solutions for polarized helium-3 applications and in particular for magnetic resonance imaging of human lungs.

  17. Does One Need a 4.5 K Screen in Cryostats of Superconducting Accelerator Devices Operating in Superfluid Helium? Lessons from the LHC

    Lebrun, Ph; Tavian, L

    2014-01-01

    Superfluid helium is increasingly used as a coolant for superconducting devices in particle accelerators: the lower temperature enhances the performance of superconductors in high-field magnets and reduces BCS losses in RF acceleration cavities, while the excellent transport properties of superfluid helium can be put to work in efficient distributed cooling systems. The thermodynamic penalty of operating at lower temperature however requires careful management of the heat loads, achieved inter alia through proper design and construction of the cryostats. A recurrent question appears to be that of the need and practical feasibility of an additional screen cooled by normal helium at around 4.5 K surrounding the cold mass at about 2 K, in such cryostats equipped with a standard 80 K screen. We introduce the issue in terms of first principles applied to the configuration of the cryostats, discuss technical constraints and economical limitations, and illustrate the argumentation with examples taken from large proj...

  18. Effect of dynamically charged helium on tensile properties of V-5Ti, V-4Cr-4Ti, and V-3Ti-1Si

    Chung, H.M.; Loomis, B.A.; Nowicki, L.; Smith, D.L. [Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, IL (United States)

    1996-04-01

    In the Dynamic Helium Charging Experiment (DHCE), helium was produced uniformly in the specimen at linear rates of {approx}0.4 to 4.2 appm He/dpa by the decay of tritium during irradiation to 18-31 dpa at 424-600{degrees}C in the lithium-filled DHCE capsules in the Fast Flux Test Facility. This report presents results of postirradiation tests of tensile properties of V-5Ti, V-4Cr-4Ti, V-3Ti-1Si. The effect of helium on tensile strength and ductility was insignificant after irradiation and testing at >420{degrees}C. Contrary to initial expectation, room temperature ductility of DHCE specimens was higher than that on non-DHCE specimens, whereas strength was lower, indicating that different types of hardening centers are produced during DHCE and non-DHCE irradiation. In strong contrast to results of tritium-trick experiments, in which dense coalescence of helium bubbles is produced on grain boundaries in the absence of displacement damage, no intergranular fracture was observed in any tensile specimens irradiated in the DHCE.

  19. Fast leak of a channel filled with helium at a pressure of 2 bars (channel H5)

    The loss of seal of a helium-filled channel opening the entire cross section of the front part leads to a fast leak. The channel fills to the upper generatrix of the leak orifice and part of the helium contained in the channel escapes into the circuit. The pressure drop in the reflector can lead to reactor and main pump shutdown. On the other hand, the Cooling Circuit Shutdown Bar circuit pumps remain in operation. This paper evaluates the consequences of an incident of this nature for the reactor and the surrounding experimental zones

  20. Helium cryopumping for fusion applications

    Large quantities of helium and hydrogen isotopes will be exhausted continuously from fusion power reactors. This paper summarizes two development programs undertaken to address vacuum pumping for this application: (i) A continuous duty cryopump for pumping helium and/or hydrogen species using charcoal sorbent and (ii) a cryopump configuration with an alternative shielding arrangement using charcoal sorbent or argon spray. A test program evaluated automatic pumping of helium, helium pumping by charcoal cryosorption and with argon spray, and cryosorption of helium/hydrogen mixtures. The continuous duty cryopump pumped helium continuously and conveniently. Helium pumping speed was 7.7 l/s/cm2 of charcoal, compared to 5.8 l/s/cm2 for the alternative pump. Helium speed using argon spray was 18% of that obtained by charcoal cryosorption in the same (W-panel) pump. During continuous duty cryopump mixture tests with helium and hydrogen copumped on charcoal, gas was released sporadically. Testing was insufficient to explain this unacceptable event

  1. Transient characteristic analyses of ex-vessel coolant pipe break for Chinese helium-cooled solid breeder TBM based on RELAP5 code

    Chinese helium-cooled solid breeder (CH HCSB) test blanket module (TBM) with helium cooling system and secondary cooling water system was modeled and thermal-hydraulic behavior and safety performance of the system were assessed using the RELAP5/MOD3.4 code. According to the accident sequences of ITER accident analysis specification for TBM, the transient analysis of the design basis ex-vessel coolant pipe break accident was carried out. The influences of different break locations, leak areas and plasma shutdown processes on the first wall of TBM were compared. The results indicate that it is much more danger when the pipe break occurs at the downstream side of the helium circulator compared with that at upstream side. The results also show that the accident consequence is worse in case of smaller area break than that in case of larger area break. In case of much more severe accident that the ex-vessel break leads to the break of TBM the first wall, the results reveal that the decay heat can be removed to cool down TBM by natural circulation and radiation. The first wall melting can be avoided if the method to shutdown plasma within 3 seconds in case of ex-vessel break is adopted. (authors)

  2. Metastability Exchange Optical Pumping of Helium-3 at High Pressures and 1.5 T: Comparison of two Optical Pumping Transitions

    Abboud, Marie; Sinatra, Alice; Tastevin, Geneviève; Nacher, Pierre-Jean; Maître, Xavier

    2005-01-01

    4 pages; proceeding 13th international laser physics workshop LasPhys'04, Trieste, July 12-16 2004 At low magnetic field, metastability exchange optical pumping of helium-3 is known to provide high nuclear polarizations for pressures around 1 mbar. In a recent paper, we demonstrated that operating at 1.5 T can significantly improve the results of metastability exchange optical pumping at high pressures. Here, we compare the performances of two different optical pumping lines at 1.5 T, and ...

  3. Helium behaviour in nuclear glasses

    The present thesis focuses on the study of helium behavior in R7T7 nuclear waste glass. Helium is generated by the minor actinides alpha decays incorporated in the glass matrix. Therefore, four types of materials were used in this work. These are non radioactive R7T7 glasses saturated with helium under pressure, glasses implanted with 3He+ ions, glasses doped with curium and glasses irradiated in nuclear reactor. The study of helium solubility in saturated R7T7 glass has shown that helium atoms are inserted in the glass free volume. The results yielded a solubility of about 1016 at. cm-3 atm.-1. The incorporation limit of helium in this type of glass has been determined; its value amounted to about 2*1021 at. cm-3, corresponding to 2.5 at.%. Diffusion studies have shown that the helium migration is controlled by the single population dissolved in the glass free volume. An ideal diffusion model was used to simulate the helium release data which allowed to determine diffusion coefficients obeying to the following Arrhenius law: D = D0exp(-Ea/kBT), where D0 = 2.2*10-2 and 5.4*10-3 cm2 s-1 and Ea = 0.61 eV for the helium saturated and the curium doped glass respectively. These results reflect a thermally activated diffusion mechanism which seems to be not influenced by the glass radiation damage and helium concentrations studied in the present work (up to 8*1019 at. g-1, corresponding to 0.1 at.%). Characterizations of the macroscopic, structural and microstructural properties of glasses irradiated in nuclear reactor did not reveal any impact associated with the presence of helium at high concentrations. The observed modifications i.e. a swelling of 0.7 %, a decrease in hardness by 38 %, an increase between 8 and 34 % of the fracture toughness and a stabilization of the glass structure under irradiation, were attributed to the glass nuclear damage induced by the irradiation in reactor. Characterizations by SEM and TEM of R7T7 glasses implanted with helium at high

  4. Effects of helium on titanium films and the helium diffusion

    SONG YingMin; LUO ShunZhong; LONG XingGui; AN Zhu; LIU Ning; PANG HongChao; WU XingChun; YANG BenFu; ZHENG SiXiao

    2008-01-01

    Using direct current-magnetron sputtering, Helium-trapped Ti films with a He/Ar mixture was studied. The relative helium content, helium depth profiles for the Ti films and crystallization capacity were analyzed by Enhanced Proton Backscattering Spectrometry (EPBS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It was found that helium diffusion enhanced as more helium trapping into Ti films, and the He holding ratios were 95.9%, 94.9%, 93.9%, 82.8% when the Ti films with the He/Ti of concentrations of 9.7 at.Q, 19.5 at.Q, 19.7 at.Q, 48.3 at.% were measured again 4 months later, respectively. The diffraction peaks be-came weak and wider, the peak of (002) plane was shifted to smaller diffraction angles and the relevant interplanar spacing d(hkl) increased gradually as more helium trapping into Ti films. The main peak was made trending to the (101) plane by both higher deposition temperature and more helium trapping.

  5. Liquid hydrogen target cooled by circulating helium

    Structure and characteristics of a liquid hydrogen target, where hydrogen is liquefied with liquid helium flow using evaporation heat of liquid helium and vapour cold, are described. Good thermal insulation of liquid helium supply line permits to remove out of the target the most volumetric and heavy component - helium tank - and to supply liquid helium along spreaded pipeline from the Dewar helium flask. It results in considerable reduction of dimensions and weight, the structure simplification and work facilitation with the target. The target having a working volume of 400 mm length and 60 mm diameter was tested. Vacuum casing of the working volume was made of foam plastic, heat flow to the working volume is equal to 1.5 W. Achieving mode of operation including structure cooling and hydrogen liquefaction took approximately 3 h, liquid helium flow rate for liquefaction of 1 l hydrogen is 2.7 l. Liquid helium flow rate in the mode of operation was equal to 0.7 l/h, i.e. target operation period without adding liquid helium to the Dewar flask is 4-5 days. The target described is notable for simplicity in fabrication, reliability in operation and is very suitable for using in experiment as compared to existing targets with hydrogen liquefaction with liquid helium. Unit structure of the target enables to easily change its configuration relative to problems of concrete physical experiment

  6. Ionized helium afterglow study

    In order to take into account the characteristics of ionized helium, under relaxation conditions, in the determination of the unknown coefficients of the reaction rates and more particularly those of the recombination of H2+ ions, a method has been developed which consists in recovering, using a system of differential equations with coupled partial derivatives, the set of all the physical quantities which can at the moment be measured as a function of time in a helium after-discharge. The energy balance of the maxwellian electrons and the speed distribution function of the electrons were studied in details and calculated as a function of time and location in space. The non-maxwellian electrons were included in the calculations. Measurements were made over a large range of experimental conditions using 5 different diagnoses: UHF interferometry in the X band, UHF radiometry in the X band, mass spectrometry, optical absorption spectrometry and optical emission spectrometry. All experimental data, obtained at 293 deg K and at seven different pressures ranging from 5 to 100 Torr were perfectly reproduced by the proposed system of differential equations, with the same reaction rate coefficients and the same constants. The method developed here gives a complete solution for the helium after-discharge at room temperature over a wide range of experimental conditions. It underlines the important reactions within the ionized gas, gives the absolute value and the dependences of the electron-He2+ ion recombination coefficient and allows the determination of the elementary mechanisms causing these dependences. It also gives the coefficients and the reaction rates of all the other elementary mechanisms which, besides recombination, determine the relaxation of ionized helium

  7. Helium in inert matrix dispersion fuels

    The behaviour of helium, an important decay product in the transmutation chains of actinides, in dispersion-type inert matrix fuels is discussed. A phenomenological description of its accumulation and release in CERCER and CERMET fuel is given. A summary of recent He-implantation studies with inert matrix metal oxides (ZrO2, MgAl2O4, MgO and Al2O3) is presented. A general picture is that for high helium concentrations helium and vacancy defects form helium clusters which convert into over-pressurized bubbles. At elevated temperature helium is released from the bubbles. On some occasions thermal stable nano-cavities or nano-pores remain. On the basis of these results the consequences for helium induced swelling and helium storage in oxide matrices kept at 800-1000 deg. C will be discussed. In addition, results of He-implantation studies for metal matrices (W, Mo, Nb and V alloys) will be presented. Introduction of helium in metals at elevated temperatures leads to clustering of helium to bubbles. When operational temperatures are higher than 0.5 melting temperature, swelling and helium embrittlement might occur

  8. Orion A helium abundance

    The 22.4-GHz (H,He)66-alpha and 36.5-GHz (H,He)56-alpha radio recombination lines have been observed at several Jaffe-Pankonin positions in the central part of the Orion A source. The measured relative abundance of ionized helium increases with distance, averaging 11.6 percent at peripheral points. The observed behavior is interpreted by a blister-type model nebula, which implies that Orion A has a true He abundance of 12 percent, is moving with a radial velocity of 5 km/sec, and is expanding. 18 references

  9. Standard Guide for Simulation of Helium Effects in Irradiated Metals

    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    1996-01-01

    1.1 This guide provides advice for conducting experiments to investigate the effects of helium on the properties of metals where the technique for introducing the helium differs in some way from the actual mechanism of introduction of helium in service. Simulation techniques considered for introducing helium shall include charged particle implantation, exposure to α-emitting radioisotopes, and tritium decay techniques. Procedures for the analysis of helium content and helium distribution within the specimen are also recommended. 1.2 Two other methods for introducing helium into irradiated materials are not covered in this guide. They are the enhancement of helium production in nickel-bearing alloys by spectral tailoring in mixed-spectrum fission reactors, and isotopic tailoring in both fast and mixed-spectrum fission reactors. These techniques are described in Refs (1-5). Dual ion beam techniques (6) for simultaneously implanting helium and generating displacement damage are also not included here. This lat...

  10. Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) Project Cask and MCO Helium Purge System Design Review Completion Report - Project A.5 and A.6

    This report documents the results of the design verification performed on the Cask and Multiple Canister Over-pack (MCO) Helium Purge System. The helium purge system is part of the Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) Project Cask Loadout System (CLS) at 100K area. The design verification employed the ''Independent Review Method'' in accordance with Administrative Procedure (AP) EN-6-027-01

  11. Helium anion formation inside helium droplets

    Jabbour Al Maalouf, Elias; Reitshammer, Julia; Ribar, Anita; Scheier, Paul; Denifl, Stephan

    2016-07-01

    The formation of He∗- is examined with improved electron energy resolution of about 100 meV utilizing a hemispherical electron monochromator. The work presented provides a precise determination of the three previously determined resonance peak positions that significantly contribute to the formation of He∗- inside helium nanodroplets in the energy range from 20 eV to 29.5 eV. In addition, a new feature is identified located at 27.69 ± 0.18 eV that we assign to the presence of O2 as a dopant inside the droplet. With increasing droplet size a small blue shift of the resonance positions is observed. Also for the relatively low electron currents used in the present study (i.e., 15-70 nA) a quadratic dependence of the He∗- ion yield on the electron current is observed.

  12. Electrons at helium interfaces

    Leiderer, Paul

    1984-01-01

    Two-dimensional layers of charges trapped at the boundaries between the various helium phases strongly interact with these interfaces at high electric fields. The coupling, which leads to an electrohydrodynamic instability, provides new methods for studying helium properties.

  13. Metallic helium in massive planets

    Stevenson, David J.

    2008-01-01

    In this issue of PNAS, Stixrude and Jeanloz (4) show that band closure in pure helium occurs at lower pressures than previously thought, provided the effect of high temperatures is taken into account. This suggests that helium behaves as a metal, at least at the highest pressures encountered in Jupiter and perhaps over a wider range of pressures in the many, often much hotter, planets of Jupiter’s mass and larger that are now evidently common in the universe (5). The full thermodynamic and tr...

  14. Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) Project Cask and MCO Helium Purge System Design Review Completion Report Project A.5 and A.6

    ARD, K.E.

    2000-04-19

    This report documents the results of the design verification performed on the Cask and Multiple Canister Over-pack (MCO) Helium Purge System. The helium purge system is part of the Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) Project Cask Loadout System (CLS) at 100K area. The design verification employed the ''Independent Review Method'' in accordance with Administrative Procedure (AP) EN-6-027-01.

  15. Direct photoionization of excited helium

    The sensitivity of direct photoionization characteristics of the excited helium to the inclusion of the closed channels and to the choice of the structure models of the continuum and initial states in an energy region below the resonances converging to the second threshold is investigated. 37 refs.; 6 figs.; 5 tabs

  16. Helium anion formation inside helium droplets

    Maalouf, Elias Jabbour Al; Reitshammer, Julia; Ribar, Anita; Scheier, Paul; Denifl, Stephan

    2016-07-01

    The formation of He∗- is examined with improved electron energy resolution of about 100 meV utilizing a hemispherical electron monochromator. The work presented provides a precise determination of the three previously determined resonance peak positions that significantly contribute to the formation of He∗- inside helium nanodroplets in the energy range from 20 eV to 29.5 eV. In addition, a new feature is identified located at 27.69 ± 0.18 eV that we assign to the presence of O2 as a dopant inside the droplet. With increasing droplet size a small blue shift of the resonance positions is observed. Also for the relatively low electron currents used in the present study (i.e., 15-70 nA) a quadratic dependence of the He∗- ion yield on the electron current is observed. Contribution to the Topical Issue "Advances in Positron and Electron Scattering", edited by Paulo Limao-Vieira, Gustavo Garcia, E. Krishnakumar, James Sullivan, Hajime Tanuma and Zoran Petrovic.

  17. Cooling with Superfluid Helium

    Lebrun, P

    2014-01-01

    The technical properties of helium II (‘superfluid’ helium) are presented in view of its applications to the cooling of superconducting devices, particularly in particle accelerators. Cooling schemes are discussed in terms of heat transfer performance and limitations. Large-capacity refrigeration techniques below 2 K are reviewed, with regard to thermodynamic cycles as well as process machinery. Examples drawn from existing or planned projects illustrate the presentation. Keywords: superfluid helium, cryogenics

  18. Antiprotonic Helium Atoms

    Kartavtsev, O. I.

    1995-01-01

    Metastable antiprotonic helium atoms $^{3,4}\\! H\\! e\\bar pe$ have been discovered recently in experiments of the delayed annihilation of antiprotons in helium media. These exotic atoms survive for an enormous time (about tens of microseconds) and carry the extremely large total angular momentum $L\\sim 30-40$. The theoretical treatment of the intrinsic properties of antiprotonic helium atoms, their formation and collisions with atoms and molecules is discussed.

  19. Behavior of helium bubble in helium-doped stainless steel weldment for nuclear power plant

    The behavior of helium bubble in helium-doped austenitic stainless steel weldment was investigated using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and numerical calculation technique. The stainless steel was helium ion-implanted and welded by YAG laser apparatus. Helium ion implanting to the sample was carried out using 8 MeV implantation apparatus. The sample was doped 1.0x1019 atoms/m2 at 5 MeV and then doped 2.45x1019 atoms/m2 at 6 MeV. The region where helium bubbles formed in the heat-affected zone increased with increasing laser power. For low laser power, the helium concentration was above 10 appm in the weld metal and many large helium bubbles larger than 3 μm in diameter were observed at the bond region. The volume of weld metal increased and the size of helium bubble decreased with increasing laser power respectively. Number of fine helium bubbles below 0.1 μm in diameter were observed along the dendrite cell boundary in the weld metal. The increases of laser power and travel speed led to the initiation of cracking at the dendrite cell boundary in the weld metal, even at 2.9 appmHe. (author)

  20. Helium bubble kinetics during laser welding of helium-doped stainless steel

    Helium is generated within neutron-irradiated reactor components and entrapped in the stainless steel components. The repair of the components using conventional GTA welding practices is then exceedingly difficult, because of the creation of helium bubbles and weld cracking. In this research, the behavior of helium bubbles in austenitic stainless steel weldments was investigated using stainless steel helium ion-implanted and then welded using YAG Laser apparatus. Helium ion implanting of the sample was carried out using 8MeV implantation apparatus, the sample being doped 2.45χ1019/m2 at 6MeV and then doped 1χ1019/m2 at 5MeV. Helium bubbles are present at the bond region, heat-affected zone and weld metal. An increase of weld heat input causes the growth of helium bubbles and produce toe cracks and cracks along the dendrite cell boundary in the weld metal. The helium bubble phenomena can be simulated in the weld metal and in the heat-affected zone during repair welding using helium ion implanting technique. (author)

  1. The bending of the proton plus helium flux in primary cosmic rays measured by the ARGO-YBJ experiment in the energy range from 20 TeV to 5 PeV

    Montini, P

    2016-01-01

    The measurement of proton plus helium and all-particle energy spectra in the range $20\\,$ TeV to $5 \\,$PeV and $80 \\,$TeV to $5 \\,$PeV respectively are presented. Data taken by the ARGO-YBJ detector in the 2010 year have been analyzed. The ARGO-YBJ experiment (Tibet, P. R. China) has been taking data for more than five years by means of a full-coverage array of RPC detectors. The discrimination between showers produced by light and heavy primaries has been performed by looking at the lateral particle density close to the core region. A Bayesian unfolding technique was therefore applied to the measured quantities in order to evaluate the cosmic ray energy spectrum. The proton plus helium spectrum clearly shows a bending at about $1 \\,$PeV, while the all-particle spectrum is consistent with previous observations.

  2. Helium refrigeration considerations for cryomodule design

    Many of the present day accelerators are based on superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities, packaged in cryo-modules (CM), which depend on helium refrigeration at sub-atmospheric pressures, nominally 2 K. These specialized helium refrigeration systems are quite cost intensive to produce and operate. Particularly as there is typically no work extraction below the 4.5-K supply, it is important that the exergy loss between this temperature level and the CM load temperature(s) be minimized by the process configuration choices. This paper will present, compare and discuss several possible helium distribution process arrangements to support the CM loads

  3. Helium the disappearing element

    Sears, Wheeler M

    2015-01-01

    The subject of the book is helium, the element, and its use in myriad applications including MRI machines, particle accelerators, space telescopes, and of course balloons and blimps. It was at the birth of our Universe, or the Big Bang, where the majority of cosmic helium was created; and stellar helium production continues. Although helium is the second most abundant element in the Universe, it is actually quite rare here on Earth and only exists because of radioactive elements deep within the Earth. This book includes a detailed history of the discovery of helium, of the commercial industry built around it, how the helium we actually encounter is produced within the Earth, and the state of the helium industry today. The gas that most people associate with birthday party balloons is running out. “Who cares?” you might ask. Well, without helium, MRI machines could not function, rockets could not go into space, particle accelerators such as those used by CERN could not operate, fiber optic cables would not...

  4. Peculiarities of helium bubble formation and helium behavior in vanadium alloys of different chemical composition

    Staltsov, M.S.; Chernov, I.I.; Kalin, B.A.; Oo, Kyi Zin; Polyansky, A.A.; Staltsova, O.S.; Aung, Kyaw Zaw [National Research Nuclear University “Moscow Engineering Physics Institute”, Moscow (Russian Federation); Chernov, V.M.; Potapenko, M.M. [A.A. Bochvar High-Technology Research Institute of Inorganic Materials, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2015-06-15

    The influence of alloying of vanadium by Ti and Fe on helium bubble formation, gaseous swelling and helium release peculiarities is investigated by means of transmission electron microscopy and helium thermal desorption spectrometry (HTDS). The samples were irradiated by 40 keV He{sup +} ions up to a fluence of 5 ⋅ 10{sup 20} m{sup −2} at 293 and 923 K. It is found that large faceted pores/bubbles are formed in pure vanadium and it has the highest gaseous swelling. Alloying by any used quantity of Ti (from 0.1 up to 10 wt.%) or Fe (from 1 up to 10 wt.%) essentially decreases the helium swelling. The effect of alloying of vanadium by Ti on the bubble sizes and the helium swelling is nonmonotonic. The density of bubbles increases significantly and their sizes and swelling grow monotonically with increasing the Fe content in vanadium. With low-temperature helium implantation, alloying of V by Ti shifts the HTDS peaks to higher temperatures and the temperatures of peaks are decreased with increasing the Fe concentration. A significant portion of the helium releases in a high-temperature area beyond the main peak temperatures in the HTDS spectra. It is assumed that this is caused by formation of helium bubbles on the surfaces of incoherent particles of secondary phases (oxides, nitrides), having high binding energies with these particles.

  5. Peculiarities of helium bubble formation and helium behavior in vanadium alloys of different chemical composition

    The influence of alloying of vanadium by Ti and Fe on helium bubble formation, gaseous swelling and helium release peculiarities is investigated by means of transmission electron microscopy and helium thermal desorption spectrometry (HTDS). The samples were irradiated by 40 keV He+ ions up to a fluence of 5 ⋅ 1020 m−2 at 293 and 923 K. It is found that large faceted pores/bubbles are formed in pure vanadium and it has the highest gaseous swelling. Alloying by any used quantity of Ti (from 0.1 up to 10 wt.%) or Fe (from 1 up to 10 wt.%) essentially decreases the helium swelling. The effect of alloying of vanadium by Ti on the bubble sizes and the helium swelling is nonmonotonic. The density of bubbles increases significantly and their sizes and swelling grow monotonically with increasing the Fe content in vanadium. With low-temperature helium implantation, alloying of V by Ti shifts the HTDS peaks to higher temperatures and the temperatures of peaks are decreased with increasing the Fe concentration. A significant portion of the helium releases in a high-temperature area beyond the main peak temperatures in the HTDS spectra. It is assumed that this is caused by formation of helium bubbles on the surfaces of incoherent particles of secondary phases (oxides, nitrides), having high binding energies with these particles

  6. Helium behaviour in implanted boron carbide

    Motte Vianney

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available When boron carbide is used as a neutron absorber in nuclear power plants, large quantities of helium are produced. To simulate the gas behaviour, helium implantations were carried out in boron carbide. The samples were then annealed up to 1500 °C in order to observe the influence of temperature and duration of annealing. The determination of the helium diffusion coefficient was carried out using the 3He(d,p4He nuclear reaction (NRA method. From the evolution of the width of implanted 3He helium profiles (fluence 1 × 1015/cm2, 3 MeV corresponding to a maximum helium concentration of about 1020/cm3 as a function of annealing temperatures, an Arrhenius diagram was plotted and an apparent diffusion coefficient was deduced (Ea = 0.52 ± 0.11 eV/atom. The dynamic of helium clusters was observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM of samples implanted with 1.5 × 1016/cm2, 2.8 to 3 MeV 4He ions, leading to an implanted slab about 1 μm wide with a maximum helium concentration of about 1021/cm3. After annealing at 900 °C and 1100 °C, small (5–20 nm flat oriented bubbles appeared in the grain, then at the grain boundaries. At 1500 °C, due to long-range diffusion, intra-granular bubbles were no longer observed; helium segregates at the grain boundaries, either as bubbles or inducing grain boundaries opening.

  7. The Descending Helium Balloon

    Helseth, Lars Egil

    2014-01-01

    I describe a simple and fascinating experiment wherein helium leaks out of a rubber balloon, thereby causing it to descend. An estimate of the volumetric leakage rate is made by measuring its rate of descent.

  8. Laser spectroscopy of antiprotonic helium and pionic helium

    ASACUSA (Atomic Spectroscopy and Collisions Using Slow Antiproton) experiment of CERN has observed two-photon spectroscopy by making non-linear transitions of the antiprotons which have occupied highly excited levels. The metastable antiproton helium atoms are studied by irradiating two laser light photons propagating in the counter direction. As the result, the spectrum of narrow line width was observed by making the Doppler width of the resonant transition to decrease. And the anti-proton helium transition frequency was measured with the accuracy of (2.3∼5) X10-9. The mass ratio of the antiproton and the electron has been decided to be Mp/me =1836.152674(23) from the comparison of quantum electrodynamics calculation and the present experimental result. The pion-Helium experiment instrument has been also constructed at the ring cyclotron of PSI (Paul Sherer Institute) toward the successful laser spectroscopy of this atom. When this atom is observed, the π- mass can be obtained with the accuracy higher than 6∼8 orders of magnitude which may contribute to the direct measurement of the upper limit value of muon neutrino mass in the Particle Data Book Mass although various difficulties may be encountered. This report describes briefly the laser spectroscopy at first and then the recent situation of the experiments. (S. Funahashi)

  9. Helium mobility in advanced nuclear ceramics

    The main goal of this work is to improve our knowledge on the mechanisms able to drive the helium behaviour in transition metal carbides and nitrides submitted to thermal annealing or ion irradiation. TiC, TiN and ZrC polycrystals were implanted with 3 MeV 3He ions at room temperature in the fluence range 2 * 1015 et 6 * 1016 cm-2. Some of them have been pre-irradiated with self-ions (14 MeV Ti or Zr). Fully controlled thermal annealing tests were subsequently carried out in the temperature range 1000 - 1600 C for two hours. The evolution of the helium depth distribution in function of implantation dose, temperature and pre-irradiation dose was measured thanks to the deuteron-induced nuclear reaction 3He(d, p0)4He between 900 keV and 1.8 MeV. The microstructure of implanted and annealed samples was investigated by transmission electron microscopy on thin foils prepared using the FIB technique. Additional characterization tools, as X-ray diffraction and Raman microspectrometry, have been also applied in order to obtain complementary information. Among the most relevant results obtained, the following have to be outlined: - double-peak helium depth profile was measured on as implanted sample for the three compounds. The first peak is located near the end of range and includes the major part of helium, a second peak located close to the surface corresponds to the helium atoms trapped by the native vacancies; - the helium retention capacity in transition metal carbides and nitrides submitted to fully controlled thermal treatments varies according to ZrC0.92 ≤ TiC0.96 ≤ TiN0.96; - whatever the investigated material, a self-ion-induced pre-damaging does not modify the initial helium profile extent. The influence of the post-implantation thermal treatment remains preponderant in any case; - the apparent diffusion coefficient of helium is in the range 4 * 10-18 - 2 * 10-17 m2 s-1 in TiC0.96 and 3.5 * 10-19 - 5.3 * 10-18 m2 s-1 in TiN0.96 between 1100 and 1600 C. The

  10. Doppler imaging of the helium-variable star a Cen

    Bohlender, David A; Hechler, P

    2010-01-01

    The helium-peculiar star a Cen exhibits line profile variations of elements such as iron, nitrogen and oxygen in addition to its well-known extreme helium variability. New high S/N, high-resolution spectra are used to perform a quantitative measurement of the abundances of the star and determine the relation of the concentrations of the heavier elements on the surface of the star to the helium concentration and the magnetic field orientation. Doppler images have been created using programs described in earlier papers by Rice and others. An alternative surface abundance mapping code has been used to model the helium line variations after our Doppler imaging of certain individual helium lines produced mediocre results. We confirm the long-known existence of helium-rich and helium-poor hemispheres on a Cen and we measure a difference of more than two orders of magnitude in helium abundance from one side of the star to the other. Helium is overabundant by a factor of about 5 over much of the helium-rich hemispher...

  11. Helium bubbles in UO2

    A certain part of helium generated in MOX fuel could form additional bubbles in fuel pellets as a result of the combination of radiation defects and high temperature. In the present study, the helium infusion treatments were conducted at high temperature with highly pressurized helium for both polycrystalline UO2 fragments and hyperstoichiometric single crystal UO2+x particles. Annealing tests for polycrystalline UO2 were followed by the helium infusion treatment to evaluate formation of helium bubble. In case of as helium-infused polycrystalline sample, it was confirmed that helium bubbles were formed after slight oxidative annealing at more than 1573K. On the other hand, the cavity observed in as-helium-infused single crystal sample grew up to form a negative crystal. Formation mechanism of helium bubble and negative crystal were discussed. (author)

  12. Diffusion behaviors of helium atoms at two Pd grain boundaries

    XIA Ji-xing; HU Wang-yu; YANG Jian-yu; AO Bing-yun

    2006-01-01

    The diffusion behaviors of helium atoms at two symmetric grain boundaries (Σ5{210} and Σ3 {112}) of Pd were investigated using molecular dynamics simulations through an analytical embedded-atom method(MAEAM) model. The simulations demonstrate that the interstitial helium atoms are easily trapped at the grain boundaries and precipitated into clusters. Due to the closed-shell electronic configurations of both helium and palladium,Pd grain boundaries yield strong capability of retaining helium atoms. By calculating the mean square displacements(MSD) of an interstitial helium atom at the grain boundaries,the diffusion coefficients were determined,and the linear fits to Arrhenius relation. The diffusion activation energies of interstitial helium atom at these two Pd grain boundaries were also evaluated.

  13. Effect of weld thermal cycle, stress and helium content on helium bubble formation in stainless steels

    Helium bubble structure was examined on a helium-implanted stainless steel after applying thermal and stress cycle using a weld thermal and stress cycle simulator. Helium ions were implanted on Type 304 stainless steels up to 200 appm uniformly to a depth of 3.5 μm. The specimens were heated at various temperatures between 1073 and 1473 K for 2 s in Ar gas atmosphere. Tensile stresses from 0.5 to 8 MPa were applied during the thermal cycle. TEM observations revealed that size of the bubbles at grain boundaries was larger for the specimens with a higher tensile stress and with a higher annealing temperature. Densities of bubbles increased with increasing helium content. A theoretical model calculation showed a good agreement with the experimental results

  14. Asteroseismic estimate of helium abundance of 16 Cyg A, B

    Verma Kuldeep

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The helium ionization zone in a star leaves a characteristic signature on its oscillation frequencies, which can be used to estimate the helium content in the envelope of the star. We use the oscillation frequencies of 16 Cyg A and B, obtained using 2.5 years of Kepler data, to estimate the envelope helium abundance of these stars. We find the envelope helium abundance to lie in the range 0.231–0.251 for 16 Cyg A and 0.218–0.266 for 16 Cyg B.

  15. Measurement of OH density and air-helium mixture ratio in an atmospheric-pressure helium plasma jet

    Yonemori, Seiya; Nakagawa, Yusuke; Ono, Ryo; Oda, Tetsuji

    2012-06-01

    The absolute density of OH radicals in an atmospheric-pressure helium plasma jet is measured using laser-induced fluorescence (LIF). The plasma jet is generated in room air by applying a pulsed high voltage onto a quartz tube with helium gas flow. The time-averaged OH density is 0.10 ppm near the quartz tube nozzle, decreasing away from the nozzle. OH radicals are produced from water vapour in the helium flow, which is humidified by water adsorbed on the inner surface of the helium line and the quartz tube. When helium is artificially humidified using a water bubbler, the OH density increases with humidity and reaches 2.5 ppm when the water vapour content is 200 ppm. Two-dimensional distribution of air-helium mixture ratio in the plasma jet is also measured using the decay rate of the LIF signal waveform which is determined by the quenching rate of laser-excited OH radicals.

  16. Helium flooded cryopump with increased hydrogen and helium entrainment factor

    Superhigh-vacuum helium condensation-sorption pump with H2 and H entrainment factors 1.7 and 3.1 times respectively exceeding those in the known design cryopumps with the same diameters of casings and connecting flange flow sections is described. The N2 pumping-out rate is 6m3/s, the H2 one is 21 m3/s, the H2 pumping-out rate constitutes 12m3/s, the casing diameter is 0.5, the height - 0.8m, mass-35 kg. The pump is fabricated of titanium and aluminium

  17. Helium in Alberta

    1979-06-01

    Helium is found in small quantities in natural gas in Alberta and most natural gases throughout the world. This report outlines its properties and its present day uses such as the space program, welding of metals, controlled atmospheres for growing crystals for semi-conductors, chromatography, heat transfer, leak-testing, and research and medical-biological applications. It also appears that liquid helium will be necessary to provide a practical source of the low temperature necessary for the many potential applications of superconductivity. These offer many possibilities for savings in energy-related applications. This report also examines helium supply and demand in the USA, the principal source of supply to the Western world, Japan, which must import all its requirements, and Canada. Since the failure of Canadian Helium's Saskatchewan plant in 1977, Canada has no indigenous supply and no apparent sources which are viable under current technology. Alberta had 33.1 billion feet/sup 3/ of helium as of December 31, 1977 contained in its proved reserves of natural gas. None of this is economically recoverable under current commercial technology. By 1985, when a commercial plant would come on stream, 72% of the ultimate reserve of 47 Bcf will still be available. Alberta now has a process being field-tested which has an energy requirement only 25-30% of that of the presently available method. Should the test be successful, it will make possible the economic recovery of helium from the province's pipeline gases and the sale of the technology to other countries. 17 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  18. Helium stars as supernova progenitors

    Waldman, Roni; Yungelson, Lev R.; Barkat, Zalman

    2007-01-01

    We follow the evolution of helium stars of initial mass $(2.2 - 2.5) M_\\odot$, and show that they undergo off-center carbon burning, which leaves behind ${\\mathbf \\sim 0.01 M_\\odot}$ of unburnt carbon in the inner part of the core. When the carbon-oxygen core grows to Chandrasekhar mass, the amount of left-over carbon is sufficient to ignite thermonuclear runaway. At the moment of explosion, the star will possess an envelope of several $0.1 M_{\\odot}$, consisting of He, C, and possibly some H...

  19. Helium transfer line installation details.

    G. Perinic

    2007-01-01

    A particularity of the 32 m long four in one helium transfer line in between the cold box in USC55 and the cavern UX5 is the fact that the transfer line passes through a hole in the crane rail support beam. In order to ensure the alignment of the suspension rail in the interconnecting tunnel with the hole in the rail support as well as the connection points at both ends required precise measurements of the given geometries as well as the installation of a temporary target for the verification of the theoretical predictions.

  20. Is solid helium a supersolid?

    Recent experiments suggest that helium-4 atoms can flow through an experimental cell filled with solid helium. But that incompletely understood flow is quite different from the reported superfluid-like motion that so excited physicists a decade ago

  1. Onset Properties of Supersolid Helium

    Yu, Yongle

    2010-01-01

    Supersolid helium has a rather low transition temperature and a small critical velocity, compared with liquid helium. These properties could be explained in terms of helium's spectrum structure and quantum jumps involving large momentum transfer. A grain in the solid helium possess valleys (local minima) in its many-body dispersion curve, and an exchange of large momenta with the grain's surroundings occurs in a jump between a level in one valley and another level in the neighboring valley. S...

  2. Helium Production and Possible Projection

    Steve Mohr; James Ward

    2014-01-01

    The future availability of helium has been raised as an issue in the literature. However, a disaggregated projection of helium production has not been attempted, presumably due to the difficult nature of accessing disaggregated historic production data to test the accuracy of this issue. This paper presents collated and estimated historic helium production statistics from 1921 to 2012 for each helium producing country in the world and by U.S. state. A high and regular growth projection of hel...

  3. Helium in Chemically Peculiar Stars

    Leone, F.

    1998-01-01

    For the purpose of deriving the helium abundances in chemically peculiar stars, the importance of assuming a correct helium abundance has been investigated for determining the effective temperature and gravity of main sequence B-type stars, making full use of the present capability of reproducing their helium lines. Even if the flux distribution of main sequence B-type stars appears to depend only on the effective temperature for any helium abundance, the effective temperature, gravity and he...

  4. Fine structure of helium and light helium-like ions

    Pachucki, Krzysztof; Yerokhin, Vladimir A.

    2010-01-01

    Calculational results are presented for the fine-structure splitting of the 2^3P state of helium and helium-like ions with the nuclear charge Z up to 10. Theoretical predictions are in agreement with the latest experimental results for the helium fine-structure intervals as well as with the most of the experimental data available for light helium-like ions. Comparing the theoretical value of the 2^3P_0-2^3P_1 interval in helium with the experimental result [T. Zelevinsky et al. Phys. Rev. Let...

  5. Broken symmetry makes helium

    Gray, P L

    2003-01-01

    "The subatomic pion particle breaks the charge symmetry rule that governs both fusion and decay. In experiments performed at the Indiana University Cyclotron Laboratory, physicists forced heavy hydrogen (1 proton + 1 neutron) to fuse into helium in a controlled, measurable environment" (1 paragraph).

  6. Dynamic Simulation of a Helium Liquefier

    Dynamic behavior of a helium liquefier has been studied in detail with a Cryogenic Process REal-time SimulaTor (C-PREST) at the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS). The C-PREST is being developed to integrate large-scale helium cryogenic plant design, operation and maintenance for optimum process establishment. As a first step of simulations of cooldown to 4.5 K with the helium liquefier model is conducted, which provides a plant-process validation platform. The helium liquefier consists of seven heat exchangers, a liquid-nitrogen (LN2) precooler, two expansion turbines and a liquid-helium (LHe) reservoir. Process simulations are fulfilled with sequence programs, which were implemented with C-PREST based on an existing liquefier operation. The interactions of a JT valve, a JT-bypass valve and a reservoir-return valve have been dynamically simulated. The paper discusses various aspects of refrigeration process simulation, including its difficulties such as a balance between complexity of the adopted models and CPU time

  7. Thermal Performance of the XRS Helium Insert

    Breon, Susan R.; DiPirro, Michael J.; Tuttle, James G.; Shirron, Peter J.; Warner, Brent A.; Boyle, Robert F.; Canavan, Edgar R.

    1999-01-01

    The X-Ray Spectrometer (XRS) is an instrument on the Japanese Astro-E satellite, scheduled for launch early in the year 2000. The XRS Helium Insert comprises a superfluid helium cryostat, an Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerator (ADR), and the XRS calorimeters with their cold electronics. The calorimeters are capable of detecting X-rays over the energy range 0.1 to 10 keV with a resolution of 12 eV. The Helium Insert completed its performance and verification testing at Goddard in January 1999. It was shipped to Japan, where it has been integrated with the neon dewar built by Sumitomo Heavy Industries. The Helium Insert was given a challenging lifetime requirement of 2.0 years with a goal of 2.5 years. Based on the results of the thermal performance tests, the predicted on-orbit lifetime is 2.6 years with a margin of 30%. This is the result of both higher efficiency in the ADR cycle and the low temperature top-off, more than compensating for an increase in the parasitic heat load. This paper presents a summary of the key design features and the results of the thermal testing of the XRS Helium Insert.

  8. Calculation of electron-helium scattering

    Fursa, D.V.; Bray, I.

    1994-11-01

    We present the Convergent Close-Coupling (CCC) theory for the calculation of electron-helium scattering. We demonstrate its applicability at a range of projectile energies of 1.5 to 500 eV to scattering from the ground state to n {<=}3 states. Excellent agreement with experiment is obtained with the available differential, integrated, ionization, and total cross sections, as well as with the electron-impact coherence parameters up to and including the 3{sup 3} D state excitation. Comparison with other theories demonstrates that the CCC theory is the only general reliable method for the calculation of electron helium scattering. (authors). 66 refs., 2 tabs., 24 figs.

  9. Calculation of electron-helium scattering

    We present the Convergent Close-Coupling (CCC) theory for the calculation of electron-helium scattering. We demonstrate its applicability at a range of projectile energies of 1.5 to 500 eV to scattering from the ground state to n ≤3 states. Excellent agreement with experiment is obtained with the available differential, integrated, ionization, and total cross sections, as well as with the electron-impact coherence parameters up to and including the 33 D state excitation. Comparison with other theories demonstrates that the CCC theory is the only general reliable method for the calculation of electron helium scattering. (authors). 66 refs., 2 tabs., 24 figs

  10. Linear electron chains at superfluid helium surface

    The unique one-dimensional system of linear electron chains at liquid helium surface is realized experimentally for the first time. The distortion of the surface of liquid helium covering the profiled dielectric substrate, and the holding electric field confining the electrons to the bottom of the created channels, are used to realize the system. The carrier mobility in the linear electron chains is measured in the temperature range 0.5-1.8 K at holding electric fields up to 1 kV/cm. It is shown that the electron mobility depends on substrate cleanness. For clean substrates the mobility increases with decreasing temperature. The results agree with the existing theory

  11. Ab initio potential energy curve for the helium atom pair and thermophysical properties of the dilute helium gas. I. Helium-helium interatomic potential

    Vogel, Eckhard; Bich, Eckard; Hellmann, Robert

    2007-01-01

    Abstract A helium-helium interatomic potential energy curve was determined from quantum-mechanical \\textit{ab initio} calculations. Very large atom-centred basis sets including a newly developed d-aug-cc-pV8Z basis set supplemented with bond functions and \\textit{ab initio} methods up to Full CI were applied. The aug-cc-pV7Z basis set of Gdanitz (\\emph{J. Chem. Phys.}, \\textbf{113}, 5145 (2000)) was modified to be more consistent with the aug-cc-pV5Z and aug-cc-pV6Z basis set...

  12. The pulsating extreme helium star BD + 1303224

    Ultraviolet flux variations are reported for the pulsating extreme helium star BD + 1303224 (V652 Her). Effective temperature and angular radius variations over a cycle are determined from static plane-parallel LTE model atmospheres. When compared with radius changes derived from ground-based spectroscopy, the angular radius variations indicate radial pulsations and correspond to a distance of 1.5 +- 0.1 kpc. BD + 1303224 is thought to be a helium-burning star of 0.7 Msolar masses, which has an envelope contracting as the helium-burning core grows; it is similar to HD 144941 and these two stars may constitute a new sub-class of the hydrogen-deficient stars. (author)

  13. Helium gas permeability of Kapton polyimide film

    In a beam line for radioactive samples of a large-scale synchrotron radiation facility, it is necessary to protect the storage ring from contamination in a case of accident in a measurement chamber. For the purpose it has been proposed to separate the beam line from the storage ring using two sheets of polyimide film (Kapton), between which helium gas is introduced; the damage in the sheets could be detected by continuous helium gas leak monitoring. To examine whether this method is effective or not, helium permeation rate was measured for Kapton sheets of 25, 12.5 and 7.9 μm thickness at room temperatures. The obtained permeability was (7∼8)x10-16 mol·m-1·Pa-1·s-1, which is so high that the small defects in the sheets cannot be detected. Accordingly another detection method should be considered when Kapton is used as the separator. (author)

  14. Laser Spectroscopic Measurement of Helium Isotope Ratios

    Wang, L B; Holt, R J; Lu, Z T; O'Connor, T P; Sano, Y; Sturchio, N C

    2003-01-01

    A sensitive laser spectroscopic method has been applied to the quantitative determination of the isotope ratio of helium at the level of 3He/4He = 10^-7 - 10^-5. The resonant absorption of 1083 nm laser light by the metastable 3He atoms in a discharge cell was measured with the frequency modulation saturation spectroscopy technique while the abundance of 4He was measured by a direct absorption technique. The results on three different samples extracted from the atmosphere and commercial helium gas were in good agreement with values obtained with mass spectrometry. The achieved 3-sigma detection limit of 3He in helium is 4 x 10^-9. This demonstration required a 200 micro-L STP sample of He. The sensitivity can be further improved, and the required sample size reduced, by several orders of magnitude with the addition of cavity enhanced spectroscopy.

  15. Laser spectroscopic measurement of helium isotope ratios

    A sensitive laser spectroscopic method has been applied to the quantitative determination of the isotope ratio of helium at the level of 3He/4He = 10-7--10-5. The resonant absorption of 1083 nm laser light by the metastable 3He atoms in a discharge cell was measured with the frequency modulation saturation spectroscopy technique while the abundance of 4He was measured by a direct absorption technique. The results on three different samples extracted from the atmosphere and commercial helium gas were in good agreement with values obtained with mass spectrometry. The achieved 3σ detection limit of 3He in helium is 4 x 10-9. This demonstration required a 200 μL STP sample of He. The sensitivity can be further improved, and the required sample size reduced, by several orders of magnitude with the addition of cavity enhanced spectroscopy.

  16. The Weakest Link: Bonding between Helium Atoms

    Lohr, Lawrence L.; Blinder, S. M.

    2007-01-01

    A highly simplified model for helium dimers that reproduces their essential features without the need for elaborate computation is presented. The He-He potential is predicted to have minimum of 10.9 K at a nuclear separation of 5.61 bohrs.

  17. Neutral muonic helium(3)

    Neutral muonic helium, He++μ-e-, can be considered in two pieces. The (He++μ-)+-system is a hydrogenic ion halfway in size between an atom and a nucleus. It acts like a singly charged pseudo-nucleus to the electron surrounding it. The whole system appears like one hydrogen inside another. Neutral muonic helium can be formed in the ground state in which the coupling of the magnetic moments gives rise to a hyperfine structure (hfs). 3He++μ-e- has three spin one half particles interact without any restrictions by the Pauli exclusion principle. The level diagram of the ground state is shown. There is a large muonic hfs splitting corresponding to the He++μ- ion to be in one of the two spin states with total spin quantum number G = 0 and G = 1. To measure the atomic hfs superimposed on the G = 1 triplet state is the aim of this experiment. (Auth.)

  18. Antiprotonic helium atomcules

    Sauge Sébastien

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available About 3% of antiprotons ( stopped in helium are long-lived with microsecond lifetimes, against picoseconds in all other materials. This unusual longevity has been ascribed to the trapping of on metastable bound states in He+ helium atom-molecules thus named atomcules. Apart from their unique dual structure investigated by laser spectroscopy – a near-circular quasi-classical Rydberg atom with l ~ n – 1 ~ 37 or a special diatomic molecule with a negatively charged nucleus in high rotational state with J = l – the chemical physics aspects of their interaction with other atoms or molecules constitute an interesting topic for molecular physics. While atomcules may resist to million collisions in helium, molecular contaminants such as H2 are likely to destroy them in a single one, down to very low temperatures. In the Born-Oppenheimer framework, we interpret the molecular interaction obtained by ab initio quantum chemical calculations in terms of classical reactive channels, with activation barriers accounting for the experiments carried out in He and H2. From classical trajectory Monte Carlo simulations, we show that the thermalization stage strongly quenches initial populations, thus reduced to a recovered 3 % trapping fraction. This work illustrates the pertinence of chemical physics concepts to the study of exotic processes involving antimatter. New insights into the physico-chemistry of cold interstellar radicals are anticipated.

  19. Applications of Groundwater Helium

    Kulongoski, Justin T.; Hilton, David R.

    2011-01-01

    Helium abundance and isotope variations have widespread application in groundwater-related studies. This stems from the inert nature of this noble gas and the fact that its two isotopes ? helium-3 and helium-4 ? have distinct origins and vary widely in different terrestrial reservoirs. These attributes allow He concentrations and 3He/4He isotope ratios to be used to recognize and quantify the influence of a number of potential contributors to the total He budget of a groundwater sample. These are atmospheric components, such as air-equilibrated and air-entrained He, as well as terrigenic components, including in situ (aquifer) He, deep crustal and/or mantle He and tritiogenic 3He. Each of these components can be exploited to reveal information on a number of topics, from groundwater chronology, through degassing of the Earth?s crust to the role of faults in the transfer of mantle-derived volatiles to the surface. In this review, we present a guide to how groundwater He is collected from aquifer systems and quantitatively measured in the laboratory. We then illustrate the approach of resolving the measured He characteristics into its component structures using assumptions of endmember compositions. This is followed by a discussion of the application of groundwater He to the types of topics mentioned above using case studies from aquifers in California and Australia. Finally, we present possible future research directions involving dissolved He in groundwater.

  20. Education in Helium Refrigeration

    On the one hand, at the end of the time I was active in helium refrigeration, I noticed that cryogenics was stepping into places where it was not yet used. For example, a conventional accelerator, operating at room temperature, was to be upgraded to reach higher particle energy. On the other hand, I was a little bit worried to let what I had so passionately learned during these years to be lost. Retirement made time available, and I came gradually to the idea to teach about what was my basic job. I thought also about other kinds of people who could be interested in such lessons: operators of refrigerators or liquefiers who, often by lack of time, did not get a proper introduction to their job when they started, young engineers who begin to work in cryogenics... and so on.Consequently, I have assembled a series of lessons about helium refrigeration. As the audiences have different levels of knowledge in the field of cryogenics, I looked for a way of teaching that is acceptable for all of them. The course is split into theory of heat exchangers, refrigeration cycles, technology and operation of main components, process control, and helium purity

  1. A reexamination of quenches in Helium 4 and Helium 3

    Karra, G.; Rivers, R. J.

    1998-01-01

    In the light of recent difficulties in observing vortices in quenches of liquid helium 4 to its superfluid state we re-examine the Zurek scenario for their production. We argue that experiments in helium 4 are unlikely to produce true vortices in the numbers originally anticipated, if at all, because of the wide Ginzberg regime and the slowness of the mechanical quenches. On the other hand, the observed production of unambiguous vortices in neutron-bombarded helium 3, with its narrow Ginzberg...

  2. Feasibility of lunar Helium-3 mining

    Kleinschneider, Andreas; Van Overstraeten, Dmitry; Van der Reijnst, Roy; Van Hoorn, Niels; Lamers, Marvin; Hubert, Laurent; Dijk, Bert; Blangé, Joey; Hogeveen, Joel; De Boer, Lennaert; Noomen, Ron

    -3 fusion were calculated using a predicted minimum energy price in 2040 of 30.4 Euro/MWh. Annual costs are between 427.7 to 1,347.9 billion Euro, with annual expected profit ranging from -724.0 to 260.0 billion Euro. Due to the large scale of the mission, it has also been evaluated for providing 0.1% and 1% of the global energy demand in 2040. For 1%, the annual costs are 45.6 to 140.3 billion Euro and the expected annual profits are -78.0 to 23.1 billion Euro. For 0.1%, the annual costs are 7.7 to 20.5 billion Euro. The annual expected profits are -14.3 to -0.8 billion Euro. Feasibility has been addressed in three aspects. Technically, the mission is extremely challenging and complex. However, most required technologies exist or could be developed within a reasonable time span. From a political and legal perspective, the current international treaties hardly provide any framework for a lunar mining operation. Financially, the mission only produces a net profit in the best case, and only for medium- to large-scale operations, which require a very large initial investment. To make lunar Helium-3 usage possible, further research should concentrate on the mining operation and costs of fusion plants, as their impact by far outranks all other mission elements. Different transportation concepts may be investigated nevertheless. Many - not only technical - challenges concerning Helium-3 mining are still to be addressed. Although only a starting point for further investigations, this study shows that, despite popular claims, lunar Helium-3 is unsuitable to provide a significant percentage of the global energy demand in 2040.

  3. Helium emanometry as an indicator of deeply buried uranium deposits

    Helium emanometry has considerable potential for locating deeply buried uranium deposits. In order to determine whether near surface helium-4 anomalies are present over and in close proximity to deeply buried uranium deposits, helium measurements were carried out at three sites having known uranium ore bodies: the Red Desert in Sweetwater County, Wyoming; Copper Mountain in Fremont County, Wyoming; and Spokane Mountain in Stevens Couty, Washington. At each research site, near surface soil and soil gas (probe) samples were collected. Borehole water and soil gas (collector) samples were also taken at selected locations. The samples were analyzed at the laboratory for their helium, light hydrocarbon, and nitrogen content. In most instances it was not necessary to correct the soil gas data. In determining the quantity of helium-4 present in the soil gas samples, the practical precision was +- 50 ppb. The reproducibility of the helium-4 analyses of the water samples varied from +- 5% to +- 20%. The total error in the calculated soil helium-4 levels ranged from 5% to 10% of the value. The calculated corrected soil, water and oil gas helium-4 results were analyzed employing statistical techniques in order to separate the background and anomalous populations. The anomalous population was divided into five subsets for purposes of data presentation. The data are then presented in the form of histograms, dot maps and anomaly contour density maps.One can conclude that the results from this study confirm that near surface helium anomalies are present in the gas of the soil micropores overlying three types of uranium deposits situated in widely differing geological environments. The data obtained from the soil gas (probe) helium samples are also encouraging in that anomalies were found to be present over portions of the known extent of each of the three deposits

  4. Design of the Helium Purifier for IHEP-ADS Helium Purification System

    Jianqin, Zhang; Zhuo, Zhang; Rui, Ge

    2015-01-01

    Helium Purification System is an important sub-system in the Accelerator Driven Subcritical System of the Institute of High Energy Physics(IHEP ADS). The purifier is designed to work at the temperature of 77K. The purifier will work in a flow rate of 5g/s at 20MPa in continuous operation of 12 hours. The oil and moisture are removed by coalescing filters and a dryer, while nitrogen and oxygen are condensed by a phase separator and then adsorbed in several activated carbon adsorption cylinders. After purification, the purified helium has an impurity content of less than 5ppm.

  5. Cavitation pressure in liquid helium

    Caupin, Frederic; Balibar, Sebastien

    2001-01-01

    Recent experiments have suggested that, at low enough temperature, the homogeneous nucleation of bubbles occurs in liquid helium near the calculated spinodal limit. This was done in pure superfluid helium 4 and in pure normal liquid helium 3. However, in such experiments, where the negative pressure is produced by focusing an acoustic wave in the bulk liquid, the local amplitude of the instantaneous pressure or density is not directly measurable. In this article, we present a series of measur...

  6. 48 CFR 52.208-8 - Required Sources for Helium and Helium Usage Data.

    2010-10-01

    ... Helium and Helium Usage Data. 52.208-8 Section 52.208-8 Federal Acquisition Regulations System FEDERAL... Provisions and Clauses 52.208-8 Required Sources for Helium and Helium Usage Data. As prescribed in 8.505, insert the following clause: Required Sources for Helium and Helium Usage Data (APR 2002) (a)...

  7. Cavitation in liquid helium

    Finch, R. D.; Kagiwada, R.; Barmatz, M.; Rudnick, I.

    1963-11-15

    Ultrasonic cavitation was induced in liquid helium over the temperature range 1.2 to 2.3 deg K, using a pair of identical transducers. The transducers were calibrated using a reciprocity technique and the cavitation threshold was determined at 90 kc/s. It was found that this threshold has a sharp peak at the lambda point, but is, at all temperatures quite low, with an approximate range of 0.001 to 0.01 atm. The significance of the results is discussed. (auth)

  8. High Efficiency Regenerative Helium Compressor Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Helium plays several critical rolls in spacecraft propulsion. High pressure helium is commonly used to pressurize propellant fuel tanks. Helium cryocoolers can be...

  9. Helium abundance in the Orion A source

    The H, He 66α (22.4 GHz) and H, He 56α (36.5 GHz) recombination line observations were made at several positions of the central region of Orion A (R ∼ 3'). The observed relative helium abundance y' is found to increase with the angular distance from the nebular centre and to amount the mean value of 11.6% at the peripherycal positions. The comparison with the results of low frequency observations (H, He 109α, ν ∼ 5.0 GHz) shows that measurements towards the centre (y'=8-9%) is in agreement with the low frequency measurements of y', however y' at the peripherycal positions are higher than that at low frequency. The nebula model of a ''blister'' type is constructed to explain such behaviour. The conclusions are made that the actual helium abundance y in Orion A is ∼ 12%, the Orion Nebula expands and its radial velocity is ∼ 5 km/s

  10. Cosmogenic helium and neon extracted by crushing: A technique for discriminating between mantle and cosmogenic helium

    Moreira, Manuel; Madureira, Pedro

    2005-01-01

    The helium and neon isotopic compositions of olivines coming from a 11Ma old xenolith sampled at Mt. Hampton (West Antarctica) were analyzed by crushing and heating. The 4He/3He isotopic ratio obtained by crushing varies between 1340 and 6300 (R/Ra between 115 and 539) with 4He content around 3-5 10-10 ccSTP/g confirming that cosmogenic helium can be extracted by crushing [Scarsi, 2000; Yocochi et al., 2004]. The neon also shows a clear cosmogenic origin (20Ne/22Ne down to 7.7 and 21Ne/22Ne>0...

  11. Gas-chromatographic analysis of high-purity helium using a helium detector

    The limits of gas-chromatographic detection of neon, hydrogen, argon, nitrogen, krypton, and methane in helium have been determined using a helium ionization detector under saturation current conditions. The detection limits are restricted by the gas permeability of the detector Teflon body and the injection system. The dependence of extraction of impurity gases by cryogenic adsorption enrichment on their contents and enrichment time has been examined. the relative detection limit can be lowered by preconcentration of 3 x 10-5% for neon and to 4 x 10-7 to 2 x 10-8% for other gases

  12. Quantum cavitation in liquid helium

    Guilleumas, Montserrat; Barranco Gómez, Manuel; Jezek, Dora M.; Lombard, Roland J.; Pi Pericay, Martí

    1996-01-01

    Using a functional-integral approach, we have determined the temperature below which cavitation in liquid helium is driven by thermally assisted quantum tunneling. For both helium isotopes, we have obtained the crossover temperature in the whole range of allowed negative p essures. Our results are compatible with recent experimental results on 4He.

  13. Helium exhaust studies in the DIII-D tokamak

    Significant exhaust of thermal helium in a diverted, H-mode deuterium plasma has been demonstrated for the first time on the DIII-D tokamak using an in-vessel cryopump conditioned with an argon frost. The helium, introduced via gas puffing, is observed to reach the plasma core and then is readily removed from the plasma with a time constant of ∼8-15 energy confinement times. Detailed analysis of the helium profile evolution indicates that the exhaust rate is limited by the exhaust efficiency of the pump (∼5%) and not by the intrinsic helium transport properties of the plasma. Additional studies focusing on the recycling properties of helium relative to deuterium in the divertor region indicate some dependence of the helium concentration in the divertor pumping plenum on the divertor outer strike-point (OSP) position in Ohmic discharges. However, the helium concentration in the plenum appears to have little dependence on OSP position in beam-heated, ELMing H-mode discharges

  14. The Application and Improvement of Helium Turbines in the EAST Cryogenic System

    The helium cryogenic system supplies supercritical helium cooling capacity at 4.5 K for the superconducting magnets in the EAST superconducting tokamak. Four low-temperature helium turbines are used in the 2 kW helium refrigeration system, and their performance and reliability are critical for the continuous operation of the tokamak. The turbines were made by the Helium Mechanics Company in Russia. The start-up process is very unstable, easily broken, and thus testing and improvements are needed. In this paper, we analyze the structure of the helium turbine, make improvements, and describe the testing process and results of the improved helium turbines. Some of the operational experiences during the start-up process and tests are also presented. (fusion engineering)

  15. CERN Technical Training 2002: Learning for the LHC ! HeREF-2002 : Helium Refrigeration Techniques

    Davide Vitè

    2002-01-01

    Theory, Technology, Maintenance and Control of Helium Refrigerators HeREF-2002 is a new course, in the framework of the 2002 Technical Training Programme, that will provide a complete introduction to Helium refrigeration, with a practical approach to theory, technology, maintenance and control of Helium refrigeration installations. Theoretical aspects and equations will be limited to a minimum. HeREF-2002 targets an audience of technicians and operators of Helium refrigeration plants at CERN, as well as physicists and engineers needing an overview of current Helium refrigeration techniques. HeREF-2002 will address, among other, issues related to component technology, installation maintenance, process control and Helium purity. A commented visit to a couple of CERN Helium refrigeration or liquefaction plants will also take place. Duration: 7 half days (5 mornings and 2 afternoons), 21-25 October 2002. Estimated cost: 300.- CHF Language: Bilingual English-French. The course support will be in English, the...

  16. CERN Technical Training 2002: Learning for the LHC! HEREF-2002 : HELIUM REFRIGERATION TECHNIQUES

    Davide Vitè

    2002-01-01

    Theory, Technology, Maintenance and Control of Helium Refrigerators HeREF-2002 is a new course, in the framework of the 2002 Technical Training Programme, that will provide a complete introduction to Helium refrigeration, with a practical approach to theory, technology, maintenance and control of Helium refrigeration installations. Theoretical aspects and equations will be limited to a minimum. HeREF-2002 targets an audience of technicians and operators of Helium refrigeration plants at CERN, as well as physicists and engineers needing an overview of current Helium refrigeration techniques. HeREF-2002 will address, among other, issues related to component technology, installation maintenance, process control and Helium purity. A commented visit to a couple of CERN Helium refrigeration or liquefaction plants will also take place. Duration: 7 half days (5 mornings and 2 afternoons), 21-25 October, 2002. Estimated cost: 300.- CHF Language: Bilingual English-French. The course support will be in English, the ...

  17. On the Formation of (Anionic) Excited Helium Dimers in Helium Droplets

    Huber, Stefan E.; Mauracher, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    Metastable atomic and molecular helium anions exhibiting high-spin quartet configurations can be produced in helium droplets via electron impact. Their lifetimes allow detection in mass spectrometric experiments. Formation of atomic helium anions comprises collision-induced excitation of ground state helium and concomitant electron capture. Yet the formation of molecular helium anions in helium droplets has been an unresolved issue. In this work, we explore the interaction of excited helium a...

  18. Modeling Space-Time Dependent Helium Bubble Evolution in Tungsten Armor under IFE Conditions

    The High Average Power Laser (HAPL) program is a coordinated effort to develop Laser Inertial Fusion Energy. The implosion of the D-T target produces a spectrum of neutrons, X-rays, and charged particles, which arrive at the first wall (FW) at different times within about 2.5 μs at a frequency of 5 to 10 Hz. Helium is one of several high-energy charged particle constituents impinging on the candidate tungsten armored low activation ferritic steel First Wall. The spread of the implanted debris and burn helium energies results in a unique space-time dependent implantation profile that spans about 10 μm in tungsten. Co-implantation of X-rays and other ions results in spatially dependent damage profiles and rapid space-time dependent temperature spikes and gradients. The rate of helium transport and helium bubble formation will vary significantly throughout the implanted region. Furthermore, helium will also be transported via the migration of helium bubbles and non-equilibrium helium-vacancy clusters. The HEROS code was developed at UCLA to model the spatial and time-dependent helium bubble nucleation, growth, coalescence, and migration under transient damage rates and transient temperature gradients. The HEROS code is based on kinetic rate theory, which includes clustering of helium and vacancies, helium mobility, helium-vacancy cluster stability, cavity nucleation and growth and other microstructural features such as interstitial loop evolution, grain boundaries, and precipitates. The HEROS code is based on space-time discretization of reaction-diffusion type equations to account for migration of mobile species between neighboring bins as single atoms, clusters, or bubbles. HAPL chamber FW implantation conditions are used to model helium bubble evolution in the implanted tungsten. Helium recycling rate predictions are compared with experimental results of helium ion implantation experiments. (author)

  19. Development of negative helium ion sources

    Ootsuka, Michio; Nakamura, Shin; Suzuki, Yozo; Amemiya, Kensuke; Tanaka, Masanobu; Takeuchi, Kazuhiro; Tokiguchi, Katsumi; Sato, Tadashi [Hitachi Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)

    2001-02-01

    On the basis of the cooperation of industries and universities, the local government of Fukui established Wakasa Bay Energy Research Center. An emphasis is placed on the application of accelerators. Two accelerators are scheduled, a tandem electrostatic accelerator (5MeV) and synchrotron (200MeV). The tandem accelerator requires helium ion currents to exceed 10 {mu} A. The use of Lithium vapors for charge exchange (electron attachment) is adopted for negative ion production. (M. Tanaka)

  20. Correlation of Helium Solubility in Liquid Nitrogen

    VanDresar, Neil T.; Zimmerli, Gregory A.

    2012-01-01

    A correlation has been developed for the equilibrium mole fraction of soluble gaseous helium in liquid nitrogen as a function of temperature and pressure. Experimental solubility data was compiled and provided by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Data from six sources was used to develop a correlation within the range of 0.5 to 9.9 MPa and 72.0 to 119.6 K. The relative standard deviation of the correlation is 6.9 percent.

  1. Photoionization of helium dimers

    The helium dimer is one of the most weakly bound systems in the universe. This makes it an interesting quantum mechanical object for investigation. These Van der Waals Clusters can be produced in an expansion of a cryogenic gas jet through a small nozzle into vacuum. In the present experiment we examine the interaction of He dimers with synchrotron radiation at an energy range from 64 to 78 eV. We observed different pathways leading to single ionization of both He atoms of the dimer compound. This two close standing ions begin now to dissociate in cause of their coulomb potential. All charged fragments were detected in coincidence with a COLTRIMS system. Especially Interatomic Coulombic Decay (ICD) and the two step process (TS1) were clearly identified. Furthermore a distribution of the internuclear distance was obtained from the measured Kinetic Energy Release (KER). (orig.)

  2. Exotic helium molecules

    We study the photo-association of an ultracold cloud of magnetically trapped helium atoms: pairs of colliding atoms interact with one or two laser fields to produce a purely long range 4He2(23S1-23P0) molecule, or a 4He2(23S1-23S1) long range molecule. Light shifts in one photon photo-association spectra are measured and studied as a function of the laser polarization and intensity, and the vibrational state of the excited molecule. They result from the light-induced coupling between the excited molecule, and bound and scattering states of the interaction between two metastable atoms. Their analysis leads to the determination of the scattering length a = (7.2 ± 0.6) ruling collisions between spin polarized atoms. The two photon photo-association spectra show evidence of the production of polarized, long-range 4He2(23S1-23S1) molecules. They are said to be exotic as they are made of two metastable atoms, each one carrying a enough energy to ionize the other. The corresponding lineshapes are calculated and decomposed in sums and products of Breit-Wigner and Fano profiles associated to one and two photon processes. The experimental spectra are fit, and an intrinsic lifetime τ = (1.4 ± 0.3) μs is deduced. It is checked whether this lifetime could be limited by spin-dipole induced Penning autoionization. This interpretation requires that there is a quasi-bound state close to the dissociation threshold in the singlet interaction potential between metastable helium atoms for the theory to match the experiment. (author)

  3. High resolution transient and permanent spectral hole burning in Ce$^{3+}$:Y$_2$SiO$_5$ at liquid helium temperatures

    Karlsson, Jenny; Serrano, Diana; Walther, Andreas; Rippe, Lars; Kröll, Stefan; Goldner, Philippe; Ferrier, Alban

    2016-01-01

    We perform hole burning with a low drift stabilized laser within the zero phonon line of the 4f-5d transition in Ce$^{3+}$:Y$_2$SiO$_5$ at 2K. The narrowest spectral holes appear for small applied magnetic fields and are $6\\pm4$ MHz wide (FWHM). This puts an upper bound on the homogeneous linewidth of the transition to $3\\pm2$ MHz, which is close to lifetime limited. The spin level relaxation time is measured to $72\\pm21$ ms with a magnetic field of 10 mT. A slow permanent hole burning mechanism is observed. If the excitation frequency is not changed the fluorescence intensity is reduced by more than 50$\\%$ after a couple of minutes of continuous excitation. The spectral hole created by the permanent hole burning has a width in the tens of MHz range, which indicates that a trapping mechanism occurs via the 5d-state.

  4. High-resolution transient and permanent spectral hole burning in Ce3 +:Y2SiO5 at liquid helium temperatures

    Karlsson, Jenny; Nilsson, Adam N.; Serrano, Diana; Walther, Andreas; Goldner, Philippe; Ferrier, Alban; Rippe, Lars; Kröll, Stefan

    2016-06-01

    We perform hole burning with a low-drift stabilized laser within the zero phonon line of the 4 f -5 d transition in Ce3 +:Y2SiO5 at 2 K. The narrowest spectral holes appear for small applied magnetic fields and are 6 ±4 MHz wide (FWHM). This puts an upper bound on the homogeneous linewidth of the transition to 3 ±2 MHz, which is close to lifetime limited. The spin level relaxation time is measured to 72 ±21 ms with a magnetic field of 10 mT. A slow permanent hole burning mechanism is observed. If the excitation frequency is not changed the fluorescence intensity is reduced by more than 50 % after a couple of minutes of continuous excitation. The spectral hole created by the permanent hole burning has a width in the tens of MHz range, which indicates that a trapping mechanism occurs via the 5 d state.

  5. New experimental device for VHTR structural material testing and helium coolant chemistry investigation - High Temperature Helium Loop in NRI Rez

    Berka, Jan, E-mail: bej@cvrez.cz [Research Centre Rez, Ltd, Husinec-Rez 130, 25068 Rez (Czech Republic); Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, Technicka 1905, 16628 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Matecha, Josef, E-mail: josef.matecha@ujv.cz [Nuclear Research Institute Rez plc., Husinec-Rez 130, 25068 Rez (Czech Republic); Cerny, Michal [Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, Technicka 1905, 16628 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Viden, Ivan, E-mail: ivan.viden@vscht.cz [Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, Technicka 1905, 16628 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Sus, Frantisek [Research Centre Rez, Ltd, Husinec-Rez 130, 25068 Rez (Czech Republic); Nuclear Research Institute Rez plc., Husinec-Rez 130, 25068 Rez (Czech Republic); Hajek, Petr [Nuclear Research Institute Rez plc., Husinec-Rez 130, 25068 Rez (Czech Republic)

    2012-10-15

    The High Temperature Helium Loop (HTHL) is an experimental device for simulation of VHTR helium coolant conditions. The purpose of the HTHL is structural materials testing and helium coolant chemistry investigation. In the HTHL pure helium will be used as working medium and its main physical parameters are 7 MPa, max. temperature in the test section 900 Degree-Sign C and flow rate 37.8 kg/h. The HTHL consists of an active channel, the helium purification system, the system of impurities dosage (e.g. CO, CO{sub 2}, H{sub 2}, H{sub 2}O, O{sub 2}, N{sub 2}, and CH{sub 4}) and the helium chemistry monitoring system (sampling and on-line analysis and determination of impurities in the helium flow). The active channel is planned to be placed into the core of the experimental reactor LVR-15 which will serve as a neutron flux source (max. 2.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 18} n/m{sup 2} s for fast neutrons). The HTHL is now under construction. Some of its main parts are finished, some are still being produced (active channel internals, etc.), some should be improved to work correctly (the helium circulatory compressor); certain sub-systems are planned to be integrated to the loop (systems for the determination of moisture and other impurities in helium, etc.). The start of the HTHL operation is expected during 2011 and the integration of the active channel into the LVR-15 core during 2012.

  6. Experimental loop for tests of helium cooled high heat flux components at 600 deg C/10 MPa helium inlet

    Helium loop is a tool for tests of divertor design options which meet the requirements for He -cooled fusion DEMO reactor. These tests include: divertor materials and joining technology selection, cooling regimes optimization, mockups thermal cycling for lifetime estimation. It is also possible to use loop in other areas of high temperature helium nuclear technology (blanket/ first wall mock-ups tests, fission helium reactors relevant experiments). Also as results of systematic mock-ups tests it is planned to create data base for validation of gas dynamic and thermal mechanic codes, used for simulation of processes in high heat flux components. Helium loop is able to test mock-ups at nominal helium inlet temperature 600 deg C and pressure 10 MPa. Possible pressure losses in mock-up are up to 0.5 MPa. First stage of such helium loop creation using tank-to-tank principle has finished at Efremov Institute in collaboration with FZK. At this stage stationery flow rate 24 g/s, which is provided by oil-free membrane compressor, was achieved. One more possible loop regime - gas pulses at 50 g/s and duration up to 120 s. Diagnostic system provides measuring more then 40 parameters such as pressure, flow rate and temperature. Mock-up heat loading is provided by e-beam of TSEFEY facility with applied power up to 60 kW at 27 keV beam energy. Results of finger like mock-ups of DEMO helium cooled divertor vertical target testing are presented. At next stage helium loop will be able to reach flow rate of 600 g/s (using helium circulating pump) that will provide heat removal from mock-ups up to 120 kW. The design solutions and R-and-D results of activity at this stage of loop creation are also presented. (author)

  7. Defect production and accumulation under hydrogen and helium ion irradiation

    The 316L stainless steel (316L SS) is a candidate material for the first wall of a fusion reactor, which will be irradiated with 14 MeV neutrons and escaped ions. This will produce helium and hydrogen in the matrix, which come both from the transmutation production and escaped ions of the plasma. The synergistic action of high-energy cascades and helium induces important damage, such as swelling, blistering and helium embrittlement. The hydrogen combines with the radiation defects to produce dense tiny bubbles (or voids) and substitutes for gaseous impurities (such as soluted oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur and phosphorus) which react with other composites Fe, Cr, Ni and Mo to form new phases, such as Cr2O3, (CrFe)2O3, (Fe5C2)28N, (CrMo)N, (Fe2Mo)12H and (FeNi)9S8. These induce mechanical property changes. The hydrogen combined with helium and high energy cascades will induce more serious damage than that of helium alone. To exhibit the synergistic action of helium and hydrogen, the 316L SS specimens were bombarded with helium, hydrogen and mixed ion beam with energy ranging from 27 to 38 keV to a dose of 1017-8 x 1018 ions/cm2 at 573 K. The results indicate that (a) for the helium ion irradiation, the threshold dose for blistering in the energy range 27-100 keV is higher than that for the 1.0 MeV helium ion irradiation. The surface effects play an important role in the blistering. (b) When specimens bombarded with the mixed beam of helium and hydrogen ions of 27 keV reached the same helium dose (6.4 x 1017 He+/cm2), the diameter and density of bubble on surface increase at a ratio of the hydrogen to helium increase. The more hydrogen ions implanted, the easier and more serious the blister is. (c) When the kinetic energy of the mixed beam decreases in the range 10-30 keV, the action of hydrogen ions on the blistering appears more evident. It seems that the hydrogen plays an important role in bubble formation and growth. (orig.)

  8. 3He NMR studies on helium-pyrrole, helium-indole, and helium-carbazole systems: a new tool for following chemistry of heterocyclic compounds.

    Radula-Janik, Klaudia; Kupka, Teobald

    2015-02-01

    The (3)He nuclear magnetic shieldings were calculated for free helium atom and He-pyrrole, He-indole, and He-carbazole complexes. Several levels of theory, including Hartree-Fock (HF), Second-order Møller-Plesset Perturbation Theory (MP2), and Density Functional Theory (DFT) (VSXC, M062X, APFD, BHandHLYP, and mPW1PW91), combined with polarization-consistent pcS-2 and aug-pcS-2 basis sets were employed. Gauge-including atomic orbital (GIAO) calculated (3)He nuclear magnetic shieldings reproduced accurately previously reported theoretical values for helium gas. (3)He nuclear magnetic shieldings and energy changes as result of single helium atom approaching to the five-membered ring of pyrrole, indole, and carbazole were tested. It was observed that (3)He NMR parameters of single helium atom, calculated at various levels of theory (HF, MP2, and DFT) are sensitive to the presence of heteroatomic rings. The helium atom was insensitive to the studied molecules at distances above 5 Å. Our results, obtained with BHandHLYP method, predicted fairly accurately the He-pyrrole plane separation of 3.15 Å (close to 3.24 Å, calculated by MP2) and yielded a sizable (3)He NMR chemical shift (about -1.5 ppm). The changes of calculated nucleus-independent chemical shifts (NICS) with the distance above the rings showed a very similar pattern to helium-3 NMR chemical shift. The ring currents above the five-membered rings were seen by helium magnetic probe to about 5 Å above the ring planes verified by the calculated NICS index. PMID:25228253

  9. Electronic properties of physisorbed helium

    This thesis deals with electronic excitations of helium physisorbed on metal substrates. It is studied to what extent the electronic properties change compared to the gas phase due to the increased helium density and the proximity of the metal. Furthermore, the influence of different substrate materials is investigated systematically. To this end, up to two helium layers were adsorbed onto Ru (001), Pt (111), Cu (111), and Ag (111) surfaces in a custom-made cryostat. These samples were studied spectroscopically using synchrotron radiation and a time-of-flight detector. The experimental results were then analyzed in comparison with extensive theoretical model calculations.

  10. Electronic properties of physisorbed helium

    Kossler, Sarah

    2011-09-22

    This thesis deals with electronic excitations of helium physisorbed on metal substrates. It is studied to what extent the electronic properties change compared to the gas phase due to the increased helium density and the proximity of the metal. Furthermore, the influence of different substrate materials is investigated systematically. To this end, up to two helium layers were adsorbed onto Ru (001), Pt (111), Cu (111), and Ag (111) surfaces in a custom-made cryostat. These samples were studied spectroscopically using synchrotron radiation and a time-of-flight detector. The experimental results were then analyzed in comparison with extensive theoretical model calculations.

  11. The influence of electrostatic fields on films of liquid helium

    Prompted by the recent striking experimental results reported by Babkin and Hakonen that appeared to show that liquid helium-II does not wet magnesium fluoride, the authors have examined the effects that an inhomogeneous electrostatic field has on thin films of liquid helium at temperatures below 0.5 K. Their model includes the influence of gravity, surface tension, the electric field and the van der Waals interaction between the helium and its supporting substrate. The authors show that an inhomogeneous charge on the substrate can produce effects that mimic the surface profiles between wetted and non-wetted areas. The calculations also indicate that some special precautions may be necessary when studying films of liquid or solid helium on insulators

  12. Trapping fermionic and bosonic helium atoms

    Stas, R.J.W.

    2005-01-01

    This thesis presents experimental and theoretical work performed at the Laser Centre of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam to study laser-cooled metastable triplet helium atoms. Samples containing about 3x10^8 helium atoms-either fermionic helium-3 atoms, bosonic helium-4 atoms or mixtures thereof

  13. A pool type liquid helium cryopump

    Design and fabrication details of a pool type Liquid Helium Cryopump are described. It has got a liquid helium capacity of 5 litres and a/ pumping surface area of about 450 sq. cms. Three types of baffles having different geometries are used for radiation shield. Effect on pumping speed for argon, carbon dioxide and nitrogen gas using the baffles is determined at various pressures. The circular array baffle geometry provides the maximum pumping speed. Using circular array type baffle the maximum pumping speed for nitrogen, argon and carbon dioxide are 2700 1/s, 3600 1/s, 2550 1/s respectively at a pressure of 6.0 x 10-4 torr. The ultimate pressure obtained is 3.0 x 10-8 torr. (author)

  14. Measurement of helium production cross sections of iron for d-T neutrons by helium accumulation method

    Takao, Yoshiyuki; Kanda, Yukinori; Nagae, Koji; Fujimoto, Toshihiro [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan); Ikeda, Yujiro

    1997-03-01

    Helium production cross sections of Iron were measured by helium accumulation method for neutron energies from 13.5 to 14.9 MeV. Iron samples were irradiated with FNS, an intense d-T neutron source of JAERI. As the neutron energy varies according to the emission angle at the neutron source, the samples were set around the neutron source and were irradiated by neutrons of different energy depending on each sample position. The amount of helium produced in a sample was measured by Helium Atoms Measurement System at Kyushu University. The results of this work are in good agreement with other experimental data in the literature and also compared with the evaluated values in JENDL-3. (author)

  15. Perspectives on Lunar Helium-3

    Schmitt, Harrison H.

    1999-01-01

    Global demand for energy will likely increase by a factor of six or eight by the mid-point of the 21st Century due to a combination of population increase, new energy intensive technologies, and aspirations for improved standards of living in the less-developed world (1). Lunar helium-3 (3He), with a resource base in the Tranquillitatis titanium-rich lunar maria (2,3) of at least 10,000 tonnes (4), represents one potential energy source to meet this rapidly escalating demand. The energy equivalent value of 3He delivered to operating fusion power plants on Earth would be about 3 billion per tonne relative to today's coal which supplies most of the approximately 90 billion domestic electrical power market (5). These numbers illustrate the magnitude of the business opportunity. The results from the Lunar Prospector neutron spectrometer (6) suggests that 3He also may be concentrated at the lunar poles along with solar wind hydrogen (7). Mining, extraction, processing, and transportation of helium to Earth requires new innovations in engineering but no known new engineering concepts (1). By-products of lunar 3He extraction, largely hydrogen, oxygen, and water, have large potential markets in space and ultimately will add to the economic attractiveness of this business opportunity (5). Inertial electrostatic confinement (IEC) fusion technology appears to be the most attractive and least capital intensive approach to terrestrial fusion power plants (8). Heavy lift launch costs comprise the largest cost uncertainty facing initial business planning, however, many factors, particularly long term production contracts, promise to lower these costs into the range of 1-2000 per kilogram versus about 70,000 per kilogram fully burdened for the Apollo Saturn V rocket (1). A private enterprise approach to developing lunar 3He and terrestrial IEC fusion power would be the most expeditious means of realizing this unique opportunity (9). In spite of the large, long-term potential

  16. Microcellular Injection Molding Using Helium

    In comparison with conventional foaming process microcellular injection molding process has advantages such as small bubble size, the removal of sink mark, scale reliability, and weight lightening. So microcellular injection molded parts are applied to electrical product and automobile part. Conventional microcellular foaming process used carbon dioxide and nitrogen as a foaming agent. And it has been never researched and applied about microcellular injection molding process using helium. In this paper, we did a microcellular injection molding process using helium based on previous research result and made samples. From this we can certificate the possibility of microcellular continuous process using helium. Helium is lighter and faster in diffusion than carbon dioxide or nitrogen so through this technique, it can be solved the problem such as spray or labeling

  17. Implanting helium into nanocrystalline hydrogen storage alloy

    The possibility of implanting helium into LaNixAly alloy by high energy ball milling is explored. By analyzing the sample after ball milling, it is shown that Helium can be implanted into the material. Helium lies in the interfacial free volume rather than the crystal lattice. The implanted helium has high thermal stability. Quantity of Helium implanted by this method is very little

  18. Indigenous development of helium liquefier

    Helium Liquefiers/refrigerators have become an essential part of future accelerator developments in India. Apart from designing, systems operating at liquid helium temperature viz. 4.2 K or lower, require additional technical skills to make them work as designed. To get insight in these intricacies, development of helium liquefier was taken up at RRCAT. An indigenous helium liquefier has been developed. This system is based on reciprocating type expansion engine and uses cross counter flow type heat exchangers, based on high finned density copper tubes. The cyclic compressor is a four stage air cooled reciprocating type compressor. Its oil removal system is also designed and developed indigenously. Initially, a liquefaction rate of 6 lit/hr was achieved. More than 150 liters of liquid helium was collected during its maiden trial itself, while operating for more than 25 hours continuously. This liquefier has at present crossed a liquefaction rate of 10 lits/hr by further tuning and reducing thermal in-leaks. Based on the experience gained in the present system and validation of design parameters under actual working conditions, a second model is being designed, which will be able to produce about 35 lit/hr of liquid helium. Further work is also being initiated to develop aluminium plate fin heat exchangers for developing helium liquefiers of larger capacity in the range of 100-200 lits/hr. Design, development and performance details of indigenous development of helium liquefier will be presented and ongoing efforts to increase the liquefaction capacity will be discussed. (author)

  19. Numerical study of helium solubility and helium bubble stability in mercury

    Highlights: • Helium solubility in mercury was numerically evaluated and its small value was experimentally confirmed. • Mass-diffusion dominated bubble evolution is simulated and the bubbles were shown to be stable. • The study indicates that small bubble injection into the mercury target for cavitation damage mitigation is feasible. - Abstract: Dispersing small helium bubbles in the liquid mercury target of the high-power spallation neutron sources was proposed to add compressibility to the target made of liquid mercury. The pressure rise from proton beam deposition is reduced due to added compressibility, which in turn mitigates cavitation damage to the target boundary. A gas volume fraction of ∼0.5% with a nominal bubble diameter of ∼30 μm is desired for optimal pressure pulse relaxation at the beam power of >1 MW. Initial gas injection experiments performed in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory encountered difficulty in obtaining the required volume fraction in mercury. Gas dissolution and diffusion in mercury were candidate mechanisms for this behavior. To clarify this, the solubility of helium in mercury is evaluated in this study and compared to the available experimental data. The results indicate that helium has very small solubility in mercury and that the solubility increases with system temperature. Based on the predicted solubility values, bubble size evolution due to mass diffusion is simulated numerically. Mass diffusion induced bubble size evolution does not significantly affect bubble behavior for conditions expected in high power spallation targets

  20. Behavior of weld defects in laser weldment of helium-doped stainless steel

    Helium is generated within neutron-irradiated reactor components and entrapped in the stainless steel components. The repair of the components using conventional GTA welding practices is exceedingly difficult by entrapped helium, because of the initiation of helium bubbles and weld cracking. In this research, the behavior of helium bubble in the austenitic stainless steel weldment was investigated by utilizing stainless steels ion-implanted with helium and then welded by YAG laser apparatus. Helium ion implanting to the sample was carried out using 8MeV implantation apparatus, and the sample was doped with 2.45 x 1019 atoms/m2 dose at 6MeV and then doped with 1 x 1019 atoms/m2 dose at 5MeV. Helium bubbles are present at the bond region, heat-affected zone and weld metal. The increase of laser power causes the growth of helium bubble, toe cracks and cracks along the dendrite cell boundary in the weld metal. The helium bubble phenomena can be reproduced in the weld metal and in the heat-affected zone during repair welding using helium ion implanting technique. (author)

  1. Liquid helium vessel thermal heat load calculation and modification of the liquid helium cryostat for improved thermal performances

    A room temperature bore superconducting (SC) solenoid magnet has been developed at Control Instrumentation Division (CnID) for carrying out liquid PbLi Magneto Hydro Dynamic (MHD) and corrosion experimental studies for ITER TBM. The SC solenoid magnet is designed to generate central bore magnetic field of 4 Tesla in a bore diameter of 300 mm and length of 800 mm with a field uniformity of 0.5% or better. The SC magnet is made up of low temperature NbTi copper composite wire whose critical temperature (Tc) is 9.8 K. The SC magnet needs to be cooled to liquid helium temperature (4.2 K) for its stable operation. Considering the operational requirement, an adiabatically stable SC magnet is under development. The adiabatically cooled SC magnet is completely immersed inside the liquid helium vessel. As the latent heat of vaporisation of liquid helium is less, heat load on liquid helium vessel needs to be reduced. In this paper we discuss about the liquid helium cryostat developed with conduction cooled thermal shield. Various heat loads on the liquid helium cryostat is calculated. Design modification of the existing cryostat to reduce the heat load and improved thermal performance is discussed. (author)

  2. An investigation of high fractions of metastable helium atoms

    X.P.Feng(冯贤平); B.W.James

    2003-01-01

    Penning type discharge was adopted to excite helium atoms. It is suitable for generating high densitymetastables at a range from 0.1 mTorr to 0.5 Tort. The highest metastable density of 3.5 × 1010 cm-3was observed at a static gas pressure of 0.5 Torr. The highest fraction of metastables (N21s/NHe) of 10-3in a low gas pressure was obtained. The variation of the magnetic field strength on the discharge doesnot result in a significant density change of the metastable helium atoms. When no magnetic field wasapplied, no discharge took place.

  3. Asteroseismic estimate of helium abundance of a solar analog binary system

    Verma, Kuldeep; Antia, H. M. [Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Mumbai 400005 (India); Faria, João P.; Monteiro, Mário J. P. F. G. [Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto, Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto (Portugal); Basu, Sarbani [Astronomy Department, Yale University, P. O. Box 208101, New Haven, CT 065208101 (United States); Mazumdar, Anwesh [Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, V. N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd, Mumbai 400088 (India); Appourchaux, Thierry [Institut d' Astrophysique Spatiale, Université Paris XI-CNRS (UMR8617), Batiment 121, F-91405 Orsay Cedex (France); Chaplin, William J. [School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT (United Kingdom); García, Rafael A. [Laboratoire AIM, CEA/DSM, CNRS, Université Paris Diderot, IRFU/SAp, Centre de Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Metcalfe, Travis S. [Stellar Astrophysics Centre, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 120, DK-8000 Aarhus C (Denmark)

    2014-08-01

    16 Cyg A and B are among the brightest stars observed by Kepler. What makes these stars more interesting is that they are solar analogs. 16 Cyg A and B exhibit solar-like oscillations. In this work we use oscillation frequencies obtained using 2.5 yr of Kepler data to determine the current helium abundance of these stars. For this we use the fact that the helium ionization zone leaves a signature on the oscillation frequencies and that this signature can be calibrated to determine the helium abundance of that layer. By calibrating the signature of the helium ionization zone against models of known helium abundance, the helium abundance in the envelope of 16 Cyg A is found to lie in the range of 0.231 to 0.251 and that of 16 Cyg B lies in the range of 0.218 to 0.266.

  4. Performance of the Helium Circulation System on a Commercialized MEG

    T, Takeda; M, Okamoto; T, Miyazaki; K, Katagiri

    2012-12-01

    We report the performance of a helium circulation system (HCS) mounted on a MEG (Magnetoencephalography) at Nagoya University, Japan. This instrument is the first commercialized version of an HCS. The HCS collects warm helium gas at approximately 300 K and then cools it to approximately 40 K. The gas is returned to the neck tube of a Dewar of the MEG to keep it cold. It also collects helium gas in the region just above the liquid helium surface while it is still cold, re-liquefies the gas and returns it to the Dewar. A special transfer tube (TT) of approximately 3 m length was developed to allow for dual helium streams. This tube separates the HCS using a MEG to reduce magnetic noise. A refiner was incorporated to effectively collect contaminating gases by freezing them. The refiner was equipped with an electric heater to remove the frozen contaminants as gases into the air. A gas flow controller was also developed, which automatically controlled the heater and electric valves to clean up contamination. The developed TT exhibited a very low heat inflow of less than 0.1 W/m to the liquid helium, ensuring efficient operation. The insert tube diameter, which was 1.5 in. was reduced to a standard 0.5 in. size. This dimensional change enabled the HCS to mount onto any commercialized MEG without any modifications to the MEG. The HCS can increase liquid helium in the Dewar by at least 3 liters/Day using two GM cryocoolers (SRDK-415D, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd.). The noise levels were virtually the same as before this installation.

  5. Performance of the Helium Circulation System on a Commercialized MEG

    We report the performance of a helium circulation system (HCS) mounted on a MEG (Magnetoencephalography) at Nagoya University, Japan. This instrument is the first commercialized version of an HCS. The HCS collects warm helium gas at approximately 300 K and then cools it to approximately 40 K. The gas is returned to the neck tube of a Dewar of the MEG to keep it cold. It also collects helium gas in the region just above the liquid helium surface while it is still cold, re-liquefies the gas and returns it to the Dewar. A special transfer tube (TT) of approximately 3 m length was developed to allow for dual helium streams. This tube separates the HCS using a MEG to reduce magnetic noise. A refiner was incorporated to effectively collect contaminating gases by freezing them. The refiner was equipped with an electric heater to remove the frozen contaminants as gases into the air. A gas flow controller was also developed, which automatically controlled the heater and electric valves to clean up contamination. The developed TT exhibited a very low heat inflow of less than 0.1 W/m to the liquid helium, ensuring efficient operation. The insert tube diameter, which was 1.5 in. was reduced to a standard 0.5 in. size. This dimensional change enabled the HCS to mount onto any commercialized MEG without any modifications to the MEG. The HCS can increase liquid helium in the Dewar by at least 3 liters/Day using two GM cryocoolers (SRDK-415D, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd.). The noise levels were virtually the same as before this installation.

  6. Transient Characteristic Analyses of Ex-vessel Coolant Pipe Break for Chinese Helium-cooled Solid Breeder TBM Based on RELAP5 Code%基于RELAP5的中国氦冷固态包层真空室外破口瞬态特性分析

    王杰; 苏光辉; 田文喜; 秋穗正; 向斌; 张国书; 冯开明

    2013-01-01

    利用RELAP5/MOD3.4对中国氦冷固态包层、氦气冷却剂回路和二次侧水冷系统进行建模和系统热工水力安全评价.依据ITER事故分析制定的事故序列,对设计基准真空室外破口进行了瞬态分析,并对比了不同破口位置、面积和停堆方式对第一壁的影响.结果表明:真空室外破口发生在风机的下游较上游危险,且小破口较大破口更危险;若真空室外破口同时包层第一壁破口,也可通过自然循环和辐射换热带走衰变热冷却包层;真空室外破口事故中采用聚变停堆系统的3 s停堆方式,可避免第一壁熔化.%Chinese helium-cooled solid breeder (CH HCSB) test blanket module (TBM) with helium cooling system and secondary cooling water system was modeled and thermal-hydraulic behavior and safety performance of the system were assessed using the RELAP5/MOD3.4 code.According to the accident sequences of ITER accident analysis specification for TBM,the transient analysis of the design basis ex-vessel coolant pipe break accident was carried out.The influences of different break locations,leak areas and plasma shutdown processess on the first wall of TBM were compared.The results indicate that it is much more danger when the pipe break occurs at the downstream side of the helium circulator compared with that at upstream side.The results also show that the accident consequence is worse in case of smaller area break than that in case of larger area break.In case of much more severe accident that the ex-vessel break leads to the break of TBM the first wall,the results reveal that the decay heat can be removed to cool down TBM by natural circulation and radiation.The first wall melting can be avoided if the method to shutdown plasma within 3 seconds in case of ex-vessel break is adopted.

  7. Fermilab central helium liquefier operations

    This chapter discusses the use of liquid helium to cool the Fermilab superconducting accelerator. Liquid from the Central Helium Liquefier (CHL) is transported in a six kilometer circular transfer line and each satellite withdraws the amount required to boost its refrigeration capacity to the necessary level. Topics considered include the compressor, the heater, the control system, gas storage, liquid storage, the nitrogen reliquefier, gas purification, initial and early operation, and recent operation. The liquid helium is warmed to near ambient temperature in the satellite heat exchangers. The satellite compressors return the excess inventory to the CHL via a 20 bar gas header. This gas is injected into the high pressure supply to the cold box. Some turbine instabilities have been experienced, including the destruction of a turbine during the initial start-up

  8. Magnetically insulated helium ion diode

    Wessel, F.J.; Heidbrink, W.W.; Drum, S.; Hoang, K.; Layton, P. (Physics Department, University of California, Irvine, California 92717 (US))

    1990-01-01

    A gas-puff magnetically insulated ion diode is under development as a pulsed source of high-energy alpha particles for magnetic fusion experiments. The diode is patterned after the Cornell gas-puff diode (J. B. Greenly, M. Ueda, G. D. Rondeau, and D. A. Hammer, J. Appl. Phys. {bold 63}, 1872 (1988)), but with modifications to accomodate higher voltages ({lt}1 MeV) and operation in helium. The diode is designed to yield current densities approaching 200 A/cm{sup 2} one meter downstream from the source; in our first test of the new source, a helium beam was obtained.

  9. Helium reionization and the thermal proximity effect

    Meiksin, Avery; Brown, Calum K; 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.15667.x

    2010-01-01

    We examine the temperature structure of the intergalactic medium IGM) surounding a hard radiation source, such as a Quasi-Stellar Object (QSO), as it responds to the onset of helium reionization by the source. We model the reionization using a radiative transfer (RT) code coupled to a particle-mesh (PM) N-body code. Neutral hydrogen and helium are initially ionized by a starburst spectrum, which is allowed to gradually evolve into a power law spectrum (fnu ~ nu^(-0.5)). Multiple simulations were performed with different times for the onset and dominance of the hard spectrum, with onset redshifts ranging from z = 3.5 to 5.5. The source is placed in a high-density region to mimic the expected local environment of a QSO. Simulations with the source placed in a low-density environment were also performed as control cases to explore the role of the environment on the properties of the surrounding IGM. We find in both cases that the IGM temperature within the HeIII region produced exceeds the IGM temperature before...

  10. Central helium density measurements in PLT

    The central helium density in PLT has been deduced from measurements of the ratio of d-3He to d-d fusion reactions during deuterium neutral beam injection. The inward transport time for 3He puffed at the edge plasma was 10 → 30 msec. The decay time of the central 3He density increased with electron density, varying from 0.3 sec to greater than 1.0 sec over the density range of (1 → 5) x 1013 cm-3

  11. Intense-field multiphoton ionization of helium

    The dynamics of multiphoton ionization of helium are investigated through numerical integration of the two-electron time-dependent Schroedinger equation. Using this work as a benchmark, a new single-active-electron model is introduced that gives agreement with He ionization rates to within a few per cent on average, and gives good agreement with He harmonic generation spectra over a laser intensity range of 0.5x1014 to 8.0x1014 W cm-2, and frequencies corresponding to four- and five-photon ionization. (author). Letter-to-the-editor

  12. Helium retention properties of plasma facing materials

    In a fusion reactor, the continuous removal of helium from the core plasma is needed in order to sustain the ignition condition. For this purpose, it has been proposed to place helium selective pumping metals, which can trap more helium than hydrogen, in the vicinity of the divertor. In this study, the helium and hydrogen trapping properties of nickel, tungsten, molybdenum, SS 304 and Inconel 625 were examined. Namely, the dependencies of irradiation temperature on the amount of trapped helium and hydrogen were obtained by thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), after helium or hydrogen plasma irradiation. In those metals, nickel showed the most suitable selective pumping capability. Nickel had the helium selective pumping property above 100 C. The maximum amount of trapped helium was (2-3) x 1016 He/cm2 at an irradiation temperature of 200 C and 600 C. The optimum temperature becomes about 600 C when nickel is used for a selective pumping material. (orig.)

  13. Pierre Gorce working on a helium pump.

    1975-01-01

    This type of pump was designed by Mario Morpurgo, to circulate liquid helium in superconducting magnets wound with hollow conductors. M. Morpurgo, Design and construction of a pump for liquid helium, CRYIOGENICS, February 1977, p. 91

  14. Primary population of antiprotonic helium states

    Révai, J.; Shevchenko, N.V.(Nuclear Physics Institute, Řež, 25068, Czech Republic)

    2003-01-01

    A full quantum mechanical calculation of partial cross-sections leading to different final states of antiprotonic helium atom was performed. Calculations were carried out for a wide range of antiprotonic helium states and incident (lab) energies of the antiproton.

  15. The effect of primordial hydrogen/helium fractionation on the solar neutrino flux

    Wheeler, J. C.; Cameron, A. G. W.

    1975-01-01

    If hydrogen and helium are immiscible below some critical temperature, gravitational separation could occur in the proto-sun, resulting in a nearly pure helium core and a nearly pure hydrogen shell. We have constructed solar models according to this scenario and find the neutrino flux reduced to 1.5-3 SNU.

  16. Calculations of line absorption for the Voigt profile and some specific lines of helium

    Kato, I.; Yonehara, A.

    1980-07-01

    Calculations of the line absorption for the 396.5- , 361.4- , 318.7- , 492.2- , 587.6- , and 447.1-nm lines of helium have been performed for the Voigt profile. These results can be used to measure the absolute concentration of helium metastable atoms and several other excited atoms by the reabsorption method.

  17. Irradiation damage effects on helium migration in sintered uranium dioxide

    In this study, the effects of radiation on helium migration are investigated through the analysis of polycrystalline uranium dioxide samples irradiated at fluences up to 5 × 1015 at. cm−2 with 8 MeV iodine ions. Following irradiation, samples are implanted with 500 keV 3He+ ions at fluences in the range of 1016 at. cm−2. Three nuclear reaction analysis (NRA) techniques are subsequently implemented using the 3He(2H,1H)4He reaction. The influence of temperature using NRA was first studied based upon 3He depth profile changes and the on-line monitoring of helium release. The effect of the sample microstructure was also investigated at the grain scale by performing analyses of the helium spatial distribution with a nuclear microprobe. Neither substantial helium release nor depth profile changes are observed at temperatures below 900 °C in irradiated samples. Following annealing at temperatures above 1000 °C, a substantial proportion of the implanted helium is released from the samples. From this temperature upwards, the two dimensional He cartographies reveal that the gas has been preferentially released in the vicinity of grain boundaries. These results can be interpreted in the light of previous studies in terms of gas precipitation and re-solution. Helium precipitation is enhanced in irradiated samples up to 900 °C because of the presence of irradiation induced defects. At temperatures in excess of 1000 °C, the precipitated helium is partly returned to the matrix hence it is preferentially released in regions adjacent to grain boundaries, which appear to act as defect sinks.

  18. Evolution of defects in silicon carbide implanted with helium ions

    Zhang, Chonghong; Song, Yin; Yang, Yitao; Zhou, Chunlan; Wei, Long; Ma, Hongji

    2014-05-01

    Effects of accumulation of radiation damage in silicon carbide are important concerns for the use of silicon carbide in advanced nuclear energy systems. In the present work lattice damage in silicon carbide crystal (4H type) implanted with 100 keV 4He+ ions was investigated with Rutherford backscattering spectrometry in channeling geometry (RBS/c) and positron beam Doppler broadening spectrometry (PBDB). Helium implantation was performed at the specimen temperature of 510 K to avoid amorphization of the SiC crystal. Fluences of helium ions were selected to be in the range from 1 × 1016 to 3 × 1016 ions cm-2, around the dose threshold for the formation of observable helium bubbles under transmission electron microscopes (TEM). The RBS/c measurements show distinctly different annealing behavior of displaced Si atoms at doses below or above the threshold for helium bubble formation. The RBS/c yield in the peak damage region of the specimen implanted to 3 × 1016 He-ions cm-2 shows an increase on the subsequently thermal annealing above 873 K, which is readily ascribed to the extra displacement of Si atoms due to helium bubble growth. The RBS/c yield in the specimen implanted to a lower ion fluence of 1.5 × 1016 He-ions cm-2 decreases monotonously on annealing from ambient temperatures up to 1273 K. The PBDB measurements supply evidence of clustering of vacancies at temperatures from 510 to 1173 K, and dissociation of vacancy clusters above 1273 K. The similarity of annealing behavior in PBDB profiles for helium implantation to 1 × 1016 and 3 × 1016 ions cm-2 is ascribed to the saturation of trapping of positrons in vacancy type defects in the damaged layers in the specimens helium-implanted to the two dose levels.

  19. THE EFFECTS OF CURVATURE AND EXPANSION ON HELIUM DETONATIONS ON WHITE DWARF SURFACES

    Accreted helium layers on white dwarfs have been highlighted for many decades as a possible site for a detonation triggered by a thermonuclear runaway. In this paper, we find the minimum helium layer thickness that will sustain a steady laterally propagating detonation and show that it depends on the density and composition of the helium layer, specifically 12C and 16O. Detonations in these thin helium layers have speeds slower than the Chapman-Jouget (CJ) speed from complete helium burning, vCJ = 1.5 × 109 cm s–1. Though gravitationally unbound, the ashes still have unburned helium (≈80% in the thinnest cases) and only reach up to heavy elements such as 40Ca, 44Ti, 48Cr, and 52Fe. It is rare for these thin shells to generate large amounts of 56Ni. We also find a new set of solutions that can propagate in even thinner helium layers when 16O is present at a minimum mass fraction of ≈0.07. Driven by energy release from α captures on 16O and subsequent elements, these slow detonations only create ashes up to 28Si in the outer detonated He shell. We close by discussing how the unbound helium burning ashes may create faint and fast 'Ia' supernovae as well as events with virtually no radioactivity, and speculate on how the slower helium detonation velocities impact the off-center ignition of a carbon detonation that could cause a Type Ia supernova in the double detonation scenario

  20. Prodigious degassing of a billion years of accumulated radiogenic helium at Yellowstone

    Lowenstern, Jacob B.; Evans, William C.; Bergfeld, D.; Hunt, Andrew G.

    2014-01-01

    Helium is used as a critical tracer throughout the Earth sciences, where its relatively simple isotopic systematics is used to trace degassing from the mantle, to date groundwater and to time the rise of continents1. The hydrothermal system at Yellowstone National Park is famous for its high helium-3/helium-4 isotope ratio, commonly cited as evidence for a deep mantle source for the Yellowstone hotspot2. However, much of the helium emitted from this region is actually radiogenic helium-4 produced within the crust by α-decay of uranium and thorium. Here we show, by combining gas emission rates with chemistry and isotopic analyses, that crustal helium-4 emission rates from Yellowstone exceed (by orders of magnitude) any conceivable rate of generation within the crust. It seems that helium has accumulated for (at least) many hundreds of millions of years in Archaean (more than 2.5 billion years old) cratonic rocks beneath Yellowstone, only to be liberated over the past two million years by intense crustal metamorphism induced by the Yellowstone hotspot. Our results demonstrate the extremes in variability of crustal helium efflux on geologic timescales and imply crustal-scale open-system behaviour of helium in tectonically and magmatically active regions.

  1. Charged Condensate and Helium Dwarf Stars

    Gabadadze, Gregory; Rosen, Rachel A.

    2008-01-01

    White dwarf stars composed of carbon, oxygen or heavier elements are expected to crystallize as they cool down below certain temperatures. Yet, simple arguments suggest that the helium white dwarf cores may not solidify, mostly because of zero-point oscillations of the helium ions that would dissolve the crystalline structure. We argue that the interior of the helium dwarfs may instead form a macroscopic quantum state in which the charged helium-4 nuclei are in a Bose-Einstein condensate, whi...

  2. Atomic spectra in a helium bubble

    Nakatsukasa, Takashi; Yabana, Kazuhiro; Bertsch, George F.

    2002-01-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) is applied to atomic spectra under perturbations of superfluid liquid helium. The atomic DFT of helium is used to obtain the distribution of helium atoms around the impurity atom, and the electronic DFT is applied to the excitations of the atom, averaging over the ensemble of helium configurations. The shift and broadening of the D1 and D2 absorption lines are quite well reproduced by theory, suggesting that the DFT may be useful for describing spectral perturb...

  3. Study of the hadron-helium and helium-helium scattering at high energy

    Multiple scattering Glauber's theory is used to calculate the hadron-helium and helium-helium elastic differential cross-section. The theory is very sensitive to the 4He wave functions. We use better 4He wave functions than experimental ones. These wave functions have correct asymptotic shape. In some calculations, we take into account the spin effects and the 4He, S, S' and D states contribution. At high energy, we use inelastic corrections, to complete the differential cross-section. A study of the diffractive and coherent p-4He → 4He-X dissociation is developed. We use Humble's amplitudes with a peripherical character and an helicity structure. The agreement with experimental results is good for 24 to 400 GeV

  4. Helium distribution functions in tokamak plasmas

    Two different methods are used to obtain information on the helium distribution. The first method is a machine that measures the velocity distribution of neutral helium particles escaping from the plasma (NPA). The second method is charge exchange spectroscopy that measures the helium density and temperature as a function of time and place from the Doppler broadened intensity of He lines. (orig./HP)

  5. Helium compounds and solidification of α particles

    Helium is not rare gas in the universe, and also not inert gas, for there are Helium com- pounds, α-Particles emitted from plutonium can be solidified based on the formation of helium compounds, then, the coefficient expansion of plutonium is negligible with such a solidification, otherwise, will be remarkable to 6.8%. (author)

  6. 21 CFR 184.1355 - Helium.

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Helium. 184.1355 Section 184.1355 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN... Substances Affirmed as GRAS § 184.1355 Helium. (a) Helium (empirical formula He, CAS Reg. No. 7440-59-7) is...

  7. 21 CFR 582.1355 - Helium.

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Helium. 582.1355 Section 582.1355 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) ANIMAL DRUGS, FEEDS... Helium. (a) Product. Helium. (b) Conditions of use. This substance is generally recognized as safe...

  8. Why Helium Ends in "-Ium"

    Jensen, William B.; Holme, Thomas; Cooper, Melanie; White, Carol

    2004-01-01

    Edward Frankland and Norman Lockyer researched upon a gaseous spectra in relation to the physical constitution of the sun and named it as "helium" (from Greek "helios" meaning "sun"). Since Lockyer apparently never formally proposed the name in print, it is not known why he chose to use a metallic end "ium".

  9. Liquid helium level measurement system

    The Liquid Helium level measurement system at the PLF, Mumbai has been recently upgraded. Monitoring liquid helium levels is crucial for steady operation of superconducting Linac booster. A Superconducting wire (NbTi) based sensor (American Magnetic make) is used to measure the liquid helium level. Resistance of the sensor changes with the liquid level and the change in resistance is measured using a four wire readout. The Electronics hardware is developed around Silicon lab module C8051F020, which has a 12 bit ADC on board. The sensor is excited with 80 mA constant current and the voltage across the sensor is measured using 12 bit ADC and processed further to get resistance. The measured resistance is converted to fractional level (0 to 100 %) and can be displayed on the LCD panel of the local unit as well as on the remote PC through serial communication. Each unit is capable of reading upto four level sensors. One of the important features of this measurement system is the auto calibration with a single button for all the four level sensors. Two control stations are designed, developed and successfully installed to monitor helium levels in all eight cryostats of the Linac. (author)

  10. Liquid helium fluid dynamics studies

    The present report describes the work carried out under the sponsorship of the Division of High Energy Physics. The report is divided into sections according to the original grant proposal (hydrodynamic studies of single phase helium; two phase flow studies; component development studies; and new research areas). Following the text is a listing of publications which have resulted from work under the grant

  11. Precision spectroscopy of the helium atom

    Shui-ming HU; Zheng-Tian LU; Zong-Chao YAN

    2009-01-01

    Persistent efforts in both theory and experiment have yielded increasingly precise understanding of the helium atom. Because of its simplicity, the helium atom has long been a testing ground for relativistic and quantum electrodynamic effects in few-body atomic systems theoretically and experimentally.Comparison between theory and experiment of the helium spectroscopy in ls2p3pJ can potentially extract a very precise value of the fine structure constant a. The helium atom can also be used to explore exotic nuclear structures. In this paper, we provide a brief review of the recent advances in precision calculations and measurements of the helium atom.

  12. Trapping and release of helium in tungsten

    Lhuillier, Pierre-Emile; Belhabib, Taieb; Desgardin, Pierre; Courtois, Blandine; Sauvage, Thierry; Barthe, Marie-France; Thomann, Anne-Lise; Brault, Pascal; Tessier, Yves

    2011-01-01

    The behavior of tungsten under irradiation and helium implantation is a major stake of the materialrelated issues of fusion reactors. In this perspective the fate of helium in tungsten was studied by mean of several characterization techniques. The aim of this study is to highlight the trapping mechanisms of helium in tungsten and their correlation with implantation-induced defects. Helium was implanted into tungsten at two different energies, 0.32 and 60 keV. The helium was studied as a func...

  13. Helium refrigeration systems for super-conducting accelerators

    Many of the present day accelerators are based on superconducting technology which requires 4.5-K or 2-K helium refrigeration systems. These systems utilize superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities and/or superconducting magnets which are packaged into vacuum vessels known as cryo-modules (CM’s). Many of the present day accelerators are optimized to operate primarily at around 2-K, requiring specialized helium refrigeration systems which are cost intensive to produce and to operate. Some of the cryogenic refrigeration system design considerations for these challenging applications are discussed

  14. Semi-Analytical Analysis of Helium Synthesis in Brane Cosmology

    Fabris, J C

    2003-01-01

    The problem of primordial nucleosynthesis of helium in brane cosmology is studied using a semi-analytical method, where the Fermi-Dirac statistic is ignored. This semi-analytical method agrees with a more complete numerical calculation with a precision of order of 10% or better. The quadratic term for the matter density is the only source considered in the modified Einstein equations predicted by the brane configuration. This hypothesis is justified a posteriori. An agreement between theoretical and observational values for the helium abundance is obtained if the fundamental mass scale in five dimensions is of the order of $M \\sim 5\\times10^3 GeV$.

  15. Helium refrigeration systems for super-conducting accelerators

    Ganni, V.

    2015-12-01

    Many of the present day accelerators are based on superconducting technology which requires 4.5-K or 2-K helium refrigeration systems. These systems utilize superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities and/or superconducting magnets which are packaged into vacuum vessels known as cryo-modules (CM's). Many of the present day accelerators are optimized to operate primarily at around 2-K, requiring specialized helium refrigeration systems which are cost intensive to produce and to operate. Some of the cryogenic refrigeration system design considerations for these challenging applications are discussed.

  16. One-dimensional electron system over liquid helium

    Kovdrya, Yu. Z.; Nikolaenko, V. A.; Gladchenko, S. P.

    2000-07-01

    A system close to a one-dimensional (1D) electron system on superfluid helium is realized in the experiments. A profiled substrate with a small dielectric constant is used to create a set of parallel channels on the surface of liquid helium. The mobility of carriers was measured in this system in the temperature range 0.5-1.8 K. For clean substrates the electron mobility increases with decreasing temperature and reaches high values at low temperatures. The results of experiments are found to be in a good agreement with the existing theory.

  17. A design for a pinhole scanning helium microscope

    We present a simplified design for a scanning helium microscope (SHeM) which utilises almost entirely off the shelf components. The SHeM produces images by detecting scattered neutral helium atoms from a surface, forming an entirely surface sensitive and non-destructive imaging technique. This particular prototype instrument avoids the complexities of existing neutral atom optics by replacing them with an aperture in the form of an ion beam milled pinhole, resulting in a resolution of around 5 microns. Using the images so far produced, an initial investigation of topological contrast has been performed

  18. Helium refrigeration systems for super-conducting accelerators

    Ganni, V. [Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab), Newport News, VA 23606, USA Email: ganni@jlab.org (United States)

    2015-12-04

    Many of the present day accelerators are based on superconducting technology which requires 4.5-K or 2-K helium refrigeration systems. These systems utilize superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities and/or superconducting magnets which are packaged into vacuum vessels known as cryo-modules (CM’s). Many of the present day accelerators are optimized to operate primarily at around 2-K, requiring specialized helium refrigeration systems which are cost intensive to produce and to operate. Some of the cryogenic refrigeration system design considerations for these challenging applications are discussed.

  19. Effect of helium on tensile properties of vanadium alloys

    Chung, H.M.; Billone, M.C.; Smith, D.L. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1997-08-01

    Tensile properties of V-4Cr-4Ti (Heat BL-47), 3Ti-1Si (BL-45), and V-5Ti (BL-46) alloys after irradiation in a conventional irradiation experiment and in the Dynamic Helium Charging Experiment (DHCE) were reported previously. This paper presents revised tensile properties of these alloys, with a focus on the effects of dynamically generated helium of ductility and work-hardening capability at <500{degrees}C. After conventional irradiation (negligible helium generation) at {approx}427{degrees}C, a 30-kg heat of V-4Cr-4Ti (BL-47) exhibited very low uniform elongation, manifesting a strong susceptibility to loss of work-hardening capability. In contrast, a 15-kg heat of V-3Ti-1Si (BL -45) exhibited relatively high uniform elongation ({approx}4%) during conventional irradiation at {approx}427{degrees}C, showing that the heat is resistant to loss of work-hardening capability.

  20. Characterizing uniform discharge in atmospheric helium by numerical modelling

    Lü Bo; Wang Xin-Xin; Luo Hai-Yun; Liang Zhuo

    2009-01-01

    One-dimensional fluid model of dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) in helium at atmospheric pressure was estab-lished and the discharge was numerically simulated. It was found that not only the spatial distributions of the internal parameters such as the electric field, the electron density and ion density are similar to those in a low-pressure glow discharge, but also the visually apparent attribute (light emission) is exactly the same as the observable feature of a low-pressure glow discharge. This confirms that the uniform DBD in atmosphcric helium is a glow type discharge. The fact that the thickness of the cathode fall layer is about 0.5 ram, much longer than that of a normal glow dischargc in helium at atmospheric pressure, indicates the discharge being a sub-normal glow discharge close to normal one. The multipulse phenomenon was reproduced in the simulation and a much less complicated explanation for this phenomenon was given.

  1. LRO-LAMP Observations of Lunar Exospheric Helium

    Grava, Cesare; Retherford, Kurt D.; Hurley, Dana M.; Feldman, Paul D.; Gladstone, Randy; Greathouse, Thomas K.; Cook, Jason C.; Stern, Alan; Pryor, Wayne R.; Halekas, Jasper S.; Kaufmann, David E.

    2015-11-01

    We present results from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s (LRO) UV spectrograph LAMP (Lyman-Alpha Mapping Project) campaign to study the lunar atmosphere. Two kinds of off-nadir maneuvers (lateral rolls and pitches towards and opposite the direction of motion of LRO) were performed to search for resonantly scattering species, increasing the illuminated line-of-sight (and hence the signal from atoms resonantly scattering the solar photons) compared to previously reported LAMP “twilight observations” [Cook & Stern, 2014]. Helium was the only element distinguishable on a daily basis, and we present latitudinal profiles of its line-of-sight column density in December 2013. We compared the helium line-of-sight column densities with solar wind alpha particle fluxes measured from the ARTEMIS (Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence, & Electrodynamics of Moon’s Interaction with the Sun) twin spacecraft. Our data show a correlation with the solar wind alpha particle flux, confirming that the solar wind is the main source of the lunar helium, but not with a 1:1 relationship. Assuming that the lunar soil is saturated with helium atoms, our results suggest that not all of the incident alpha particles are converted to thermalized helium, allowing for a non-negligible fraction (~50 %) to escape as suprathermal helium or simply backscattered from the lunar surface. We also support the finding by Benna et al. [2015] and Hurley et al. [2015], that a non-zero contribution from endogenic helium, coming from radioactive decay of 232Th and 238U within the mantle, is present, and is estimated to be (4.5±1.2) x 106 He atoms cm-2 s-1. Finally, we compare LAMP-derived helium surface density with the one recorded by the mass spectrometer LACE (Lunar Atmospheric Composition Experiment) deployed on the lunar surface during the Apollo 17 mission, finding good agreement between the two measurements. These LRO off-nadir maneuvers allow LAMP to provide unique coverage of local solar time and

  2. Chromatographic method of measurement of helium concentration in underground waters for dating in hydrological questions

    Research methods which use natural environmental indicators are widely applied in hydrology. Different concentrations of indicators and their isotopic components in ground waters allow to determine the genesis of waters and are valuable source of information about the water flow dynamics. One of the significant indicator is helium. The concentration of 4He (helium) in ground water is a fine indicator in water dating in a range from a hundreds to millions of years (Aeschbach-Hertig i in., 1999; Andrews i in., 1989; Castro i in., 2000; Zuber i in., 2007). 4He is also used for dating young waters of age about 10 years (Solomon i in., 1996). Thesis consist the description of elaborated in IFJ PAN in Krakow chromatographic measurement method of helium concentration in ground waters in aim of dating. Chapter 1 contain short introduction about ground water dating and chapter 2 description of helium property and chosen applications of helium for example in technology and earthquake predictions. Helium sources in ground waters are described in chapter 3. Helium concentration in water after infiltration (originated from atmosphere) to the ground water system depends mainly on the helium concentration coming from the equilibration with the atmosphere increased by additional concentration from '' excess air ''. With the increasing resistance time of ground water during the flow, radiogenic, non-atmospheric component of helium dissolves also in water. In chapter 4 two measurement methods of helium concentration in ground waters were introduced: mass spectrometric and gas chromatographic method. Detailed description of elaborated chromatographic measurement method of helium concentration in ground water contain chapter 5. To verify developed method the concentration of helium in ground waters from the regions of Krakow and Busko Zdroj were measured. For this waters the concentrations of helium are known from the earlier mass spectrometric measurements. The results of

  3. Helium solubility in imperfect ionic crystals

    In the context of the intended use of helium as a coolant in high temperature gas cooled reactors a study is undertaken into helium interaction with crystals at the stage preceding the process of helium clusters formation. Experimental and theoretical investigations of helium solubility in imperfect ionic crystals CaF2, SrF2, KBr are carried out along with the degassing kinetics in the temperature range of 500-1200 K. An analysis is made for possible mechanisms of the occurrence of observed oscillations in helium solubility at temperature variations. The solution heat for helium atoms in cation vacancies and the energy of impurity-vacancy cluster dissociation are calculated. The reason for a catastrophic increase of dissolved helium concentration with saturation pressure is discussed

  4. HeREF-2003 : Helium Refrigeration Techniques

    2003-01-01

    CERN Technical Training 2003: Learning for the LHC ! Theory, Technology, Maintenance and Control of Helium Refrigerators HeREF-2003 is a course in the framework of the 2002 Technical Training Programme, that will provide a complete introduction to Helium refrigeration, with a practical approach to theory, technology, maintenance and control of Helium refrigeration installations. Theoretical aspects and equations will be limited to a minimum. HeREF-2003 targets an audience of technicians and operators of Helium refrigeration plants at CERN, as well as physicists and engineers needing an overview of current Helium refrigeration techniques. HeREF-2003 will address, among other, issues related to component technology, installation maintenance, process control and Helium purity. A commented visit to a couple of CERN Helium refrigeration or liquefaction plants will also take place. • Duration: 7 half days (4 mornings and 3 afternoons), 6-10 October, 2003 • Cost per participant: 500.- CHF ...

  5. HeREF-2003: Helium Refrigeration Techniques

    2003-01-01

    CERN Technical Training 2003: Learning for the LHC ! Theory, Technology, Maintenance and Control of Helium Refrigerators HeREF-2003 is a course in the framework of the 2002 Technical Training Programme, that will provide a complete introduction to Helium refrigeration, with a practical approach to theory, technology, maintenance and control of Helium refrigeration installations. Theoretical aspects and equations will be limited to a minimum. HeREF-2003 targets an audience of technicians and operators of Helium refrigeration plants at CERN, as well as physicists and engineers needing an overview of current Helium refrigeration techniques. HeREF-2003 will address, among other, issues related to component technology, installation maintenance, process control and Helium purity. A commented visit to a couple of CERN Helium refrigeration or liquefaction plants will also take place. Duration: 7 half days (4 mornings and 3 afternoons), 6-10 October, 2003 Cost per participant: 500.- CHF Language: Bilingual English...

  6. Applicability of Henry's Law to helium solubility in olivine

    Jackson, C.; Parman, S. W.; Kelley, S. P.; Cooper, R. F.

    2013-12-01

    Applicability of Henry's Law to helium solubility in olivine We have experimentally determined helium solubility in San Carlos olivine across a range of helium partial pressures (PHe) with the goal of quantifying how noble gases behave during partial melting of peridotite. Helium solubility in olivine correlates linearly with PHe between 55 and 1680 bar. This linear relationship suggests Henry's Law is applicable to helium dissolution into olivine up to 1680 bar PHe, providing a basis for extrapolation of solubility relationships determined at high PHe to natural systems. This is the first demonstration of Henry's Law for helium dissolution into olivine. Averaging all the data of the PHe series yields a Henry's coefficient of 3.8(×3.1)×10-12 mol g-1 bar-1. However, the population of Henry's coefficients shows a positive skew (skewness = 1.17), i.e. the data are skewed to higher values. This skew is reflected in the large standard deviation of the population of Henry's coefficients. Averaging the median values from each experiment yields a lower Henry's coefficient and standard deviation: 3.2(× 2.3)×10-12 mol g-1 bar-1. Combining the presently determined helium Henry's coefficient for olivine with previous determinations of helium Henry's coefficients for basaltic melts (e.g. 1) yields a partition coefficient of ~10-4. This value is similar to previous determinations obtained at higher PHe (2). The applicability of Henry's Law here suggests helium is incorporated onto relatively abundant sites within olivine that are not saturated by 1680 bar PHe or ~5×10-9 mol g-1. Large radius vacancies, i.e. oxygen vacancies, are energetically favorable sites for noble gas dissolution (3). However, oxygen vacancies are not abundant enough in San Carlos olivine to account for this solubility (e.g. 4), suggesting the 3x10-12 mol g-1 bar-1 Henry's coefficient is associated with interstitial dissolution of helium. Helium was dissolved into olivine using an externally heated

  7. Mixed helium-3 - helium-4 calorimeter. Very low temperature calorimetry

    A description is given of a double-racket calorimeter using helium-4 and helium-3 as the cryogenic fluids and making it possible to vary the temperature continuously from 0.35 K to 4.2 K. By using an electric thermal regulator together with liquid hydrogen it is possible to extend this range up to about 30 K. In the second part, a review is made of the various, methods available for measuring specific heats. The method actually used in the apparatus previously described is described in detail. The difficulties arising from the use of an exchange gas for the thermal contact have been solved by the use of adsorption pumps. (author)

  8. Internally-cooled cabled superconductors cooled with helium II

    Niobium-titanium superconductors maintained at sublambda temperatures provide an alternative to helium cooled niobium-3-tin superconductors operating in the 4.2 to 5 K temperature range. The subject paper examines the replacement of supercritical HeI with subcooled HeII in a slightly modified MIT-12 T test coil. Both steady-state and transient heat loads are considered

  9. Stopping Power of Solid Argon for Helium Ions

    Besenbacher, F.; Bøttiger, Jørgen; Grauersen, O.;

    1981-01-01

    By means of the Rutherford-backscattering method, the stopping cross section of solid argon has been measured for 0.5–3 MeV helium ions to an accuracy of not, vert, similar3%. The results agree within the experimental accuracies with our earlier measurements for gaseous argon over the energy region...

  10. Crossed-beam time-of-flight study of metastable helium in collisions with helium, neon, and argon

    Absolute total integral velocity-resolved cross sections have been measured for collisions of helium singlet (21S0) and triplet (23S1) metastables with ground-state helium, neon, and argon in the thermal velocity range of 1.0 to 3.5 x 105 cm/sec. Additional measurements on the He+-Ne system with a large input acceptance angle at the detector failed to show previously predicted sharply-rising velocity structure in the inelastic transfer cross sections. The measurements were taken with a crossed-beam time-of-flight apparatus

  11. Variable helium diffusion characteristics in fluorite

    Wolff, R.; Dunkl, I.; Kempe, U.; Stockli, D.; Wiedenbeck, M.; von Eynatten, H.

    2016-09-01

    Precise analysis of the diffusion characteristics of helium in fluorite is crucial for establishing the new fluorite (U-Th-Sm)/He thermochronometer (FHe), which potentially provides a powerful tool for dating ore deposits unsuitable for the application of conventional geochronometers. Incremental helium outgassing experiments performed on fluorites derived from a spectrum of geological environments suggest a thermally activated volume diffusion mechanism. The diffusion behaviour is highly variable and the parameters range between log D0/a2 = 0.30 ± 0.27-7.27 ± 0.46 s-1 and Ea = 96 ± 3.5-182 ± 3.8 kJ/mol. Despite the fact that the CaF2 content of natural fluorites in most cases exceeds 99 weight percent, the closure temperature (Tc) of the fluorite (U-Th-Sm)/He thermochronometer as calculated from these diffusion parameters varies between 46 ± 14 °C and 169 ± 9 °C, considering a 125 μm fragment size. Here we establish that minor substitutions of calcium by rare earth elements and yttrium (REE + Y) and related charge compensation by sodium, fluorine, oxygen and/or vacancies in the fluorite crystal lattice have a significant impact on the diffusivity of helium in the mineral. With increasing REE + Y concentrations F vacancies are reduced and key diffusion pathways are narrowed. Consequently, a higher closure temperature is to be expected. An empirical case study confirms this variability: two fluorite samples from the same deposit (Horni Krupka, Czech Republic) with ca. 170 °C and ca. 43 °C Tc yield highly different (U-Th-Sm)/He ages of 290 ± 10 Ma and 79 ± 10 Ma, respectively. Accordingly, the fluorite sample with the high Tc could have quantitatively retained helium since the formation of the fluorite-bearing ores in the Permian, despite subsequent Mesozoic burial and associated regional hydrothermal heating. In contrast, the fluorite with the low Tc yields a Late Cretaceous age close to the apatite fission track (AFT) and apatite (U-Th)/He ages (AHe

  12. Altering blood flow does not reveal differences between nitrogen and helium kinetics in brain or in skeletal miracle in sheep.

    Doolette, David J; Upton, Richard N; Grant, Cliff

    2015-03-01

    In underwater diving, decompression schedules are based on compartmental models of nitrogen and helium tissue kinetics. However, these models are not based on direct measurements of nitrogen and helium kinetics. In isoflurane-anesthetized sheep, nitrogen and helium kinetics in the hind limb (n = 5) and brain (n = 5) were determined during helium-oxygen breathing and after return to nitrogen-oxygen breathing. Nitrogen and helium concentrations in arterial, femoral vein, and sagittal sinus blood samples were determined using headspace gas chromatography, and venous blood flows were monitored continuously using ultrasonic Doppler. The experiment was repeated at different states of hind limb blood flow and cerebral blood flow. Using arterial blood gas concentrations and blood flows as input, parameters and model selection criteria of various compartmental models of hind limb and brain were estimated by fitting to the observed venous gas concentrations. In both the hind limb and brain, nitrogen and helium kinetics were best fit by models with multiexponential kinetics. In the brain, there were no differences in nitrogen and helium kinetics. Hind limb models fit separately to the two gases indicated that nitrogen kinetics were slightly faster than helium, but models with the same kinetics for both gases fit the data well. In the hind limb and brain, the blood:tissue exchange of nitrogen is similar to that of helium. On the basis of these results, it is inappropriate to assign substantially different time constants for nitrogen and helium in all compartments in decompression algorithms. PMID:25525213

  13. Rapidly pulsed helium droplet source

    Pentlehner, Dominik; Riechers, Ricarda; Dick, Bernhard; Slenczka, Alkwin [Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Regensburg, 93053 Regensburg (Germany); Even, Uzi; Lavie, Nachum; Brown, Raviv; Luria, Kfir [Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, School of Chemistry, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, 69978 Tel Aviv (Israel)

    2009-04-15

    A pulsed valve connected to a closed-cycle cryostat was optimized for producing helium droplets. The pulsed droplet beam appeared with a bimodal size distribution. The leading part of the pulse consists of droplets suitable for doping with molecules. The average size of this part can be varied between 10{sup 4} and 10{sup 6} helium atoms, and the width of the distribution is smaller as compared to a continuous-flow droplet source. The system has been tested in a single pulse mode and at repetition rates of up to 500 Hz with almost constant intensity. The droplet density was found to be increased by more than an order of magnitude as compared to a continuous-flow droplet source.

  14. Confined helium on Lagrange meshes

    Baye, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    The Lagrange-mesh method has the simplicity of a calculation on a mesh and can have the accuracy of a variational method. It is applied to the study of a confined helium atom. Two types of confinement are considered. Soft confinements by potentials are studied in perimetric coordinates. Hard confinement in impenetrable spherical cavities is studied in a system of rescaled perimetric coordinates varying in [0,1] intervals. Energies and mean values of the distances between electrons and between an electron and the helium nucleus are calculated. A high accuracy of 11 to 15 significant figures is obtained with small computing times. Pressures acting on the confined atom are also computed. For sphere radii smaller than 1, their relative accuracies are better than $10^{-10}$. For larger radii up to 10, they progressively decrease to $10^{-3}$, still improving the best literature results.

  15. Elusive structure of helium trimers

    Stipanović, Petar; Boronat, Jordi

    2016-01-01

    Over the years many He-He interaction potentials have been developed, some very sophisticated, including various corrections beyond Born-Oppenheimer approximation. Most of them were used to predict properties of helium dimers and trimers, examples of exotic quantum states, whose experimental study proved to be very challenging. Recently, detailed structural properties of helium trimers were measured for the first time, allowing a comparison with theoretical predictions and possibly enabling the evaluation of different interaction potentials. The comparisons already made included adjusting the maxima of both theoretical and experimental correlation functions to one, so the overall agreement between theory and experiment appeared satisfactory. However, no attempt was made to evaluate the quality of the interaction potentials used in the calculations. In this work, we calculate the experimentally measured correlation functions using both new and old potentials, compare them with experimental data and rank the po...

  16. Helium atom scattering from surfaces

    1992-01-01

    High resolution helium atom scattering can be applied to study a number of interesting properties of solid surfaces with great sensitivity and accuracy. This book treats in detail experimental and theoretical aspects ofthis method as well as all current applications in surface science. The individual chapters - all written by experts in the field - are devoted to the investigation of surface structure, defect shapes and concentrations, the interaction potential, collective and localized surface vibrations at low energies, phase transitions and surface diffusion. Over the past decade helium atom scattering has gained widespread recognitionwithin the surface science community. Points in its favour are comprehensiveunderstanding of the scattering theory and the availability of well-tested approximation to the rigorous theory. This book will be invaluable to surface scientists wishing to make an informed judgement on the actual and potential capabilities of this technique and its results.

  17. Muon transfer from deuterium to helium

    Augsburger, M A; Breunlich, W H; Cargnelli, M; Chatellard, D; Egger, J P; Gartner, B; Hartmann, F J; Huot, O; Jacot-Guillarmod, R; Kammel, P; King, R; Knowles, P; Kosak, A; Lauss, B; Marton, J; Mühlbauer, M; Mulhauser, F; Petitjean, C; Prymas, W; Schaller, L A; Schellenberg, L; Schneuwly, H; Tresch, S; Von Egidy, T; Zmeskal, J

    2003-01-01

    We report on an experiment at the Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland measuring x rays from muon transfer from deuterium to helium. Both the ground state transfer via the exotic dmu3,4He* molecules and the excited state transfer from mud* were measured. The use of CCD detectors allowed x rays from 1.5 keV to 11 keV to be detected with sufficient energy resolution to separate the transitions to different final states in both deuterium and helium. The x-ray peaks of the dmu3He* and dmu4He* molecules were measured with good statistics. For the D2+3He mixture, the peak has its maximum at E_dmu3He = 6768 +- 12 eV with FWHM Gamma_dmu3He = 863 +- 10 eV. Furthermore the radiative branching ratio was found to be kappa_dmu3He = 0.301 +- 0.061. For the D_2+4He mixture, the maximum of the peak lies at E_dmu4He = 6831 +- 8 eV and the FWHM is Gamma_dmu4He = 856 +- 10 eV. The radiative branching ratio is kappa_dmu4He = 0.636 +- 0.097. The excited state transfer is limited by the probability to reach the deuterium...

  18. Effect of helium on separation performance of cryogenic distillation column cascade for fusion reactor

    The effect of helium in the feed stream on separation performance of the cryogenic distillation columns was discussed in a probable case. The column cascade at Los Alamos National Laboratory was chosen in the present study. The new data for solubility of helium in liquid hydrogen isotopes was used in the present study. Column (2) is mainly affected by the presence of helium in the fuel stream. If the helium percentage in the feed stream is 1%, the column performance can be assured by increasing the condenser load: a larger inner diameter of the column; larger flow rate of the refrigerant gas; and larger heat transfer area at the condenser should be considered. If the percentage is 5%, both the column pressure and condenser load must be doubled in the steady-state operation. These results qualitatively agreed with the simulation results by Kinoshita in which the old data for solubility of helium were used. (author)

  19. Detecting scintillations in liquid helium

    Huffman, P. R.; McKinsey, D. N.

    2013-09-01

    We review our work in developing a tetraphenyl butadiene (TPB)-based detection system for a measurement of the neutron lifetime using magnetically confined ultracold neutrons (UCN). As part of the development of the detection system for this experiment, we studied the scintillation properties of liquid helium itself, characterized the fluorescent efficiencies of different fluors, and built and tested three detector geometries. We provide an overview of the results from these studies as well as references for additional information.

  20. Acoustic streaming in superfluid helium

    Quantitative measurements of acoustic streaming velocity in liquid helium as a function of sound intensity (up to the cavitation threshold), frequency (1, 3, and 10 MHz), and temperature (1.43 K< or =T< or =2.19 K) are reported. A transition to superfluid turbulence, several flow regions and flow fluctuations are observed. Comparison with the predictions of the second-order Khalatnikov two- fluid hydrodynamic equations indicates good functional and quantitative agreement

  1. Magnetically insulated helium ion diode

    A gas-puff magnetically insulated ion diode is under development as a pulsed source of high-energy alpha particles for magnetic fusion experiments. The diode is patterned after the Cornell gas-puff diode [J. B. Greenly, M. Ueda, G. D. Rondeau, and D. A. Hammer, J. Appl. Phys. 63, 1872 (1988)], but with modifications to accomodate higher voltages (2 one meter downstream from the source; in our first test of the new source, a helium beam was obtained

  2. The Chemical Evolution of Helium

    Balser, D S

    2006-01-01

    We report on measurements of the 4He abundance toward the outer Galaxy HII region S206 with the NRAO Green Bank telescope. Observations of hydrogen and helium radio recombination lines between 8-10 GHz were made toward the peak radio continuum position in S206. We derive 4He/H = 0.08459 +/- 0.00088 (random) +/- 0.0010 (known systematic), 20% lower than optical recombination line results. It is difficult to reconcile the large discrepancy between the optical and radio values even when accounting for temperature, density, and ionization structure or for optical extinction by dust. Using only M17 and S206 we determine dY/dZ = 1.41 +/- 0.62 in the Galaxy, consistent with standard chemical evolution models. High helium abundances in the old stellar population of elliptical galaxies can help explain the increase in UV emission with shorter wavelength between 2000 and 1200 Angstrom, called the UV-upturn or UVX. Our lower values of dY/dZ are consistent with a normal helium abundance at higher metallicity and suggest ...

  3. Helium Contamination Through Polymeric Walls

    Gabal, M.; Lozano, M. P.; Oca, A.; Pina, M. P.; Sesé, J.; Rillo, C.

    The concentration of impurities in helium gas is an important parameter for a recovery andliquefaction plant. A low level of impurities is necessary to maintain an optimum liquefaction rate inany kind of liquefier. The main origin of the impurities is the air contamination that enters into the helium mainstream at some point in the recovery cycle. In this work we have: i) identifiedthe main sources forimpurities in anexperimental helium recovery plant, ii) quantified the contamination rate and iii) proposeda mitigation strategy.An analysis of the He impurities composition revealsa nitrogen/oxygenratio different to the one existing in air. This observation is in accordance with the permeability values for nitrogenand oxygen through the polymer materials used in the plant.Experimental on line measurements for oxygen content in the He mainstream with sensitivity below 1 ppm, have been performed after recirculation through metal and polymericpipelines, respectively, to validate our hypothesis. In addition, the dependence of the impurities concentration with the Heretention time in the recovery gasbag has beenevaluated. Finally some operational recommendations are given for practical applications.

  4. Contribution to the experimental study of the polarized liquid helium-3; Contributions a l'etude experimentale de l'helium-3 liquide polarise

    Villard, B

    1999-07-15

    Spin-polarized liquid helium-3 is prepared by laser optical pumping in low magnetic field and at room temperature, prior to fast liquefaction of the polarized sample. The use of a new helium-3 cryostat enabled us to obtain liquid helium-3 with polarization rates up to 25 % at well-stabilized temperatures (around 0.5 K). We could thereby study the effect of nuclear polarization on liquid-vapour equilibrium, and particularly on the saturated vapour pressure. Very sensitive capacitive gauges were developed. We estimated (to first order in M{sup 2}) the expected effects when the polarization M is suddenly destroyed. These effects were experimentally observed in helium-3/helium-4 mixtures, in pure helium-3, only a transient increase in pressure has been recorded. We then describe in a third part a preliminary experiment which aimed at determining the longitudinal relaxation time T1 in mixtures. Relaxation on the walls is efficiently reduced by a cesium coating and T1s of order 20 minutes were observed. A careful determination of the helium-3 concentration in the liquid phase was made. Finally we studied the effects of dipolar field on transverse polarisation decay in our strongly polarized samples. We observed the free precession of polarization after a NMR pulse, and analysed in detail its decay time constant as a function of different parameters. This time constant drastically varied with the tipping angle, an effect which could be linked to NMR dynamical instabilities. (author)

  5. Absolute calibration of TFTR helium proportional counters

    The TFTR helium proportional counters are located in the central five (5) channels of the TFTR multichannel neutron collimator. These detectors were absolutely calibrated using a 14 MeV neutron generator positioned at the horizontal midplane of the TFTR vacuum vessel. The neutron generator position was scanned in centimeter steps to determine the collimator aperture width to 14 MeV neutrons and the absolute sensitivity of each channel. Neutron profiles were measured for TFTR plasmas with time resolution between 5 msec and 50 msec depending upon count rates. The He detectors were used to measure the burnup of 1 MeV tritons in deuterium plasmas, the transport of tritium in trace tritium experiments, and the residual tritium levels in plasmas following 50:50 DT experiments

  6. Helium isotope characteristics of Andean geothermal fluids and lavas

    Hilton, D. R.; Hammerschmidt, K.; Teufel, S.; Friedrichsen, H.

    1993-12-01

    The first comprehensive helium isotope survey of the Andes is reported here. We have sampled geothermal fluids and phyric lava flows from the Southern (svz) and Central (cvz) Volcanic Zones, the volcanically active Puna region and the Precordillera, Salta Basin, Longitudinal Valley and the aseismic region between the two volcanic zones. Although the active areas are characterized by significant differences in crustal age and thickness, the svz, cvz and Puna are characterized by a wide and overlapping range in He-3/He-4 ratios (for fluids and phenocrysts) from predominantly radiogenic values to close to the Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalt (MORB) ratio. The measured ranges in He-3/He-4 ratios (R) (reported normalised to the air He-3/He-4 -- R(sub A)) are: svz (0.18 less than R/R(sub A) less than 6.9); cvz (0.82 less than R/R(sub A) less than 6.0); and Puna (1.8 less than R/R(sub A) less than 5.4). Modification of magmatic He-3/He-4 ratios by water/rock interactions (fluids) or post-eruptive grow-in of radiogenic He-4 or preferential diffusive loss of He-3 (phenocrysts) is considered unlikely; this means that the wide range reflects the helium isotope characteristics of magma bodies in the Andean crust. The mechanism controlling the He-3/He-4 ratios appears to be a mixing between mantle (MORB-like) helium and a radiogenic helium component derived from radioactive decay within the magma (magma aging) and/or interaction with He-4-rich country rock: a process expected to be influenced by pre-eruptive degassing of the mantle component. Assimilation of lower crust is also capable of modifying He-3/He-4 ratios, albeit to a much lesser extent. However, it is possible that the highest measured values in each zone were established by the addition of lower crustal radiogenic helium to MORB helium. In this case, the higher 'base level' ratios of the svz would reflect the younger crustal structure of this region. In contrast to helium, there is no overlap in the Sr or Pb isotope

  7. Helium effects on microstructural change in RAFM steel under irradiation: Reaction rate theory modeling

    Reaction rate theory analysis has been conducted to investigate helium effects on the formation kinetics of interstitial type dislocation loops (I-loops) and helium bubbles in reduced-activation-ferritic/martensitic steel during irradiation, by focusing on the nucleation and growth processes of the defect clusters. The rate theory model employs the size and chemical composition dependence of thermal dissociation of point defects from defect clusters. In the calculations, the temperature and the production rate of Frenkel pairs are fixed to be T = 723 K and PV = 10−6 dpa/s, respectively. And then, only the production rate of helium atoms was changed into the following three cases: PHe = 0, 10−7 and 10−5 appm He/s. The calculation results show that helium effect on I-loop formation quite differs from that on bubble formation. As to I-loops, the loop formation hardly depends on the existence of helium, where the number density of I-loops is almost the same for the three cases of PHe. This is because helium atoms trapped in vacancies are easily emitted into the matrix due to the recombination between the vacancies and SIAs, which induces no pronounced increase or decrease of vacancies and SIAs in the matrix, leading to no remarkable impact on the I-loop nucleation. On the other hand, the bubble formation depends much on the existence of helium, in which the number density of bubbles for PHe = 10−7 and 10−5 appm He/s is much higher than that for PHe = 0. This is because helium atoms trapped in a bubble increase the vacancy binding energy, and suppress the vacancy dissociation from the bubble, resulting in a promotion of the bubble nucleation. And then, the helium effect on the promotion of bubble nucleation is very strong, even the number of helium atoms in a bubble is not so large

  8. Performance test of a helium refrigerator for the cryogenic hydrogen system in J-PARC

    Tatsumoto, H; Kato, T; Ohtsu, K; Hasegawa, S; Maekawa, F; Futakawa, M

    2009-01-01

    In J-PARC, a cryogenic hydrogen system, which plays a role in providing supercritical hydrogen with a pressure of 1.5 MPa and a temperature of 20 K to three moderators, has been designed. The performance test of the helium refrigeration system that is a part of the cryogenic hydrogen system was conducted independently. The helium refrigeration system was cooled down to 18 K within 4.5 hours, and the refrigerator power of 6.45 kW at 15.6 K was confirmed. The performance test results verified that the helium refrigerator satisfied the performance requirements.

  9. On charged impurity structures in liquid helium

    The thermoluminescence spectra of impurity-helium condensates (IHC) submerged in superfluid helium have been observed for the first time. Thermoluminescence of impurity-helium condensates submerged in superfluid helium is explained by neutralization reactions occurring in impurity nanoclusters. Optical spectra of excited products of neutralization reactions between nitrogen cations and thermoactivated electrons were rather different from the spectra observed at higher temperatures, when the luminescence due to nitrogen atom recombination dominates. New results on current detection during the IHC destruction are presented. Two different mechanisms of nanocluster charging are proposed to describe the phenomena observed during preparation and warm-up of IHC samples in bulk superfluid helium, and destruction of IHC samples out of liquid helium.

  10. Precipitation in low energy helium irradiated molybdenum

    The precipitation of low energy helium injected into molybdenum has been monitored by thermal helium desorption spectrometry (THDS). Precipitates nucleating at vacancies have been studied in the range from n = 1 to n = 2500 He per precipitate. The behaviour of the growing precipitates with respect to helium trapping, self-interstitial capture and emission, and helium release is discussed against the background of results of TEM work done for precipitates with n > 500 He. Evidence is found for (i) 'trap mutation' at n = 10 He, i.e. formation of bound self-interstitials around the helium filled vacancy, and (ii) emission of at least one of these 'mutation produced self-interstitials' (MPI) at n approx. 12 He. For larger precipitates (n > 20 He) the emission of single MPI is not apparent. At n = 1000 signs of helium binding to MPI-loops punched out by the precipitates are observed in the spectra. (author)

  11. Design of the Helium Purifier for IHEP-ADS Helium Purification System

    Jianqin, Zhang; Shaopeng, Li; Zhuo, Zhang; Rui, Ge

    2015-01-01

    Helium Purification System is an important sub-system in the Accelerator Driven Subcritical System of the Institute of High Energy Physics(IHEP ADS). The purifier is designed to work at the temperature of 77K. The purifier will work in a flow rate of 5g/s at 20MPa in continuous operation of 12 hours. The oil and moisture are removed by coalescing filters and a dryer, while nitrogen and oxygen are condensed by a phase separator and then adsorbed in several activated carbon adsorption cylinders...

  12. 43 CFR 16.2 - Applications for helium disposition agreements.

    2010-10-01

    ... 43 Public Lands: Interior 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Applications for helium disposition... HELIUM § 16.2 Applications for helium disposition agreements. The application for a helium disposition... Secretary to determine that the proposal will conserve helium that will otherwise be wasted, drained,...

  13. Transparent Helium in Stripped Envelope Supernovae

    Piro, Anthony L.; Morozova, Viktoriya S.

    2014-01-01

    Using simple arguments based on photometric light curves and velocity evolution, we propose that some stripped envelope supernovae (SNe) show signs that a significant fraction of their helium is effectively transparent. The main pieces of evidence are the relatively low velocities with little velocity evolution, as are expected deep inside an exploding star, along with temperatures that are too low to ionize helium. This means that the helium should not contribute to the shaping of the main S...

  14. Pair Correlations in Superfluid Helium 3

    Vollhardt, D.

    1997-01-01

    In 1996 Lee, Osheroff and Richardson received the Nobel Prize for their 1971 discovery of superfluid helium 3 -- a discovery which opened the door to the most fascinating system known in condensed matter physics. The superfluid phases of helium 3, originating from pair condensation of helium 3 atoms, turned out to be the ideal test-system for many fundamental concepts of modern physics, such as macroscopic quantum phenomena, (gauge-)symmetries and their spontaneous breakdown, topological defe...

  15. Capture of slow antiprotons by helium atoms

    Revai, J.; Shevchenko, N.V.(Nuclear Physics Institute, Řež, 25068, Czech Republic)

    2004-01-01

    A consistent quantum mechanical calculation of partial cross-sections leading to different final states of antiprotonic helium atom was performed. For the four-body scattering wave function, corresponding to the initial state, as well as for the antiprotonic helium wave function, appearing in the final tate, adiabatic approximations was used. Calculations were carried out for a wide range of antiprotonic helium states and incident energies of the antiproton. Obtained energy dependances of som...

  16. Critical Landau Velocity in Helium Nanodroplets

    Brauer, N. B.; Smolarek, S.; Loginov, E.; Mateo, D; A. Hernando; Pi, M.; Barranco, M.; Buma, W. J.; M. Drabbels

    2013-01-01

    The best-known property of superfluid helium is the vanishing viscosity that objects experience while moving through the liquid with speeds below the so-called critical Landau velocity. This critical velocity is generally considered a macroscopic property as it is related to the collective excitations of the helium atoms in the liquid. In the present work we determine to what extent this concept can still be applied to nanometer-scale, finite size helium systems. To this end, atoms and molecu...

  17. A New Method for Measurement of Helium Mass Flow Rate in the Cryogenic System of TORE SUPRA

    Ouyang Zhengrong; Pascal Reynaud

    2005-01-01

    The TORE SUPRA Tokamak was built by EURATOM-CEA association. The NbTi conductor of superconducting coils is inserted in a tight enclosure filled with pressurized superfluid helium of 0.125 MPa at 1.8 K [1]. The thick casing is cooled to 4.5 K by 1.8 MPa in 4.5 K supercritical helium circulation. Around this thick casing, a 80 K thermal shield protects the parts at very low temperatures from the thermal radiation, which is cooled by pressurized helium at 80 K and 1.8 MPa. A new measurement method for helium mass flow rate of 80 K shield and 4.5 K casing is described in this paper. The commissioning was done on the two helium loops of the cryoplant: the supercritical 4.5 K thick casing and 80 K shields. The purpose is to improve control of the 4.5 K and 80 K refrigeration loops.

  18. Low evaporation helium cryostat with a refrigerator

    Improvement of a helium cryostat for a superconducting magnet is reported. A small refrigerator pre-cools the magnet and removes heat load. A gas filled thermal switch cools a helium vessel and thermally insulates the vessel when the refrigerator stops. Nb3Sn wires are used in the helium vessel to avoid resistive heating. The evaporation rate of the liquid helium is 1.0 - 1.7 1/day (with external current of 28A), when a magnet (maximum field 7T in 25mm bore) is set in the cryostat. (author)

  19. Solid lubrication technology of HTGR under helium

    Because Helium is used as coolant in High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (HTGR), the change of tribological properties of HTGR structure component under Helium is a big problem. Under Helium, tribological properties of material becomes worse and fluid lubrication can not be used. Bonded solid lubrication film and fusion sintering solid film are used in control rod and can solve the tribological problem well. Methods of replenishment solid lubricant are discussed for continuously operating friction components. The necessity and possibility for solid lubrication film used in Helium fan is also discussed

  20. Trapping fermionic and bosonic helium atoms

    Stas, R. J. W.

    2005-01-01

    This thesis presents experimental and theoretical work performed at the Laser Centre of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam to study laser-cooled metastable triplet helium atoms. Samples containing about 3x10^8 helium atoms-either fermionic helium-3 atoms, bosonic helium-4 atoms or mixtures thereof-are cooled to a temperature around 1 mK and form the starting point of the presented studies. The studies include an investigation of cold ionizing collisions in the absence of resonant light, an i...

  1. Helium supply demand in future years

    Adequate helium will be available to the year 2000 AD to meet anticipated helium demands for present day applications and the development of new superconducting technologies of potential importance to the nation. It is almost certain that there will not be enough helium at acceptable financial and energy cost after the turn of the century to meet the needs of the many promising helium based technologies now under development. Serious consideration should be given to establishing priorities in development and application based upon their relative value to the country. In the first half of the next century, three ways of estimating helium demand lead to cumulative ranges of from 75 to 125 Gcf (economic study), 89 to 470 Gcf (projected national energy growth rates) and 154 to 328 Gcf (needs for new technologies). These needs contrast with estimated helium resources in natural gas after 2000 AD which may be as low as 10 or 126 Gcf depending upon how the federal helium program is managed and the nation's natural gas resources are utilized. The technological and financial return on a modest national investment in further helium storage and a rational long term helium program promises to be considerable

  2. Limited Quantum Helium Transportation through Nano-channels by Quantum Fluctuation

    Ohba, Tomonori

    2016-01-01

    Helium at low temperatures has unique quantum properties such as superfluidity, which causes it to behave differently from a classical fluid. Despite our deep understanding of quantum mechanics, there are many open questions concerning the properties of quantum fluids in nanoscale systems. Herein, the quantum behavior of helium transportation through one-dimensional nanopores was evaluated by measuring the adsorption of quantum helium in the nanopores of single-walled carbon nanohorns and AlPO4-5 at 2–5 K. Quantum helium was transported unimpeded through nanopores larger than 0.7 nm in diameter, whereas quantum helium transportation was significantly restricted through 0.4-nm and 0.6-nm nanopores. Conversely, nitrogen molecules diffused through the 0.4-nm nanopores at 77 K. Therefore, quantum helium behaved as a fluid comprising atoms larger than 0.4–0.6 nm. This phenomenon was remarkable, considering that helium is the smallest existing element with a (classical) size of approximately 0.27 nm. This finding revealed the presence of significant quantum fluctuations. Quantum fluctuation determined the behaviors of quantum flux and is essential to understanding unique quantum behaviors in nanoscale systems. PMID:27363671

  3. Limited Quantum Helium Transportation through Nano-channels by Quantum Fluctuation.

    Ohba, Tomonori

    2016-01-01

    Helium at low temperatures has unique quantum properties such as superfluidity, which causes it to behave differently from a classical fluid. Despite our deep understanding of quantum mechanics, there are many open questions concerning the properties of quantum fluids in nanoscale systems. Herein, the quantum behavior of helium transportation through one-dimensional nanopores was evaluated by measuring the adsorption of quantum helium in the nanopores of single-walled carbon nanohorns and AlPO4-5 at 2-5 K. Quantum helium was transported unimpeded through nanopores larger than 0.7 nm in diameter, whereas quantum helium transportation was significantly restricted through 0.4-nm and 0.6-nm nanopores. Conversely, nitrogen molecules diffused through the 0.4-nm nanopores at 77 K. Therefore, quantum helium behaved as a fluid comprising atoms larger than 0.4-0.6 nm. This phenomenon was remarkable, considering that helium is the smallest existing element with a (classical) size of approximately 0.27 nm. This finding revealed the presence of significant quantum fluctuations. Quantum fluctuation determined the behaviors of quantum flux and is essential to understanding unique quantum behaviors in nanoscale systems. PMID:27363671

  4. Helium stratification in HD 145792: a new Helium strong star

    Catanzaro, G

    2007-01-01

    In this paper we report on the real nature of the star HD 145792, classified as He weak in {\\it ``The General Catalogue of Ap and Am stars''}. By means of FEROS@ESO1.52m high resolution spectroscopic data, we refined the atmospheric parameters of the star, obtaining: T$_{\\rm eff}$ = 14400 $\\pm$ 400 K, $\\log g$ = 4.06 $\\pm$ 0.08 and $\\xi$ = 0 $^{+0.6}$ km s$^{-1}$. These values resulted always lower than those derived by different authors with pure photometric approaches. Using our values we undertook an abundance analysis with the aim to derive, for the first time, the chemical pattern of the star's atmosphere. For metals a pure LTE synthesis (ATLAS9 and SYNTHE) has been used, while for helium a hybrid approach has been preferred (ATLAS9 and SYNSPEC). The principal result of our study is that HD 145792 belongs to He strong class contrary to the previous classification. Moreover, helium seems to be vertically stratified in the atmosphere, decreasing toward deepest layers. For what that concerns metals abundanc...

  5. Transport simulations of the ignited ITER with high helium fraction

    Becker, G.

    1994-04-01

    Computer simulations with special versions of the one dimensional BALDUR predictive transport code are carried out to investigate the particle confinement of helium and hydrogen, the energy confinement and the burn control in the high density scenario of the ITER (CDA) physics phase. The code uses empirical transport coefficients for ELMy H mode plasmas, an improved model of the scrape-off layer (SOL), an impurity radiation model for helium and iron, and fast burn control by neutral beam injection feedback. A self-sustained thermonuclear burn is achieved for hundreds of seconds. The necessary radiation corrected energy confinement time τE is found to be 4.2 s, which is attainable according to the ITER H mode scaling. In the ignited ITER, a significant dilution of the DT fuel by helium takes place. Steady state helium fractions of up to 8% are obtained, which are found to be compatible with self-sustained burn. The SOL model yields self-consistent electron densities and temperatures at the separatrix (ne = 5.8 × 1019 m-3, Te = 80 eV)

  6. Dielectric tracking in liquid helium

    Measurements of the breakdown field of typical magnet insulators of thickness < 0.7 mm, under conditions in which the breakdown is by surface tracking across the narrow dimension, yield values which are characteristic of helium gas at the saturated vapour pressure for temperatures above the lambda point. Below the lambda point, the breakdown field rises again, but does not attain its 4.2 K value. Measurements also show that the tracking strength of a surface badly contaminated with metal particles is not appreciably less than that for a clean surface. (author)

  7. Helium refrigerator maintenance and reliability at the OPAL cold neutron source

    Thiering, Russell; Taylor, David; Lu, Weijian

    2012-06-01

    Australia's first Cold Neutron Source (CNS) is a major asset to its nuclear research program. The CNS, and associated helium refrigerator, was commissioned in 2006 and is operated at the Open Pool Light Water nuclear Reactor (OPAL). The OPAL CNS operates a 20K, 5 kW Brayton cycle helium refrigerator. In this paper relevant experiences from helium refrigerator operation, maintenance and repair are presented along with the lessons learnt from a series of technical investigations. Turbine failure, due to volatile organic species, is discussed along with the related compressor oil degradation and oil separation efficiency.

  8. Design of subcooled helium II refrigerator with helium-3 cold compressor

    This paper will study the possibility of a He II refrigerator made up of three cold compressors by making use of helium-3 characteristics. This system is compact enough to fit inside a small cold box, so it can be easily connected with an existing helium-4 refrigerator. The authors designed the compressors, calculated the He II cooling capacity, 4.4 K refrigeration load, required inventory of helium-3, and Carnot efficiency. Though helium-3 is expensive, the required inventory of helium-3 to be filled inside this He II refrigerator was calculated to be small enough to prove practicality of constructing this refrigerator

  9. Nanofabrication with a helium ion microscope

    Maas, D.; Van veldhoven, E.; Chen, P.; Sidorkin, V.; Salemink, H.; Van der Drift, E.; Alkemade, P.

    2010-01-01

    The recently introduced helium ion microscope (HIM) is capable of imaging and fabrication of nanostructures thanks to its sub-nanometer sized ion probe [1,2]. The unique interaction of the helium ions with the sample material provides very localized secondary electron emission, thus providing a valu

  10. Nanofabrication with a helium ion microscope

    Maas, D.; Van Veldhoven, E.; Chen, P.; Sidorkin, V; Salemink, H.; Van der Drift, E.; Alkemade, P.

    2009-01-01

    The recently introduced helium ion microscope (HIM) is capable of imaging and fabrication of nanostructures thanks to its sub-nanometer sized ion probe [1,2]. The unique interaction of the helium ions with the sample material provides very localized secondary electron emission, thus providing a valu

  11. Helium-flow measurement using ultrasonic technique

    Sondericker, J. H.

    1983-08-01

    The ideal cryogenic instrumentation for the colliding beam accelerator helium distribution system does not add pressure drop to the system, functions over the entire temperature range, has high resolution, and delivers accurate mass flow measurement data. The design and testing of an ultrasonic flowmeter which measures helium flow under different temperatures are described.

  12. Anomalous wetting of helium on cesium

    The authors report studies of the anomalous wetting of a cesium substrate by a liquid helium film by means of the technique of third sound. A hysteretic pre-wetting transition is observed as a function of the amount of helium in the experimental cell. 10 refs., 2 figs

  13. Helium Speech: An Application of Standing Waves

    Wentworth, Christopher D.

    2011-01-01

    Taking a breath of helium gas and then speaking or singing to the class is a favorite demonstration for an introductory physics course, as it usually elicits appreciative laughter, which serves to energize the class session. Students will usually report that the helium speech "raises the frequency" of the voice. A more accurate description of the…

  14. 30 CFR 256.11 - Helium.

    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Helium. 256.11 Section 256.11 Mineral Resources... Helium. (a) Each lease issued or continued under these regulations shall be subject to a reservation by the United States, under section 12(f) of the Act, of the ownership of and the right to extract...

  15. LOX Tank Helium Removal for Propellant Scavenging

    Chato, David J.

    2009-01-01

    System studies have shown a significant advantage to reusing the hydrogen and oxygen left in these tanks after landing on the Moon in fuel cells to generate power and water for surface systems. However in the current lander concepts, the helium used to pressurize the oxygen tank can substantially degrade fuel cell power and water output by covering the reacting surface with inert gas. This presentation documents an experimental investigation of methods to remove the helium pressurant while minimizing the amount of the oxygen lost. This investigation demonstrated that significant quantities of Helium (greater than 90% mole fraction) remain in the tank after draining. Although a single vent cycle reduced the helium quantity, large amounts of helium remained. Cyclic venting appeared to be more effective. Three vent cycles were sufficient to reduce the helium to small (less than 0.2%) quantities. Two vent cycles may be sufficient since once the tank has been brought up to pressure after the second vent cycle the helium concentration has been reduced to the less than 0.2% level. The re-pressurization process seemed to contribute to diluting helium. This is as expected since in order to raise the pressure liquid oxygen must be evaporated. Estimated liquid oxygen loss is on the order of 82 pounds (assuming the third vent cycle is not required).

  16. Helium-cooled high temperature reactors

    Experience with several helium cooled reactors has been favorable, and two commercial plants are now operating. Both of these units are of the High Temperature Graphite Gas Cooled concept, one in the United States and the other in the Federal Republic of Germany. The initial helium charge for a reactor of the 1000 MW(e) size is modest, approx.15,000 kg

  17. Nuclear fusion and the helium supply problem

    Highlights: ► Fusion power plants will require helium as cryogenic medium and as coolant. ► High losses are expected: for a power plant like DEMO ≈ 2 t p.a. ► The same power plant is expected to produce only ≈0.6 t p.a. ► Global helium resources are finite: fusion will therefore exacerbate an already difficult situation. ► The “back-stop” technology will be the extraction helium of helium from the atmosphere. -- Abstract: The natural resources required for the operation of fusion power plants are – with the possible exception of the neutron multiplier beryllium – readily available. On the other hand, the supply of helium, which is required as cryogenic medium and coolant, may be a problem due to losses during operation and decommissioning. Helium is a rare element obtained as a by-product in the extraction of natural gas. The danger exists that the natural gas will be used up without the helium being conserved. We estimate the helium demand for a global 30% base-load contribution of fusion to electricity supply and also calculate the amount produced by the power plants themselves

  18. Helium distribution in a mantle shear zone from the Josephine Peridotite

    Recanati, A.; Kurz, M. D.; Warren, J. M.; Curtice, J.

    2012-12-01

    A previous study of oceanic mylonites suggested that peridotite helium concentrations are correlated with the degree of high-temperature ductile deformation in the mantle. In order to test this result, this study combines helium measurements with characterization of the deformation state of harzburgite samples in a small (6 m width) ductile mantle shear zone from the Josephine Peridotite, Oregon, USA. All measurements were made by coupled in vacuo crushing and melting, demonstrating that most of the helium (>80%) resides within the solid phases rather than fluid or melt inclusions. The present study confirms the influence of deformation on helium contents, but only at the highest shear strain (γ>20) are helium contents significantly higher. The highest helium concentration, by roughly a factor of two, is found in the center-most sample, which also has grain size reduction by a factor of ∼4. Dislocations and sub-grain boundaries are present in all samples and do not correlate with helium concentrations. Mineralogy also appears to have a negligible influence in this shear zone, as modal mineralogy is relatively homogeneous, with all samples being harzburgites. These observations suggest that the increase in helium concentration is related to grain size reduction, with grain boundaries proposed as an additional storage site for helium in the mantle. The present data also characterize the isotopic composition of the Josephine Peridotite: 3He/4He=6.7±0.2 Ra (n=33, between 6.3 and 7.1 Ra). The presence of cosmogenic 3He in the matrix is indicated by the helium isotopic composition released by melting: 3He/4He=8.5±0.3 Ra (n=10; from 7.9 to 10.9). This corresponds to an exposure age of 10 Kyr, which is approximately concordant with the end of the last glacial maximum. Very little radiogenic helium is present in the samples, suggesting extremely low uranium and thorium contents ([U]<0.3 ppb). Helium isotope measurements in four samples outside the shear zone suggest

  19. Understanding temporal and spatial variability of the lunar helium atmosphere using simultaneous observations from LRO, LADEE, and ARTEMIS

    Hurley, Dana M.; Cook, Jason C.; Benna, Mehdi; Halekas, Jasper S.; Feldman, Paul D.; Retherford, Kurt D.; Hodges, R. Richard; Grava, Cesare; Mahaffy, Paul; Gladstone, G. Randall; Greathouse, Thomas; Kaufmann, David E.; Elphic, Richard C.; Stern, S. Alan

    2016-07-01

    Simultaneous measurements of helium in the exosphere of the Moon are made from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) and the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) Neutral Mass Spectrometer (NMS) through the entire 5-month span of the LADEE mission. In addition, the ARTEMIS mission monitored the solar wind alpha particle flux to the Moon. Modeling the lunar helium exosphere, we relate the LAMP polar observations to the LADEE equatorial observations. Further, using the ARTEMIS alpha flux in the Monte Carlo model reproduces the temporal variations in helium density. Comparing the LAMP data to the LADEE data shows excellent agreement. Comparing those with the ARTEMIS data reveals that the solar wind alpha flux is the primary driver to variability in the helium exosphere throughout the LADEE mission. Using a decay time for exospheric helium of 5 days, we determine that the solar wind contributes 64 ± 5% of the helium to the lunar exosphere. The remaining 36 ± 5% is presumed to come from outgassing of radiogenic helium from the interior of the Moon. Furthermore, the model reproduces the measurements if 63 ± 6% of the incident alpha particles are converted to thermalized helium atoms through the interaction between the alphas and the lunar surface. However, these values are dependent on both inferred source rates from LAMP and LADEE observations and on the assumed time constant of the exospheric decay rate.

  20. Contribution to the experimental study of the polarized liquid helium-3

    Spin-polarized liquid helium-3 is prepared by laser optical pumping in low magnetic field and at room temperature, prior to fast liquefaction of the polarized sample. The use of a new helium-3 cryostat enabled us to obtain liquid helium-3 with polarization rates up to 25 % at well-stabilized temperatures (around 0.5 K). We could thereby study the effect of nuclear polarization on liquid-vapour equilibrium, and particularly on the saturated vapour pressure. Very sensitive capacitive gauges were developed. We estimated (to first order in M2) the expected effects when the polarization M is suddenly destroyed. These effects were experimentally observed in helium-3/helium-4 mixtures, in pure helium-3, only a transient increase in pressure has been recorded. We then describe in a third part a preliminary experiment which aimed at determining the longitudinal relaxation time T1 in mixtures. Relaxation on the walls is efficiently reduced by a cesium coating and T1s of order 20 minutes were observed. A careful determination of the helium-3 concentration in the liquid phase was made. Finally we studied the effects of dipolar field on transverse polarisation decay in our strongly polarized samples. We observed the free precession of polarization after a NMR pulse, and analysed in detail its decay time constant as a function of different parameters. This time constant drastically varied with the tipping angle, an effect which could be linked to NMR dynamical instabilities. (author)

  1. Carbon Shell or Core Ignitions in White Dwarfs Accreting from Helium Stars

    Brooks, Jared; Schwab, Josiah; Paxton, Bill

    2016-01-01

    White dwarfs accreting from helium stars can stably burn at the accreted rate and avoid the challenge of mass loss associated with unstable Helium burning that is a concern for many Type Ia supernovae scenarios. We study binaries with helium stars of mass $1.25 M_\\odot\\le M_{\\rm{He}} \\le 1.8 M_\\odot$, which have lost their hydrogen rich envelopes in an earlier common envelope event and now orbit with periods ($P_{\\rm orb}$) of several hours with non-rotating $0.84$ and $1.0 M_\\odot$ C/O WDs. The helium stars fill their Roche lobes (RLs) after exhaustion of central helium and donate helium on their thermal timescales (${\\sim}10^5$yr). As shown by others, these mass transfer rates coincide with the steady helium burning range for WDs, and grow the WD core up to near the Chandrasekhar mass ($M_{\\rm Ch}$) and a core carbon ignition. We show here, however, that many of these scenarios lead to an ignition of hot carbon ashes near the outer edge of the WD and an inward going carbon flame that does not cause an explo...

  2. The consequences of helium production on microstructural development in isotopically tailored ferritic alloys

    Gelles, D.S. [Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1996-10-01

    A series of alloys have been made adding various isotopes of nickel in order to vary the production of helium during irradiation by a two step nuclear reaction in a mixed spectrum reactor. The alloys use a base composition of Fe-12Cr with an addition of 1.5% nickel, either in the form of {sup 60}Ni which produces no helium, {sup 59}Ni which produces helium at a rate of about 10 appm He/dpa, or natural nickel ({sup Nat}Ni) which provides an intermediate level of helium due to delayed development of {sup 59}Ni. Specimens were irradiated in the HFIR at Oak Ridge, TN to {approx}7 dpa at 300 and 400{degrees}C. Microstructural examinations indicated that nickel additions promote precipitation in all alloys, but the effect appears to be much stronger at 400{degrees}C than at 300{degrees}C. There is sufficient dose by 7 dpa (and with 2 appm He) to initiate void swelling in ferritic/martensitic alloys. Little difference was found between response from {sup 59}Ni and {sup Nat}Ni. Also, helium bubble development for high helium generation conditions appeared to be very different at 300 and 400{degrees}C. At 300{degrees}C, it appeared that high densities of bubbles formed whereas at 400{degrees}C, bubbles could not be identified, possibly because of the complexity of the microstructure, but more likely because helium accumulated at precipitate interfaces.

  3. Global helium particle balance in LHD

    Global helium particle balance in long-pulse discharges is analyzed for the first time in the Large Helical Device (LHD) with the plasma-facing components of the first wall and the divertor tiles composed of stainless steel and carbon, respectively. During the 2-min discharge sustained by ion cyclotron resonance heating (ICRH) and electron cyclotron heating (ECH), helium is observed to be highly retained in the wall (regarded as both the first wall and the divertor tiles). Almost all (about 96%) puffed helium particles (1.3 × 1022 He) are absorbed in the wall near the end of the discharge. Even though a dynamic retention is eliminated, 56% is still absorbed. The analysis is also applied to longer pulse discharges over 40 min by ICRH and ECH, indicating that the helium wall retention is dynamically changed in time. At the initial phase of the discharge, a mechanism for adsorbing helium other than dynamical retention is invoked

  4. Permeability of Hollow Microspherical Membranes to Helium

    Zinoviev, V. N.; Kazanin, I. V.; Pak, A. Yu.; Vereshchagin, A. S.; Lebiga, V. A.; Fomin, V. M.

    2016-01-01

    This work is devoted to the study of the sorption characteristics of various hollow microspherical membranes to reveal particles most suitable for application in the membrane-sorption technologies of helium extraction from a natural gas. The permeability of the investigated sorbents to helium and their impermeability to air and methane are shown experimentally. The sorption-desorption dependences of the studied sorbents have been obtained, from which the parameters of their specific permeability to helium are calculated. It has been established that the physicochemical modification of the original particles exerts a great influence on the coefficient of the permeability of a sorbent to helium. Specially treated cenospheres have displayed high efficiency as membranes for selective extraction of helium.

  5. Determination of helium in beryl minerals

    In order to obtain the diffusion coefficients of helium in beryl and phenacite samples at various temperatures, helium leak rates were measured in these minerals at these temperatures. Mass spectrometry (MS) was used to obtain helium leak rates and the gas flow was plotted against time. The gas quantity determined by MS was first obtained at various temperatures until no helium leak rate was detected. After that, these samples were irradiated with fast neutrons to produce helium which was measured again. This procedure was used to estimate the experimental error. The quantity of helium produced by interaction of gamma radiation with beryl minerals was theoretically calculated from the amount of thorium-232 at the neighbourhood of the samples. The quantity of helium produced in the minerals due to uranium and thorium decay was calculated using the amount of these heavy elements, and the results were compared with the amounts determined by MS. The amount of potassium-40 was determined in order to derive the quantity of argonium-40, since some workers found argonium in excess in these minerals. The quantity of helium in the beryl samples (s) was determined in the center and in the surface of the samples in order to obtain informations about the effectiveness of the Be(α, η) He reaction. Beryl and phenacite minerals were choosen in this research since they are opposite each other with respect to the helium contents. Both have beryllium in their compositon but beryl hold a large amount of helium while phenacite, in spite of having about three times more beryllium than beryl, do not hold the gas. (author)

  6. Exotic helium molecules; Molecules exotiques d'helium

    Portier, M

    2007-12-15

    We study the photo-association of an ultracold cloud of magnetically trapped helium atoms: pairs of colliding atoms interact with one or two laser fields to produce a purely long range {sup 4}He{sub 2}(2{sup 3}S{sub 1}-2{sup 3}P{sub 0}) molecule, or a {sup 4}He{sub 2}(2{sup 3}S{sub 1}-2{sup 3}S{sub 1}) long range molecule. Light shifts in one photon photo-association spectra are measured and studied as a function of the laser polarization and intensity, and the vibrational state of the excited molecule. They result from the light-induced coupling between the excited molecule, and bound and scattering states of the interaction between two metastable atoms. Their analysis leads to the determination of the scattering length a = (7.2 {+-} 0.6) ruling collisions between spin polarized atoms. The two photon photo-association spectra show evidence of the production of polarized, long-range {sup 4}He{sub 2}(2{sup 3}S{sub 1}-2{sup 3}S{sub 1}) molecules. They are said to be exotic as they are made of two metastable atoms, each one carrying a enough energy to ionize the other. The corresponding lineshapes are calculated and decomposed in sums and products of Breit-Wigner and Fano profiles associated to one and two photon processes. The experimental spectra are fit, and an intrinsic lifetime {tau} = (1.4 {+-} 0.3) {mu}s is deduced. It is checked whether this lifetime could be limited by spin-dipole induced Penning autoionization. This interpretation requires that there is a quasi-bound state close to the dissociation threshold in the singlet interaction potential between metastable helium atoms for the theory to match the experiment. (author)

  7. A GM cryocooler with cold helium circulation for remote cooling

    Wang, Chao; Brown, Ethan

    2014-01-01

    A GM cryocooler with new cold helium circulation system has been developed at Cryomech. A set of check valves connects to the cold heat exchanger to convert a small portion of AC oscillating flow in the cold head to a DC gas flow for circulating cold helium in the remote loop. A cold finger, which is used for remote cooling, is connected to the check valves through a pair of 5 m long vacuum insulated flexible lines. The GM cryocooler, Cryomech model AL125 having 120 W at 80 K, is employed in the testing. The cold finger can provide 50 W at 81 K for the power input of 4.1 kW and 70.5 W at 81.8 K for the power input of 6 kW. This simple and low cost design is very attractive for some applications in the near future.

  8. The Hottest Horizontal-Branch Stars in Omega Centauri: Late Hot Flasher vs. Helium Enrichment

    Moehler, S.; Dreizler, S.; Lanz, T.; Bono, G.; Sweigart, A V.; Calamida, A.; Monelli, M.; Nonino, M.

    2007-01-01

    UV observations of some massive globular clusters uncovered a significant population of very hot stars below the hot end of the horizontal branch (HB), the so-called blue hook stars. This feature might be explained either by the late hot flasher scenario here stars experience the helium flash while on the white dwarf cooling curve or by the helium-rich sub-population recently postulated to exist in some clusters. Spectroscopic analyses of blue hook stars in omega Cen and NGC 2808 support the late hot flasher scenario, but the stars contain much less helium than expected and the predicted C, N enrichment could not be verified from existing data. We want to determine effective temperatures, surface gravities and abundances of He, C, N in blue hook and canonical extreme horizontal branch (EHB) star candidates. Moderately high resolution spectra of stars at the hot end of the blue horizontal branch in the globular cluster omega Cen were analysed for atmospheric parameters (T(sub eff), log g) and abundances using LTE and Non-LTE model atmospheres. In the temperature range 30,000 K to 50,000 K we find that 37% of our stars are helium-poor (log nHe/nH less than -2), 49% have solar helium abundance within a factor of 3 (-1.5 less than or equal to log nHe/nH less than or equal to -0.5) and 14% are helium rich (log nHe/nH greater than -0.4). We also find carbon enrichment in step with helium enrichment, with a maximum carbon enrichment of 3% by mass. At least 30% of the hottest HB stars in omega Centauri show helium abundances well above the predictions from the helium enrichment scenario (Y = 0.42 corresponding to log nHe/nH approximately equal to -0.74). In addition the most helium-rich stars show strong carbon enrichment as predicted by the late hot flasher scenario. We conclude that the helium-rich HB stars in omega Cen cannot be explained solely by the helium-enrichment scenario invoked to explain the blue main sequence.

  9. Electric response in superfluid helium

    Chagovets, Tymofiy V.

    2016-05-01

    We report an experimental investigation of the electric response of superfluid helium that arises in the presence of a second sound standing wave. It was found that the signal of the electric response is observed in a narrow range of second sound excitation power. The linear dependence of the signal amplitude has been derived at low excitation power, however, above some critical power, the amplitude of the signal is considerably decreased. It was established that the rapid change of the electric response is not associated with a turbulent regime generated by the second sound wave. A model of the appearance of the electric response as a result of the oscillation of electron bubbles in the normal fluid velocity field in the second sound wave is presented. Possible explanation for the decrease of the electric response are presented.

  10. In Beam Tests of Implanted Helium Targets

    McDonald, J E; Ahmed, M W; Blackston, M A; Delbar, T; Gai, M; Kading, T J; Parpottas, Y; Perdue, B A; Prior, R M; Rubin, D A; Spraker, M C; Yeomans, J D; Weissman, L; Weller, H R; Delbar, Th.; Conn, LNS/U; Duke, TUNL/

    2006-01-01

    Targets consisting of 3,4He implanted into thin aluminum foils (approximately 100, 200 or 600 ug/cm^2) were prepared using intense (a few uA) helium beams at low energy (approximately 20, 40 or 100 keV). Uniformity of the implantation was achieved by a beam raster across a 12 mm diameter tantalum collimator at the rates of 0.1 Hz in the vertical direction and 1 Hz in the horizontal direction. Helium implantation into the very thin (approximately 80-100 ug/cm^2) aluminum foils failed to produce useful targets (with only approximately 10% of the helium retained) due to an under estimation of the range by the code SRIM. The range of low energy helium in aluminum predicted by Northcliffe and Shilling and the NIST online tabulation are observed on the other hand to over estimate the range of low energy helium ions in aluminum. An attempt to increase the amount of helium by implanting a second deeper layer was also carried out, but it did not significantly increase the helium content beyond the blistering limit (ap...

  11. Present activities of the Helium Supply System for ITER HCCR TBM

    The HCCR (Helium Cooled Ceramic Reflector) is designed cooling down by the helium cooling system (HCS) with high temperature and pressure (300-500 .deg. C, 8 MPa) helium gas and its mass flow rate is 1.5 kg/s during normal operation. The scaled-down helium supply system (HeSS) had been constructed and modified to obtain thermal-hydraulics test data, operational experience and to validate the HCS design in 2011-2013. The first HeSS was constructed in 2012, however more than 2 MW of heating power is required to heat up room temperature to 300 .deg. C for normal operation helium flow condition of the HCS (=1.5 kg/s). In 2013, a recuperator was installed in the HeSS facility to reduce the required heating power from 2 MW to 150 kW and to control helium mass flow rate and the temperature more effectively, yet the circulator was able up to 0.5 kg/s of helium mass flow which is only one third of normal operation condition of HCS. In present status, a full-scale helium circulator is developing in Jinsolturbo Co. and the real-scale circulator will be installed in the HeSS facility by end of 2014. To solve the revealed problems and to make full-scale mass flow rate, the full-scale circulator is developing by Jinsolturbo Co and it will be installed in the HeSS facility by 2014

  12. Kilohertz laser ablation for doping helium nanodroplets

    Mudrich, M; Müller, S; Dvorak, M; Buenermann, O; Stienkemeier, F

    2007-01-01

    A new setup for doping helium nanodroplets by means of laser ablation at kilohertz repetition rate is presented. The doping process is characterized and two distinct regimes of laser ablation are identified. The setup is shown to be efficient and stable enough to be used for spectroscopy, as demonstrated on beam-depletion spectra of lithium atoms attached to helium nanodroplets. For the first time, helium droplets are doped with high temperature refractory materials such as titanium and tantalum. Doping with the non-volatile DNA basis Guanine is found to be efficient and a number of oligomers are detected.

  13. Helium release rates and ODH calculations from RHIC magnet cooling line failure

    A catastrophic failure of the magnet cooling lines, similar to the LHC superconducting bus failure incident, could discharge cold helium into the RHIC tunnel and cause an Oxygen Deficiency Hazard (ODH) problem. A SINDA/FLUINT(regsign) model, which simulated the 4.5K/4 atm helium flowing through the magnet cooling system distribution lines, then through a line break into the insulating vacuum volumes and discharging via the reliefs into the RHIC tunnel, had been developed. Arc flash energy deposition and heat load from the ambient temperature cryostat surfaces are included in the simulations. Three typical areas: the sextant arc, the Triplet/DX/D0 magnets, and the injection area, had been analyzed. Results, including helium discharge rates, helium inventory loss, and the resulting oxygen concentration in the RHIC tunnel area, are reported. Good agreement had been achieved when comparing the simulation results, a RHIC sector depressurization test measurement, and some simple analytical calculations.

  14. Helium release rates and ODH calculations from RHIC magnet cooling line failure

    Liaw, C.J.; Than, Y.; Tuozzolo, J.

    2011-03-28

    A catastrophic failure of the magnet cooling lines, similar to the LHC superconducting bus failure incident, could discharge cold helium into the RHIC tunnel and cause an Oxygen Deficiency Hazard (ODH) problem. A SINDA/FLUINT{reg_sign} model, which simulated the 4.5K/4 atm helium flowing through the magnet cooling system distribution lines, then through a line break into the insulating vacuum volumes and discharging via the reliefs into the RHIC tunnel, had been developed. Arc flash energy deposition and heat load from the ambient temperature cryostat surfaces are included in the simulations. Three typical areas: the sextant arc, the Triplet/DX/D0 magnets, and the injection area, had been analyzed. Results, including helium discharge rates, helium inventory loss, and the resulting oxygen concentration in the RHIC tunnel area, are reported. Good agreement had been achieved when comparing the simulation results, a RHIC sector depressurization test measurement, and some simple analytical calculations.

  15. Simulation study on retention and reflection from tungsten carbide under high fluence of helium ions

    We have studied, by a Monte Carlo simulation code ACAT-DIFFUSE, the fluence-dependence of the amount of retained helium atoms in tungsten carbide at room temperature under helium ion bombardment. The retention behavior may be understood qualitatively in terms of irradiation-dependent diffusion coefficient assumed and range. The emission processes from tungsten carbide under helium ion irradiation derived were compared with each other. We have discussed the retention curves for incident energy of 5 keV at incident angles of 0deg and 80deg and of 500 eV at 0deg. The energy spectra of helium atoms reflected from tungsten carbide for incident energy of 500 eV at 0deg and 80deg were compared with those from graphite and tungsten. (author)

  16. Evaluation of helium impurity impacts on Spent Nuclear Fuel project processes (OCRWM)

    This document identifies the types and quantities of impurities that may be present within helium that is introduced into multi-canister overpacks (MCO)s by various SNF Project facilities, including, but not limited to the Cold Vacuum Drying (CVD) Facility (CVDF). It then evaluates possible impacts of worst case impurity inventories on MCO drying, transportation, and storage processes. Based on the evaluation results, this document: (1) concludes that the SNF Project helium procurement specification can be a factor-of-ten less restrictive than a typical vendor's standard offering (99.96% pure versus the vendor's 99.997% pure standard offering); (2) concludes that the CVDF's current 99.5% purity requirement is adequate to control the quality of the helium that is delivered to the MCO by the plant's helium distribution system; and (3) recommends specific impurity limits for both of the above cases

  17. Cryogenic Thermal Studies on Terminations for Helium Gas Cooled Superconducting Cables

    Kim, Chul Han; Kim, Sung-Kyu; Graber, Lukas; Pamidi, Sastry V.

    Details of the design of terminations for testing a superconducting DC monopole cable cooled with gaseous helium are presented. The termination design includes a liquid nitrogen chamber to reduce heat influx into the helium section through current leads. Thermal studies on the assembly of the two terminations and a 1 m or 30 m cable cryostat were performed at variable mass flow rates of helium gas. Measurements of temperature profile for the test system without the superconducting cable showed temperature rise between 5 K and 20 K depending on the mass flow rate. The temperature profile across the test system was used to estimate the heat load from different components of the system. Results with and without the liquid nitrogen in current lead section were compared to estimate the savings provided by the liquid nitrogen on the head of the helium circulation system. Suggestions for improving the design to enable fully gas cooled terminations are presented.

  18. 21 CFR 868.1640 - Helium gas analyzer.

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Helium gas analyzer. 868.1640 Section 868.1640...) MEDICAL DEVICES ANESTHESIOLOGY DEVICES Diagnostic Devices § 868.1640 Helium gas analyzer. (a) Identification. A helium gas analyzer is a device intended to measure the concentration of helium in a...

  19. Genetic changes in Mammalian cells transformed by helium cells

    Durante, M.; Grossi, G. (Naples Univ. (Italy). Dipt. di Scienze Fisiche); Yang, T.C.; Roots, R. (Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (USA))

    1990-11-01

    Midterm Syrian Hamster embryo (SHE) cells were employed to study high LET-radiation induced tumorigenesis. Normal SHE cells (secondary passage) were irradiated with accelerated helium ions at an incident energy of 22 MeV/u (9--10 keV/{mu}m). Transformed clones were isolated after growth in soft agar of cells obtained from the foci of the initial monolayer plated postirradiation. To study the progression process of malignant transformation, the transformed clones were followed by monolayer subculturing for prolonged periods of time. Subsequently, neoplasia tests in nude mice were done. In this work, however, we have focused on karyotypic changes in the banding patterns of the chromosomes during the early part of the progressive process of cell transformation for helium ion-induced transformed cells. 26 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  20. The Helium Cryogenic System for the ATLAS Experiment

    Delruelle, N; Passardi, Giorgio; ten Kate, H H J

    2000-01-01

    The magnetic configuration of the ATLAS detector is generated by an inner superconducting solenoid and three air-core toroids (the barrel and two end-caps), each of them made of eight superconducting coils. Two separated helium refrigerators will be used to allow cool-down from ambient temperature and steady-state operation at 4.5 K of all the magnets having a total cold mass of about 600 tons. In comparison with the preliminary design, the helium distribution scheme and interface with the magnet sub-systems are simplified, resulting in a considerable improvement of the operational easiness and the overall reliability of the system at some expense of the operational flexibility. The paper presents the cryogenic layout and the basic principles for magnets cool-down, steady state operation and thermal recovery after a fast energy dump.

  1. Crystal structure and density of helium to 232 kbar

    Mao, H. K.; Wu, Y.; Jephcoat, A. P.; Hemley, R. J.; Bell, P. M.; Bassett, W. A.

    1988-01-01

    The properties of helium and hydrogen at high pressure are topics of great interest to the understanding of planetary interiors. These materials constitute 95 percent of the entire solar system. A technique was presented for the measurement of X-ray diffraction from single-crystals of low-Z condenses gases in a diamond-anvil cell at high pressure. The first such single-crystal X-ray diffraction measurements on solid hydrogen to 26.5 GPa were presented. The application of this technique to the problem of the crystal structure, equation of state, and phase diagram of solid helium is reported. Crucial for X-ray diffraction studies of these materials is the use of a synchrotron radiation source which provides high brillance, narrow collimation of the incident and diffracted X-ray beams to reduce the background noise, and energy-dispersive diffraction techniques with polychromatic (white) radiation, which provides high detection efficiency.

  2. Crystal structure and density of helium to 232 kbar

    The properties of helium and hydrogen at high pressure are topics of great interest to the understanding of planetary interiors. These materials constitute 95 percent of the entire solar system. A technique was presented for the measurement of X-ray diffraction from single-crystals of low-Z condenses gases in a diamond-anvil cell at high pressure. The first such single-crystal X-ray diffraction measurements on solid hydrogen to 26.5 GPa were presented. The application of this technique to the problem of the crystal structure, equation of state, and phase diagram of solid helium is reported. Crucial for X-ray diffraction studies of these materials is the use of a synchrotron radiation source which provides high brillance, narrow collimation of the incident and diffracted X-ray beams to reduce the background noise, and energy-dispersive diffraction techniques with polychromatic (white) radiation, which provides high detection efficiency

  3. The maintenance record of the KSTAR helium refrigeration system

    Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) has a helium refrigeration system (HRS) with the cooling capacity of 9 kW at 4.5 K. Main cold components are composed of 300 tons of superconducting (SC) magnets, main cryostat thermal shields, and SC current feeder system. The HRS comprises six gas storage tanks, a liquid nitrogen tank, the room temperature compression sector, the cold box (C/B), the 1st stage helium distribution box (DB no.1), the PLC base local control system interconnected to central control tower and so on. Between HRS and cold components, there is another distribution box (DB#2) nearby the KSTAR device. The entire KSTAR device was constructed in 2007 and has been operated since 2008. This paper will present the maintenance result of the KSTAR HRS during the campaign and discuss the operation record and maintenance history of the KSTAR HRS.

  4. Genetic changes in Mammalian cells transformed by helium cells

    Midterm Syrian Hamster embryo (SHE) cells were employed to study high LET-radiation induced tumorigenesis. Normal SHE cells (secondary passage) were irradiated with accelerated helium ions at an incident energy of 22 MeV/u (9--10 keV/μm). Transformed clones were isolated after growth in soft agar of cells obtained from the foci of the initial monolayer plated postirradiation. To study the progression process of malignant transformation, the transformed clones were followed by monolayer subculturing for prolonged periods of time. Subsequently, neoplasia tests in nude mice were done. In this work, however, we have focused on karyotypic changes in the banding patterns of the chromosomes during the early part of the progressive process of cell transformation for helium ion-induced transformed cells. 26 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs

  5. Linear electron chains on the surface of superfluid helium

    Kovdrya, Yu. Z.; Nikolaenko, V. A.; Gladchenko, S. P.; Sokolov, S. S.

    1998-11-01

    A unique one-dimensional system of linear electron chains on the liquid helium surface is realized experimentally for the first time. This system is created by using the distortion of the helium surface and covering the profiled dielectric substrate in a confining electric field holding electrons in the liquid channels being formed. The carrier mobility in linear electric chains is measured in the temperature interval 0.5-1.8K in confining fields up to 1 kV/cm. It is shown that the electron mobility depends on the purity of the substrate surface. For clean substrates, the mobility increases with decreasing temperature in the entire investigated temperature range. The results of measurements are found to be in accord with the existing theory.

  6. Testing electron correlation in Helium using attosecond pulses

    Ruiz, Camilo [Centro de Laseres Pulsados (CLPU), Plaza de la Merced s/n, Salamanca 37008 (Spain)

    2011-07-01

    Using a full quantum model beyond the one dimensional model, we are able to study the double correlated double ionization of Helium in several regimes. For example in the near IR, we have investigated the correlated momentum distribution of both electrons from nonsequential double ionization of helium in a {lambda}=800 nm laser, with intensity I=4.5 x 10{sup 14} W/cm{sup 2}. We observe a finger-like structure in the correlated electron momentum distribution that can be interpreted as a signature of the microscopic dynamics in the recollision process. To study related process such as the excitation by recollision we make use of attosecond pulses to probe the dynamics of ionization. In this paper we introduce this novel technique to study the interaction that could lead increase the accuracy of the description of the correlated processes.

  7. Testing electron correlation in Helium using attosecond pulses

    Using a full quantum model beyond the one dimensional model, we are able to study the double correlated double ionization of Helium in several regimes. For example in the near IR, we have investigated the correlated momentum distribution of both electrons from nonsequential double ionization of helium in a λ=800 nm laser, with intensity I=4.5 x 1014 W/cm2. We observe a finger-like structure in the correlated electron momentum distribution that can be interpreted as a signature of the microscopic dynamics in the recollision process. To study related process such as the excitation by recollision we make use of attosecond pulses to probe the dynamics of ionization. In this paper we introduce this novel technique to study the interaction that could lead increase the accuracy of the description of the correlated processes.

  8. Neovascular glaucoma after helium ion irradiation for uveal melanoma

    Neovascular glaucoma developed in 22 of 169 uveal melanoma patients treated with helium ion irradiation. Most patients had large melanomas; no eyes containing small melanomas developed anterior segment neovascularization. The mean onset of glaucoma was 14.1 months (range, 7-31 months). The incidence of anterior segment neovascularization increased with radiation dosage; there was an approximately three-fold increase at 80 GyE versus 60 GyE of helium ion radiation (23% vs. 8.5%) (P less than 0.05). Neovascular glaucoma occurred more commonly in larger tumors; the incidence was not affected by tumor location, presence of subretinal fluid, nor rate of tumor regression. Fifty-three percent of patients had some response with intraocular pressures of 21 mmHg or less to a combination of antiglaucoma treatments

  9. Equation of state of fluid helium at high temperatures and densities

    CAI Lingcang; CHEN Qifeng; GU Yunjun; ZHANG Ying; ZHOU Xianming; JING Fuqian

    2005-01-01

    Hugoniot curves and shock temperatures of gas helium with initial temperature 293 K and three initial pressures 0.6, 1.2, and 5.0 Mpa were measured up to 15000 K using a two-stage light-gas gun and transient radiation pyrometer. It was found that the calculated Hugoniot EOS of gas helium at the same initial pressure using Saha equation with Debye-Hückel correction was in good agreement with the experimental data. The curve of the calculated shock wave velocity with the particle velocity of gas helium which is shocked from the initial pressure 5 Mpa and temperature 293 K, I.e., the D~u relation, D = C0+λu (u < 10 km/s, λ = 1.32) in a low pressure region, is approximately parallel with the fitted D~u (λ = 1.36) of liquid helium from the experimental data of Nellis et al. Our calculations show that the Hugoniot parameterλis independent of the initial density ρ0. The D~u curves of gas helium will transfer to another one and approach a limiting value of compression when their temperature elevates to about 18000 K and the ionization degree of the shocked gas helium reaches 10-3.

  10. Mass separation of deuterium and helium with conventional quadrupole mass spectrometer by using varied ionization energy

    Yu, Yaowei; Hu, Jiansheng; Wan, Zhao; Wu, Jinhua; Wang, Houyin; Cao, Bin

    2016-03-01

    Deuterium pressure in deuterium-helium mixture gas is successfully measured by a common quadrupole mass spectrometer (model: RGA200) with a resolution of ˜0.5 atomic mass unit (AMU), by using varied ionization energy together with new developed software and dedicated calibration for RGA200. The new software is developed by using MATLAB with the new functions: electron energy (EE) scanning, deuterium partial pressure measurement, and automatic data saving. RGA200 with new software is calibrated in pure deuterium and pure helium 1.0 × 10-6-5.0 × 10-2 Pa, and the relation between pressure and ion current of AMU4 under EE = 25 eV and EE = 70 eV is obtained. From the calibration result and RGA200 scanning with varied ionization energy in deuterium and helium mixture gas, both deuterium partial pressures (PD2) and helium partial pressure (PHe) could be obtained. The result shows that deuterium partial pressure could be measured if PD2 > 10-6 Pa (limited by ultimate pressure of calibration vessel), and helium pressure could be measured only if PHe/PD2 > 0.45, and the measurement error is evaluated as 15%. This method is successfully employed in EAST 2015 summer campaign to monitor deuterium outgassing/desorption during helium discharge cleaning.

  11. Bronchomotor response to cold air or helium-oxygen at normal and high ambient pressures.

    Jammes, Y; Burnet, H; Cosson, P; Lucciano, M

    1988-05-01

    Effects of inhalation of cold air or helium-oxygen mixture on lung resistance (RL) were studied in anesthetized and tracheotomized rabbits under normal ambient pressure and in human volunteers under normo- and hyperbaric conditions. In artificially ventilated rabbits, an increase in RL occurred when the tracheal temperature fell to 10 degrees C. This effect was more than double with helium breathing compared to air, despite a lower respiratory heat loss by convection (Hc) with helium. In 3 normal humans, inhalation of cold air (mouth temperature = 8 degrees C) at sea level had no effect on RL value. However, with a helium-nitrogen-oxygen mixture, a weak but significant increase in RL due to cold gas breathing was measured in 1 subject at 2 ATA and in 2 individuals at 3.5 ATA. The density of inhaled gas mixture (air or He-N2-O2) was near the same in the three circumstances (1, 2, and 3.5 ATA) but Hc value increased with helium. At 8 ATA a 30-55% increase in RL occurred in the 3 divers during inhalation of cold gas (Hc was multiplied by 6 compared to air at sea level) and at 25 ATA the cold-induced bronchospasm ranged between 38 and 95% (Hc multiplied by 27). Thus, in rabbits and humans helium breathing enhanced the cold-induced increase in RL at normal or elevated ambient pressure, and this effect was interpreted as resulting from different mechanisms in the two circumstances. PMID:3388628

  12. Mass separation of deuterium and helium with conventional quadrupole mass spectrometer by using varied ionization energy.

    Yu, Yaowei; Hu, Jiansheng; Wan, Zhao; Wu, Jinhua; Wang, Houyin; Cao, Bin

    2016-03-01

    Deuterium pressure in deuterium-helium mixture gas is successfully measured by a common quadrupole mass spectrometer (model: RGA200) with a resolution of ∼0.5 atomic mass unit (AMU), by using varied ionization energy together with new developed software and dedicated calibration for RGA200. The new software is developed by using MATLAB with the new functions: electron energy (EE) scanning, deuterium partial pressure measurement, and automatic data saving. RGA200 with new software is calibrated in pure deuterium and pure helium 1.0 × 10(-6)-5.0 × 10(-2) Pa, and the relation between pressure and ion current of AMU4 under EE = 25 eV and EE = 70 eV is obtained. From the calibration result and RGA200 scanning with varied ionization energy in deuterium and helium mixture gas, both deuterium partial pressures (PD2 ) and helium partial pressure (PHe) could be obtained. The result shows that deuterium partial pressure could be measured if PD2 > 10(-6) Pa (limited by ultimate pressure of calibration vessel), and helium pressure could be measured only if PHe/PD2 > 0.45, and the measurement error is evaluated as 15%. This method is successfully employed in EAST 2015 summer campaign to monitor deuterium outgassing/desorption during helium discharge cleaning. PMID:27036832

  13. Electric field profiles in obstructed helium discharge

    Fendel, Peter; Ganguly, Biswa; Bletzinger, Peter

    2014-10-01

    Axial and radial variations of electric field have been measured in dielectric shielded 25 mm diameter parallel plate electrode for 2 mA, 2250 V helium dc discharge at 1.75 Torr with 6.5 mm gap. The axial and radial electric field profiles have been measured from the polarization dependent Stark splitting of 21S --> 11 1P transition through collision induced fluorescence from 43D --> 23P. The electric field values showed a strong radial variation peaking up to 5 kV/cm near the cathode radial boundary, and decreasing to about 1 kV/cm near the anode, suggesting the formation of an obstructed discharge for this low Pd condition. Also, the on-axis electric field was nearly constant across the gap indicating a radially non-uniform current density. In order to obtain information about the space charge distribution in this obstructed discharge, it was modeled using the 2-d axisymmetric Poisson solver with COMSOL finite element modeling program. The model discharge dimensions were selected to match the experimental dimensions. The best fit to the measured electric field distribution was obtained with a space charge variation of ρ(r) =ρ0 (r/r0)3 , where ρ(r) is the local space charge density, ρ0 is the maximum space-charge density, r the local radial value and r0 the radius of the electrode.

  14. Helium cosmic ray flux measurements at Mars

    The helium energy spectrum in Martian orbit has been observed by the MARIE charged particle spectrometer aboard the 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft. The orbital data were taken from March 13, 2002 to October 28, 2003, at which time a very intense Solar Particle Event caused a loss of communication between the instrument and the spacecraft. The silicon detector stack in MARIE is optimized for the detection of protons and helium in the energy range below 100MeV/n, which typically includes almost all of the flux during SPEs. This also makes MARIE an efficient detector for GCR helium in the energy range of 50-150MeV/n. We will present the first fully normalized flux results from MARIE, using helium ions in this energy range

  15. Helium cosmic ray flux measurements at Mars

    Lee, Kerry [University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Rd. Houston, TX 77204 (United States)]. E-mail: ktlee@ems.jsc.nasa.gov; Pinsky, Lawrence [University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Rd. Houston, TX 77204 (United States); Andersen, Vic [University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Rd. Houston, TX 77204 (United States); Zeitlin, Cary [National Space Biomedical Research Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (United States); Cleghorn, Tim [NASA Johnson Space Center, 2101 NASA Road 1, Houston, TX 77058 (United States); Cucinotta, Frank [NASA Johnson Space Center, 2101 NASA Road 1, Houston, TX 77058 (United States); Saganti, Premkumar [Prairie View A and M University, P.O. Box 519, Prairie View, TX 77446-0519 (United States); Atwell, William [The Boeing Company, Houston, TX (United States); Turner, Ron [Advancing National Strategies and Enabling Results (ANSER), Arlington, Virginia (United States)

    2006-10-15

    The helium energy spectrum in Martian orbit has been observed by the MARIE charged particle spectrometer aboard the 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft. The orbital data were taken from March 13, 2002 to October 28, 2003, at which time a very intense Solar Particle Event caused a loss of communication between the instrument and the spacecraft. The silicon detector stack in MARIE is optimized for the detection of protons and helium in the energy range below 100MeV/n, which typically includes almost all of the flux during SPEs. This also makes MARIE an efficient detector for GCR helium in the energy range of 50-150MeV/n. We will present the first fully normalized flux results from MARIE, using helium ions in this energy range.

  16. Helium Find Thaws the Cold Fusion Trail.

    Pennisi, E.

    1991-01-01

    Reported is a study of cold fusion in which trace amounts of helium, possible evidence of an actual fusion reaction, were found. Research methodology is detailed. The controversy over the validity of experimental results with cold fusion are reviewed. (CW)

  17. Charged condensate and helium dwarf stars

    White dwarf stars composed of carbon, oxygen and heavier elements are expected to crystallize as they cool down below certain temperatures. Yet, simple arguments suggest that the helium white dwarf cores may not solidify, mostly because of zero-point oscillations of the helium ions that would dissolve the crystalline structure. We argue that the interior of the helium dwarfs may instead form a macroscopic quantum state in which the charged helium-4 nuclei are in a Bose–Einstein condensate, while the relativistic electrons form a neutralizing degenerate Fermi liquid. We discuss the electric charge screening, and the spectrum of this substance, showing that the bosonic long-wavelength fluctuations exhibit a mass gap. Hence, there is a suppression at low temperatures of the boson contribution to the specific heat—the latter being dominated by the specific heat of the electrons near the Fermi surface. This state of matter may have observational signatures

  18. Development of charcoal sorbents for helium cryopumping

    Testing of the cryogenically cooled charcoal using fusion-compatible binders for pumping helium has shown promising results. The program demonstrated comparable or improved performance with these binders compared to the charcoal (type and size) using an epoxy binder

  19. Helium-Hydrogen Recovery System Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Immense quantities of expensive liquefied helium are required at Stennis and Kennedy Space Centers for pre-cooling rocket engine propellant systems prior to filling...

  20. Gas turbine modeling for NPP with helium cooled reactor

    The performance analyzes of closed helium cycle for NPPs with high-temperature gas-cooled reactors was carried out. Air-turbine units and helium-turbine units were compared. Helium turbine features were particularized in comparison with conventional air turbines. Simulation results of gas turbine setting with helium as a working medium were presented. Problems concerning high economic efficiency advance of helium turbines were discussed

  1. Calculation of the resonant ionization of helium

    Autoionizing resonances in the compound system of an electron and a helium ion are observed in kinematically-complete ionization experiments for electrons on helium atoms. The differential cross section is calculated for comparison with these experiments in an equivalent-local form of the distorted-wave impulse approximation. Resonant scattering amplitudes are calculated by a six-state momentum-space coupled-channels method. 10 refs., 1 tab., 2 figs

  2. Trace organic impurities in gaseous helium

    Schehl, T. A.

    1973-01-01

    A program to determine trace organic impurities present in helium has been initiated. The impurities were concentrated in a cryogenic trap to permit detection and identification by a gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric technique. Gaseous helium (GHe) exhibited 63 GC flame ionization response peaks. Relative GC peak heights and identifications of 25 major impurities by their mass spectra are given. As an aid to further investigation, identities are proposed for 16 other components, and their mass spectra are given.

  3. Electrons on the surface of liquid helium

    Spectroscopic techniques were used to study transitions of electrons between bound states in the potential well near a helium surface. The charge density distribution of electrons on the surface was independently obtained from electrical measurements. From the measurements, information was obtained both about the interaction of the bound state electrons with the surface of liquid helium and about local disorder in the positions of electrons on the surface

  4. Lightweight Liquid Helium Dewar for High-Altitude Balloon Payloads

    Kogut, Alan; James, Bryan; Fixsen, Dale

    2013-01-01

    Astrophysical observations at millimeter wavelengths require large (2-to-5- meter diameter) telescopes carried to altitudes above 35 km by scientific research balloons. The scientific performance is greatly enhanced if the telescope is cooled to temperatures below 10 K with no emissive windows between the telescope and the sky. Standard liquid helium bucket dewars can contain a suitable telescope for telescope diameter less than two meters. However, the mass of a dewar large enough to hold a 3-to-5-meter diameter telescope would exceed the balloon lift capacity. The solution is to separate the functions of cryogen storage and in-flight thermal isolation, utilizing the unique physical conditions at balloon altitudes. Conventional dewars are launched cold: the vacuum walls necessary for thermal isolation must also withstand the pressure gradient at sea level and are correspondingly thick and heavy. The pressure at 40 km is less than 0.3% of sea level: a dewar designed for use only at 40 km can use ultra thin walls to achieve significant reductions in mass. This innovation concerns new construction and operational techniques to produce a lightweight liquid helium bucket dewar. The dewar is intended for use on high-altitude balloon payloads. The mass is low enough to allow a large (3-to-5-meter) diameter dewar to fly at altitudes above 35 km on conventional scientific research balloons without exceeding the lift capability of the balloon. The lightweight dewar has thin (250- micron) stainless steel walls. The walls are too thin to support the pressure gradient at sea level: the dewar launches warm with the vacuum space vented continuously during ascent to eliminate any pressure gradient across the walls. A commercial 500-liter storage dewar maintains a reservoir of liquid helium within a minimal (hence low mass) volume. Once a 40-km altitude is reached, the valve venting the vacuum space of the bucket dewar is closed to seal the vacuum space. A vacuum pump then

  5. Photoionization rates for helium: update

    Sokół, Justyna M

    2014-01-01

    The NIS He gas has been observed at a few AU to the Sun almost from the beginning of the space age. To model its flow an estimate of the loss rates due to ionization by solar extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) flux is needed. The EUV irradiance has been measured directly from mid 1990-ties, but with high temporal and spectral resolution only from 2002. Beforehand only EUV proxies are available. A new method of reconstruction of the Carrington rotation averaged photoionization rates for neutral interstellar helium (NIS He) in the ecliptic at 1 AU to the Sun before 2002 is presented. We investigate the relation between the solar rotation averaged time series of the ionization rates for NIS He at 1 AU derived from TIMED measurements of EUV irradiance and the solar 10.7 cm flux (F10.7) only. We perform a weighted iterative fit of a nonlinear model to data split into sectors. The obtained formula allows to reconstruct the solar rotation averages of photoionization rates for He between ~1947 and 2002 with an uncertainty ran...

  6. Pulsating Helium Atmosphere White Dwarfs

    Provencal, Judith; Montgomery, Michael H.; Bischoff-Kim, Agnes; Shipman, Harry; Nitta, Atsuko; Whole Earth Telescope Collaboration

    2015-08-01

    The overwhelming majority of all stars currently on the main sequence as well as those from earlier generations will or have ended their stellar lives as white dwarf stars. White dwarfs are rich forensic laboratories linking the history and future evolution of our Galaxy. Their structure and atmospheric composition provide evidence of how the progenitors lived, how they evolved, and how they died. This information reveals details of processes governing the behavior of contemporary main sequence stars. Combined with their distribution in luminosity/temperature, white dwarfs strongly constrain models of galactic and cosmological evolution.GD358 is among the brightest (mv =13.7) and best studied of the pulsating white dwarfs. This helium atmoshere pulsator (DBV) has an extensive photometric database spanning 30 years, including nine multisite Whole Earth Telescope campaigns. GD358 exhibits a range of behaviors, from drastic changes in excited pulsation modes to variable multiplet splittings. We use GD358 as a template for an examination of the DBV class, combining photometric results with recent COS spectroscopy. The results present new questions concerning DB formation and evolution.

  7. Microstructure characterization and optical properties of sapphire after helium ion implantation

    Zhong, Mian; Yang, Liang; Shen, Huahai; Liu, Wei; Xiang, Xia; Zheng, Wanguo; Guo, Decheng; Huang, Jin; Sun, Kai; Yuan, Xiaodong

    2015-06-01

    The (0 0 0 1) sapphire samples are irradiated with 60 keV helium ions at the fluences of 5 × 1016, 1 × 1017and 5 × 1017 ions/cm2 at room temperature. After implantation, two broad absorption bands at 320-460 and 480-700 nm are observed and their intensities increase with the increasing ion fluence. The grazing incidence X-ray diffraction results indicate that the {0 0 0 1} diffraction peaks of sapphire decrease and broaden due to the disorientation of the generated crystallites after ion irradiation. The microstructure evolution is examined by the scanning and transmission electron microscopes. The surface becomes rough because of the aggregation of helium bubbles and migration towards the surface. There is a lattice expansion up to ∼4.5% in the implanted area and the lattice distortion measured from dispersion of (1 1 0) diffraction is ∼4.6°. Such strain of crystal lattice is rather large and leads to contrast fluctuation at scale of 1-2 nm (the bubble size). The laser induced damage threshold (LIDT) is investigated to understand the effect of helium ion beam irradiation on the laser damage resistance of sapphire components and the results show that the LIDT decreases from 5.4 to 2.5 J/cm2 due to the absorptive color centers, helium bubbles and defects induced by helium ion implantation. The laser damage morphologies of samples before and after ion implantation are also presented.

  8. Microstructure characterization and optical properties of sapphire after helium ion implantation

    The (0 0 0 1) sapphire samples are irradiated with 60 keV helium ions at the fluences of 5 × 1016, 1 × 1017and 5 × 1017 ions/cm2 at room temperature. After implantation, two broad absorption bands at 320–460 and 480–700 nm are observed and their intensities increase with the increasing ion fluence. The grazing incidence X-ray diffraction results indicate that the {0 0 0 1} diffraction peaks of sapphire decrease and broaden due to the disorientation of the generated crystallites after ion irradiation. The microstructure evolution is examined by the scanning and transmission electron microscopes. The surface becomes rough because of the aggregation of helium bubbles and migration towards the surface. There is a lattice expansion up to ∼4.5% in the implanted area and the lattice distortion measured from dispersion of (1 1 0) diffraction is ∼4.6°. Such strain of crystal lattice is rather large and leads to contrast fluctuation at scale of 1–2 nm (the bubble size). The laser induced damage threshold (LIDT) is investigated to understand the effect of helium ion beam irradiation on the laser damage resistance of sapphire components and the results show that the LIDT decreases from 5.4 to 2.5 J/cm2 due to the absorptive color centers, helium bubbles and defects induced by helium ion implantation. The laser damage morphologies of samples before and after ion implantation are also presented

  9. Cryogenic system for the Large Helical Device. The helium refrigerator/liquefier for Large Helical Device

    A large-scale helium refrigerator/liquefier has been developed to provide reliable and safe operation for the Large Helical Device (LHD). The refrigerator is required to satisfy four different types of cooling methods: forced-flow supercritical helium, a pool boiling method, two-phase helium flow and forced-flow low-temperature (40-80 K) helium gas. The forced-flow supercritical helium is widely used in modern large-scale superconducting magnets. This method requires a much more complex refrigeration system than does pool boiling because of the circulation of low-temperature helium within a very long cooling path. The overall refrigeration system is fairly complicated because of these multi-refrigeration requirements. As a matter of fact, it is not likely to find this type of refrigeration plant in the world. The helium refrigerator has a total refrigeration capacity of 5.65 kW at 4.4 K and 20.6 kW at 80 K and 650 l/h liquefaction. The refrigerator was designed to have high processing efficiency since the construction expense is much less than the operating cost. In order to achieve this, the refrigerator has two precooling cycles (300 to 80 K and 80 to 20 K) and has two turboexpanders running in parallel with different temperature levels at the cold end. To achieve a high mass flow rate in a low-temperature regime, eight screw-type compressors are operated at room temperature. There are two compressor groups, group A and group B, to reduce the overall work load. Each group consists of 1st and 2nd stage compression processes. The total mass flow rate becomes 960 g/s at 1.864 MPa. This article reviews the basic characteristics of a 10 kW class helium refrigerator/liquefier and a simple refrigeration cycle. (author)

  10. Cryosorption of helium on argon frost TFTR [Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor] neutral beamlines

    Helium pumping on argon frost has been investigated on TFTR neutral beam injectors and shown to be viable for limited helium beam operation. Maximum pumping speeds are ∼ 25% less than those measured for pumping of deuterium. Helium pumping efficiency is low, > 20 argon atoms are required to pump each helium atom. Adsorption isotherms are exponential and exhibit a two-fold increase in adsorption capacity as the cryopanel temperature is reduced from 4.3 K to 3.7 K. Pumping speed was found to be independent of cryopanel temperature over the temperature range studied. After pumping a total of 2000 torr-l of helium, the beamline base pressure rose to 2x10-5 torr from an initial value of 10-8 torr. Accompanying this three order of magnitude increase in pressure was a modest 40% decrease in pumping speed. The introduction of 168 torr-l of deuterium prior to helium injection reduced the pumping speed by a factor of two with no decrease in adsorption capacity. 29 refs., 7 figs

  11. Study of heat transfer in superconducting cable electrical insulation of accelerator magnet cooled by superfluid helium

    Heat transfer studies of electrical cable insulation in superconducting winding are of major importance for stability studies in superconducting magnets. This work presents an experimental heat transfer study in superconducting cables of Large Hadron Collider dipoles cooled by superfluid helium and submitted to volume heat dissipation due to beam losses. For NbTi magnets cooled by superfluid helium the most severe heat barrier comes from the electrical insulation of the cables. Heat behaviour of a winding is approached through an experimental model in which insulation characteristics can be modified. Different tests on insulation patterns show that heat transfer is influenced by superfluid helium contained in insulation even for small volume of helium (2 % of cable volume). Electrical insulation can be considered as a composite material made of a solid matrix with a helium channels network which cannot be modelled easily. This network is characterised by another experimental apparatus which allows to study transverse and steady-state heat transfer through an elementary insulation pattern. Measurements in Landau regime (ΔT∼10-5 to 10-3 K) and in Gorter-Mellink regime (ΔT>10-3 K) and using assumptions that helium thermal paths and conduction in the insulation are decoupled allow to determine an equivalent channel area (10-6 m2) and an equivalent channel diameter (25 μ). (author)

  12. Helium research in support of superconducting power transmission

    Jones, M. C. [ed.

    1979-04-01

    During FY 77, research for Superconducting Power Transmission Line (SPTL) development included the following four research tasks: preparation of computer codes for the computation of cooldown by either single stream or counterstream methods; experimental verification of cooldown computations with emphasis on counterstream cooling; thermal cycling of a length of lead-sheathed model cable destined for testing in the BNL 5th Avenue facility; and evaluation of heat flow sensors as a means of non-intrusive vacuum indication for power transmission line vacuum envelopes. A series of progress reports on these four tasks are presented, with 6 appendicies on: experimental observations of flow oscillations in a high aspect ratio heated tube with supercritical helium as coolant; the results of a study of friction factors measured in the same apparatus as was used in Appendix 1; results of a numerical study of the response of SPTL current leads to overload currents; the microwave cavity pressure transducer developed at NBS for SPTL application; a correlation of heat transfer data to supercritical helium in forced convection; and a pressure regulator designed and used in controlling the pressure of cryogenic helium at supercritical pressures.

  13. Lung function measurement with multiple-breath-helium washout system.

    Wang, J-Y; Suddards, M E; Mellor, C J; Owers-Bradley, J R

    2013-04-01

    Multiple-breath-washout (MBW) measurements are regarded as a sensitive technique which can reflect the ventilation inhomogeneity of respiratory airways. Typically nitrogen is used as the tracer gas and is washed out by pure oxygen in multiple-breath-nitrogen washout (MBNW) tests. In this study, instead of using nitrogen, (4)He is used as the tracer gas with smaller gas density which may be able to reach deeper into our lungs in a given time and the helium washout results may be more sensitive to the ventilation inhomogeneity in small airways. A multiple-breath-helium-washout (MBHW) system developed for the lung function study is also presented. Quartz tuning forks with a resonance frequency of 32,768Hz have been used for detecting the change of the respiratory gas density. The resonance frequency of the quartz tuning fork decreases linearly with increasing density of the surrounding gas. Knowing the CO2 concentration from the infrared carbon dioxide detector, the helium concentration can be determined. Results from 14 volunteers (3 mild asthmatics, 4 tobacco smokers, 1 with asthma history, 1 with COPD history, 5 normal) have shown that mild asthmatics have higher ventilation inhomogeneity in either conducting or acinar airways (or both). A feature has been found in washout curve of single breaths from 4 tobacco smokers with different length of smoking history which may indicate the early stage of respiratory ventilation inhomogeneity in acinar airways. PMID:22835436

  14. Lung Function Measurement with Multiple-Breath-Helium Washout System

    Wang, Jau-Yi; Owers-Bradley, John; Mellor, Chris

    2011-01-01

    Multiple-breath-washout (MBW) measurements are regarded as a sensitive technique which can reflect the ventilation inhomogeneity of respiratory airways. Typically nitrogen is used as the tracer gas and is washed out by pure oxygen in multi-breath-nitrogen (MBNW) washout tests. In this work, instead of using nitrogen, helium is used as the tracer gas and a multiple-helium-breath-washout (MBHW) system has been developed for the lung function study. A commercial quartz tuning fork with a resonance frequency of 32768 Hz has been used for detecting the change of the respiratory gas density. The resonance frequency of the tuning fork decreases linearly with increasing density of the surrounding gas. Knowing the CO2 concentration from the infrared carbon dioxide detector, the helium concentration can be determined. Results from 12 volunteers (3 mild asthmatics, 2 smokers, 1 with asthma history, 1 with COPD history, 5 normal) have shown that mild asthmatics have higher ventilation inhomogeneity in either conducting o...

  15. Calibrating the Helium Pressurization System for the Space Shuttle Liquid-Hydrogen Tank

    2008-01-01

    method of relating the helium mass flow to measured air flow data was obtained. This analysis showed that the highest uncertainty in flow occurred in the vicinity of the choking pressure ratio, as would be expected. In addition, analysis of typical flow pulses showed that most of the helium flow occurred either well below or well above this uncertain area. The final result is the ability to provide postlaunch estimates of helium mass flows that are within 1.5 percent of the actual value.

  16. Trapping of helium in nano-bubbles in euxenite: Positive identification and implications

    Seydoux-Guillaume, Anne-Magali; David, Marie-Laure; Alix, Kevin; Datas, Lucien; Bingen, Bernard

    2016-08-01

    The (Y,REE,U,Th)-(Nb,Ta,Ti) oxides, like euxenite, fergusonite, pyrochlore, zirconolite, are known to contain nanometric spherical cavities or bubbles, interpreted to contain radiogenic helium. In-situ analyses by Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) coupled with Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) inside nano-bubbles from an euxenite crystal, sampled in its host c. 920 Ma old pegmatite in Norway, deliver, for the first time, a positive identification of helium and an estimation of helium pressure in such bubbles. The chemically unaltered euxenite crystal proves amorphous and homogeneously speckled with bubbles ranging from 5 to 68 nm in diameter, around a log-normal distribution centered at 19 nm. The euxenite contains 9.87 wt% UO2 and 3.15 wt% ThO2. It accumulated a theoretical alpha-decay dose of 3.46 ×1020 α / g (i.e. 170 He/nm3), at a dose rate of 11 926 α / g / s. This corresponds to production of 0.23 wt% He. The density of helium inside the bubbles, estimated from EELS data, ranges from 2 to 45 He/nm3, leading to a pressure of 8 to 500 MPa. The proportion of produced helium trapped in bubbles is about 10%. Helium bubbles clearly influence helium diffusion. They may contribute to the swelling of euxenite during amorphization and to the fracturing of the host rock. Our results suggest that dose, dose rate and structural state seem to be important parameters for the nucleation, growth and coalescence of helium bubbles but also demonstrate the crucial need of experimental studies to be able to develop a predictive model of the long term behavior of materials in response to helium irradiation. Furthermore, chemical alteration of euxenite, here materialized by fluid driven dissolution-precipitation towards silica bearing euxenite, removes the bubbles and mobilizes helium into the rock via cracks and grain boundaries. It is then suggested that helium-rich fluid released from such U-Th rich sources may percolate into surrounding rock units

  17. Helium ion implantation in zirconium: Bubble formation and growth

    Totemeier, Aaron Robert

    To evaluate the behavior of inert helium gas bubbles in zirconium three variants of the metal were implanted with 140 keV helium ions to a total fluence of 3x1017 cm--2 and characterized in cross-section TEM in their as-implanted state as well as during annealing at different temperatures. The three zirconium alloys included high-purity crystal bar material, Zircaloy-4, and a powder-metallurgically extruded material with high carbon and oxygen concentrations. At a sample depth consistent with a helium concentration of approximately 5 atomic percent, a change in the structure of the zirconium was observed a high density region of small (4nm diameter) bubbles formed at concentrations above 10 atom percent. Initial bubble formation and growth was observed to occurred at a temperature between 400-450 °C and these initial bubbles had a unique planar geometry prior to migration and coalescence into more three-dimensional bubbles. These planar bubbles appear to be aligned with major axes parallel to the TEM specimen surface and their formation and growth is possibly due to an increase in the thermal vacancy flux within the zirconium. The observations of bubble response to high temperature annealing suggest that in zirconium, as in other metals, maximum bubble size is weakly dependent on annealing time, whereas the bubble size distribution is strongly dependent on time. Specimens that underwent a prolonged room temperature aging developed a multimodal bubble size distribution within the high density region of small bubbles, concentrated near the highest helium concentration depth.

  18. Weldments and castings for liquid helium service

    The FY 81 results of the NBS program to evaluate weldments and castings for liquid helium service are reviewed. The tensile properties and fracture toughness of a series of five CF8M castings with delta-ferrite contents ranging from 0 to 28% were measured at 4 K. Work is continuing on a study to relate metallographic observations of duplex austenite delta-ferrite microstructures to the deformation and fracture of stainless steel welds and castings. The fracture toughness and fatigue crack growth rates of a 25Mn-5Cr-1Ni alloy, plate and welds, were measured at 4 K. Two 316L stainless steel weldments were tested at 4 K in support of the LCP program. The elastic properties of 316L stainless steel welds have been related to the texture in the weldment. An improved method of ultrasonic testing of stainless steel weldments was conceived and demonstrated; the method uses electromagnetic acoustic transducers (EMATs) to inspect the weldments with horizontal shear (SH) waves that are inherently less sensitive to the anisotropy of stainless steel welds. The research planned for FY 82 is also described

  19. Cosmic-Ray Proton and Helium Spectra from the First CREAM Flight

    Yoon, Y S; Allison, P S; Bagliesi, M G; Beatty, J J; Bigongiari, G; Boyle, P J; Childers, J T; Conklin, N B; Coutu, S; DuVernois, M A; Ganel, O; Han, J H; Jeon, J A; Kim, K C; Lee, M H; Lutz, L; Maestro, P; Malinine, A; Marrocchesi, P S; Minnick, S A; Mognet, S I; Nam, S; Nutter, S; Park, I H; Park, N H; Seo, E S; Sina, R; Swordy, S; Wakely, S P; Wu, J; Yang, J; Zei, R; Zinn, S Y; 10.1088/0004-637X/728/2/122

    2011-01-01

    Cosmic-ray proton and helium spectra have been measured with the balloon-borne Cosmic Ray Energetics And Mass experiment flown for 42 days in Antarctica in the 2004-2005 austral summer season. High-energy cosmic-ray data were collected at an average altitude of ~38.5 km with an average atmospheric overburden of ~3.9 g cm$^{-2}$. Individual elements are clearly separated with a charge resolution of ~0.15 e (in charge units) and ~0.2 e for protons and helium nuclei, respectively. The measured spectra at the top of the atmosphere are represented by power laws with a spectral index of -2.66 $\\pm$ 0.02 for protons from 2.5 TeV to 250 TeV and -2.58 $\\pm$ 0.02 for helium nuclei from 630 GeV/nucleon to 63 TeV/nucleon. They are harder than previous measurements at a few tens of GeV/nucleon. The helium flux is higher than that expected from the extrapolation of the power law fitted to the lower-energy data. The relative abundance of protons to helium nuclei is 9.1 $\\pm$ 0.5 for the range from 2.5 TeV/nucleon to 63 TeV/...

  20. Thermal evolution of helium in magnetron sputtered titanium films

    Helium-containing titanium films synthesized by magnetron sputtering method were investigated using thermal desorption spectrometry (TDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Helium evolution behaviors under thermal treatment from room temperature to 1500 °C were characterized. Four peaks appeared in TDS at around 100, 420, 700, and 1250 °C were identified and attributed to helium desorption from the specimen surface, substitutional helium (helium atom in a vacancy), small HemVn clusters with different helium-to-vacancy ratios, and helium bubbles or voids, respectively. The helium evolution under thermal treatment composed of two coexisting and competing processes, where the faster process dominated in relevant temperature range, i.e. helium diffusion and release at low temperatures, and bubble or void formation at high temperatures. Three characteristic temperatures in TDS were identified in description of the phenomenon

  1. Rotons, Superfluidity, and Helium Crystals

    Fritz London understood that quantum mechanics could show up at the macroscopic level, and, in 1938, he proposed that superfluidity was a consequence of Bose-Einstein condensation. However, Lev Landau never believed in London's ideas; instead, he introduced quasiparticles to explain the thermodynamics of superfluid 4He and a possible mechanism for its critical velocity. One of these quasiparticles, a crucial one, was his famous ''roton'' which he considered as an elementary vortex. At the LT0 conference (Cambridge, 1946), London criticized Landau and his ''theory based on the shaky grounds of imaginary rotons''. Despite their rather strong disagreement, Landau was awarded the London prize in 1960, six years after London's death. Today, we know that London and Landau had both found part of the truth: BEC takes place in 4He, and rotons exist.In my early experiments on quantum evaporation, I found direct evidence for the existence of rotons and for evaporation processes in which they play the role of photons in the photoelectric effect. But rotons are now considered as particular phonons which are nearly soft, due to some local order in superfluid 4He. Later we studied helium crystals which are model systems for the general study of crystal surfaces, but also exceptional systems with unique quantum properties. In our recent studies of nucleation, rotons show their importance again: by using acoustic techniques, we have extended the study of liquid 4He up to very high pressures where the liquid state is metastable, and we wish to demonstrate that the vanishing of the roton gap may destroy superfluidity and trigger an instability towards the crystalline state

  2. Full Scale Thermo-hydraulic Simulation of a Helium-Helium Printed Circuit Heat Exchanger

    In this paper, the thermo-hydraulic full scale simulation is performed to study the temperature distributions, thermal stress, pressure drop and outlet temperature in a Helium-Helium printed circuit heat exchanger (PCHE) in a VHTR simulate helium loop. The entire PCHE is composed of 40 stacks of rectangular shaped micro-channels for helium gas [type A] (inlet temperature, 400 .deg. C) and 40 stacks of semi-ellipse shaped micro-channels for helium [type B] (inlet temperature, 300 .deg. C). The experimental result is compared to that of computer simulation, COMSOL multi-physics software. The Helium-Helium PCHE is considered a prototype of the newly developed PCHE by Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI). The full scale thermo-hydraulic simulation was successfully performed to obtain temperature distribution, pressure drop and thermal stress in 40 sets of flow channel stacks in a helium-helium printed circuit heat exchanger in a VHTR simulate helium loop. We obtained a quite similar temperature distribution with the 3D measured infrared temperature distribution. To our knowledge, this is the first full scale numerical study on the PCHE, which considers all microchannels, that the convection effect on the outside surfaces of the PCHE is applied. The very high-temperature reactor (VHTR) or high-temperature gas-cooled reactor(HTGR) is a fourth-generation nuclear power reactor that uses the ceramic coated fuel, TRISO, in which the fission gas does not leak even at temperatures higher than 1600 .deg. C. The VHTR necessarily requires an intermediate loop composed of a hot gas duct (HGD), an intermediate heat exchanger (IHX) and a process heat exchanger (PHE). The IHX is one of the important components of VHTR system because the IHX transfers the 950 .deg. C of high temperature massive heat to a hydrogen production plant or power conversion unit at high system pressure

  3. Application of gas chromatographic method in simultaneous measurements of helium, argon and neon concentration in groundwaters

    Najman, J.; Bielewski, J.; Sliwka, I.

    2012-04-01

    Helium concentration in groundwater is a fine indicator in water dating in a range from a hundred to tens of thousands of years. Gas chromatography (GC) measurements of helium can be used as an alternative to mass spectrometry (MS) determinations of 4He for groundwater dating [1]. Argon and neon concentrations mainly serve for determining the temperature of recharge and the air excess which is needed to correct measured values of helium concentration [2] . A chromatographic measurement system of helium, argon and neon concentration in groundwater is presented [3]. Water samples are taken from groundwater with a precise procedure without contamination with air in a special stainless steel vessels of volume equal to 2900 cm3. Helium is extracted from water samples using the head-space method. After enrichment by cryotrap method helium is analyzed in the gas chromatograph equipped with the thermal conductivity detector (TCD) with detection limit of about 2.8 ng He. The helium limit of detection of presented method is 1,2·10-8 cm3STP/gH2O [4]. We are currently working on adapting the method of cryogenic enrichment of helium concentration for simultaneous measurements of the concentration of helium, argon and neon using single sample of groundwater. Neon will be measured with the thermal conductivity detector and capillary column filled with molecular sieve 5A. Argon will be analyzed also with the thermal conductivity detector and packed column filled with molecular sieve 5A. This work was supported by grant No. N N525 3488 38 from the polish National Science Centre. [1] A. Zuber, W. Ciężkowski, K. Różański (red.), Tracer methods in hydrogeological studies - a methodological guide. Wroclaw University of Technology Publishing House, Wroclaw, 2007 (in polish). [2] P. Mochalski, Chromatographic method for the determination of Ar, Ne and N2 in water, Ph.D. thesis, Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow, 2003 (in polish). [3] A. Żurek, P

  4. Helium and displacement damage produced by 600 MeV proton beams in high purity aluminum

    Pure aluminum samples (99.9999%) have been irradiated in the Proton Irradiation Experiment (PIREX) installed in the 600 MeV proton beam of the accelerator in the Swiss Nuclear Research Institute (SIN), at temperatures between 400K and 500K and displacement doses between 0.9 and 5 displacements per atom (dpa). Average displacement rate is 3.5 X 10-6 dpa/s. The specimens were analyzed for both 3He and 4He. Measured helium content is 215 atomic parts per million (appm)/dpa. No diffusional spreading of sodium or helium was measured. The helium bubble structure was examined and shows a swelling of 0.16% at about5 dpa

  5. TRANSPARENT HELIUM IN STRIPPED ENVELOPE SUPERNOVAE

    Using simple arguments based on photometric light curves and velocity evolution, we propose that some stripped envelope supernovae (SNe) show signs that a significant fraction of their helium is effectively transparent. The main pieces of evidence are the relatively low velocities with little velocity evolution, as are expected deep inside an exploding star, along with temperatures that are too low to ionize helium. This means that the helium should not contribute to the shaping of the main SN light curve, and thus the total helium mass may be difficult to measure from simple light curve modeling. Conversely, such modeling may be more useful for constraining the mass of the carbon/oxygen core of the SN progenitor. Other stripped envelope SNe show higher velocities and larger velocity gradients, which require an additional opacity source (perhaps the mixing of heavier elements or radioactive nickel) to prevent the helium from being transparent. We discuss ways in which similar analysis can provide insights into the differences and similarities between SNe Ib and Ic, which will lead to a better understanding of their respective formation mechanisms

  6. Development of new technology in helium refrigerator

    For the practical use of nuclear fusion apparatuses, the adoption of superconducting magnets is unavoidable, and as the additional effective heating method of plasma, neutral beam injection is regarded as important. For superconducting magnets and the cryopumps for NB1, helium liquefying refrigerators are required to produce extremely low temperature close to absolute zero. In Hitachi Ltd., the development of the large helium liquefying refrigerator of expansion turbine type has been advanced early, and in 1968, No.1 machine, and in 1979, No.2 machine with improved reliability and operational performance were developed. So far, four machines were delivered for the projects of nuclear fusion, accelerators and others. As the technical development, in addition to the development of expansion turbines, the development of such peripheral equipment as transfer tubes, liquid helium pumps and automatic control has been forwarded in parallel. In this paper, the new technology related to these peripheral equipment is described. The superinsulator, FRP rod type spacers and liquid nitrogen shield for transfer tubes, a centrifugal liquid helium pump with dynamic pressure gas bearings and the automatic control for a helium liquefying refrigerator using a Hitachi DSC-18 digital controller are reported. (Kako, I.)

  7. Helium precipitation in. cap alpha. -Fe

    Caspers, L.M.; van Veen, A.; Ypma, M.R.; van der Kolk, G.J. (Interuniversitair Reactor Inst., Delft (Netherlands))

    1982-03-16

    The filling of a vacancy with helium atoms is studied with a programme simulating the relaxation of lattice atoms around the complex. Three filling modes are described. Helium filled V/sub 2/, V/sub 3/, and V/sub 4/ complexes are also considered and the energetics of the mutation reactions of He/sub n/V ..-->.. He/sub m>n/V/sub 2/ ..-->.. He/sub p>m/V/sub 3/ ..-->.. He/sub q>p/V/sub 4/ is studied. It is shown that these mutation reactions are more probable when the emitted interstitials remain bound to the mutation products. The He/sub n/V/sub m/I/sub p/ complexes thus formed are stable against reduction, in agreement with experiments. Also the formation of these complexes could explain why helium precipitation proceeds in a two-dimensional way as observed by TEM. The general trend found in helium desorption measurements viz. a decrease in helium binding energy until some 6 to 10 He atoms are trapped and thereafter an increase in binding energy is also found in this computer simulation study.

  8. Helium release from radioisotope heat sources

    Peterson, D.E.; Early, J.W.; Starzynski, J.S.; Land, C.C.

    1984-05-01

    Diffusion of helium in /sup 238/PuO/sub 2/ fuel was characterized as a function of the heating rate and the fuel microstructure. The samples were thermally ramped in an induction furnace and the helium release rates measured with an automated mass spectrometer. The diffusion constants and activation energies were obtained from the data using a simple diffusion model. The release rates of helium were correlated with the fuel microstructure by metallographic examination of fuel samples. The release mechanism consists of four regimes, which are dependent upon the temperature. Initially, the release is controlled by movement of point defects combined with trapping along grain boundaries. This regime is followed by a process dominated by formation and growth of helium bubbles along grain boundaries. The third regime involves volume diffusion controlled by movement of oxygen vacancies. Finally, the release at the highest temperatures follows the diffusion rate of intragranular bubbles. The tendency for helium to be trapped within the grain boundaries diminishes with small grain sizes, slow thermal pulses, and older fuel.

  9. Helium beam diagnostics for the estimation electron temperature and density in SST-1

    Supersonic helium beam Diagnostics is used to estimate edge electron density and temperature in tokamaks. Ratio of line emission intensities from neutral helium is used to estimate electron temperature and density. Temperature is estimated from the ratio of intensities (728.1 nm /706.3 nm) whereas density is estimated from ratio (668.1 nm/728.1 nm). We have designed and tested a supersonic helium beam injector for edge plasma temperature and density for SST-1 tokamak. The system consists of a supersonic injector and an imaging system. The emission is collected by the imaging system and optical fibers and an EMMCD coupled spectrograph is used to record the spectra from various spatial locations. The spatial resolution is around 5 mm. In a recent campaign in SST-1, we tried to estimate these parameters using the residual helium after the helium GDC. The spectrometer and detection system was calibrated and signal was optimized. The spectra were good enough to use these helium lines to estimate electron temperature and density with an integration time of 10 ms. The observed line ratios are compared with the line ratios obtained from CR model/Atomic Data and Analysis Structure (ADAS) to get an estimate of electron temperature and density. The estimated electron density is in the range of 5 x 1011 - 2 x 1012 cm-3 and electron temperature 30-55 eV. The obtained parameters provide reasonable estimates when compared with other diagnostics considering the diffusion and ionization of neutral helium inside the tokamak. (author)

  10. Helium turbine power generation in high temperature gas reactor

    This paper presents studies on the helium turbine power generator and important components in the indirect cycle of high temperature helium cooled reactor with multi-purpose use of exhaust thermal energy from the turbine. The features of this paper are, firstly the reliable estimation of adiabatic efficiencies of turbine and compressor, secondly the introduction of heat transfer enhancement by use of the surface radiative heat flux from the thin metal plates installed in the hot helium and between the heat transfer coil rows of IHX and RHX, thirdly the use of turbine exhaust heat to produce fresh water from seawater for domestic, agricultural and marine fields, forthly a proposal of plutonium oxide fuel without a slight possibility of diversion of plutonium for nuclear weapon production and finally the investigation of GT-HTGR of large output such as 500 MWe. The study of performance of GT-HTGR reduces the result that for the reactor of 450 MWt the optimum thermal efficiency is about 43% when the turbine expansion ratio is 3.9 for the turbine efficiency of 0.92 and compressor efficiency of 0.88 and the helium temperature at the compressor inlet is 45degC. The produced amount of fresh water is about 8640 ton/day. It is made clear that about 90% of the reactor thermal output is totally used for the electric power generation in the turbine and for the multi-puposed utilization of the heat from the turbine exhaust gas and compressed helium cooling seawater. The GT-Large HTGR is realized by the separation of the pressure and temperature boundaries of the pressure vessel, the increase of burning density of the fuel by 1.4 times, the extention of the nuclear core diameter and length by 1.2 times, respectively, and the enhancement of the heat flux along the nuclear fuel compact surface by 1.5 times by providing riblets with the peak in the flow direction. (J.P.N.)

  11. Helium behaviour in nuclear waste materials

    Wiss, T.; Hiernaut, J.P.; Colle, J.Y.; Maugeri, E.; Raison, P.; Konings, R.; Rondinella, V.V. [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, P.O. Box 2340, 76125 Karlsruhe (Germany); Roudil, D.; Deschanel, X.; Peuget, S. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Centre de VALRHO, B.P. 30207 Bagnols-sur-Ceze (France)

    2008-07-01

    Waste conditioning matrices like synthetic zirconolite (CaZrTi{sub 2}O{sub 7}) were fabricated and doped with either the short-lived alpha-emitters {sup 238}Pu or {sup 244}Cm, or with {sup 239}Pu to generate various amounts of helium and of alpha-damage. The samples were annealed in a Knudsen cell, and the helium desorption profiles interpreted in conjunction with parallel radiation damage and previous annealing behaviour studies. To understand the long term behaviour of spent nuclear fuel, UO{sub 2} samples doped with the alpha-emitters {sup 233}U, {sup 238}Pu have been investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), by XRD and by thermal desorption spectroscopy. The release of helium has been explained by the recrystallization of amorphized zirconolite on one hand and partially during alpha-damage recovery in the case of the spent fuel. This study mostly highlights the correlation between restructuring of damaged materials and gas release.

  12. The muonic helium lamb shift experiment

    Goetzfried, Johannes; Krauth, Julian [Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching (Germany); Collaboration: CREMA collaboration

    2014-07-01

    Because of its high sensitivity on finite size effects of the nucleus, the measurement of the Lamb shift in exotic atoms has been on the wish-list of atomic and nuclear physics for a long time. Our previous experiment allowed to determine the proton radius with an order of magnitude higher precision compared to spectroscopic measurements of ordinary hydrogen. The successor experiment in muonic helium is currently performed at the Paul-Scherrer-Institute in Switzerland. Using a low energy muon beam line muons are stopped within low pressure helium gas, where exotic atoms are created. Here we measure the 2S-2P transition frequency of muonic helium illuminated by a pulsed TiSa-laser system pumped with a newly developed Yb-YAG thin disk laser. This measurement will ultimately improve the values of the charge radii of {sup 3}He{sup +} and {sup 4}He{sup +} by an order of magnitude.

  13. The muonic helium lamb shift experiment

    Because of its high sensitivity on finite size effects of the nucleus, the measurement of the Lamb shift in exotic atoms has been on the wish-list of atomic and nuclear physics for a long time. Our previous experiment allowed to determine the proton radius with an order of magnitude higher precision compared to spectroscopic measurements of ordinary hydrogen. The successor experiment in muonic helium is currently performed at the Paul-Scherrer-Institute in Switzerland. Using a low energy muon beam line muons are stopped within low pressure helium gas, where exotic atoms are created. Here we measure the 2S-2P transition frequency of muonic helium illuminated by a pulsed TiSa-laser system pumped with a newly developed Yb-YAG thin disk laser. This measurement will ultimately improve the values of the charge radii of 3He+ and 4He+ by an order of magnitude.

  14. Superfluid helium-4 in one dimensional channel

    Kim, Duk Y.; Banavar, Samhita; Chan, Moses H. W.; Hayes, John; Sazio, Pier

    2013-03-01

    Superfluidity, as superconductivity, cannot exist in a strict one-dimensional system. However, the experiments employing porous media showed that superfluid helium can flow through the pores of nanometer size. Here we report a study of the flow of liquid helium through a single hollow glass fiber of 4 cm in length with an open id of 150 nm between 1.6 and 2.3 K. We found the superfluid transition temperature was suppressed in the hollow cylinder and that there is no flow above the transition. Critical velocity at temperature below the transition temperature was determined. Our results bear some similarity to that found by Savard et. al. studying the flow of helium through a nanohole in a silicon nitrite membrane. Experimental study at Penn State is supported by NSF Grants No. DMR 1103159.

  15. Helium corona-assisted air discharge

    Jiang Nan; Gao Lei; Ji Ailing; Cao Zexian [Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2011-10-15

    Operation of atmospheric discharge of electronegative gases including air at low voltages yet without consuming any inert gas will enormously promote the application of non-thermal plasmas. By taking advantage of the low onset voltage for helium corona, air discharge was successfully launched at much reduced voltages with a needle-plate system partly contained in a helium-filled glass bulb--for a needle-plate distance of 12 mm, 1.0 kV suffices. Ultraviolet emission from helium corona facilitates the discharging of air, and the discharge current manifests distinct features such as relatively broad Trichel pulses in both half periods. This design allows safe and economic implementation of atmospheric discharge of electronegative gases, which will find a broad palette of applications in surface modification, plasma medicine and gas treatment, etc.

  16. Helium corona-assisted air discharge

    Operation of atmospheric discharge of electronegative gases including air at low voltages yet without consuming any inert gas will enormously promote the application of non-thermal plasmas. By taking advantage of the low onset voltage for helium corona, air discharge was successfully launched at much reduced voltages with a needle-plate system partly contained in a helium-filled glass bulb--for a needle-plate distance of 12 mm, 1.0 kV suffices. Ultraviolet emission from helium corona facilitates the discharging of air, and the discharge current manifests distinct features such as relatively broad Trichel pulses in both half periods. This design allows safe and economic implementation of atmospheric discharge of electronegative gases, which will find a broad palette of applications in surface modification, plasma medicine and gas treatment, etc.

  17. Precision spectroscopy of Kaonic helium-3 and helium-4 3d-->2p X-rays

    Ishiwatari, T.; Bazzi, M.; Bhang, H.; Beer, G.; Bombelli, L.; Bragadireanu, A. M.; Cargnelli, M.; Choi, S.; Corradi, G.; Curceanu, C.; d'Uffizi, A.; Enomoto, S.; Fiorini, C.; Frizzi, T.; Fujioka, H.; Fujiwara, Y.; Ghio, F.; Girolami, B.; Guaraldo, C.; Hashimoto, T.; Hayano, R. S.; Hiraiwa, T.; Iio, M.; Iliescu, M.; Ishimoto, S.; Itahashi, K.; Iwasaki, M.; Kienle, P.; Kou, H.; Levi Sandri, P.; Longoni, A.; Lucherini, V.; Marton, J.; Matsuda, Y.; Noumi, H.; Ohnishi, H.; Okada, S.; Outa, H.; Pietreanu, D.; Ponta, T.; Rizzo, A.; Romero Vidal, A.; Sakuma, F.; Sato, M.; Scordo, A.; Sekimoto, M.; Shi, H.; Sirghi, D. L.; Sirghi, F.; Suzuki, T.; Tanida, K.; Tatsuno, H.; Tokuda, M.; Tomono, D.; Toyoda, A.; Tsukada, K.; Tudorache, A.; Tudorache, V.; Vazquez Doce, O.; Widmann, E.; Wünschek, B.; Yamazaki, T.; Zmeskal, J.

    2010-08-01

    Recently, the shift of the kaonic helium-4 2p state was precisely determined by the E570 and SIDDHARTA experiments. Prior to the experiment by E570, the average of three earlier experimental results showed -43±8 eV, while most of the theoretical calculations give ˜0 eV. This five-sigma discrepancy between theory and experiment was known as the "kaonic helium puzzle". A recent theoretical model showed a possible resonance-like shift of maximum 10 eV for a certain value of a deep antikaon-nucleon interaction potential, which is different in helium 3 and helium 4. The E570 experiment determined the shift of the kaonic helium-4 2p state as +2±2 (stat)±2 (sys) eV in 2007. The SIDDHARTA experiment determined the shift as 0±6(stat)±2(sys) eV in 2009. The results of these experiments resolved the long-standing puzzle. A new experiment of the kaonic helium-3 X-ray measurement is being prepared by the J-PARC E17 collaborators, and the kaonic helium-3 X-ray data taken very recently by the SIDDHARTA experiment are on the way to be analyzed. The results of the E570, E17 and SIDDHARTA experiments examine the strong interaction for light nuclei with different isospin, and test furthermore recent theoretical predictions.

  18. The effective charge effect in partially stripped ion-helium collisions

    The double and single ionization cross section ratios of helium by partially stripped carbon, oxygen and fluorine ions are measured for projectile charge states ranging from +1 to +4 and impact energies from 1.5 MeV to 7.5 MeV. The effective charge effect in partially stripped ion-helium collisions is studied. It is found that the effective charge qeff increases as the impinging energy increases and qeff shows a modest dependence upon the projectile charge state in the present energy range. The projectile charge state, projectile energy, projectile and target electronic state dependences of the effective charge effect may be explained using orbital interpenetrating. (orig.)

  19. Investigation on Retention and Release Behaviors of Hydrogen and Helium in Vanadium Alloy

    Liu Xiang; Tsuyoshi Yamada; Yuji Yamauchi; Yuko Hirohata; Tomoaki Hino; Nobuaki Noda

    2005-01-01

    Vanadium alloy is proposed as an attractive candidate for first wall and blanketstructural material of fusion reactors. The retention and release behaviors of hydrogen and heliumin vanadium alloy may be an important issue. In the present work, 1.7 keV deuterium and 5keV helium ions are respectively implanted into V-4Cr-4Ti and V-4Ti at room temperature. Theretention and release of deuterium and helium are measured with thermal desorption spectroscopy(TDS). When the helium ion fluence is larger than 3 × 1017 He/cm2, the retained helium saturateswith a value of approximately 2.5 × 1017 He/cm2. However, when the ion fluence is 1 × 1019 D/cm2,the hydrogen saturation in vanadium alloy does not take place. Experimental results indicatesthat hydrogen and helium retention in vanadium alloy may lead to serious problems and specialattention should be paid when it is applied to fusion reactors.

  20. Surface modification of molten W exposed to high heat flux helium neutral beams

    High heat flux tests with central heat flux of 10.5 MW/m2 using helium neutral beams have been carried out on rolled tungsten. The energy of helium particles is 33 keV and the particle flux is 2 × 1021 m−2 s−1. An 80 × 65 × 3 mm3 rolled tungsten plate is firstly exposed to a 4.6 s pulse resulting in partially molten surfaces. Thereafter the tungsten plate is irradiated by several helium pulses with fluences of 1.2–2.5 × 1022/m2 and peak temperatures from 1450 to 2590 °C. The experiments show that: (1) helium-induced surface modification of the resolidified tungsten surface is very different from that of the non-molten surface; (2) the surface morphology of molten surface is closely related to the orientation of the resolidified grain; (3) the evolution of surface modifications, for both of the molten and non-molten tungsten surfaces, indicates a strong dependence on the surface temperature and local helium fluence

  1. Rotary magnetic refrigerator for superfluid helium production

    A new rotary-magnetic refrigerator designed to obtain superfluid helium temperatures by executing a magnetic Carnot cycle is developed. A rotor containing 12 magnetic refrigerants (gadolinium-gallium-garnet) is immersed in liquid helium at 4.2 K and rotated at constant speed in a steady magnetic field distribution. Performance tests demonstrate that the new rotary refrigerator is capable of obtaining a temperature of 1.48 K. The maximum useful cooling power obtained at 1.8 K is 1.81 W which corresponds to a refrigeration efficiency of 34%

  2. Anomalous magnetotransport of a surface electron layer above liquid helium

    The magnetoconductivity σxx of a surface electron layer above liquid helium has been measured at temperatures between 0.5-1.6 K, for concentrations up to about 4x108 cm-2, in magnetic fields up to 25 kOe. As was observed, σxx first decreases with lowering temperature, then has a minimum and at T xy, the earlier ascertained anomalous behaviour of the magnetoresistance ρxx taken into consideration. The calculated dependence of ρxx on T is in satisfactory agreement with the anomalous dependence ρxx(T) found earlier by experiment

  3. Penning collisions of laser-cooled metastable helium atoms

    Pereira Dos Santos, F.; Perales, F.; Léonard, J.; Sinatra, A.; Wang, Junmin; Saverio Pavone, F.; Rasel, E.; Unnikrishnan, C. S.; Leduc, M.

    2001-04-01

    We present experimental results on the two-body loss rates in a magneto-optical trap of metastable helium atoms. Absolute rates are measured in a systematic way for several laser detunings ranging from -5 to -30 MHz and at different intensities, by monitoring the decay of the trap fluorescence. The dependence of the two-body loss rate coefficient β on the excited state ( 23P2) and metastable state ( 23S1) populations is also investigated. From these results we infer a rather uniform rate constant Ksp = (1+/-0.4)×10-7 cm3/s.

  4. Theory of the Lamb shift in muonic helium ions

    The Lamb shift (2P1/2-2S1/2) in muonic helium ions (μ23)+, (μ2/4He)+ is calculated taking into account the contributions of the order of α3, α4, α5, and α6. Special attention is paid to corrections for the polarization of the vacuum, as well as the structure and recoil of the nucleus. Numerical values 1259.8583 meV ((μ23He)+) and 1379.1107 meV ((μ24He)+) obtained for the shifts can be considered reliable estimates when compared to the experimental data of the CREMA collaboration

  5. Stopping Power of Solid Argon for Helium Ions

    Besenbacher, F.; Bøttiger, Jørgen; Grauersen, O.; Hansen, Jens Leonhart; Sørensen, H.

    1981-01-01

    By means of the Rutherford-backscattering method, the stopping cross section of solid argon has been measured for 0.5–3 MeV helium ions to an accuracy of not, vert, similar3%. The results agree within the experimental accuracies with our earlier measurements for gaseous argon over the energy region...... studied. This proves that the gas/solid difference for argon predicted in recent stopping-power tabulations is significantly overestimated. With high-order Z1 correction terms included in the theoretical description, calculated shell corrections based on the Lindhard-Scharff model are in good agreement...

  6. Progress of helium refrigeration system for Wendelstein 7-X

    The helium refrigerator for the fusion experiment Wendelstein 7-X is required for cooling the superconducting coils, casings, supports and divertor cryo-vacuum pumps at 3.4 K in peak power and 3.9 K in standard operating modes. The refrigerator supplied by Linde Kryotechnik AG has an equivalent refrigeration power of 7 kW at 4.5 K. In the meantime the corresponding hardwares are installed and the commissioning is approaching towards completion. The preparations for the acceptance tests have begun. (author)

  7. Accuracy of helium accumulation fluence monitor for fast reactor dosimetry

    Ito, Chikara; Aoyama, Takafumi [Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp., Oarai, Ibaraki (Japan). Oarai Engineering Center

    1998-03-01

    A helium (He) accumulation fluence monitor (HAFM) has been developed for fast reactor dosimetry. In order to evaluate the measurement accuracy of neutron fluence by the HAFM method, the HAFMs of enriched boron (B) and beryllium (Be) were irradiated in the Fast Neutron Source Reactor `YAYOI`. The number of He atoms produced in the HAFMs were measured and compared with the calculated values. As a result of this study, it was confirmed that the neutron fluence could be measured within 5 % by the HAFM method, and that met the required accuracy for fast reactor dosimetry. (author)

  8. Weldability of helium-containing stainless steels using a YAG laser

    Bead-on-plate welding experiments using a 400 W YAG laser were conducted on SUS304 stainless steels implanted with helium ions of 0.5, 5 and 50 appm uniformly to a depth of 0.25 mm. High heat input welding at 20 kJ/cm caused surface grain boundary cracking in the heat-affected zone at 50 appm He. Cross-sectional observations after etching in oxalic acid solution revealed that bubble growth at grain boundaries in the heat-affected zone was enhanced at higher heat input and at higher helium concentrations. Bubble growth was negligible for the laser welding condition of 1 kJ/cm even at 50 appm He. The results suggest that YAG laser welding is a promising welding technique for stainless steels containing high amounts of helium. (orig.)

  9. Study of the amorphization of surface silicon layers implanted by low-energy helium ions

    Lomov, A. A.; Myakon'kikh, A. V.; Oreshko, A. P.; Shemukhin, A. A.

    2016-03-01

    The structural changes in surface layers of Si(001) substrates subjected to plasma-immersion implantation by (2-5)-keV helium ions to a dose of D = 6 × 1015-5 × 1017 cm-2 have been studied by highresolution X-ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering, and spectral ellipsometry. It is found that the joint application of these methods makes it possible to determine the density depth distribution ρ( z) in an implanted layer, its phase state, and elemental composition. Treatment of silicon substrates in helium plasma to doses of 6 × 1016 cm-2 leads to the formation of a 20- to 30-nm-thick amorphized surface layer with a density close to the silicon density. An increase in the helium dose causes the formation of an internal porous layer.

  10. Density decrease in vanadium-base alloys irradiated in the dynamic helium charging experiment

    Chung, H.M.; Galvin, T.M.; Smith, D.L. [Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, IL (United States)

    1996-04-01

    Combined effects of dynamically charged helium and neutron damage on density decrease (swelling) of V-4Cr-4Ti, V-5Ti, V-3Ti-1Si, and V-8Cr-6Ti alloys have been determined after irradiation to 18-31 dpa at 425-600{degrees}C in the Dynamic helium Charging Experiment (DHCE). To ensure better accuracy in density measurement, broken pieces of tensile specimens {approx} 10 times heavier than a transmission electron microscopy (TEM) disk were used. Density increases of the four alloys irradiated in the DHCE were <0.5%. This small change seems to be consistent with the negligible number density of microcavities characterized by TEM. Most of the dynamically produced helium atoms seem to have been trapped in the grain matrix without significant cavity nucleation or growth.

  11. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Helium Behaviour in Titanium Crystals

    SUN Tie-Ying; LONG Xing-Gui; WANG Jun; HOU Qing; WU Zhong-Cheng; PENG Shu-Ming; LUO Shun-Zhong

    2008-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations are performed to investigate the behaviour of helium atoms in titanium at a temperature of 300 K.The nucleation and growth of helium bubble has been simulated up to 50 helium atoms.The approach to simulate the bubble growth is to add helium atoms one by one to the bubble and let the system evolve.The titanium cohesion is based on the tight binding scheme derived from the embedded atom method,and the helium-titanium interaction is characterized by fitted potential in the form of a Lennard-Jones function.The pressure in small helium bubbles is approximately calculated.The simulation results show that the pressure will decrease with the increasing bubble size,while increase with the increasing helium atoms.An analytic function about the quantitative relationship of the pressure with the bubble size and number of helium atoms is also fitted.

  12. D0 Silicon Upgrade: Commissioning Test Results for D-Zero's Helium Refrigerator

    The test objectives are: (1) Make liquid helium and measure refrigerator capacity; (2) Measure liquid helium dewar heat leak, transfer line heat leak, and liquid nitrogen consumption rates; (3) Operate all cryogenic transfer lines; (4) Get some running time on all components; (5) Debug mechanical components, instrumentation, DMACs user interface, tune loops, and otherwise shake out any problems; (6) Get some operating time in to get familiar with system behavior; (7) Revise and/or improve operating procedures to actual practice; and (8) Identify areas for future improvement. D-Zero's stand alone helium refrigerator (STAR) liquified helium at a rate of 114 L/hr. This is consistent with other STAR installations. Refrigeration capacity was not measured due to lack of a calibrated heat load. Measured heat leaks were within design values. The helium dewar loss was measured at 2 to 4 watts or 9% per day, the solenoid and VLPC helium transfer lines had a heat leak of about 20 watts each. The liquid nitrogen consumption rates of the mobile purifier, STAR, and LN2 subcooler were measured at 20 gph, 20 to 64 gph, and 3 gph respectively. All cryogenic transfer lines including the solenoid and visible light photon counter (VLPC) transfer lines were cooled to their cryogenic operating temperatures. This included independent cooling of nitrogen shields and liquid helium components. No major problems were observed. The system ran quite well. Many problems were identified and corrected as they came up. Areas for improvement were noted and will be implemented in the future. The instrumentation and control system operated commendably during the test. The commissioning test run was a worthwhile and successful venture.

  13. Helium effects on creep properties of Fe–14CrWTi ODS steel at 650 °C

    In the present paper, the effects of helium on creep properties of Fe–14CrWTi ODS steel were studied by in-beam and post He-implantation creep tests. In-situ creep was performed in an in-beam creep device under uniaxial tensile stresses from 350 to 370 MPa during homogeneous helium implantation. Helium ions of energies varying from 0 to 25 MeV were implanted at a rate of 6 × 10−3 appm/s (corresponding to a displacement dose rate of 1.5 × 10−6 dpa/s). The average temperature was controlled to 650 °C within ±2 °C. In addition, post He-implantation creep tests were conducted at 650 °C as well. Subsequently, fracture surfaces and helium bubble evolution were studied in detail by SEM and TEM observations, respectively. Preliminary creep results show that helium slightly shortens the creep life time of ODS steel at 650 °C. Fracture surfaces of reference as well as implanted specimens, show areas with various grades of deformation. Areas of highest deformation can be interpreted as necking, while areas of low deformation show in helium implanted specimens a more granular structure. The results are discussed in terms of possible embrittlement of ODS steels by helium

  14. Gas porosity evolution and ion-implanted helium behavior in reactor ferritic/martensitic and austenitic steels

    The peculiarities of gas porosity formation and helium retention and release in reactor ferritic/martensitic EP-450 and EP-450-ODS and austenitic ChS-68 steels are investigated by transmission electron microscopy and helium thermal desorption spectrometry (HTDS). The samples were irradiated by 40 keV He+ ions up to a fluence of 5 · 1020 m−2 at 293 and 923 K. An nonuniform distribution of helium bubbles and high-level gas swelling in ferritic/martensitic steels were found at high-temperature helium implantation. The same irradiation conditions result in formation of uniformly distributed helium bubbles and low-level swelling in ChS-68 steel. Temperature range of helium release from EP-450-ODS steel was considerably wider in comparison to HTDS-spectra of the EP-450 steel. A considerable quantity of helium is released from ODS steel in the high-temperature range after the main peak of the HTDS-spectrum

  15. Helium exhaust and forced flow effects with both-leg pumping in W-shaped divertor of JT-60U

    The W-shaped divertor of JT-60U was modified from inner-leg pumping to both-leg pumping. After the modification, the pumping rate was improved from 3% with inner-leg pumping to 5% with both-leg pumping in a divertor-closure configuration, which means both separatrixes close to the divertor slots. Efficient helium exhaust was realized in the divertor-closure configuration with both-leg pumping. A global particle confinement time of τ*He=0.4s and τ*He/τE=3 was achieved in attached ELMy H-mode plasmas. The helium exhaust efficiency with both-leg pumping was extended by 45% as compared with inner-leg pumping. By using central helium fueling with He-beam injection, the helium removal from the core plasma inside the internal transport barrier (ITB) in reversed shear plasmas in the divertor-closure configuration was investigated for the first time. The helium density profiles inside the ITB were peaked as compared with those in ELMy H-mode plasmas. In the case of low recycling divertor, it was difficult to achieve good helium exhaust capability in reversed shear plasmas with ITB. However, the helium exhaust efficiency was improved with high recycling divertor. Carbon impurity reduction was observed by the forced flow with gas puff and effective divertor pumping. (author)

  16. Phase diagram of second layer of helium adsorbed on graphite

    Pierce, Marlon; Manousakis, Efstratios

    1998-01-01

    Using realistic helium-helium and helium-graphite interactions and the path integral Monte Carlo method, we are able to identify the gas, superfluid liquid, commensurate-solid, and incommensurate-solid phases, and the coexistence regions between them, for the second layer of helium on graphite. The phase boundaries and the specific heat that we determine are in good agreement with experiment. The appearance and disappearance of superfluidity with increasing coverage can be explained by the gr...

  17. The effect of boron on the development of helium induced creep embrittlement in Type 316 stainless steel

    Specimens from three casts of AISI type 316 stainless steel were irradiated at 325 K to four thermal fluence levels between 2.4 x 1018 and 0.8 x 1024 nm-2, resulting in helium contents between approx. 1.5 x 10-5 and 8 atomic parts per million (appm). Specimens were subsequently creep tested in air at 191 MPa and 900 K in shielded facilities. The threshold helium content for the onset of embrittlement was different for each cast of steel and varied between approx. 10-4 and approx. 10-2 appm. The reduction in creep rupture time and ductility at the maximum helium content of 4 to 8 appm varied between 0.05 and 0.6 of the unirradiated values and is attributed to the helium formed by the reaction of thermal neutrons with the B10 isotope. A failure model based on the growth of wedge cracks is discussed. (author)

  18. Rogue Mantle Helium and Neon

    Albarede, F.

    2007-12-01

    mid- ocean ridges, the characteristic times of melt extraction in each of these two environments are 10,000 y and 1 My, respectively, and the maximum thickness of refractory layers contributing their He to the magmas are 10 m and 100 m, respectively. The difference in 3He/4He ratios of ocean-island and mid-ocean ridge basalts and the preservation of solar neon are ascribed to the reservoirs rocks being stretched to a different extent during melting. Old fragments of oceanic lithosphere, and possibly cumulates from the magma ocean, rather than primordial mantle 'nuggets', should host most of the primordial He and Ne presently observed in oceanic basalts. Helium with high 3He/4He ratios may contain a component of primordial origin, but not necessarily reflect the reservoir in which it has been residing for most of the Earth's history.

  19. Energy spectra of finite temperature superfluid helium-4 turbulence

    A mesoscopic model of finite temperature superfluid helium-4 based on coupled Langevin-Navier-Stokes dynamics is proposed. Drawing upon scaling arguments and available numerical results, a numerical method for designing well resolved, mesoscopic calculations of finite temperature superfluid turbulence is developed. The application of model and numerical method to the problem of fully developed turbulence decay in helium II, indicates that the spectral structure of normal-fluid and superfluid turbulence is significantly more complex than that of turbulence in simple-fluids. Analysis based on a forced flow of helium-4 at 1.3 K, where viscous dissipation in the normal-fluid is compensated by the Lundgren force, indicate three scaling regimes in the normal-fluid, that include the inertial, low wavenumber, Kolmogorov k−5/3 regime, a sub-turbulence, low Reynolds number, fluctuating k−2.2 regime, and an intermediate, viscous k−6 range that connects the two. The k−2.2 regime is due to normal-fluid forcing by superfluid vortices at high wavenumbers. There are also three scaling regimes in the superfluid, that include a k−3 range that corresponds to the growth of superfluid vortex instabilities due to mutual-friction action, and an adjacent, low wavenumber, k−5/3 regime that emerges during the termination of this growth, as superfluid vortices agglomerate between intense normal-fluid vorticity regions, and weakly polarized bundles are formed. There is also evidence of a high wavenumber k−1 range that corresponds to the probing of individual-vortex velocity fields. The Kelvin waves cascade (the main dynamical effect in zero temperature superfluids) appears to be damped at the intervortex space scale

  20. Surface excitations in thin helium films on silica aerogel

    Lauter, H J; Puchkov, A V; Skomorokhov, A; Godfrin, H; Klier, J; Leiderer, P

    2002-01-01

    First measurements are reported on pure surface excitations in thin superfluid sup 4 He films on silica aerogel. The ripplon dispersion curve is found to be the same for helium on graphite and silica aerogel substrates. However, the layered roton line width in helium films on aerogel shows a pronounced broadening with respect to that found in helium films on graphite. (orig.)

  1. Surface excitations in thin helium films on silica aerogel

    First measurements are reported on pure surface excitations in thin superfluid 4He films on silica aerogel. The ripplon dispersion curve is found to be the same for helium on graphite and silica aerogel substrates. However, the layered roton line width in helium films on aerogel shows a pronounced broadening with respect to that found in helium films on graphite. (orig.)

  2. Observation of visible emission from the molecular helium ion in the afterglow of a dense helium Z-pinch plasma

    The authors present the results of axial and radial time resolved visible emission spectroscopy from the afterglow of a dense helium Z-pinch. These results show that the visible emissions in the pinch afterglow are dominated by line emissions from molecular helium and He II. Axial spectroscopy measurements show the occurrence of several absorption bands which cannot be identified as molecular or atomic helium nor impurities from the discharge chamber materials. The authors believe that these absorption bands are attributable to the molecular helium ion which is present in the discharge. The molecular ion has been observed by others in low pressure and temperature helium discharges directly by means of mass spectrometry and indirectly by the presence of helium atoms in the 2/sup 3/S state, (the He 2/sup 3/S state is believed to result from molecular helium ion recombination). However, the molecular helium ion has not previously been observed spectroscopically

  3. Relation between the conditions of helium ion implantation and helium void equilibrium parameters

    The conditions of helium thermodynamic equilibrium in a system of voids produced by helium ion bombardment of a metal sample are studied. As an initial equation for description of the equilibrium the Clapeyron equation was used. The equation is obtained relating basic parameters of helium voids (average diameter and density) to irradiation parameters (dose, ion energy (straggling)) and properties of the metal (surface tension coefficient, yield strength). Comparison of the calculations with experimental data on helium in nickel found in literature shows that the equation yields satisfactory resutls for the dose range 1.1016-1x1017 cm-2 and temperatures T < or approximately 1100 K. Divergence from experiment does not exceed approximately 30%

  4. PTCDA in Helium Nanodroplets: Doping Characterizationand Spectroscopic Investigations with a Pulsed Helium Nanodroplet Beam

    Laforge, Aaron; Mueller, Markus; Stienkemeier, Frank

    2013-05-01

    Organic semiconductors like PTCDA have gained considerable interest because of their optoelectronic properties. To reveal electronic structures we utilize Helium Nanodroplet Isolation (HENDI) Spectroscopy as well established method to characterize single molecules, but also molecular complexes inside a cold (370mK) and weak interacting environment. We present PTCDA doping characteristics for a pulsed helium nanodroplet beam either measured by Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) or by Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry (QMS). The comparison between time resolved LIF and QMS intensities gives information about the doping within one helium nanodroplet pulse. Furthermore, spectroscopic results from LIF excitation and fluorescence emission measurements for single PTCDA molecules attached to helium nanodroplets give insight into the vibrational structure of the electronic ground state and the first electronically excited state.

  5. Gaussian Basis Set Optimization for Excited Helium and Helium-like Ions

    Šmydke, Jan; Kaprálová-Žďánská, Petra Ruth

    Mariapfarr : Univerzity of Graz, 2012. [Central European Symposium on Theoretical Chemistry /11./. 25.09.2011-28.09.2011, Mariapfarr] Institutional support: RVO:61388955 Keywords : helium * Gaussian basis set oprimization Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  6. Conceptual design of helium experimental loop

    In a future demonstration fusion power station (DEMO), helium is envisaged as coolant for plasma facing components, such as blanket and dive,or. All these components have a very complex geometry, with many parallel cooling channels, involving a complex helium flow distribution. Test blanket modules (TBM) of this concept will under go various tests in the experimental reactor ITER. For the qualification of TBM, it is indispensable to test mock-ups in a helium loop under realistic pressure and temperature profiles, in order to validate design codes, especially regarding mass flow and heat transition processes in narrow cooling channels. Similar testing must be performed for DEMO blanket, currently under development. A Helium Experimental Loop (HELOOP) is planed to be built for TBM tests. The design parameter of temperature, pressure, flow rate is 550 degree C, 10 MPa, l kg/s respectively. In particular, HELOOP is able to: perform full-scale tests of TBM under realistic conditions; test other components of the He-cooling system in ITER; qualify the purification circuit; obtain information for the design of the ITER cooling system. The main requirements and characteristics of the HELOOP facility and a preliminary conceptual design are described in the paper. (authors)

  7. Two-photon ionization of metastable helium

    There have been relatively few investigations of multiphoton ionization from metastable helium. Of particular interest has been the work of Haberland et al. 1987 and Haberland and Oschwald 1988. In both the 1987 and 1988 papers they have described the two photon ionization of metastable helium. In each of these studies they have reported the occurrence of unexplained structure along the wings of their resonance profiles. Upon the performance of similar measurements by this study, the unexplained structure is not seen and the agreement of the experiment's measurements with the theoretical shape of the resonance curves has been good. To experimentally verify these resonance effects, the author has used a tunable dye laser in conjunction with a time of flight mass spectrometer to create and detect ions from metastable helium by two-photon absorption. The study includes the description of the laser, electron gun assembly for metastable helium creation, and the time of flight mass spectrometer. A discussion of the theory of multiphoton processes is included along with the discussion of the data, its reduction and analysis, and a comparison with theoretical prediction. This study has not only involved the acquisition of definitive atomic spectra data sets, but has also established a facility for resonant ionization spectroscopy at The American University

  8. Development of helium isotopic database in Japan

    We constructed “Helium Isotopic Database in Japan”, which includes isotope ratios of noble gases and chemical compositions of gas samples collected from hot springs and drinking water wells. The helium isotopes are excellent natural tracers for indicating the presence of mantle derived volatiles, because they are chemically inert and thus conserved in crustal rock-water systems. It is common knowledge that mantle degassing does not occur homogeneously over the Earth's surface. The 3He/4He ratios higher than the typical crustal values are interpreted to indicate that transfer of mantle volatiles into the crust by processes or mechanisms such as magmatic intrusion, faulting. In particular the spatial variation of helium isotope ratios could provide a valuable information to identify volcanic regions and tectonically active areas. The database was compiled geochemical data of hot spring gas etc. from 108 published papers. As a result of the data compiling, the database has 1728 helium isotopic data. A CD-ROM is attached as an appendix. (author)

  9. Forbidden transitions in the helium atom

    Lach, G; Lach, Grzegorz; Pachucki, Krzysztof

    2001-01-01

    Nonrelativistically forbidden, single-photon transition rates between low lying states of the helium atom are rigorously derived within quantum electrodynamics theory. Equivalence of velocity and length gauges, including relativistic corrections is explicitly demonstrated. Numerical calculations of matrix elements are performed with the use of high precision variational wave functions and compared to former results.

  10. Messer to provide helium for LHC project

    2008-01-01

    Over the course of the next few years, industrial gas specialist The Messer Group, through its Swiss subsidiary Messer Schweiz AG, is to provide a 160,000kg supply of helium to the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) for the operation of the world's largest particle accelerator.

  11. Messer to provide helium for LHC

    2008-01-01

    Over the course of the next few years, industrial gas specialist The Messer Group, through its Swiss subsidiary Messer Schweiz AG, is to provide a 160,000kg supply of helium to the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) for the operation of the world's largest particle accelerator.

  12. Electron scattering in a helium Debye plasma

    Graphical abstract: We present our results of the total ionization cross sections for the helium ground state. We see agreement between experiment and the no screening calculations for all projectile energies considered. To date there is no other ab initio theory that is able to achieve such agreement over the entire energy range. The D = 100 results are barely distinguishable from the no screening ones. The D = 10 results are visibly different at the lower energies, but still converge to the other two calculations at the higher energies. Highlights: ► Cross sections for electron scattering off helium in a Debye plasma are presented for excitation and ionization from the ground state. ► The Debye–Huckel potential substantially effects all levels of the helium atom except the ground state. ► Generally, a rather weak dependence of the presented cross sections was found for D = 10. - Abstract: The immense progress in the field of electron–atom scattering, where pure Coulomb potentials are involved, has been translated to collision processes in Debye plasmas. The Debye–Hückel potential is used to describe plasma Coulomb screening effects depending on the temperature and density of the plasma. We provide benchmark results of electron–helium scattering for momentum transfer cross sections, discrete excitation and ionization over a broad range of incident energies and Debye radii.

  13. Helium and Sulfur Hexafluoride in Musical Instruments

    Forinash, Kyle; Dixon, Cory L.

    2014-01-01

    The effects of inhaled helium on the human voice were investigated in a recent article in "The Physics Teacher." As mentioned in that article, demonstrations of the effect are a popular classroom activity. If the number of YouTube videos is any indication, the effects of sulfur hexafluoride on the human voice are equally popular.…

  14. Photoassociation of cold metastable helium atoms

    Woestenenk, G.R.

    2001-01-01

    During the last decades the study of cold atoms has grown in a great measure. Research in this field has been made possible due to the development of laser cooling and trapping techniques. We use laser cooling to cool helium atoms down to a temperature of 1 mK and we are able to tr

  15. Femtosecond spectroscopy on alkali-doped helium nanodroplets; Femtosekundenspektroskopie an alkalidotierten Helium-Nanotroepfchen

    Claas, P.

    2006-01-15

    In the present thesis first studies on the short-time dynamics in alkali dimers and microclusters, which were bound on the surface of superfluid helium droplets, were presented. The experiments comprehended pump-probe measurements on the fs scale on the vibration dynamics on the dimers and on the fragmentation dynamics on the clusters. Generally by the studies it was shown that such extremely short slopes can also be observed on helium droplets by means of the femtosecond spectroscopy.

  16. Dynamics of thermoluminescence spectra of impurity-helium condensates containing stabilized nitrogen and oxygen atoms

    The results of investigations of thermoluminescence dynamics during destruction of neon-helium and krypton-helium condensates containing stabilized nitrogen and oxygen atoms are presented. Spectra of the thermoluminescence of a krypton-helium condensate contained bands of N and O atoms and NO molecules. The intensities of the bands in these spectra were found to increase simultaneously during destruction processes in the temperature range 1.5-15 K. Observation of the NO molecules provides clear evidence for chemical reactions in the nanoclusters comprising the sample at low temperatures. Destruction of neon-helium samples occurred in two stages. During the first stage the α-group of N atoms surrounded by Ne and N2 molecules dominated the spectra. During the second stage, the spectra contained intense bands of N and O atoms stabilized in a molecular nitrogen matrix. The unusual characteristics of the thermoluminescence spectra were observed, and their changes were explained in terms of the shell structure of impurity nanoclusters which comprised the impurity-helium condensates.

  17. Development of an apparatus for cyclic corrosion test in simulated VHTR helium environment

    A test apparatus was designed and constructed to carry out corrosion tests in simulated VHTR environment, which allowed circulation of helium with closely controlled impurity chemistry under either isothermal or cyclic heating conditions. The principal features of the apparatus are as follows: (1) Test section are made of fused quartz. (2) Four specimens are exposed at a time, each being set in independent cell under equivalent condition. (3) Either thermal-cycled or isothermal tests can be performed. (4) Spalled oxide are recovered in the quartz tube for quantitative gravimetry and the subsequent neutron activation analysis of the constituents of corrosion products. The apparatus is connected to the helium loop with purification, impurity injection and circulation function, which was designed to supply continuously the simulated VHTR helium for material testing. The loop has supplied the helium to corrosion, creep and fatigue test apparatus for over 6 x 104 hours since 1976. The test environment contained controlled quantities of impurities, H2, H2O, CO, CO2 and CH4. Pressure and maximum flow rate of helium are 0.5kg/cm2G and 50 1/min. at outlet of the loop, respectively. Typical tests results are shown to demonstrate that quantitative measurements of the oxidation kinetics for very long test duration are readily available regardless of film spallation, and that the precise analysis of major constituents of the spalled products is also possible. (author)

  18. Helium irradiation effects on tritium retention and long-term tritium release properties in polycrystalline tungsten

    DT+ ion irradiation with energy of 0.5 and 1.0 keV was performed on helium pre-irradiated tungsten and the amount of retained tritium and the long-term release of retained tritium in vacuum was investigated using an IP technique and BIXS. Tritium retention and long-term tritium release were significantly influenced by helium pre-irradiation. The amount of retained tritium increased until it reached 1 × 1017 He/cm2, and at 1 × 1018 He/cm2 it became smaller compared to 1 × 1017 He/cm2. The amount of retained tritium in tungsten without helium pre-irradiation largely decreased after several weeks preservation in vacuum, and the long-term release rate during vacuum preservation was retarded by helium pre-irradiation. The results indicate that the long-term tritium release and the helium irradiation effect on it should be taken into account for more precise estimation of tritium retention in the long-term use of tungsten in fusion devices

  19. Helium Retention and Desorption Behaviour of Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martenstic Steel

    WANG Pinghuai; NOBUTA Yuji; HINO Tomoaki; YAMAUCHI Yuji; CHEN Zilning; XU Zengyu; LI Xiongwei; LIU Shi

    2009-01-01

    The reduced activation ferritic/martenstic steel CLF-1 prepared by the Southwest-ern Institute of Physics in China was irradiated by helium ions with an energy of 5 keV at room temperature using an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) ion irradiation apparatus. After the irradiation, the helium retention and desorption were investigated using a technique of thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). The experiment was conducted with both the normal and welded samples. Blisters were observed after the helium ion irradiation, and the surface density of blisters in the welded samples was lower than that in the non-welded samples. Three desorption peaks were observed in both the non-welded and welded samples. These desorption peaks corresponded to those of blister ruptures and the helium release from the inner bubbles and the defects. The amount of helium retained in the welded samples was approximately the same as that in the non-welded samples, which was much less than other reduced activation materials, such as vanadium alloy and SiC/SiC composites.

  20. Experimental determination of the effect of helium on the fracture toughness of steel

    A fundamental issue with the use of structural steels for fusion applications is the effect of helium on mechanical properties. This concern has been difficult to address due to the limited neutron energies, hence limited helium production, of the fission reactor facilities used to simulate the effects of irradiation on properties such as fracture toughness. This paper will compare results from identical pre-cracked DCT fracture toughness samples irradiated using spallation and fission neutrons at ≅60-90 deg. C. Materials studied were 304L and 316L stainless steel. The spallation neutron irradiated specimens were irradiated over a dose range up to ≅10 dpa with a helium and hydrogen-to-dpa ratio of ∼60 and 400, resp. Fracture toughness was seen to rapidly decreased from a value of ≅250 to ≅150 MPa m1/2 by the 1 dpa level. Following fission irradiation in the 1-1.5 dpa range, fracture toughness results were indistinguishable from those irradiated in the spallation neutron. The helium and hydrogen concentration for the fission neutron irradiated materials was ≅6 appm and ≅30 appm, respectively. It is concluded that, within the measurement uncertainty, increasing the helium and hydrogen concentration by more than an order of magnitude has had little influence on the fracture toughness of 304L and 316L stainless steel irradiated to similar displacement doses of a few dpa in the temperature range of 60-90 deg. C

  1. Engineering Sensitivity Improvement of Helium Mass Spectrometer Leak Detection System by Means Global Hard Vacuum Test

    The engineering sensitivity improvement of Helium mass spectrometer leak detection using global hard vacuum test configuration has been done. The purpose of this work is to enhance the sensitivity of the current leak detection of pressurized method (sniffer method) with the sensitivity of 10-3 ∼ 10-5 std cm3/s, to the global hard vacuum test configuration method which can be achieved of up to 10-8 std cm3/s. The goal of this research and development is to obtain a Helium leak test configuration which is suitable and can be used as routine bases in the quality control tests of FPM capsule and AgInCd safety control rod products. The result is an additional instrumented vacuum tube connected with conventional Helium mass spectrometer. The pressure and temperature of the test object during the leak measurement are simulated by means of a 4.1 kW capacity heater and Helium injection to test object, respectively. The addition of auxiliary mechanical vacuum pump of 2.4 l/s pumping speed which is directly connected to the vacuum tube, will reduce 86 % of evacuation time. The reduction of the measured sensitivity due to the auxiliary mechanical vacuum pump can be overcome by shutting off the pump soon after Helium mass spectrometer reaches its operating pressure condition. (author)

  2. Modification of the Helium Supply System with a PCHE type reciprocator

    In the HCCR TBM, high pressure (8 MPa) and high temperature (300-500 .deg. C) helium gas is considered as a coolant, and therefore a helium cooling system (HCS), one of the essential auxiliary systems of the KO HCCR TBM, has been designed. The scaled-down helium supply system (HeSS, Ref. 5) was constructed in early 2012 to validate the HCS design and system design code, GAMMA. However, more than 2 MW of heating power was required to heat up a 1.5 kg/s mass flow of helium gas (for full scale HeSS) from room temperature to 300 .deg. C. In the present study, a recuperator is considered for the HeSS facility to solve the heating issues and the HeSS facility is modified. A 1/3 scaled-down helium supply system was constructed at KAERI for the development of manufacturing techniques and operational experience of the HCS of the HCCR TBM. The PCHE type recuperator was added in the HeSS to dramatically improve the energy efficiency and reduce the required electrical power of the helium pre-heater. The modified HeSS was linked with KoHLT-EB to supply high heat flux (∼0.5 MW/m2) to validate the design and manufacturing techniques for the first wall of the HCCR TBM and obtain thermal-hydraulic experimental data for verification and validation of the GAMMA code. The experiment and code validation are scheduled to start in mid-2013 with the first wall mock-up under normal ITER operation condition

  3. Helium induced fine structure in the electronic spectra of anthracene derivatives doped into superfluid helium nanodroplets

    Pentlehner, D.; Slenczka, A., E-mail: alkwin.slenczka@chemie.uni-regensburg.de [Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, Universität Regensburg, 93040 Regensburg (Germany)

    2015-01-07

    Electronic spectra of organic molecules doped into superfluid helium nanodroplets show characteristic features induced by the helium environment. Besides a solvent induced shift of the electronic transition frequency, in many cases, a spectral fine structure can be resolved for electronic and vibronic transitions which goes beyond the expected feature of a zero phonon line accompanied by a phonon wing as known from matrix isolation spectroscopy. The spectral shape of the zero phonon line and the helium induced phonon wing depends strongly on the dopant species. Phonon wings, for example, are reported ranging from single or multiple sharp transitions to broad (Δν > 100 cm{sup −1}) diffuse signals. Despite the large number of example spectra in the literature, a quantitative understanding of the helium induced fine structure of the zero phonon line and the phonon wing is missing. Our approach is a systematic investigation of related molecular compounds, which may help to shed light on this key feature of microsolvation in superfluid helium droplets. This paper is part of a comparative study of the helium induced fine structure observed in electronic spectra of anthracene derivatives with particular emphasis on a spectrally sharp multiplet splitting at the electronic origin. In addition to previously discussed species, 9-cyanoanthracene and 9-chloroanthracene will be presented in this study for the first time.

  4. Helium induced fine structure in the electronic spectra of anthracene derivatives doped into superfluid helium nanodroplets

    Electronic spectra of organic molecules doped into superfluid helium nanodroplets show characteristic features induced by the helium environment. Besides a solvent induced shift of the electronic transition frequency, in many cases, a spectral fine structure can be resolved for electronic and vibronic transitions which goes beyond the expected feature of a zero phonon line accompanied by a phonon wing as known from matrix isolation spectroscopy. The spectral shape of the zero phonon line and the helium induced phonon wing depends strongly on the dopant species. Phonon wings, for example, are reported ranging from single or multiple sharp transitions to broad (Δν > 100 cm−1) diffuse signals. Despite the large number of example spectra in the literature, a quantitative understanding of the helium induced fine structure of the zero phonon line and the phonon wing is missing. Our approach is a systematic investigation of related molecular compounds, which may help to shed light on this key feature of microsolvation in superfluid helium droplets. This paper is part of a comparative study of the helium induced fine structure observed in electronic spectra of anthracene derivatives with particular emphasis on a spectrally sharp multiplet splitting at the electronic origin. In addition to previously discussed species, 9-cyanoanthracene and 9-chloroanthracene will be presented in this study for the first time

  5. Growth process of helium bubbles in aluminum

    The growth process of helium bubbles in α-particle bombarded pure aluminum during isothermal anneal at 200 to 6450C for 1 hr to 100 hr was observed by transmission electronmicroscopy and possible mechanisms are discussed. The effects of helium concentration and cold work were investigated. Helium bubbles are detectable only by annealing above 5500C for 1 hr in both the annealed and cold worked samples. The cold work does not cause any extra coarsening trend of bubbles. The observed types of the bubble distribution are divided into two categories, irrespective of helium concentration and cold work; (1) fine and uniform bubble distribution, in which case the average size is limited to about 200 A or less in diameter even by the anneal just below the melting point, and (2) the coarsened and nonuniform bubble distribution ranging from 500 to 4000 A in diameter. The intermediate size bubbles are scarcely found in any cases. In the above fine bubble distribution, the increase of helium concentration by a factor of two increases the density by the same factor of two, but does not change the mean size of bubbles. From these two characteristic bubble distributions, it is concluded that two different mechanisms are operative in this experiment (1) the growth of bubbles by Brownian motion, in which the growth rate of bubbles is decreased to almost zero by bubble faceting and this results in the bubble size constancy during the prolonged annealing, and (2) the growth of bubbles by the grain boundary sweep-out mechanism, by which the abrupt coarsening of bubbles is caused. The lack of the intermediate size bubble is explained in this way. (auth.)

  6. The future of helium as a natural resource

    Glowacki, Bartek A; Nuttall, William J

    2012-01-01

    The book reveals the changing dynamics of the helium industry on both the supply-side and the demand-side. The helium industry has a long-term future and this important gas will have a role to play for many decades to come. Major new users of helium are expected to enter the market, especially in nuclear energy (both fission and fusion). Prices and volumes supplied and expected to rise and this will prompt greater efforts towards the development of new helium sources and helium conservation and recycling.

  7. Testing of accelerator dipoles in pressurized superfluid helium

    Two superconducting accelerator dipole magnets, with different internal construction features, have been tested in pressurized superfluid helium (1.8K, 1.2 atmosphere) as well as in regular pool boiling helium (4.4K, 1.2 atmosphere) helium. The coils of one magnet were moderately pre-stressed, and 4.2K design performance was rapidly achieved in the superfluid. The other magnet had very low coil pre-stress, reduced helium ventilation, and displayed degraded performance, even in the superfluid helium

  8. Design, commissioning and operating experience of the PSI KA-IV multipurpose helium refrigerator

    Amstutz, Markus; Baumann, Hans U.; Clerc, Roger; Gloor, Walter; Kurtcuoglu, Kirkor; Löhlein, Karl; Schulze, Reinhard M.; Zichy, János A.; Ziegler, Bruno

    Early in 1991 the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Villigen, Switzerland commissioned its fourth helium liquefier/refrigerator. The facility is used for cooling superconducting magnets, purification and liquefaction of helium. It provides 4000 W of refrigeration at ca. 60 K and 900 W at 4.5 K without nitrogen precooling. Its main features are: Reciprocating compressor with labyrinth pistons, three expansion turbines with dynamic gas bearings, fully automatic operation based on a programmable logic controller and graphic process visualization. The paper describes the operating requirements, the refrigerator, the control concept designed to optimize the performance, and finally the operating experience gained during start up and half a year of operation.

  9. Cryogenic system with GM cryocooler for krypton, xenon separation from hydrogen-helium purge gas

    In the thorium molten salt reactor (TMSR), fission products such as krypton, xenon and tritium will be produced continuously in the process of nuclear fission reaction. A cryogenic system with a two stage GM cryocooler was designed to separate Kr, Xe, and H2 from helium purge gas. The temperatures of two stage heat exchanger condensation tanks were maintained at about 38 K and 4.5 K, respectively. The main fluid parameters of heat transfer were confirmed, and the structural heat exchanger equipment and cold box were designed. Designed concentrations after cryogenic separation of Kr, Xe and H2 in helium recycle gas are less than 1 ppb

  10. Experimental observations of flow boiling of liquid helium I in vertical channels

    Results are reported of the flow structure and pressure drop of helium 1 flowing upwards in a vertical heated circular glass tube. The experiments covered heat fluxes from 4.5 to 600 Wm-2, mass fluxes from 2 to 12 kg m-2s-1 and pressures between 1 and 1.2 atm. For the bubble flow regime the shape, size and drag coefficient of the observed bubbles are reported. Slip velocity, void fraction and pressure drop measurements are compared with generally accepted two-phase flow theories. A void fraction correlation for two-phase helium flow is proposed. (author)

  11. Theoretical energies of low-lying states of light helium-like ions

    Yerokhin, Vladimir A.; Pachucki, Krzysztof

    2010-01-01

    Rigorous quantum electrodynamical calculation is presented for energy levels of the 1^1S, 2^1S, 2^3S, 2^1P_1, and 2^3P_{0,1,2} states of helium-like ions with the nuclear charge Z=3...12. The calculational approach accounts for all relativistic, quantum electrodynamical, and recoil effects up to orders m\\alpha^6 and m^2/M\\alpha^5, thus advancing the previously reported theory of light helium-like ions by one order in \\alpha.

  12. Cryogenic system with GM cryocooler for krypton, xenon separation from hydrogen-helium purge gas

    Chu, X. X.; Zhang, M. M.; Zhang, D. X.; Xu, D.; Qian, Y.; Liu, W.

    2014-01-01

    In the thorium molten salt reactor (TMSR), fission products such as krypton, xenon and tritium will be produced continuously in the process of nuclear fission reaction. A cryogenic system with a two stage GM cryocooler was designed to separate Kr, Xe, and H2 from helium purge gas. The temperatures of two stage heat exchanger condensation tanks were maintained at about 38 K and 4.5 K, respectively. The main fluid parameters of heat transfer were confirmed, and the structural heat exchanger equipment and cold box were designed. Designed concentrations after cryogenic separation of Kr, Xe and H2 in helium recycle gas are less than 1 ppb.

  13. Effects of rotation on the helium burning shell source in accreting white dwarfs

    Yoon, S.-C.; Langer, N.; Scheithauer, S.

    2004-01-01

    We investigate the effects of rotation on the behavior of the helium burning shell source in accreting carbon-oxygen white dwarfs, in the context of the single degenerate Chandrasekhar mass progenitor scenario for Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia). We model the evolution of helium accreting white dwarfs of initially 1 Msun, assuming four different constant accretion rates (2, 3, 5 and 10 times10^{-7} Msun/yr). In a one-dimensional approximation, we compute the mass accretion and subsequent nuclear ...

  14. Data on trapping and re-emission of energetic hydrogen isotopes and helium in materials

    This report presents a compilation of the experimental data on trapping and re-emission of energetic hydrogen isotopes and helium in materials. A survey has been made of the literatures up to end of 1980, by dividing it into following seven sections: 1) Dose Dependence, 2) Target Material Dependence, 3) Time Dependence, 4) Target Temperature Dependence, 5) Incident Energy Dependence, 6) Damage Effects, 7) Ion-Induced Release. The experimental data for helium, however, is cited only in limited cases, because of the lack of experiments. (author)

  15. Charge and Energy Dependences of Ionization and Transfer for Helium in Collisions with Fast Charged Projectiles

    FU Hong-Bin; WANG Bao-Hong; DING Bao-Wei; LIU Zhao-Yuan

    2009-01-01

    The classical method within the independent electron model is employed to investigate (i) charge dependences of single and double ionization for helium by various charged ions Aq+ (q = 1 - 8) at impact energies of 0.64 and 1.44 MeV/u, respectively, (ii) energy dependences of transfer ionization for helium by 0.5-3 MeV/u A8,9+ ions impact. The Lenz-Jensen model of the atom is applied instead of the Bohr model of the atom, and the impact-parameter dependences are also introduced into the calculations. Satisfactory agreement is found between theoretical and experimental data.

  16. Momentum correlation of the final-state wavefunction for (e, 3e) collisions on helium

    Zhang Sui- Meng

    2004-01-01

    Based on our earlier paper, the momentum correlation of the four bodies in the final state is further considered for (e, 3e) processes on helium. A fivefold differential cross section (FDCS) for electron-impact double ionization of helium is calculated by use of the modified model for high incident energy (1-5.6keV). It has been found that the present results give a better description for the experimental data, as compared with the results of our earlier paper.

  17. The evolution of naked helium stars with a neutron-star companion in close binary systems

    Dewi, J D M; Pols, O. R; Savonije, G.J.; Heuvel, E.P.J. van den

    2002-01-01

    The evolution of helium stars with masses of 1.5 - 6.7 M_sun in binary systems with a 1.4 M_sun neutron-star companion is presented. Such systems are assumed to be the remnants of Be/X-ray binaries with B-star masses in the range of 8 - 20 M_sun which underwent a case B or case C mass transfer and survived the common-envelope and spiral-in process. The orbital period is chosen such that the helium star fills its Roche lobe before the ignition of carbon in the centre. We distinguish case BA (i...

  18. Control of two-photon double ionization of helium with intense chirped attosecond laser pulses

    Barmaki, S.; Lanteigne, P.; Laulan, S.

    2014-06-01

    We study the two-photon double-ionization process of the helium atom by solving numerically the nonrelativistic, time-dependent Schrödinger equation in its full dimensionality. We investigate with intense chirped attosecond laser pulses of 23.5-nm wavelength the two-photon absorption near and above the sequential threshold. We show how it is possible by adjusting the chirp parameter to control the electronic transitions inside the atom, thereby reinforcing or weakening the ionization process. Attosecond chirped laser pulses offer a promising way to probe and control the two-photon double ionization of helium when compared with attosecond transform-limited pulses.

  19. Application of JLab 12GeV helium refrigeration system for the FRIB accelerator at MSU

    The planned approach to have a turnkey helium refrigeration system for the MSU-FRIB accelerator system, encompassing the design, fabrication, installation and commissioning of the 4.5-K refrigerator cold box(es), cold compression system, warm compression system, gas management, oil removal and utility/ancillary systems, was found to be cost prohibitive. Following JLab’s suggestion, MSU-FRIB accelerator management made a formal request to evaluate the applicability of the recently designed 12GeV JLab cryogenic system for this application. The following paper will outline the findings and the planned approach for the FRIB helium refrigeration system

  20. The role of HeH+ in cool helium rich white dwarfs

    Harris, G J; Miller, S; Tennyson, J

    2004-01-01

    HeH$^+$ is found to be the dominant positive ion over a wide range of temperatures and densities relevant to helium rich white dwarfs. The inclusion of HeH$^+$ in ionization equilibrium computations increases the abundance of free electrons by a significant factor. For temperatures below 8000 K, He$^-$ free-free absorption is increased by up to a factor of 5, by the inclusion of HeH$^+$. Illustrative model atmospheres and spectral energy distributions are computed, which show that HeH$^+$ has a strong effect upon the density and pressure structure of helium rich white dwarfs with teff < 8000 K. The inclusion of HeH$^+$ significantly reddens spectral energy distributions and broad band color indices for models with Teff < 5500 K. This has serious implications for existing model atmospheres, synthetic spectra and cooling curves for helium rich white dwarfs.

  1. A Study on the Heat Transfer Properties of Pressurized Helium II through Fine Channels

    An experimental study was carried out on the heat transfer properties of pressurized superfluid helium in the Gorter-Mellink heat transfer region. By using channels of hydraulic diameter from 5.6 x 10- through 4.81 x 10-3 m, the heat transfer properties of pressurized superfluid helium were measured in the experiment. The temperature dependence of Gorter-Mellink parameter, AGM, is revealed from the experimental results. It is also proven that AGM depend only on temperature, and not on the channel size and shape. The effect of quantized vortices on heat transfer of pressurized superfluid helium is discussed in comparison of the channel diameter with the mean vortex line spacing

  2. Scintillation and charge yield from the tracks of energetic electrons in superfluid helium-4

    An energetic electron passing through liquid helium causes ionization along its track. The ionized electrons quickly recombine with the resulting positive ions, which leads to the production of prompt scintillation light. By applying appropriate electric fields, some of the ionized electrons can be separated from their parent ions. The fraction of the ionized electrons extracted in a given applied field depends on the separation distance between the electrons and the ions. We report the determination of the mean electron-ion separation distance for charge pairs produced along the tracks of beta particles in superfluid helium at 1.5 K by studying the quenching of the scintillation light under applied electric fields. Knowledge of this mean separation parameter will aid in the design of particle detectors that use superfluid helium as a target material.

  3. Reconciling the Galactic Bulge Turnoff Age Discrepancy with Enhanced Helium Enrichment

    Nataf, David M

    2011-01-01

    We show that the factor $\\sim$2 discrepancy between spectroscopic and photometric age determinations of the Galactic bulge main-sequence turnoff can be naturally explained by positing an elevated helium enrichment for the bulge relative to that assumed by standard isochrones. We obtain an upper bound on the helium enrichment parameter of the bulge $({\\Delta}Y/{\\Delta}Z)_{\\rm{Bulge}} \\lesssim 5.0$ given the requirement that the spectroscopic and photometric ages be consistent and the limiting condition of instantaneous star formation. The corresponding mean age for the bulge is $t_{\\rm{Bulge}} \\approx 10$ Gyr. We discuss phenomenological evidence that the bulge may have had a chemical evolution that is distinct from the solar neighborhood in this manner, and we make several testable predictions. Should this emerging picture of the bulge as helium-enhanced hold, it will require the development of new isochrones, new model atmospheres, and modified analysis and cosmological interpretation of the integrated light...

  4. Influence of MHD effects and edge conditions on ITER helium ash accumulation and sustained ignition

    Dilution of reacting species by build-up of helium ash and its effect on ignition in the ITER tokamak have been studies in a series of simulations with the one-dimensional BALDUR transport code. Thermal diffusivities, obtained from ITER scaling laws and with radial variations observed in JET, gave τE ∼ 2--4 sec. Refueling of deuterium and tritium maintained constant electron density, while carbon recycling was 100% and the helium ash recycling was varied from 1.0 to 0.5. Including MHD effects, specifically sawteeth and beta limits, we find that ignition can be sustained for 200 seconds with Rhelium = 0.95. These simulations, the only non-zero-dimensional, time-dependent simulations thus far made for ITER plasmas, emphasize that edge plasma conditions, MHD behavior, and helium particle transport are critical synergistic issues for sustained ignition. 27 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab

  5. Helium measurements of pore-fluids obtained from SAFOD drillcore

    Ali, S.; Stute, M.; Torgersen, T.; Winckler, G.; Kennedy, B.M.

    2010-04-15

    {sup 4}He accumulated in fluids is a well established geochemical tracer used to study crustal fluid dynamics. Direct fluid samples are not always collectable; therefore, a method to extract rare gases from matrix fluids of whole rocks by diffusion has been adapted. Helium was measured on matrix fluids extracted from sandstones and mudstones recovered during the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD) drilling in California, USA. Samples were typically collected as subcores or from drillcore fragments. Helium concentration and isotope ratios were measured 4-6 times on each sample, and indicate a bulk {sup 4}He diffusion coefficient of 3.5 {+-} 1.3 x 10{sup -8} cm{sup 2}s{sup -1} at 21 C, compared to previously published diffusion coefficients of 1.2 x 10{sup -18} cm{sup 2}s{sup -1} (21 C) to 3.0 x 10{sup -15} cm{sup 2}s{sup -1} (150 C) in the sands and clays. Correcting the diffusion coefficient of {sup 4}He{sub water} for matrix porosity ({approx}3%) and tortuosity ({approx}6-13) produces effective diffusion coefficients of 1 x 10{sup -8} cm{sup 2}s{sup -1} (21 C) and 1 x 10{sup -7} (120 C), effectively isolating pore fluid {sup 4}He from the {sup 4}He contained in the rock matrix. Model calculations indicate that <6% of helium initially dissolved in pore fluids was lost during the sampling process. Complete and quantitative extraction of the pore fluids provide minimum in situ porosity values for sandstones 2.8 {+-} 0.4% (SD, n=4) and mudstones 3.1 {+-} 0.8% (SD, n=4).

  6. Doubly excited helium. From strong correlation to chaos

    In the present dissertation, the double excitation states of helium including the autoionization decay of these states were studied experimentally and theoretically in a broad energy region, which includes the transition from strong correlation below the low single ionization thresholds (SIT) to the region of quantum chaos at energies very close to the double-ionization threshold. Two kind of experiments were performed, namely total-ion-yield measurements with the aim to observe total cross sections (TCS) and electron time-of-flight (TOF) measurements to obtain partial cross sections (PCS) as well as angular distribution parameters (ADP). Both types of measurements were performed at the third generation synchrotron radiation facility BESSY II in Berlin. The TCSs were recorded up to the SIT I15, and they were found to be in in excellent agreement with state-of-the-art complex-rotation calculations performed recently by D. Delande. These experimental and theoretical data on the TCSs were analyzed in order to study quantum chaos in doubly excited helium, and interesting signatures of quantum chaos were found. The TOF technique allowed to measure PCSs and ADPs in the energy regions from I5 to I9 and I7, respectively. These experimental data provide a critical assessment of theoretical models that can be used to explore the dynamics of strong correlation as well as quantum chaos in helium. In the theoretical part of this dissertation, the n- and l-specific PCSs and ADPs below I4 were calculated employing the R-matrix method. The present theoretical results agree well with a recent experimental study of l-specific PCSs below I4 by J.R. Harries et al. An analysis of patterns in the PCSs and ADPs on the basis of the present experimental and theoretical l-specific data allowed to improve the present understanding of autoionization decay dynamics in this two-electron atom. (orig.)

  7. High-resolution Auger spectroscopy on 79 MeV Ar5+, 89 MeV Ar6+, and 136 MeV Ar7+ ions after excitation by helium

    In this thesis the atomic structure of highly excited Ar6+ and Ar7+ ions was studied. For this 79 MeV Ar5+, 89 MeV Ar6+, and 136 MeV Ar7+ ions of a heavy ion accelerator were excited by a He gas target to autoionizing states and the Auger electrons emitted in the decay were measured in highly-resolving state. The spectra were taken under an observational angle of zero degree relative to the beam axis in order to minimize the kinematical broadening of the Auger lines. (orig./HSI)

  8. Optimization of Helium Vessel Design for ILC Cavities

    Fratangelo, Enrico [Univ. of Pisa (Italy)

    2009-01-01

    certify the compliance of the Helium vessel and the cavity to the ASME code standard. After briefly recalling to the main contents of the the ASME Code (Sections II and Vlll - Division ll), the procedure used for finding all relevant stresses and comparing the obtained results with the maximum values allowed are explained. This part also includes the buckling verification of the cavity. In Chapter 5 the manufacturing process of the cavity end-caps, whose function is to link the Helium vessel with the cavity, is studied. The present configuration of the dies is described and the manufacturing process is simulated in order to explain the origin of some defects fol.llld on real parts. Finally a new design of the dies is proposed and the resulting deformed piece is compared with the design requirements. Chapter 6 describes a finite elements analysis to assess the efficiency and the stiffness of the Helium vessel. Furthermore the results of the optimization of the Helium vessel (in order to increase the value of the efficiency) are reported. The same stiffness analysis is used in Chapter 7 for the Blade-Tuner study. After a description of this tuner and of its function, the preliminary analyses done to confirm the results provided by the vendor are described and then its limiting load conditions are found. Chapter 8 shows a study of the resistance of all the welds present in between the cavity and the end-cap and between the end-caps and the He vessel for a smaller superconducting cavity operating at 3.9 GHz. Finally Chapter 9 briefly describes some R&D activities in progress at INFN (Section of Pisa) and Fermilab that could produce significant cost reductions of the Helium vessel design. All the finite elements analyses contained and described in this thesis made possible the certification of the whole superconducting cavity-Helium vessel assembly at Fermilab. Furthermore they gave several useful indications to the Fermilab staff to improve the performance of the Helium

  9. Helium-Cooled Refractory Alloys First Wall and Blanket Evaluation

    Wong, C.P.C.; Nygren, R.E.; Baxi, C.B.; Fogarty, P.; Ghoniem, N.; Khater, H.; McCarthy, K.; Merrill, B.; Nelson, B.; Reis, E.E.; Sharafat, S.; Schleicher, R.; Sze, D.K.; Ulrickson, M.; Willms, S.; Youssef, M.; Zinkel, S.

    1999-08-01

    Under the APEX program the He-cooled system design task is to evaluate and recommend high power density refractory alloy first wall and blanket designs and to recommend and initiate tests to address critical issues. We completed the preliminary design of a helium-cooled, W-5Re alloy, lithium breeder design and the results are reported in this paper. Many areas of the design were assessed, including material selection, helium impurity control, and mechanical, nuclear and thermal hydraulics design, and waste disposal, tritium and safety design. System study results show that at a closed cycle gas turbine (CCGT) gross thermal efficiency of 57.5%, a superconducting coil tokamak reactor, with an aspect ratio of 4, and an output power of 2 GWe, can be projected to have a cost of electricity at 54.6 mill/kWh. Critical issues were identified and we plan to continue the design on some of the critical issues during the next phase of the APEX design study.

  10. Electronic Structure of Helium Atom in a Quantum Dot

    Jayanta, K. Saha; Bhattacharyya, S.; T. K., Mukherjee

    2016-03-01

    Bound and resonance states of helium atom have been investigated inside a quantum dot by using explicitly correlated Hylleraas type basis set within the framework of stabilization method. To be specific, precise energy eigenvalues of bound 1sns (1Se) (n = 1-6) states and the resonance parameters i.e. positions and widths of 1Se states due to 2sns (n = 2-5) and 2pnp (n = 2-5) configurations of confined helium below N = 2 ionization threshold of He+ have been estimated. The two-parameter (Depth and Width) finite oscillator potential is used to represent the confining potential due to the quantum dot. It has been explicitly demonstrated that the electronic structural properties become sensitive functions of the dot size. It is observed from the calculations of ionization potential that the stability of an impurity ion within a quantum dot may be manipulated by varying the confinement parameters. A possibility of controlling the autoionization lifetime of doubly excited states of two-electron ions by tuning the width of the quantum cavity is also discussed here. TKM Gratefully Acknowledges Financial Support under Grant No. 37(3)/14/27/2014-BRNS from the Department of Atomic Energy, BRNS, Government of India. SB Acknowledges Financial Support under Grant No. PSW-160/14-15(ERO) from University Grants Commission, Government of India

  11. Spectrophotometry of extreme helium stars - Ultraviolet fluxes and effective temperatures

    Heber, U.; Drilling, J. S.; Schoenberner, D.; Lynas-Gray, A. E.

    1984-01-01

    Ultraviolet flux distributions are presented for the extremely helium rich stars BD +10 deg 2179, HD 124448, LSS 3378, BD -9 deg 4395, LSE 78, HD 160641, LSIV -1 deg 2, BD 1 deg 3438, HD 168476, MV Sgr, LS IV-14 deg 109 (CD -35 deg 11760), LSII +33 deg 5 and BD +1 deg 4381 (LSIV +2 deg 13) obtained with the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE). Broadband photometry and a newly computed grid of line blanketed model atmospheres were used to determine accurate angular diameters and total stellar fluxes. The resultant effective temperatures are in most cases in satisfactory agreement with those based on broadband photometry and/or high resolution spectroscopy in the visible. For two objects, LSII +33 deg 5 and LSE 78, disagreement was found between the IUE observations and broadband photometry: the colors predict temperatures around 20,000 K, whereas the UV spectra indicate much lower photospheric temperatures of 14,000 to 15,000 K. The new temperature scale for extreme helium stars extends to lower effective temperatures than that of Heber and Schoenberner (1981) and covers the range from 8,500 K to 32,000 K. Previously announced in STAR as N83-24433

  12. Helium-Cooled Refractory Alloys First Wall and Blanket Evaluation

    Under the APEX program the He-cooled system design task is to evaluate and recommend high power density refractory alloy first wall and blanket designs and to recommend and initiate tests to address critical issues. We completed the preliminary design of a helium-cooled, W-5Re alloy, lithium breeder design and the results are reported in this paper. Many areas of the design were assessed, including material selection, helium impurity control, and mechanical, nuclear and thermal hydraulics design, and waste disposal, tritium and safety design. System study results show that at a closed cycle gas turbine (CCGT) gross thermal efficiency of 57.5%, a superconducting coil tokamak reactor, with an aspect ratio of 4, and an output power of 2 GWe, can be projected to have a cost of electricity at 54.6 mill/kWh. Critical issues were identified and we plan to continue the design on some of the critical issues during the next phase of the APEX design study

  13. Krypton and helium irradiation damage in neodymium-zirconolite

    Gilbert, M.; Davoisne, C.; Stennett, M.; Hyatt, N.; Peng, N.; Jeynes, C.; Lee, W. E.

    2011-09-01

    A leading candidate for the immobilisation of actinides, zirconolite's suitability as a potential ceramic host for plutonium disposition, both in storage and geological disposal, has been the subject of much research. One key aim of this study is to understand the effects of radiation damage and noble gas accommodation within the zirconolite material. To this end, a series of ex situ irradiations have been performed on polycrystalline (Ca 0.8Nd 0.2)Zr(Ti 1.8Al 0.2)O 7 zirconolite samples. Zirconolite samples, doped with Nd 3+ (as a Pu surrogate) on the Ca-site and charge-balanced by substituting Al 3+ onto the Ti-site, were irradiated with 36Kr + (2 MeV) ions at fluences of 1 × 10 14 and 5 × 10 15 cm -2 and 4He + (200 keV) ions at fluences of 1 × 10 14, 5 × 10 15 and 1 × 10 17 cm -2 to simulate the impact of alpha decay on the microstructure. Microstructural analysis revealed no damage present at the lower Kr + fluence, but that the higher 36Kr + fluence rendered the zirconolite completely amorphous. Similarly, evidence of helium accumulation was only seen at the highest 4He + fluence (1 × 10 17 cm -2). Monte Carlo simulations using the TRIM code predict the highest concentration of helium accumulating at a depth of 720 nm, in good agreement with the experimental observations.

  14. Electronic structure of helium atom in a quantum dot

    Saha, Jayanta K; Mukherjee, T K

    2015-01-01

    Bound and resonance states of helium atom have been investigated inside a quantum dot by using explicitly correlated Hylleraas type basis set within the framework of stabilization method. To be specific, precise energy eigenvalues of bound 1sns (1Se) [n = 1-6] states and the resonance parameters i.e. positions and widths of 1Se states due to 2sns [n = 2-5] and 2pnp [n = 2-5] configuration of confined helium below N = 2 ionization threshold of He+ have been estimated. The two-parameter (Depth and Width) finite oscillator potential is used to represent the confining potential representing the quantum dot. It has been explicitly demonstrated that electronic structure properties become a sensitive function of the dot size. It is observed from the calculations of ionization potential that the stability of an impurity ion within quantum dot may be manipulated by varying the confinement parameters. A possibility of controlling the autoionization lifetime of doubly excited states of two-electron ions by tuning the wi...

  15. Molecular dynamics study of helium bubble pressure in tungsten

    Molecular dynamics simulations were performed to calculate the stress field in a tungsten matrix containing a nano-scale helium bubble. A helium bubble in tungsten is found to consist of a core and an interface of finite thickness of approximately 0.6 nm. The core contains only helium atoms that are uniformly distributed. The interface is composed of both helium and tungsten atoms. In the periphery region of the helium bubble, the stress filed is found to follow the stress formula based on the elasticity theory of solid. The pressure difference between both sides of the interface can be well described by the Young–Laplace equation for the core size of a helium bubble as small as 0.48 nm. A comparison was performed between the pressure in the helium bubble core and the pressure in pure helium. For a core size larger than 0.3 nm, the pressure in the core of a helium bubble is in good agreement with the pressure in pure helium of the same helium density. These results provide guidance to larger scale simulation methods, such as in kinetic Monte Carlo methods and rate theory

  16. Atomic origins of solid helium bubbles in tungsten

    Solid helium bubbles were directly observed in the helium ion implanted tungsten (W), by different transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques at room temperature. The diameters of these solid helium bubbles range from 1 nm to 8 nm in diameter with the mean bubble size about 3 nm. The selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and fast Fourier transform (FFT) images revealed that solid helium bubbles possess body-centered cubic (bcc) structure with a lattice constant of 0.447 nm. High-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM) images further confirmed the existence of helium bubble in tungsten. The present findings provide an atomic level view of the microstructure evolution of helium in the materials, and revealed the existence of solid helium bubbles in materials. (rapid communication)

  17. Trapping, diffusion and release of helium in single-crystal TiC observed by thermal desorption spectrometry

    Using thermal desorption spectrometry (TDS), the interaction of ion-implanted helium atoms and atomic-scale defects in titanium carbide was investigated. It is found that trapping and release of helium in off-stoichiometric single-crystal TiC0.924 can be well described by a diffusive, single activation energy (2.5 eV) process. This energy is attributed to the release of a helium atom from a carbon vacancy. The experimental spectra are in excellent agreement with results obtained from diffusion theory in the presence of sinks and sources; at low implantation energies the projected range of helium is larger than the theoretical predictions and the range straggling is found to be 67±3 A, independent of the implantation energy (0.1-3 keV). (orig.)

  18. Molecular dynamics study of helium bubble pressure in titanium

    Zhang Bao-Ling; Wang Jun; Hou Qing

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, the pressure state of the helium bubble in titanium is simulated by a molecular dynamics (MD) method. First, the possible helium/vacancy ratio is determined according to therelation between the bubble pressure and helium/vacancy ratio; then the dependences of the helium bubble pressure on the bubble radius at different temperatures are studied. It is shown that the product of the bubble pressure and the radius is approximately a constant, a result justifying the pressure-radius relation predicted by thermodynamics-based theory for gas bubble. Furthermore, a state equation of the helium bubble is established based on the MD calculations. Comparison between the results obtained by the state equation and corresponding experimental data shows that the state equation can describe reasonably the state of helium bubble and thus could be used for Monte Carlo simulations of the evolution of helium bubble in metals.

  19. Molecular dynamics simulation of helium bubble coalescence in titanium

    Molecular dynamics simulations were performed to study the helium bubble coalescence in titanium. The influence of helium bubble coalescence on the metal microstructure was analyzed. The bubble coalescences in the bulk metal and near the metal surface were compared. When helium bubbles lie in the bulk metal, a lot of defects are induced around by the bubbles coalescence and extend outward. The coalescence of helium bubbles with 1.77 nm diameter can form a dislocation loop around them. The helium bubbles after coalescence evolve from dumbbell shape toward ellipsoid shape. When helium bubbles lie near the metal surface, the defects induced by bubbles coalescence are likely to move to the top surface, and the metal around bubble tends to restore the crystal structure. The helium bubbles evolve from dumbbell shape toward hemispherical shape. (authors)

  20. Characterization of new a-Si:H detectors fabricated from amorphous silicon deposited at high rate by helium enhanced PECVD

    This paper is concerned with the characterization of new detectors fabricated from a-Si:H films deposited at high rates through the dilution of SiH4 in helium. Rates of up to ten times (5.5 micrometer/h) that of the standard technique are obtained, allowing for the feasible fabrication of detectors having thickness up to 100 micrometers. The electrical characteristics (depletion voltage, residual space charge density) of the helium diluted material, have been investigated and compared to that of the standard material. The response of detectors, made from both materials, to 5.5 MeV alpha particles are compared. 6 figs., 5 tabs., 13 refs

  1. Molecular-dynamics analysis of mobile helium cluster reactions near surfaces of plasma-exposed tungsten

    Hu, Lin; Maroudas, Dimitrios, E-mail: maroudas@ecs.umass.edu [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003-9303 (United States); Hammond, Karl D. [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri 65211 (United States); Wirth, Brian D. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 (United States)

    2015-10-28

    We report the results of a systematic atomic-scale analysis of the reactions of small mobile helium clusters (He{sub n}, 4 ≤ n ≤ 7) near low-Miller-index tungsten (W) surfaces, aiming at a fundamental understanding of the near-surface dynamics of helium-carrying species in plasma-exposed tungsten. These small mobile helium clusters are attracted to the surface and migrate to the surface by Fickian diffusion and drift due to the thermodynamic driving force for surface segregation. As the clusters migrate toward the surface, trap mutation (TM) and cluster dissociation reactions are activated at rates higher than in the bulk. TM produces W adatoms and immobile complexes of helium clusters surrounding W vacancies located within the lattice planes at a short distance from the surface. These reactions are identified and characterized in detail based on the analysis of a large number of molecular-dynamics trajectories for each such mobile cluster near W(100), W(110), and W(111) surfaces. TM is found to be the dominant cluster reaction for all cluster and surface combinations, except for the He{sub 4} and He{sub 5} clusters near W(100) where cluster partial dissociation following TM dominates. We find that there exists a critical cluster size, n = 4 near W(100) and W(111) and n = 5 near W(110), beyond which the formation of multiple W adatoms and vacancies in the TM reactions is observed. The identified cluster reactions are responsible for important structural, morphological, and compositional features in the plasma-exposed tungsten, including surface adatom populations, near-surface immobile helium-vacancy complexes, and retained helium content, which are expected to influence the amount of hydrogen re-cycling and tritium retention in fusion tokamaks.

  2. Dynamic imaging of the nasal cavity and the paranasal sinuses with polarized 3helium MRI

    Purpose: Reduced or blocked ventilation of the paranasal sinuses is probably the most important factor in the development of sinusitis. Recently, the use of optically polarized noble gas isotopes has attracted increasing interest for use in a variety of promising MR applications. The aim of this study was to test the feasibility of imaging and visualization ventilation of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinus in MR by inhalation of hyperpolarized 3helium. The goal was to evaluate ventilation defects of the paranasal sinuses. Volunteers and Methods: Three volunteers were enrolled in the study. 3Helium was polarized to 40 - 50% by direct optical pumping. 300 ml of 100% 3helium were administered in the left nasal vestibule through a glass tube. With a closed contralateral nasal vestibule, the Valsalva maneuver was performed twice. Using a dedicated application unit, which is also used in MR imaging of the lung, an exact amount of 3helium gas was administered at the beginning of inspiration. Measurements were carried out on a clinical 1.5 T scanner. Coronal images of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses were acquired using ultrafast gradient-echo pulse sequence (TR = 2 ms, TE = 0.7 ms, FA 3helium gas. The signal intensity in the left maxillary sinus was higher compared to the right one. The mean signal intensity on the left side was 526±86 and on the right side 336±102. The left and right frontal sinus and ethmoid sinus only show signal of hyperpolarized 3helium after two Valsalva maneuvers. Because of the low signal intensity of the frontal and ethmoid cells their visualization was incomplete. The signal to noise ratio was 14.1 for the left maxillary sinus, 8.9 for the right side, 6.3 for the left ethmoid sinus, 5.8 for the right side and 6.6 for the left frontal sinus and 7.8 for the right side. (orig.)

  3. Molecular-dynamics analysis of mobile helium cluster reactions near surfaces of plasma-exposed tungsten

    We report the results of a systematic atomic-scale analysis of the reactions of small mobile helium clusters (Hen, 4 ≤ n ≤ 7) near low-Miller-index tungsten (W) surfaces, aiming at a fundamental understanding of the near-surface dynamics of helium-carrying species in plasma-exposed tungsten. These small mobile helium clusters are attracted to the surface and migrate to the surface by Fickian diffusion and drift due to the thermodynamic driving force for surface segregation. As the clusters migrate toward the surface, trap mutation (TM) and cluster dissociation reactions are activated at rates higher than in the bulk. TM produces W adatoms and immobile complexes of helium clusters surrounding W vacancies located within the lattice planes at a short distance from the surface. These reactions are identified and characterized in detail based on the analysis of a large number of molecular-dynamics trajectories for each such mobile cluster near W(100), W(110), and W(111) surfaces. TM is found to be the dominant cluster reaction for all cluster and surface combinations, except for the He4 and He5 clusters near W(100) where cluster partial dissociation following TM dominates. We find that there exists a critical cluster size, n = 4 near W(100) and W(111) and n = 5 near W(110), beyond which the formation of multiple W adatoms and vacancies in the TM reactions is observed. The identified cluster reactions are responsible for important structural, morphological, and compositional features in the plasma-exposed tungsten, including surface adatom populations, near-surface immobile helium-vacancy complexes, and retained helium content, which are expected to influence the amount of hydrogen re-cycling and tritium retention in fusion tokamaks

  4. Study on the Dynamic Performance of the Helium Turboexpander for EAST Subsystems

    Chen, Shuangtao; Yang, Shanju; Fu, Bao; Zhang, Qiyong; Hou, Yu

    2015-06-01

    An increase of the cooling capacities in the liquid helium temperature area is required by Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) due to the extension of its subsystems in the near future. Limited by the heat exchangers, cryogenic pipes, and cryogenic valves, it is difficult to enlarge the present EAST helium system. 102 W@4.5 K level helium cryogenic systems are needed in view of feasibility and economy. A turboexpander is the key component of a helium cryogenic system. In this article, a hydrostatic gas lubricated cryogenic helium turboexpander for a 900 W@4.5 K cryogenic helium system was developed for the EAST updated subsystem by the Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Cryogenic and Refrigeration of Xi'an Jiaotong University. The main components, such as gas bearings, expansion wheel, shaft, and brake wheel, were briefly presented. The dynamic performance of the journal and thrust gas bearings was investigated numerically. The rotordynamic performance of the developed turboexpander was studied experimentally. The results show that the axial and radial load capacities supplied by the journal gas bearing and thrust gas bearing are enough to balance the axial force and radial force of the rotor. A 43% overspeed operation was achieved, which validated the reasonable design of the turboexpander. supported by Joint Funds of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11176023), National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51306135), and partially supported by the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 2013M532040) and Special Financial Grant of China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 2014T70917)

  5. Molecular-dynamics analysis of mobile helium cluster reactions near surfaces of plasma-exposed tungsten

    Hu, Lin; Hammond, Karl D.; Wirth, Brian D.; Maroudas, Dimitrios

    2015-10-01

    We report the results of a systematic atomic-scale analysis of the reactions of small mobile helium clusters (Hen, 4 ≤ n ≤ 7) near low-Miller-index tungsten (W) surfaces, aiming at a fundamental understanding of the near-surface dynamics of helium-carrying species in plasma-exposed tungsten. These small mobile helium clusters are attracted to the surface and migrate to the surface by Fickian diffusion and drift due to the thermodynamic driving force for surface segregation. As the clusters migrate toward the surface, trap mutation (TM) and cluster dissociation reactions are activated at rates higher than in the bulk. TM produces W adatoms and immobile complexes of helium clusters surrounding W vacancies located within the lattice planes at a short distance from the surface. These reactions are identified and characterized in detail based on the analysis of a large number of molecular-dynamics trajectories for each such mobile cluster near W(100), W(110), and W(111) surfaces. TM is found to be the dominant cluster reaction for all cluster and surface combinations, except for the He4 and He5 clusters near W(100) where cluster partial dissociation following TM dominates. We find that there exists a critical cluster size, n = 4 near W(100) and W(111) and n = 5 near W(110), beyond which the formation of multiple W adatoms and vacancies in the TM reactions is observed. The identified cluster reactions are responsible for important structural, morphological, and compositional features in the plasma-exposed tungsten, including surface adatom populations, near-surface immobile helium-vacancy complexes, and retained helium content, which are expected to influence the amount of hydrogen re-cycling and tritium retention in fusion tokamaks.

  6. D0 Silicon Upgrade: Gas Helium Storage Tank Pressure Vessel Engineering Note

    Rucinski, Russ; /Fermilab

    1996-11-11

    This is to certify that Beaird Industries, Inc. has done a white metal blast per SSPC-SP5 as required per specifications on the vessel internal. Following the blast, a black light inspection was performed by Beaird Quality Control personnel to assure that all debris, grease, etc. was removed and interior was clean prior to closing vessel for helium test.

  7. Calculation and measurement of helium generation and solid transmutations in Cu-Zn-Ni alloys

    Greenwood, L.R.; Oliver, B.M.; Garner, F.A. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States); Muroga, T. [National Inst. of Fusion Science, Nagoya (Japan)

    1998-03-01

    A method was recently proposed by Garner and Greenwood that would allow the separation of the effects of solid and gaseous transmutation for Cu-Zn-Ni alloys. Pure copper produces zinc and nickel during neutron irradiation. {sup 63}Cu transmutes to {sup 64}Ni and {sup 64}Zn, in about a 2-to-1 ratio, and {sup 65}Cu transmutes to {sup 66}Zn. The {sup 64}Zn further transmutes to {sup 65}Zn which has been shown to have a high thermal neutron (n,{alpha}) cross-section. Since a three-step reaction sequence is required for natural copper, the amount of helium produced is much smaller than would be produced for the two-step, well-known {sup 58}Ni (n,{gamma}) {sup 59}Ni (n,{alpha}) reaction sequence. The addition of natural Zn and Ni to copper leads to greatly increased helium production in neutron spectra with a significant thermal component. Using a suitable Cu-Zn-Ni alloy matrix and comparative irradiation of thermal neutron-shielded and unshielded specimens, it should be possible to distinguish the separate influences of the solid and gaseous transmutants. Whereas helium generation rates have been previously measured for natural nickel and copper, they have not been measured for natural Zn or Cu-Ni-Zn alloys. The (N,{alpha}) cross section for {sup 65}Zn was inferred from helium measurements made with natural copper. By comparing helium production in Cu and Cu-Zn alloys, this cross section can be determined more accurately. In the current study, both the solid and helium transmutants were measured for Cu, Cu-5Ni, Cu-3.5Zn and Cu-5Ni-2Zn, irradiated in each of two positions in the HFIR JP-23 test. Highly accurate helium measurements were performed on these materials by isotope dilution mass spectrometry using a facility that was recently moved from Rockwell International to PNNL. It is shown that both the helium and solid transmutants for Cu-zn-Ni alloys can be calculated with reasonable certainty, allowing the development of a transmutation experiment as proposed by

  8. Thermal stability of helium-vacancy clusters in iron

    Molecular dynamics calculations were performed to evaluate the thermal stability of helium-vacancy clusters (HenVm) in Fe using the Ackland Finnis-Sinclair potential, the Wilson-Johnson potential and the Ziegler-Biersack-Littmark-Beck potential for describing the interactions of Fe-Fe, Fe-He and He-He, respectively. Both the calculated numbers of helium atoms, n, and vacancies, m, in clusters ranged from 0 to 20. The binding energies of an interstitial helium atom, an isolated vacancy and a self-interstitial iron atom to a helium-vacancy cluster were obtained from the calculated formation energies of clusters. All the binding energies do not depend much on cluster size, but they primarily depend on the helium-to-vacancy ratio (n/m) of clusters. The binding energy of a vacancy to a helium-vacancy cluster increases with the ratio, showing that helium increases cluster lifetime by dramatically reducing thermal vacancy emission. On the other hand, both the binding energies of a helium atom and an iron atom to a helium-vacancy cluster decrease with increasing the ratio, indicating that thermal emission of self-interstitial atoms (SIAs) (i.e. Frenkel-pair production), as well as thermal helium emission, may take place from the cluster of higher helium-to-vacancy ratios. The thermal stability of clusters is decided by the competitive processes among thermal emission of vacancies, SIAs and helium, depending on the helium-to-vacancy ratio of clusters. The calculated thermal stability of clusters is consistent with the experimental observations of thermal helium desorption from α-Fe during post-He-implantation annealing

  9. The study of helium release, damage accumulation and surface morphology in annealing process of helium-implanted spinel

    Magnesium aluminate spinel(MgAl2O4), due to its excellent radiation resistance, good electrical insulation, high melting point and thermal conductance, has the potential for use as electrical insulator in future fusion reactor. In addition, it is also one of the candidate materials for use as a uranium free inert matrix for the transmutation of minor actinides. Helium accumulation in materials due to a decay and (n, α) nuclear reaction has a severe influence to the mechanism properties. It is therefore of importance to study the helium behavior and damage accumulation in spinel for the application of spinel in nuclear energy field. MgAl2O4(110) single-crystal specimens were implanted with 100 keV 4He+ ions at room temperature to fluences of 0.5, 2 and 8 x 1016 cm-2. The as-implanted samples were annealed at temperature of 500, 700, 900, 1000 and 1100 degree C respectively for 1 hour in vacuum. Different techniques, including Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), Rutherford back scattering in channeling geometry (RBS-c) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were adopted subsequently to analyze the samples. It was found that the infra-red absorbance peak corresponding to the Al-O bond vibration shifted to different directions in the as-implantation and annealing processes. At the same time the damage accumulation in spinel showed different behavior depending on implantation dose in the annealing process. The shift of the infra-red absorbance peak and the different damage accumulation behavior are considered to be related with the He agglomeration resulting in the formation of He clusters or He bubbles in spinel. The surface morphology analysis confirmed the formation of helium bubbles below the implanted surface at the higher doses after some annealing process. (authors)

  10. Two-Photon Ionization of Metastable Helium

    Czechanski, James Poremba

    There have been relatively few investigations of multiphoton ionization from metastable helium. Of particular interest has been the work of Haberland et al. 1987 and Haberland and Oschwald 1988. In both the 1987 and 1988 papers they have described the two photon ionization of metastable helium. In each of these studies they have reported the occurrence of unexplained structure along the wings of their resonance profiles. Upon the performance of similar measurements by this study, the unexplained structure is not seen and the agreement of the experiment's measurements with the theoretical shape of the resonance curves has been good. To experimentally verify these resonance effects, we have used a tunable dye laser in conjunction with a time of flight mass spectrometer to create and detect ions from metastable helium by two-photon absorption. The use of a metastable state instead of the ground state is advantageous because of its proximity to the ionization continuum and its extended lifetime. Using a metastable state as a starting point for multiphoton absorption requires fewer photons to reach the ionization threshold. The extended lifetime of the state also makes it easy to access experimentally. For helium the singlet metastable state 2^1 S lies at 20.61 eV above the ground level with a natural lifetime of close to a millisecond. Two photons of 501.7 nm and 504.35 nm are required for the ionization processes in resonance with the 3^1P and the 3^1D states. This thesis is the accounting of the experimental process involved in the measurement of the dipole and quadrupole resonances of two photon ionization from singlet metastable helium. The study includes the description of the laser, electron gun assembly for metastable helium creation, and the time of flight mass spectrometer. A discussion of the theory of multiphoton processes is included along with the discussion of the data, its reduction and analysis, and a comparison with theoretical prediction. This study

  11. Development and Dissemination of a Nationwide Helium Database for a National Assessment of Helium Resources.

    Brennan, S. T.; East, J. A., II; Garrity, C. P.

    2015-12-01

    In 2013, Congress passed the Helium Stewardship Act requiring the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to undertake a national helium gas resource assessment to determine the nation's helium resources. An important initial component necessary to complete this assessment was the development of a comprehensive database of Helium (He) concentrations from petroleum exploration wells. Because Helium is often used as the carrier gas for compositional analyses for commercial and exploratory oil and gas wells, this limits the available helium concentration data. A literature search in peer-reviewed publications, state geologic survey databases, USGS energy geochemical databases, and the Bureau of Land Management databases provided approximately 16,000 data points from wells that had measurable He concentrations in the gas composition analyses. The data from these wells includes, date of sample collection, American Petroleum Institute well number, formation name, field name, depth of sample collection, and location. The gas compositional analyses, some performed as far back as 1934, do not all have the same level of precision and accuracy, therefore the date of the analysis is critical to the assessment as it indicates the relative amount of uncertainty in the analytical results. Non-proprietary data was used to create a GIS based interactive web interface that allows users to visualize, inspect, interact, and download our most current He data. The user can click on individual locations to see the available data at that location, as well as zoom in and out on a data density map. Concentrations on the map range from .04 mol% (lowest concentration of economic value) to 12% (highest naturally occurring values). This visual interface will allow users to develop a rapid appreciation of the areas with the highest potential for high helium concentrations within oil and gas fields.

  12. A model for the population of helium stars in the Galaxy I. Low-mass stars

    Yungelson, L.; Tutukov, A.

    2005-01-01

    By means of population synthesis we model the Galactic ensemble of helium stars. It is assumed that all helium stars are formed in binaries. Under this assumption, single helium stars are produced by the mergers of helium remnants of components of close binaries (mainly, by merging helium white dwarfs) and by disruption of binaries with helium components in supernovae explosions. The estimate of the total birthrate of helium stars in the Galaxy is 0.043 yr$^{-1}$, their total number is estima...

  13. Helium-cooling in fusion power plants

    This paper reviews different helium-cooled first wall and blanket designs; and compares the selection of structural materials. The authors found that the solid breeder, SiC-composite material option generates the lowest amount of induced radioactivity and afterheat and has the highest temperature capability. When combined with the direct cycle gas turbine system, it has the potential to be the most economical fusion system and can compete with advanced fission reactors. When compared to martensitic steel and V-alloy, SiC-composite is the least developed of these three structural materials, a focused development effort will be needed. Fundamental research has begun in addressing the issues of optimized composite materials, irradiation effects, leak tightness and low activation braze materials. Development of helium-cooled high heat flux components and further development of the direct cycle gas turbine system will also be needed

  14. Helium generation in fusion reactor materials

    The work performed under this giant included an analysis of the multiple-step helium production mechanism discovered in iron following long-term mixed-spectrum reactor exposure, the measurement of a large number of samples irradiated in fast-neutron environments for cross section determinations, the initial mapping of the neutron fluence distribution for a high-fluence T(d,n) irradiation experiment, the initial measurements of helium production in materials irradiated by 10-MeV neutrons, and the initiation of a joint experiment with ANL to measure the spectrum-integrated Be(n,2n) cross section at lower neutron energies. This work is summarized in the present report. The work is ongoing, and this document thus provides a status report rather than final numerical data

  15. A <= 6 helium clusters using soft core potentials

    Gattobigio, M; Viviani, M

    2011-01-01

    In this work we investigate small clusters of helium atoms using the hyperspherical harmonic basis. We consider systems with $A=2,3,4,5,6$ atoms with an inter-particle potential which does not present a strong repulsion at short distances. We use an attractive gaussian potential that reproduces the values of the dimer binding energy, the atom-atom scattering length, and the effective range obtained with one of the widely used He-He interactions, the LM2M2 potential. In systems with more than two atoms we consider a repulsive three-body force that, by construction, reproduces the trimer binding energy of the LM2M2 potential. With this model, consisting in the sum of a two- and three-body potential, we have calculated the spectrum of clusters formed by four, five and six helium atoms. We have found that these systems present two bound states, one deep and one shallow close to the threshold fixed by the energy of the $(A-1)$-atom system. Universal relations between the energies of the excited state of the $A$-at...

  16. Aerial Deployment and Inflation System for Mars Helium Balloons

    Lachenmeler, Tim; Fairbrother, Debora; Shreves, Chris; Hall, Jeffery, L.; Kerzhanovich, Viktor V.; Pauken, Michael T.; Walsh, Gerald J.; White, Christopher V.

    2009-01-01

    A method is examined for safely deploying and inflating helium balloons for missions at Mars. The key for making it possible to deploy balloons that are light enough to be buoyant in the thin, Martian atmosphere is to mitigate the transient forces on the balloon that might tear it. A fully inflated Mars balloon has a diameter of 10 m, so it must be folded up for the trip to Mars, unfolded upon arrival, and then inflated with helium gas in the atmosphere. Safe entry into the Martian atmosphere requires the use of an aeroshell vehicle, which protects against severe heating and pressure loads associated with the hypersonic entry flight. Drag decelerates the aeroshell to supersonic speeds, then two parachutes deploy to slow the vehicle down to the needed safe speed of 25 to 35 m/s for balloon deployment. The parachute system descent dynamic pressure must be approximately 5 Pa or lower at an altitude of 4 km or more above the surface.

  17. Direct nano-patterning of graphene with helium ion beams

    Naitou, Y., E-mail: yu-naitou@aist.go.jp [Nanoelectronics Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba 305-8562 (Japan); Iijima, T.; Ogawa, S. [Nanoelectronics Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 16-1 Onogawa, Tsukuba 305-8569 (Japan)

    2015-01-19

    Helium ion microscopy (HIM) was used for direct nano-patterning of single-layer graphene (SLG) on SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates. This technique involves irradiation of the sample with accelerated helium ions (He{sup +}). Doses of 2.0 × 10{sup 16 }He{sup + }cm{sup −2} from a 30 kV beam induced a metal-insulator transition in the SLG. The resolution of HIM patterning on SLG was investigated by fabricating nanoribbons and nanostructures. Analysis of scanning capacitance microscopy measurements revealed that the spatial resolution of HIM patterning depended on the dosage of He{sup +} in a non-monotonic fashion. Increasing the dose from 2.0 × 10{sup 16} to 5.0 × 10{sup 16 }He{sup + }cm{sup −2} improved the spatial resolution to several tens of nanometers. However, doses greater than 1.0 × 10{sup 17 }He{sup + }cm{sup −2} degraded the patterning characteristics. Direct patterning using HIM is a versatile approach to graphene fabrication and can be applied to graphene-based devices.

  18. Direct nano-patterning of graphene with helium ion beams

    Helium ion microscopy (HIM) was used for direct nano-patterning of single-layer graphene (SLG) on SiO2/Si substrates. This technique involves irradiation of the sample with accelerated helium ions (He+). Doses of 2.0 × 1016 He+ cm−2 from a 30 kV beam induced a metal-insulator transition in the SLG. The resolution of HIM patterning on SLG was investigated by fabricating nanoribbons and nanostructures. Analysis of scanning capacitance microscopy measurements revealed that the spatial resolution of HIM patterning depended on the dosage of He+ in a non-monotonic fashion. Increasing the dose from 2.0 × 1016 to 5.0 × 1016 He+ cm−2 improved the spatial resolution to several tens of nanometers. However, doses greater than 1.0 × 1017 He+ cm−2 degraded the patterning characteristics. Direct patterning using HIM is a versatile approach to graphene fabrication and can be applied to graphene-based devices

  19. Helium diffusion during formation of the first galaxies

    Medvedev, P; Gilfanov, M

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the possible impact of diffusion on the abundance of helium and other primordial elements during formation of the first structures in the early Universe. We consider the primary collapse of a perturbation and subsequent accretion of matter onto the virialized halo, restricting our consideration to halos with masses considerably above the Jeans limit. We find that diffusion in the cold and nearly neutral primordial gas at the end of the Dark Ages could raise the abundance of primordial elements relative to hydrogen in the first virialized halos: helium enrichment could reach $\\delta Y_p/Y_p \\sim 10^{-4}$ in the first star-forming minihalos of $ \\sim 10^5-10^6 M_{\\odot}$. A moderate (to ~ 100 K) preheating of the primordial gas at the beginning of cosmic reionization could increase this effect to $\\delta Y_p/Y_p \\sim 3\\times 10^{-4}$ for $\\sim 10^6 M_{\\odot}$ halos. Even stronger abundance enhancements, $\\delta Y_p/Y_p$ ~ a few $10^{-3}$, may arise at much later, post-reionization epochs, z ~ 2, ...

  20. Studies of helium distribution in metal tritides

    The distribution of helium (3He) in LiT, TiT2, and UT3, which are regarded as representative metal tritides, was investigated using pulse nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques. Analyses of the NMR lineshapes and nuclear relaxation times indicate the 3He atoms are trapped in microscopic gas bubbles for each tritide. The effects of concentration and temperature on the 3He distributions were investigated as well

  1. Superfluid Helium Flow in Porous Media

    Allain, Hervé; Quintard, Michel; Soulaine, Cyprien; Prat, Marc; Baudouy, Bertrand; Van Weelderen, Rob

    2013-01-01

    Superfluid helium is primarily used in the field of applied superconductivity. Given the complexity of the magnet geometry and the scales involved, a real 3D simulation of heat transfer in such devices at the micro-channel scale is very difficult, even impossible. However, the repeatability or even periodicity of the structure suggests the possibility of a macro-scale description following a porous medium approach. Which macro-scale model may be used? This largely remains an open field while ...

  2. Thermal Performance of a Dual-Channel, Helium-Cooled, Tungsten Heat Exchanger

    Helium-cooled, refractory heat exchangers are now under consideration for first wall and divertor applications. These refractory devices take advantage of high temperature operation with large delta-Ts to effectively handle high heat fluxes. The high temperature helium can then be used in a gas turbine for high-efficiency power conversion. Over the last five years, heat removal with helium was shown to increase dramatically by using porous metal to provide a very large effective surface area for heat transfer in a small volume. Last year, the thermal performance of a bare-copper, dual-channel, helium-cooled, porous metal divertor mock-up was evaluated on the 30 kW Electron Beam Test System at Sandia National Laboratories. The module survived a maximum absorbed heat flux of 34.6 MW/m2 and reached a maximum surface temperature of 593 C for uniform power loading of 3 kW absorbed on a 2-cm2 area. An impressive 10 kW of power was absorbed on an area of 24 cm2. Recently, a similar dual-module, helium-cooled heat exchanger made almost entirely of tungsten was designed and fabricated by Thermacore, Inc. and tested at Sandia. A complete flow test of each channel was performed to determine the actual pressure drop characteristics. Each channel was equipped with delta-P transducers and platinum RTDs for independent calorimetry. One mass flow meter monitored the total flow to the heat exchanger, while a second monitored flow in only one of the channels. The thermal response of each tungsten module was obtained for heat fluxes in excess of 5 MW/m2 using 50 C helium at 4 MPa. Fatigue cycles were also performed to assess the fracture toughness of the tungsten modules. A description of the module design and new results on flow instabilities are also presented

  3. Helium desorption in EFDA iron materials for use in nuclear fusion reactors

    In this paper the implantation with monoenergetic ions (He+) was realized with an energy of 5 KeV in iron samples (99.9999 %) EFDA (European Fusion Development Agreement) using a collimated beam, after this a Thermal Desorption Spectrometry of Helium (THeDS) was made using a leak meter that detects amounts of helium of up to 10-- 12 mbar l/s. Doses with which the implantation was carried out were 2 x 1015 He+ /cm2, 1 x 1016 He+ /cm2, 2 x 1016 He+ /cm2, 1 x 1017 He+ /cm2 during times of 90 s, 450 s, 900 s and 4500 s, respectively. Also, using the SRIM program was calculated the depth at which the helium ions penetrate the sample of pure ion, finding that the maximum distance is 0.025μm in the sample. For this study, 11 samples of Fe EFDA were prepared to find defects that are caused after implantation of helium in order to provide valuable information to the manufacture of materials for future fusion reactors. However understand the effects of helium in the micro structural evolution and mechanical properties of structural materials are some of the most difficult questions to answer in materials research for nuclear fusion. When analyzing the spectra of THeDS was found that five different groups of desorption peaks existed, which are attributed to defects of He caused in the material, these defects are Hen V (2≤n≤6), Hen Vm, He V for the groups I, II and IV respectively. These results are due to the comparison of the peaks presented in the desorption spectrum of He, with those of other authors who have made theoretical calculations. Is important to note that the thermal desorption spectrum of helium was different depending on the dose with which the implantation of He+ was performed. (Author)

  4. Experimental study of small helium clusters by means of a diffraction grating

    In the studies of the helium dimer single molecules were ionized, detected, and in the later analysis their breakup energy determined. To the hitherto most precise determination of the mean value of the distance distribution of 52±4 Aa with a value of 44.94±0.19(stat) Aa a difference was stated. In comparison of the distance distribution for the 4He-4He potential the extraordinary character of the helium dimer was shown. While at an assumed binding energy of 140 neV the classical turning point in the potential lies at about 13.5 Aa, distance of above 200 Aa were measured. A binding energy of 147±0.11(stat)±0.89(fit)+19.4-13.4(syst) neV could be determined. Beside the special properties of the helium dimer also the trimer shows the extraordinary character of small helium clusters. A further facet of the unique character of van-der-Waals bound helium molecules could be shown in the structure of the helium trimer. It could be shown that the trimer possesses no preferred geometry. It occurs in all configurations from an equal-sided triangle until a linear arrangement with nearly equal probability. Additionally to the homonuclear 4He3 also the heteronuclear 3He4He2 was studied. As last part of this thesis in the measurements on 4He3 the predicted, vibrationally excited state was yet searched for. It not succeeded to identify this state in the data.

  5. Molecular dynamics simulations of cumulative helium bombardments on tungsten surfaces

    Molecular dynamics simulations were performed to study the cumulative bombardments of low-energy (60–200 eV) helium atoms on tungsten surfaces. The behaviour of helium and the response of tungsten surface were investigated. The helium incident energy and tungsten temperature play important roles on the formation and growth of helium clusters. The temperature can promote the coalescence of helium clusters and increase the size of the helium clusters. The rupture of the helium clusters has also been observed. During the formation of helium clusters, the interstitial tungsten atoms are produced and evolve into bundles of <1 1 1> crowdions, which would be constrained around the helium clusters for a long time. However, they will finally move onto the top surface along the <1 1 1> direction, which results in stacking the tungsten atoms on the surface. The complex combination effects of the helium clusters and the interstitial atoms result in the growth of the surfaces. Besides, several tungsten atoms were ejected from tungsten surfaces

  6. Prolonged Helium Postconditioning Protocols during Early Reperfusion Do Not Induce Cardioprotection in the Rat Heart In Vivo: Role of Inflammatory Cytokines

    Gezina Tanya Mei Ling Oei

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Postconditioning of myocardial tissue employs short cycles of ischemia or pharmacologic agents during early reperfusion. Effects of helium postconditioning protocols on infarct size and the ischemia/reperfusion-induced immune response were investigated by measurement of protein and mRNA levels of proinflammatory cytokines. Rats were anesthetized with S-ketamine (150 mg/kg and diazepam (1.5 mg/kg. Regional myocardial ischemia/reperfusion was induced; additional groups inhaled 15, 30, or 60 min of 70% helium during reperfusion. Fifteen minutes of helium reduced infarct size from 43% in control to 21%, whereas 30 and 60 minutes of helium inhalation led to an infarct size of 47% and 39%, respectively. Increased protein levels of cytokine-induced neutrophil chemoattractant (CINC-3 and interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β were found after 30 or 60 min of helium inhalation, in comparison to control. 30 min of helium increased mRNA levels of CINC-3, IL-1β, interleukin 6 (IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α in myocardial tissue not directly subjected to ischemia/reperfusion. These results suggest that the effectiveness of the helium postconditioning protocol is very sensitive to duration of noble gas application. Additionally, helium was associated with higher levels of inflammatory cytokines; however, it is not clear whether this is causative of nature or part of an epiphenomenon.

  7. R.b.e. and o.e.r of extended-Bragg-peak helium ions: survival and development of rat embryos

    Rats were exposed under aerobic or hypoxic conditions to 200 to 1200 rads of 60Co gamma-rays or extended-Bragg-peak helium ions on the eighth day of gestation. Uterine contents were examined on the twentieth day of gestation. At the 50 per cent embryonic survival level, helium ion r.b.e. was 1.0 (aerobic) and 1.2 (hypoxic). Maximum attainable gamma-ray and helium-ion o.e.r.s. were 2.2 and 1.7 respectively, indicating an oxygen-effect gain (o.e.g.) of 1.2. At the 10 per cent survival level helium ion r.b.e. was 1.1 (aerobic) and 1.4 (hypoxic). Gamma-ray and helium-ion o.e.r.s. were 2.0 and 1.5 respectively, indicating a helium ion o.e.g. of 1.3. These data demonstrate that the small fraction of high-LET radiation present in this helium ion beam has a negligible effect on the aerobic r.b.e., but lowered the effectiveness o.e.r. of the beam approximately 25 per cent relative to that of gamma-rays. Helium ions were significantly more effective than gamma-rays in killing embryos under hypoxic conditions, in producing congenital abnormalities under aerobic conditions, and in stunting foetal growth under both conditions. (author)

  8. High-frequency electrodeless discharges in helium

    Denisova, N [Institut of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Novosibirsk, Russia (Russian Federation); Skudra, A [Institut of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, University of Latvia, Raina blvd.19, Riga, Latvia (Latvia)

    2004-11-01

    Modelling of high-frequency electrodeless discharges (HFEDs) in helium is presented. The model combines calculations of electromagnetic field profiles and plasma parameters including kinetics of the excited atomic states. A method of the self-consistent numerical solution for the plasma-field system is proposed. The method takes into account a temporal hierarchy of the kinetic processes in the HFED plasma. A stationary collision-radiative model for helium plasma is developed considering the following equations: (i) the transport equations for the electrons, (ii) the electron energy balance equation, (iii) the population rate equations for balance in the excited states and (iv) the electromagnetic field equations. Discharge properties are investigated in a numerical simulation. The electron density, electron temperature and absorbed power versus gas pressure and external magnetic field amplitude are obtained. The electromagnetic field profiles demonstrate a significant role of the skin effect. The intensities of the lines 587.6 and 728.1 nm are calculated, and are found to be in good agreement with the experimental data. The developed model is used to obtain optimal operation conditions of high-frequency electrodeless helium lamps.

  9. Compact Instruments Measure Helium-Leak Rates

    Stout, Stephen; Immer, Christopher

    2003-01-01

    Compact, lightweight instruments have been developed for measuring small flows of helium and/or detecting helium leaks in solenoid valves when the valves are nominally closed. These instruments do not impede the flows when the valves are nominally open. They can be integrated into newly fabricated valves or retrofitted to previously fabricated valves. Each instrument includes an upstream and a downstream thermistor separated by a heater, plus associated analog and digital heater-control, signal- conditioning, and data-processing circuits. The thermistors and heater are off-the-shelf surface mount components mounted on a circuit board in the flow path. The operation of the instrument is based on a well-established thermal mass-flow-measurement technique: Convection by the flow that one seeks to measure gives rise to transfer of heat from the heater to the downstream thermistor. The temperature difference measured by the thermistors is directly related to the rate of flow. The calibration curve from temperature gradient to helium flow is closely approximated via fifth-order polynomial. A microprocessor that is part of the electronic circuitry implements the calibration curve to compute the flow rate from the thermistor readings.

  10. Laser Spectroscopy of Antiprotonic Helium Atoms

    2002-01-01

    %PS205 %title\\\\ \\\\Following the discovery of metastable antiprotonic helium atoms ($\\overline{p}He^{+} $) at KEK in 1991, systematic studies of their properties were made at LEAR from 1991 to 1996. In the first two years the lifetime of $\\overline{p}He^{+}$ in liquid and gaseous helium at various temperatures and pressures was measured and the effect of foreign gases on the lifetime of these atoms was investigated. Effects were also discovered which gave the antiproton a 14\\% longer lifetime in $^4$He than in $^3$He, and resulted in important differences in the shape of the annihilation time spectra in the two isotopes.\\\\ \\\\Since 1993 laser spectroscopy of the metastable $\\overline{p}He^{+}$ atoms became the main focus of PS205. Transitions were stimulated between metastable and non-metastable states of the $\\overline{p}He^{+}$ atom by firing a pulsed dye laser beam into the helium target every time an identified metastable atom was present (Figure 1). If the laser frequency matched the transition energy, the...

  11. Transparent Helium in Stripped Envelope Supernovae

    Piro, Anthony L

    2014-01-01

    The light curves and velocity evolution of core-collapse supernovae (SNe) provide important clues to help constrain their progenitors. This may be especially important for stripped envelope SNe (Type Ib, Ic, and IIb), which have been elusive in providing direct connections with the massive stars that give rise to these explosions. Using simple arguments based on photometric light curves, we propose that many of these stripped envelope SNe show evidence that a significant fraction their helium is effectively transparent during the majority of their light curve evolution. This means that the helium should not contribute to the shaping of the main SN light curve and thus the total helium mass may be difficult to constrain from simple light curve modeling. Conversely, such modeling may be more useful for constraining the mass of the carbon/oxygen core of the SN progenitor. We discuss ways in which similar analysis can provide insights into the differences and similarities between SNe Ib and Ic, which will help le...

  12. Gas turbine modular helium reactor in cogeneration

    This work carries out the thermal evaluation from the conversion of nuclear energy to electric power and process heat, through to implement an outline gas turbine modular helium reactor in cogeneration. Modeling and simulating with software Thermo flex of Thermo flow the performance parameters, based on a nuclear power plant constituted by an helium cooled reactor and helium gas turbine with three compression stages, two of inter cooling and one regeneration stage; more four heat recovery process, generating two pressure levels of overheat vapor, a pressure level of saturated vapor and one of hot water, with energetic characteristics to be able to give supply to a very wide gamma of industrial processes. Obtaining a relationship heat electricity of 0.52 and efficiency of net cogeneration of 54.28%, 70.2 MW net electric, 36.6 MW net thermal with 35% of condensed return to 30 C; for a supplied power by reactor of 196.7 MW; and with conditions in advanced gas turbine of 850 C and 7.06 Mpa, assembly in a shaft, inter cooling and heat recovery in cogeneration. (Author)

  13. Development of charcoal sorbents for helium cryopumping

    Improved methods for cryopumping helium were developed for application to fusion reactors where high helium generation rates are expected. This study period evaluated charcoal particle size, bonding agent type and thickness, and substrate thickness. The optimum combination of charcoal, bond, and substrate was used to form a scaled-up panel for evaluation in the Tritium Systems Test Assembly (TSTA) at Los Alamos. The optimum combination is a 12 x 30 mesh coconut charcoal attached to a 0.48 cm thick copper substrate by a 0.015 cm thick silver phosphorus copper braze. A copper cement bond for attaching charcoal to a substrate was identified and tested. Helium pumping performance of this combination was comparable to that of the charcoal braze system. Environmental tests showed the charcoal's susceptibility to vacuum chamber contamination. Performance degradation followed exposure of ambient temperature charcoal to a vacuum for prolonged periods. Maintaining a liquid nitrogen-cooled shield between the charcoal and the source of contamination prevented this degradation. A combination of bake-out and LN shielding effected recovery of degraded performance

  14. Development of radio-frequency-powered helium glow discharge optical emission source associated with sampling by laser ablation

    A new excitation source for emission spectrometry consisting of an r.f-powered helium glow discharge plasma and a laser-diode pumped Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, was developed. The Nd:YAG laser works dominantly as a sampling source for introduction of sample atoms to the glow discharge plasma, because the laser induced plasma cannot be generated by the laser itself due to its high repetition rate. On the other hand, the helium glow discharge plasma mainly acts as excitation source, because little amounts od sample atoms can be introduced due to the low sputtering rate. This effect arises from the low sputtering yield as well as the low ionization efficiency of helium atom. Besides, the excited species of helium gases has the excitation ability for atomic species requiring large excitation energies as fluorine atom due to their high metastable levels. From these characteristics in this method, the sampling process and the excitation having high excitation energy levels. In this study, fluorine atomic lines requiring large excitation energies were measured. These lines were observed only when the laser was irradiated to the helium plasma. They could be observed neither in the argon plasma nor in the helium plasma without the laser irradiation. Further, the calibration curve for a fluorine atomic line gave a linear relationship in the LiF concentration range of 0.02-5.0 mass%, as shown in Fig 2.

  15. Laser diagnostics on atmospheric-pressure low-temperature helium pulsed plasmas in room- and cryogenic-temperature environments

    Sakakibara, Noritaka; Muneoka, Hitoshi; Urabe, Keiichiro; Yasui, Ryoma; Terashima, Kazuo

    2015-09-01

    In atmospheric-pressure low- temperature plasmas, the control of the plasma gas temperature (Tg) by a few kelvin is considered to be crucial for their applications to novel materials processing such as bio-materials. However, there have been only few studies that focused on the influence of Tg on the plasma characteristics. On the other hand, it was reported that helium metastables played a key role in the dependency of chemical reactions on Tg in helium-nitrogen plasmas. In this study, laser diagnostics were carried out in atmospheric-pressure helium pulsed plasmas near or below room temperature, at 340 -100 K. Parallel electrodes of copper rods (diameter: 2 mm) with a gap distance of 535 μm were used and pulsed discharges with a pulse width of a few hundred nanoseconds were generated inside a reactor. The density and lifetime of helium metastables were estimated by laser absorption spectroscopy measurements and Tg was evaluated by near-infrared laser heterodyne interferometry measurements. At 300 K, the helium metastable density was 1.5 × 1013 cm-3 while the lifetime was 3.1 μs, and increase in Tg was up to 70 K. Dependency of the density and lifetime of helium metastables on Tg was observed and also discussed.

  16. In situ controlled modification of the helium density in single helium-filled nanobubbles

    We demonstrate that the helium density and corresponding pressure can be modified in single nano-scale bubbles embedded in semiconductors by using the electron beam of a scanning transmission electron microscope as a multifunctional probe: the measurement probe for imaging and chemical analysis and the irradiation source to modify concomitantly the pressure in a controllable way by fine tuning of the electron beam parameters. The control of the detrapping rate is achieved by varying the experimental conditions. The underlying physical mechanisms are discussed; our experimental observations suggest that the helium detrapping from bubbles could be interpreted in terms of direct ballistic collisions, leading to the ejection of the helium atoms from the bubble

  17. In situ controlled modification of the helium density in single helium-filled nanobubbles

    David, M.-L., E-mail: marie-laure.david@univ-poitiers.fr; Pailloux, F. [Institut Pprime, UPR 3346 CNRS-Université de Poitiers, SP2MI, 86962 Futuroscope-Chasseneuil cedex (France); Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy, Mc Master University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M1 (Canada); Alix, K.; Mauchamp, V.; Pizzagalli, L. [Institut Pprime, UPR 3346 CNRS-Université de Poitiers, SP2MI, 86962 Futuroscope-Chasseneuil cedex (France); Couillard, M.; Botton, G. A. [Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy, Mc Master University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M1 (Canada); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Mc Master University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M1 (Canada)

    2014-03-28

    We demonstrate that the helium density and corresponding pressure can be modified in single nano-scale bubbles embedded in semiconductors by using the electron beam of a scanning transmission electron microscope as a multifunctional probe: the measurement probe for imaging and chemical analysis and the irradiation source to modify concomitantly the pressure in a controllable way by fine tuning of the electron beam parameters. The control of the detrapping rate is achieved by varying the experimental conditions. The underlying physical mechanisms are discussed; our experimental observations suggest that the helium detrapping from bubbles could be interpreted in terms of direct ballistic collisions, leading to the ejection of the helium atoms from the bubble.

  18. Backscattered helium spectroscopy in the helium ion microscope: Principles, resolution and applications

    We demonstrate the possibilities and limitations for microstructure characterization using backscattered particles from a sharply focused helium ion beam. The interaction of helium ions with matter enables the imaging, spectroscopic characterization, as well as the nanometer scale modification of samples. The contrast that is seen in helium ion microscopy (HIM) images differs from that in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and is generally a result of the higher surface sensitivity of the method. It allows, for instance, a much better visualization of low-Z materials as a result of the small secondary electron escape depth. However, the same differences in beam interaction that give HIM an edge over other imaging techniques, also impose limitations for spectroscopic applications using backscattered particles. Here we quantify those limitations and discuss opportunities to further improve the technique

  19. Comparison of radiation-induced helium blistering on thin films and bulk nickel specimens

    To compare helium blistering appearance on thin monocrystalline films and bulk nickel specimens, both specimen types were irradiated by He+ ions with 10 keV energy and current density of about 8 μA/cm at room temperature. It is found that on the films and bulk specimens blisters appear approximately at the same dose of about 5.5x1017 cm-2. In case of films blisters have an average diameter (0.31±0.05) μm and density (1.92±0.2)x108 cm-2 and an average diameter and density of blisters for bulk nickel constitute (0.33±0.08) μm and (1.76±0.2)x108 cm-2, accordingly. Conclusion of identity of the final stage of helium porosity development in the films and bulk materials, on which basisan assumption is said, that processes in the films and bulk specimens preceding the final stage of helium porosity development must proceed in the sae manner, has been drawn. In connection with this the conclusion of the possibility of thin film usage for investigating physical nature of phenomena related to helium porosity development and representation of results obtained during such investigations for the bulk material has been drawn as well

  20. Comparison of radiation-induced helium blistering on thin films and in massive nickel samples

    To compare appearance of helium blistering on thin monocrystalline films and bulk nickel specimens, both types of specimens are irradiated by 10 keV He+ ions with current density of about 8 μA/cm at room temperature. It is found that on the films and bulk specimens blisters appear at approximately one and the same dose of 5.5x1017 cm-2. In case of films blisters have the average diameter (0.31±0.05) μm and density (1.92±0.2)x108 cm-2, and for bulk nickel the average diameter and density of blisters is (0.33±0.08) μm and (1.76±0.2)x108 cm-2, respectively. The conclusion is made about identity of the final stage of development of helium porosity in films and bulk materials, on the basis of which an assumption is made that the processes in films and bulk specimens foregoing the final stage of development of helium porosity should proceed in like manner. In this connection the conclusion is made about the possible use of thin films for studying the physical character of phenomena, related with development of helium porosity, and representativity of the results obtained for the bulk material

  1. An Open Flow Helium Cryostat for Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction Experiments

    Open flow Helium cryostats, directly blowing a stream of cold gas over the sample, remain an attractive alternative to closed cryostats in a number of cases despite the high Helium cost and often unstable and difficult operation including the growth of ice crystals on the sample: they offer open access to the sample which may be rotated over large angles allowing for large diffraction angles and simultaneous visible optical access for spectroscopy techniques. We have designed and built a new open flow Helium cryostat, making use of the paraphernalia of a commercial cryostat as much as possible. The cryostat has a temperature range from 4.5 up to 100 Kelvin for a liquid Helium consumption of around 2 l/hr when cycled between 5 K and 50 K at constant flow. The use of the new cryostat allows data collection and structure determination below 10 K; at these temperatures it is possible to trap reaction intermediates in proteins in a frozen state, previously only identified spectroscopically. We have successfully carried out X-ray diffraction data collection of murine neuroglobin at 10 K.

  2. Feeding helium to superconducting magnets

    1979-01-01

    The photo shows two of the 3 superconducting magnets (two MBS dipoles (CESAR) of 150 mm bore and 4.5 T, and one quadrupole (CASTOR) of 90 mm bore and 54 T/m) which were installed in the hall EHN1 (Annual Report 1978 p. 134) and ran until 1985. They formed a section of the beam H6 travelling from target T4 (down the bottom of the photo) towards the NA30 setup followed by the NA11 setup. The two big transversal pipelines are the quench lines of the two magnets (on the right, one quadrupole and one dipole, the other dipole lays down the photo and is not visible). The Jura side of the hall is on the right.

  3. Experimental Validation of the LHC Helium Relief System Flow Modeling

    Fydrych, J; Riddone, G

    2006-01-01

    In case of simultaneous resistive transitions in a whole sector of magnets in the Large Hadron Collider, the helium would be vented from the cold masses to a dedicated recovery system. During the discharge the cold helium will eventually enter a pipe at room temperature. During the first period of the flow the helium will be heated intensely due to the pipe heat capacity. To study the changes of the helium thermodynamic and flow parameters we have simulated numerically the most critical flow cases. To verify and validate numerical results, a dedicated laboratory test rig representing the helium relief system has been designed and commissioned. Both numerical and experimental results allow us to determine the distributions of the helium parameters along the pipes as well as mechanical strains and stresses.

  4. Helium in metals and its influence on their mechanical properties

    Helium in metals is investigated for different reasons: most interesting for the materials technology is the so-called ''helium embrittlement''. This is the effect of the sometimes dramatically reduced ductility and lifetime of structural materials in advanced fission reactors induced by helium. Similar effects are expected or respectively feared in future fusion reactors or large (high flux) particle accelerators (e.g. spallation neutron sources). On the other hand the system helium-metal has also gained interest in basic physical science because of special properties (e.g. ist practically unsoluable in metals). This work reviews the present knowledge of the physical properties of the helium precipitates (so-called helium bubbles) in metals as well as the effects of them on the mechanical properties of structural metals and alloys. It should be emphasized that this work more describes the present understanding of the underlying mechanisms of the observed effects than completely lists all the work done in the field. (orig.)

  5. Retention of hydrogen isotopes and helium in nickel

    Okada, Mitsumasa; Sato, Rikiya; Yamaguchi, Kenji; Yamawaki, Michio [Tokyo Univ., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Nuclear Engineering Research Lab.

    1996-10-01

    In the present study, a thin foil of nickel was irradiated by H{sub 2}{sup +}, D{sub 2}{sup +} and He{sup +} to a fluence of 1.2-6.0x10{sup 20}/m{sup 2} using the TBTS (Tritium Beam Test System) apparatus. The thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS) technique was employed to evaluate the total amount of retained hydrogen isotope and helium atoms in nickel. In the spectra, two peaks appeared at 440-585K and 720-735K for helium. Hydrogen isotopes irradiation after helium preirradiation were found to enhance the helium release and to decrease the peak temperatures. Helium irradiation after hydrogen isotopes preirradiation were found to enhance the helium release, but the peak temperature showed little difference from that without preirradiation. (author)

  6. Helium behaviour in spent UO2 and MOX fuels

    A comparative assessment of the amount of helium generated in standard UO2 and MOX fuel at the same mean burn-up is presented for a storage time of up to 10 000 years. Due to the higher content of alpha emitters in MOX fuel, a greater amount of helium is generated with time. Potential consequences for fuel storage are discussed under the assumption of helium release from the fuel or, on the contrary, full gas retention. A preliminary analysis of existing data on helium solubility and diffusion in uranium dioxide and on reactor feedback on irradiated fuels is presented. The analysis shows that in fuels with the highest helium content, uncertainties do not currently allow to confidently predict if a certain amount of helium release under storage conditions and/or damage to the pellet integrity could occur in the long term. (authors)

  7. A Complete Model Helium Atom: Theoretical Emissivities, the Case B Approximation, and the Primordial Helium Abundance

    Porter, R. L.; Bauman, R. P.; MacAdam, K. B.; Ferland, G. J.

    2004-12-01

    We have completed the development of a new model helium atom for the spectra simulation code Cloudy. All relevant astrophysically significant processes are included, and the spectrum is solved self-consistently with the thermal and ionization structure of the simulated system. We present here an overview of the differences that distinguish our model from those by previous authors. We also compare predicted case B emissivities with those from previous works. The differences will have significant consequences for the interpretation of spectra of a wide variety of systems. We also explore deviations from the case B approximation and present an estimate of the primordial helium abundance.

  8. Helium accreting CO white dwarfs with rotation: helium novae instead of double detonation

    Yoon, S.-C.; Langer, N.

    2004-01-01

    We present evolutionary models of helium accreting carbon-oxygen white dwarfs in which we include the effects of the spin-up of the accreting star induced by angular momentum accretion, rotationally induced chemical mixing and rotational energy dissipation. Initial masses of 0.6 Msun and 0.8 Msun and constant accretion rates of a few times 10^{-8} Msun/yr of helium rich matter have been considered, which is typical for the sub-Chandrasekhar mass progenitor scenario for Type Ia supernovae. It ...

  9. Radiation effects on microstructure and hardness of a titanium aluminide alloy irradiated by helium ions at room and elevated temperatures

    A 45XD TiAl alloy possessing a lamellar microstructure was irradiated using 5 MeV helium ions to a fluence of 5 × 1021 ion m−2 (5000 appm) with a dose of about 1 dpa (displacements per atom). A uniform helium ion stopping damage region about 17 μm deep from the target surface was achieved by applying an energy degrading wheel. Radiation damage defects including helium-vacancy clusters and small helium bubbles were found in the microstructure of the samples irradiated at room temperature. With increasing irradiation temperature to 300 °C and 500 °C helium bubbles were clearly observed in both the α2 and γ phases of the irradiated microstructure. By means of nanoindentation significant irradiation hardening was measured. For the samples irradiated at room temperature the hardness increased from 5.6 GPa to 8.5 GPa and the irradiation-hardening effect reduced to approximately 8.0 GPa for the samples irradiated at 300 °C and 500 °C

  10. Orientation, alignment and polarisation in electron-helium collisions

    In this thesis electron-photon coincidence experiments to study the excitation of helium by electron impact are updated. This is achieved by cross firing a well collimated and mono-energetic electron beam with a thermal helium beam and measuring the angular and/or polarisation distribution of the decay photons in coincidence with the inelastically scattered electrons. In this way target parameters are determined for the 21P, 31P, 31D and 33P states of helium. (Auth.)

  11. Precision Cutting and Patterning of Graphene with Helium Ions

    Bell, David C.; Lemme, Max; Stern, L. A.; Williams, J.R.; Marcus, Charles Masamed

    2009-01-01

    We report nanoscale patterning of graphene using a helium ion microscope configured for lithography. Helium ion lithography is a direct-write lithography process, comparable to conventional focused ion beam patterning, with no resist or other material contacting the sample surface. In the present application, graphene samples on \\(Si/SiO_2\\) substrates are cut using helium ions, with computer controlled alignment, patterning, and exposure. Once suitable beam doses are determined, sharp edge p...

  12. Interaction of phonons at superfluid helium-solid interfaces

    I.N. Adamenko; Nemchenko, E. K.

    2014-01-01

    A new method of obtaining the interaction Hamiltonian of phonons at superfluid helium-solid interface is proposed in the work. Equations of hydrodynamic variables are obtained in terms of second quantization if helium occupies a half-space. The contributions of all processes to the heat flux from solid to superfluid helium are calculated based on the obtained Hamiltonian. The angular distribution of phonons emitted by a solid is found in different processes. It is shown that all the exit angl...

  13. Helium accumulation effects using bench marked 0-D model

    Helium ''ash'' accumulation is a key issue relative to our ability to achieve a steady-state ignited tokamak. 1-D transport simulations using the BALDUR code have been used to examine the correlation between the global helium particle confinement time and the edge exhaust (or recycling) efficiency. This provides a way to benchmark the widely used 0-D model. In this paper, burn conditions for an ITER-like plasma with various helium edge recycling coefficients are examined

  14. Helium Gas Permeability of SiC/SiC Composite Developed for Blanket Component

    To employ SiC/SiC composite as blanket components of a fusion reactor, permeation behavior of helium gas has to be investigated since the helium is used as the coolant. For this purpose, a vacuum system consisting of upstream and downstream chambers was fabricated for the measurement of permeability, and the permeability was measured for several SiC/SiC composite materials recently developed. For the pressure range from 102 to 105 Pa in the upstream chamber, the pressure rise due to the permeation of helium in the downstream chamber linearly increased with the pressure of the upstream chamber. Then, the permeability was roughly constant for the pressure range of the upstream chamber.The permeabilities of SiC/SiC composites produced by polymer impregnation and pyrolysis (PIP), hot pressing (HP) and melt-infiltration-finished PIP were 5 x 10-5, 4 x 10-6, and 9 x 10-7 m2/s, respectively. In the matrix structure of the SiC/SiC composite made by the PIP method with a high permeability, cracking in the matrix and pores of micron size were observed. Compared to these materials, SiC/SiC composites produced by liquid phase sintering using submicron or nanopowder of β-SiC and the HP method had extremely low permeabilities. The permeability of the SiC/SiC composite made by using submicron or nanopowder of β-SiC became 1.5 x 10-9 or 4 x 10-11 m2/s.Based upon the present data, the helium gas flow was analyzed for a blanket module consisting of only SiC/SiC composite. If a vacuum pump is attached to the module, the helium leak into a plasma can be ignored, compared to the heliums produced by fusion reactions. Hence, the entire module can be made by only SiC/SiC composite, from a viewpoint of helium permeation

  15. Stability of Surface State Electrons on Helium Films

    Leiderer, P.; Scheer, E.; Kono, K.; Lin, J.-J.; Rees, D. G.

    2016-05-01

    Electrons on helium substrates form a model Coulomb system in which the transition from classical electron liquid to Wigner crystal is readily observed. However, attempts to increase the electron density in order to observe the `quantum melting' of the system to a Fermi degenerate gas are hindered by an instability of the helium surface. Here we describe experimental efforts to reach the degenerate regime on thin helium films and microstructured substrates, for which the surface instability is suppressed. We demonstrate that, although the electron densities obtained exceed those for bulk helium substrates, observation of quantum melting remains challenging. We discuss possible solutions to the technical challenges involved.

  16. Canada's helium output rising fast

    1966-12-01

    About 12 months from now, International Helium Limited will be almost ready to start up Canada's second helium extraction plant at Mankota, in Saskatchewan's Wood Mountain area about 100 miles southwest of Moose Jaw. Another 80 miles north is Saskatchewan's (and Canada's) first helium plant, operated by Canadian Helium and sitting on a gas deposit at Wilhelm, 9 miles north of Swift Current. It contains almost 2% helium, some COD2U, and the rest nitrogen. One year in production was apparently enough to convince Canadian Helium that the export market (it sells most of its helium in W. Europe) can take a lot more than it's getting. Construction began this summer on an addition to the Swift Current plant that will raise its capacity from 12 to 36MMcf per yr when it goes on stream next spring. Six months later, International Helium's 40 MMcf per yr plant to be located about 4 miles from its 2 Wood Mountain wells will double Canada's helium output again.

  17. Helium vs. Proton Induced Displacement Damage in Electronic Materials

    Ringo, Sawnese; Barghouty, A. F.

    2010-01-01

    In this project, the specific effects of displacement damage due to the passage of protons and helium nuclei on some typical electronic materials will be evaluated and contrasted. As the electronic material absorbs the energetic proton and helium momentum, degradation of performance occurs, eventually leading to overall failure. Helium nuclei traveling at the same speed as protons are expected to impart more to the material displacement damage; due to the larger mass, and thus momentum, of helium nuclei compared to protons. Damage due to displacement of atoms in their crystalline structure can change the physical properties and hence performance of the electronic materials.

  18. Image Quality of SOLIS/VSM in Helium vs. Nitrogen

    Harvey, J. W.

    2014-01-01

    The National Solar Observatory (NSO) Synoptic Optical Long-term Investigations of the Sun (SOLIS) Vector SpectroMagnetograph (VSM) is sealed and was designed to be filled with helium at slightly above ambient pressure. After 11 years of operation filled with helium, an acute shortage of helium prompted a test using nitrogen as the fill gas. Four months of nitrogen-filled observations in 2014 are compared the same months in 2013 with helium fill. On average, the image sharpness is slightly deg...

  19. Cooling performance of helium-gas/water coolers in HENDEL

    The helium engineering demonstration loop (HENDEL) has four helium-gas/water coolers where the cooling water flows in the tubes and helium gas on the shell side. Their cooling performance was studied using the operational data from 1982 to 1991. The heat transfer of helium gas on the shell was obtained for segmental and step-up baffle type coolers. Also, the change with operation time was investigated. The cooling performance was lowered by the graphite powder released from the graphite components for several thousand hours and thereafter recovered because the graphite powder from the components was reduced and the powder in the cooler shell was blown off during the operation. (orig.)

  20. Helium sources to groundwater in active volcanic terrain, and implications for tritium-helium dating at Mount St. Helens

    Gates, John B. [Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 217 Bessey Hall, Lincoln NE 68588 (United States)

    2013-07-01

    Groundwater helium sources and residence times were investigated using groundwater discharging from springs surrounding Mount St. Helens in the Cascades region of the United States. Significant contributions of mantle helium were found in all samples and are attributable to interaction between groundwater and magmatic gases. Bounding calculations for residence times were made on the basis of helium isotope mixing plots and historical tritium data. (authors)

  1. Investigation of vacancy-type defects in helium irradiated FeCrNi alloy by slow positron beam

    Graphical abstract: The variation of S parameter-incident positron energy profile for He ion irradiated Fe16.7Cr14.5Ni model alloy with different helium irradiation fluences at room temperature (RT) and 573 K, respectively. - Highlights: • He ions implanted into FeCrNi alloys with different fluence and temperature. • Large amount of vacancy-type defects formed after He ion irradiation. • He-vacancy complexes formed as helium atoms deposited in the material. • The diffusion mechanism of helium atoms might be changed at 573 K irradiation. - Abstract: The evolution of microstruture for Fe16.7Cr14.5Ni model alloy and 316 stainless steel irradiated with 140 keV He ions were studied by Positron annihilation spectroscopy. The fluences were 1 × 1016 and 5 × 1016 He ions/cm2. The irradiation temperature was room temperature and 573 K, respectively. The variation of S parameter-incident positron energy profile indicated that large amount of vacancy-type defects formed after He ion irradiation. Meanwhile, helium atoms deposited in bulk and certain amount of He-vacancy complexes were formed. The vacancy-type defects could be the major defects in track region and He-vacancy complexes would be the main defects in cascade region. The vacancy-type defects could migrate and aggregate to form vacancy clusters and even microvoids at elevated temperature irradiation. The diffusion mechanism of helium atoms might be changed at different irradiation temperature

  2. Cytogenetic effect of helium-neon laser on maize seeds

    It was found that irradiating of dry maize seeds with helium-neon laser Lvov-1 2 to 32 times for 1 min with an interval of 1 min and wave length lambda=632.8 mm had no effect on seed germination. A pronounced stimulation of growth was observed in 5-day-old etiolated line F-7 seedlings and relatively high stimulation of root growth - in lines F-7 and B-432. The stimulation of growth following 2 to 32 times irradiations of line F-7 seeds was so great that the growth of the inbred line surpassed that of the single interlinear hybrid. The mutagenic effect of the laser was about and above 32 times seed irradiation

  3. Helium-3 and Helium-4 acceleration by high power laser pulses for hadron therapy

    Bulanov, S. S.; Esarey, E.; Schroeder, C. B.; Leemans, W. P.; Bulanov, S. V.; Margarone, D.; Korn, G.; Haberer, T.

    2015-06-24

    The laser driven acceleration of ions is considered a promising candidate for an ion source for hadron therapy of oncological diseases. Though proton and carbon ion sources are conventionally used for therapy, other light ions can also be utilized. Whereas carbon ions require 400 MeV per nucleon to reach the same penetration depth as 250 MeV protons, helium ions require only 250 MeV per nucleon, which is the lowest energy per nucleon among the light ions. This fact along with the larger biological damage to cancer cells achieved by helium ions, than that by protons, makes this species an interesting candidate for the laser driven ion source. Two mechanisms (Magnetic Vortex Acceleration and hole-boring Radiation Pressure Acceleration) of PW-class laser driven ion acceleration from liquid and gaseous helium targets are studied with the goal of producing 250 MeV per nucleon helium ion beams that meet the hadron therapy requirements. We show that He3 ions, having almost the same penetration depth as He4 with the same energy per nucleon, require less laser power to be accelerated to the required energy for the hadron therapy.

  4. Helium-3 and Helium-4 acceleration by high power laser pulses for hadron therapy

    Bulanov, S S; Schroeder, C B; Leemans, W P; Bulanov, S V; Margarone, D; Korn, G; Haberer, T

    2015-01-01

    The laser driven acceleration of ions is considered a promising candidate for an ion source for hadron therapy of oncological diseases. Though proton and carbon ion sources are conventionally used for therapy, other light ions can also be utilized. Whereas carbon ions require 400 MeV per nucleon to reach the same penetration depth as 250 MeV protons, helium ions require only 250 MeV per nucleon, which is the lowest energy per nucleon among the light ions. This fact along with the larger biological damage to cancer cells achieved by helium ions, than that by protons, makes this species an interesting candidate for the laser driven ion source. Two mechanisms (Magnetic Vortex Acceleration and hole-boring Radiation Pressure Acceleration) of PW-class laser driven ion acceleration from liquid and gaseous helium targets are studied with the goal of producing 250 MeV per nucleon helium ion beams that meet the hadron therapy requirements. We show that He3 ions, having almost the same penetration depth as He4 with the ...

  5. Modelling of Helium-mediated Quench Propagation in the LHC Prototype Test String-1

    Chorowski, M; Serio, L; Van Weelderen, R

    2000-01-01

    The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) prototype test string-1, hereafter referred to as the string, is composed of three ten-meter long prototype dipole magnets and one six-meter long prototype quadrupole magnet. The magnets are immersed in a pressurized static bath of superfluid helium that is maintained at a pressure of about 1 bar and at a temperature of about 1.9 K. This helium bath constitutes one single hydraulic unit, extending along the 42.5 m of the string length. We have measured the triggering of quenches of the string magnets due to the quenching of a single dipole magnet located at the string's extremity; i.e. "quench propagation". Previously reported measurements enabled to establish that in this configuration the quench propagation is mediated by the helium and not by the inter-magnet busbar connections [1], [2]. We present a model of helium mediated quench propagation based on the qualitative conclusions of these two previous papers, and on additional information gained from a dedicated series of qu...

  6. Comparison experiments of neon and helium buffer gases cooling in trapped 199Hg+ ions linear trap

    The influences of different buffer gas, neon and helium, on 199Hg+ clock transition are compared in trapped 199Hg+linear trap. By the technique of time domain's Ramsey separated oscillatory fields, the buffer gas pressure frequency shifts of 199Hg+ clock transition are measured to be (df/dPNe)(1/f) = 1.8 × 10−8 Torr−1 for neon and (df/dPHe)(1/f) = 9.1×10−8 Torr−1 for helium. Meanwhile, the line-width of 199Hg+ clock transition spectrum with the buffer gas neon is narrower than that with helium at the same pressure. These experimental results show that neon is a more suitable buffer gas than helium in 199Hg+ ions microwave frequency standards because of the 199Hg+ clock transition is less sensitive to neon variations and the better cooling effect of neon. The optimum operating pressure for neon is found to be about 1.0×10−5 Torr in our linear ion trap system. (atomic and molecular physics)

  7. Effect of kinetic energy on the doping efficiency of cesium cations into superfluid helium droplets

    We present an experimental investigation of the effect of kinetic energy on the ion doping efficiency of superfluid helium droplets using cesium cations from a thermionic emission source. The kinetic energy of Cs+ is controlled by the bias voltage of a collection grid collinearly arranged with the droplet beam. Efficient doping from ions with kinetic energies from 20 eV up to 480 V has been observed in different sized helium droplets. The relative ion doping efficiency is determined by both the kinetic energy of the ions and the average size of the droplet beam. At a fixed source temperature, the number of doped droplets increases with increasing grid voltage, while the relative ion doping efficiency decreases. This result implies that not all ions are captured upon encountering with a sufficiently large droplet, a deviation from the near unity doping efficiency for closed shell neutral molecules. We propose that this drop in ion doping efficiency with kinetic energy is related to the limited deceleration rate inside a helium droplet. When the source temperature changes from 14 K to 17 K, the relative ion doping efficiency decreases rapidly, perhaps due to the lack of viable sized droplets. The size distribution of the Cs+-doped droplet beam can be measured by deflection and by energy filtering. The observed doped droplet size is about 5 × 106 helium atoms when the source temperature is between 14 K and 17 K

  8. Soil-gas helium and surface-waves detection of fault zones in granitic bedrock

    G K Reddy; T Seshunarayana; Rajeev Menon; P Senthil Kumar

    2010-10-01

    Fracture and fault networks are conduits that facilitate groundwater movement in hard-rock terrains.Soil-gas helium emanometry has been utilized in Wailapally watershed,near Hyderabad in southern India,for the detection of fracture and fault zones in a granite basement terrain having a thin regolith.Based on satellite imagery and geologic mapping,three sites were selected for detailed investigation.High spatial resolution soil-gas samples were collected at every one meter at a depth of <1.5m along 100 m long profiles (3 in number).In addition,deep shear-wave images were also obtained using the multichannel analysis of surface waves.The study clearly indicates several soil-gas helium anomalies (above 200 ppb)along the pro files,where the shear-wave velocity images also show many near-surface vertical low velocity zones.We thus interpret that the soil-gas helium anomalous zones and the vertical low-velocity zones are probable traces of fault/fracture zones that could be efficient natural recharge zones and potential groundwater conduits.The result obtained from this study demonstrates the efficacy of an integrated approach of soil-gas helium and the seismic methods for mapping groundwater resource zones in granite/gneiss provinces.

  9. Cold trapping of traces of tritiated water from the helium loops of a fusion breeder blanket

    The ITER Helium Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) Test Blanket Module (TBM) will comprise three helium loops designed for: tritium extraction from the breeder zone, heat removal, and purification of the coolant. The process step envisaged for tritium extraction as well as for coolant purification includes a cryogenic cold trap as main component for the removal of tritiated water vapour (mainly HTO, H2O). The concentrations of water in the gas streams are expected to be extremely small, i.e. of the order of 10 ppm by volume. In this paper, we describe first runs with a cold trap using helium as the carrier gas at flow rates of 0.1 and 1.0 m3/h. The range of water vapour concentration in the helium carrier gas was 0.5 to >200 ppmv. The experiments have demonstrated the ability of the cold trap to remove water vapour efficiently from the He stream down to concentrations of less than 0.02 ppmv when the inlet water concentration is in the range of 300-650 ppmv or higher

  10. Design and thermal-hydraulic transient analysis of helium-cooled solid target for ADS

    The Accelerator Driven Sucritial Reactor System (ADS) is a kind of nuclear reactor which can burn minor actinide waste products produced from conventional reactors with inherent safety features. Because of the characteristics of a sub-critical reaction process, the fission chain reaction is maintained by additional neutrons generated in spallation target induced by proton beams. In this paper, a helium-cooled solid target was designed for a 10 MW helium-cooled prismatic-type experimental ADS. Tungsten is choosen as the spallation target material and is modeled into the honeycomb structure. High pressure helium, which flows in honeycomb holes, removes heat deposited by the proton beam in the target. FLUENT code was used to calculate the temperature distribution of target under steady condition, with UDF solving the flow of helium in channels. In order to analyze the transient characteristics of spallation target cooling system, a RELAP5-3DTarget coupling model for cooling system was established. A simplified method was developed to simulate the heat transfer in target. The method avoids fine grid and gets a solution quickly. The simulated results indicate that the peak temperature in the target is lower than the limiting value under operating state as well as three typical transient scenarios with protected system. (and others)

  11. Heuristic theory of positron-helium scattering.

    Drachman, R. J.

    1971-01-01

    An error in a previous modified adiabatic approximation (Drachman, 1966), due to a lack of generality in the form of the short-range correlation part of the wave function for L greater than zero, is corrected heuristically by allowing the monopole suppression parameter to depend on L. An L-dependent local potential is constructed to fit the well-known positron-hydrogen s, p, and d wave phase shifts below the rearrangement threshold. The same form of potential yields a positron-helium cross-section in agreement with a recent experimental measurement near threshold.

  12. A rotating magnetic refrigerator for helium liquefaction

    This paper presents the first experimental result of a new rotating magnetic refrigerator which uses gadolinium-gallium-garnet (GGG) single crystal as the magnetic material. The refrigerator mainly consists of a rotating disc with 8 pieces of GGG (20 mm in diameter and 10 mm in length), superconducting DC magnets, a heat absorber, a liquid helium reservoir, and a driving motor. The refrigerator operates the reversed Carnot cycle, and a 0.1 W refrigeration power in the 2.87 rpm operation has been achieved under 4.2 K to 8.2 K operation

  13. Leak testing using helium leak detector

    Most of the equipment used in the industry and particularly in the nuclear activity need to be, vacuum or pressure tight, for operative and safety requirements. These devices have to satisfy particular regulations in order to be qualified by means of operating licences. One of the most efficient system to ensure leaktightnes is using a helium leak detector with a mass spectrometer. In this paper we show the equipment and the devices employed in fuel rods fabrication for CAREM project, and some typical material defects. Operating system and the sensitivity of this method is also described. (author)

  14. Production of thorium-229 using helium nuclei

    Mirzadeh, Saed [Knoxville, TN; Garland, Marc Alan [Knoxville, TN

    2010-12-14

    A method for producing .sup.229Th includes the steps of providing .sup.226Ra as a target material, and bombarding the target material with alpha particles, helium-3, or neutrons to form .sup.229Th. When neutrons are used, the neutrons preferably include an epithermal neutron flux of at least 1.times.10.sup.13 n s.sup.-1cm.sup.-2. .sup.228Ra can also be bombarded with thermal and/or energetic neutrons to result in a neutron capture reaction to form .sup.229Th. Using .sup.230Th as a target material, .sup.229Th can be formed using neutron, gamma ray, proton or deuteron bombardment.

  15. Attosecond Quantum-Beat Spectroscopy in Helium

    Shivaram, Niranjan; Timmers, Henry; Sandhu, Arvinder

    2015-01-01

    The evolution of electron wavepackets determines the course of many physical and chemical phenomena and attosecond spectroscopy aims to measure and control such dynamics in real-time. Here, we investigate radial electron wavepacket motion in Helium by using an XUV attosecond pulse train to prepare a coherent superposition of excited states and a delayed femtosecond IR pulse to ionize them. Quantum beat signals observed in the high resolution photoelectron spectrogram allow us to follow the field-free evolution of the bound electron wavepacket and determine the time-dependent ionization dynamics of the low-lying 2p state.

  16. Polarized Helium to Image the Lung

    Leduc, M; Leduc, Mich\\`{e}le; Nacher, Pierre-Jean

    2006-01-01

    The main findings of the european PHIL project (Polarised Helium to Image the Lung) are reported. State of the art optical pumping techniques for polarising ^3He gas are described. MRI methodological improvements allow dynamical ventilation images with a good resolution, ultimately limited by gas diffusion. Diffusion imaging appears as a robust method of lung diagnosis. A discussion of the potential advantage of low field MRI is presented. Selected PHIL results for emphysema are given, with the perspectives that this joint work opens up for the future of respiratory medicine.

  17. Hot helium flow test facility summary report

    This report summarizes the results of a study conducted to assess the feasibility and cost of modifying an existing circulator test facility (CTF) at General Atomic Company (GA). The CTF originally was built to test the Delmarva Power and Light Co. steam-driven circulator. This circulator, as modified, could provide a source of hot, pressurized helium for high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) and gas-cooled fast breeder reactor (GCFR) component testing. To achieve this purpose, a high-temperature impeller would be installed on the existing machine. The projected range of tests which could be conducted for the project is also presented, along with corresponding cost considerations

  18. Super-Maxwellian helium evaporation from pure and salty water

    Hahn, Christine; Kann, Zachary R.; Faust, Jennifer A.; Skinner, J. L.; Nathanson, Gilbert M.

    2016-01-01

    Helium atoms evaporate from pure water and salty solutions in super-Maxwellian speed distributions, as observed experimentally and modeled theoretically. The experiments are performed by monitoring the velocities of dissolved He atoms that evaporate from microjets of pure water at 252 K and 4-8.5 molal LiCl and LiBr at 232-252 K. The average He atom energies exceed the flux-weighted Maxwell-Boltzmann average of 2RT by 30% for pure water and 70% for 8.5m LiBr. Classical molecular dynamics simulations closely reproduce the observed speed distributions and provide microscopic insight into the forces that eject the He atoms from solution. Comparisons of the density profile and He kinetic energies across the water-vacuum interface indicate that the He atoms are accelerated by He-water collisions within the top 1-2 layers of the liquid. We also find that the average He atom kinetic energy scales with the free energy of solvation of this sparingly soluble gas. This free-energy difference reflects the steeply decreasing potential of mean force on the He atoms in the interfacial region, whose gradient is the repulsive force that tends to expel the atoms. The accompanying sharp decrease in water density suppresses the He-water collisions that would otherwise maintain a Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, allowing the He atom to escape at high energies. Helium is especially affected by this reduction in collisions because its weak interactions make energy transfer inefficient.

  19. Super-Maxwellian helium evaporation from pure and salty water

    Helium atoms evaporate from pure water and salty solutions in super-Maxwellian speed distributions, as observed experimentally and modeled theoretically. The experiments are performed by monitoring the velocities of dissolved He atoms that evaporate from microjets of pure water at 252 K and 4–8.5 molal LiCl and LiBr at 232–252 K. The average He atom energies exceed the flux-weighted Maxwell-Boltzmann average of 2RT by 30% for pure water and 70% for 8.5m LiBr. Classical molecular dynamics simulations closely reproduce the observed speed distributions and provide microscopic insight into the forces that eject the He atoms from solution. Comparisons of the density profile and He kinetic energies across the water-vacuum interface indicate that the He atoms are accelerated by He–water collisions within the top 1-2 layers of the liquid. We also find that the average He atom kinetic energy scales with the free energy of solvation of this sparingly soluble gas. This free-energy difference reflects the steeply decreasing potential of mean force on the He atoms in the interfacial region, whose gradient is the repulsive force that tends to expel the atoms. The accompanying sharp decrease in water density suppresses the He–water collisions that would otherwise maintain a Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, allowing the He atom to escape at high energies. Helium is especially affected by this reduction in collisions because its weak interactions make energy transfer inefficient

  20. Carburization of austenitic alloys by gaseous impurities in helium

    The carburization behavior of Alloy 800H, Inconel Alloy 617 and Hastelloy Alloy X in helium containing various amounts of H2, CO, CH4, H2O and CO2 was studied. Corrosion tests were conducted in a temperature range from 649 to 10000C (1200 to 18320F) for exposure time up to 10,000 h. Four different helium environments, identified as A, B, C, and D, were investigated. Concentrations of gaseous impurities were 1500 μatm H2, 450 μatm CO, 50 μatm CH4 and 50 μatm H2O for Environment A; 200 μatm H2, 100 μatm CO, 20 μatm CH4, 50 μatm H2O and 5 μatm CO2 for Environment B; 500 μatm H2, 50 μatm CO, 50 μatm CH4 and 2O for Environment C; and 500 μatm H2, 50 μatm CO, 50 μatm CH4 and 1.5 μatm H2O for Environment D. Environments A and B were characteristic of high-oxygen potential, while C and D were characteristic of low-oxygen potential. The results showed that the carburization kinetics in low-oxygen potential environments (C and D) were significantly higher, approximately an order of magnitude higher at high temperatures, than those in high-oxygen potential environments (A and B) for all three alloys. Thermodynamic analyses indicated no significant differences in the thermodynamic carburization potential between low- and high-oxygen potential environments. It is thus believed that the enhanced carburization kinetics observed in the low-oxygen potential environments were related to kinetic effects. A qualitatively mechanistic model was proposed to explain the enhanced kinetics. The present results further suggest that controlling the oxygen potential of the service environment can be an effective means of reducing carburization of alloys

  1. Research and development for the high-temperature helium-leak detection system (Joint research). Part 2. Development of temperature sensors using optical fibre for the HTTR

    Sakaba, Nariaki; Nakazawa, Toshio; Kawasaki, Kozo [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Oarai, Ibaraki (Japan). Oarai Research Establishment; Urakami, Masao; Saisyu, Sadanori [Japan Atomic Power Co., Tokyo (Japan)

    2003-03-01

    In the second stage of the research and development for a high-temperature helium-leak detection system, the temperature sensor using optical fibres was studied. The sensor detects the helium leakage by the temperature increase surrounded optical fibre with or without heat insulator. Moreover, the applicability of high temperature equipments as the HTTR system was studied. With the sensor we detected 5.0-20.0 cm{sup 3}/s helium leakages within 60 minutes. Also it was possible to detect earlier when the leakage level is at 20.0 cm {sup 3}/s. (author)

  2. Modular Helium Reactor (MHR) for oil sands extraction

    Oil sands extraction is a very important industry for Canada, which continues to grow. It has been estimated that Athabasca region in northern Alberta has at least 1.6 trillion barrels of oil contained in oil sands, while the world liquid oil reserves are estimated as less than 1.0 trillion barrels. Strip mining can access only about 10% of the oil sand reserves, thus accessing most reserves involves in-situ technologies such as Steam Assisted Gravity Draining (SAGD). However, the SAGD process requires large amounts of high-temperature, high-pressure steam, which is currently being produced by burning natural gas. High-temperature nuclear reactors such as Modular Helium Reactor (MHR) present an alternative viable source of this steam, which can avoid the consumption of large amounts of natural gas and eliminate CO2 emissions. MHR technology has been under development in the US since the middle 1950s. It is the only nuclear technology demonstrated so far which is capable of achieving coolant outlet temperatures in the range of 700 - 1000oC. Several gas-cooled reactor plants have been built and operated to-date worldwide. The Modular Helium Reactor (MHR) has improved safety features, such as passive cooling. Coated fuel particles, annular core geometry with prismatic graphite elements used for the core structure material and as a moderator, along with helium as a coolant, distinguish the MHR from other gas cooled reactors and provide for its unique high-temperature and passive safety capabilities. Modularity is another important feature of the MHR. The 350 MW(t) MHR has been developed for electricity generation using a steam cycle, and has a net plant efficiency of 38.4%. One reactor module is capable of producing about 13,000 tons of steam per day. Such a reactor plant is therefore directly applicable to the oil sands extraction using the SAGD process. In this paper we present a flow diagram of a reactor plant co-producing electricity and steam for the SAGD process

  3. Neutrons on a surface of liquid helium

    Grigoriev, P D; Ziman, T; Grigoriev, A D

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the possibility of ultracold neutron (UCN) storage in quantum states defined by the combined potentials of the Earth's gravity and the neutron optical repulsion by a horizontal surface of liquid helium. We analyse the stability of the lowest quantum state, which is most susceptible to perturbations due to surface excitations, against scattering by helium atoms in the vapor and by excitations of the liquid, comprised of ripplons, phonons and surfons. This is an unusual scattering problem since the kinetic energy of the neutron parallel to the surface may be much greater than the binding energies perpendicular. The total scattering time constant of these UCNs at 0.7 K is found to exceed one hour, and rapidly increasing with decreasing temperature. Such low scattering rates should enable high-precision measurements of the scheme of discrete energy levels, thus providing improved access to short-range gravity. The system might also be useful for neutron beta-decay experiments. We also sketch new ex...

  4. The primordial helium abundance from updated emissivities

    Observations of metal-poor extragalactic H II regions allow the determination of the primordial helium abundance, Yp. The He I emissivities are the foundation of the model of the H II region's emission. Porter, Ferland, Storey, and Detisch (2012) have recently published updated He I emissivities based on improved photoionization cross-sections. We incorporate these new atomic data and update our recent Markov Chain Monte Carlo analysis of the dataset published by Izotov, Thuan, and Stasi'nska (2007). As before, cuts are made to promote quality and reliability, and only solutions which fit the data within 95% confidence level are used to determine the primordial He abundance. The previously qualifying dataset is almost entirely retained and with strong concordance between the physical parameters. Overall, an upward bias from the new emissivities leads to a decrease in Yp. In addition, we find a general trend to larger uncertainties in individual objects (due to changes in the emissivities) and an increased variance (due to additional objects included). From a regression to zero metallicity, we determine Yp = 0.2465 ± 0.0097, in good agreement with the BBN result, Yp = 0.2485 ± 0.0002, based on the Planck determination of the baryon density. In the future, a better understanding of why a large fraction of spectra are not well fit by the model will be crucial to achieving an increase in the precision of the primordial helium abundance determination

  5. Deposition, milling, and etching with a focused helium ion beam

    Alkemade, P.F.A.; Veldhoven, E. van

    2012-01-01

    The recent successful development of the helium ion microscope has produced both a new type of microscopy and a new tool for nanoscale manufacturing. This chapter reviews the first explorations in this new field in nanofabrication. The studies that utilize the Orion helium ion microscope to grow or

  6. Beam induced deposition of platinum using a helium ion microscope

    Sanford, C.A.; Stern, L.; Barriss, L.; Farkas, L.; DiManna, M.; Mello, R.; Maas, D.J.; Alkemade, P.F.A.

    2009-01-01

    Helium ion microscopy is now a demonstrated practical technology that possesses the resolution and beam currents necessary to perform nanofabrication tasks, such as circuit edit applications. Due to helium's electrical properties and sample interaction characteristics relative to gallium, it is like

  7. Helium on Venus - Implications for uranium and thorium

    Prather, M. J.; Mcelroy, M. B.

    1983-01-01

    Helium is removed at an average rate of 10 to the 6th atoms per square centimeter per second from Venus's atmosphere by the solar wind following ionization above the plasmapause. The surface source of helium-4 on Venus is similar to that on earth, suggesting comparable abundances of crustal uranium and thorium.

  8. Thermal stability of helium-vacancy clusters in iron

    Morishita, K; Wirth, B D; Díaz de la Rubia, T

    2003-01-01

    Molecular dynamics calculations were performed to evaluate the thermal stability of helium-vacancy clusters (He sub n V sub m) in Fe using the Ackland Finnis-Sinclair potential, the Wilson-Johnson potential and the Ziegler-Biersack-Littmark-Beck potential for describing the interactions of Fe-Fe, Fe-He and He-He, respectively. Both the calculated numbers of helium atoms, n, and vacancies, m, in clusters ranged from 0 to 20. The binding energies of an interstitial helium atom, an isolated vacancy and a self-interstitial iron atom to a helium-vacancy cluster were obtained from the calculated formation energies of clusters. All the binding energies do not depend much on cluster size, but they primarily depend on the helium-to-vacancy ratio (n/m) of clusters. The binding energy of a vacancy to a helium-vacancy cluster increases with the ratio, showing that helium increases cluster lifetime by dramatically reducing thermal vacancy emission. On the other hand, both the binding energies of a helium atom and an iron ...

  9. Helium on Venus: Implications for uranium and thorium

    Prather, MJ; McElroy, MB

    1983-01-01

    Helium is removed at an average rate of 106 atoms per square centimeter per second from Venus's atmosphere by the solar wind following ionization above the plasmapause. The surface source of helium-4 on Venus is similar to that on Earth, suggesting comparable abundances of crustal uranium and thorium.

  10. Thermal Desorption of Helium Implanted in Tungsten at RT

    ZHANGFu; XUZengyu; LIUXiang; CHENJiming; XUYing; N.Yoshida; H.Iwakiri

    2002-01-01

    Tungsten is envisaged as one of the main candidate materials for divertor plate of ITER and future fusion reactors. Due to D-T reaction, PFMs would suffer helium irradiation from plasma additional to the high heat loads. Helium retention and thermal desorption behavior are largely concerned.

  11. Design and testing of a superfluid liquid helium cooling loop

    This paper describes the design and preliminary testing of a cryogenic cooling loop that uses a thermomechanical pump to circulate superfluid liquid helium. The cooling loop test apparatus is designed to prove forced liquid helium flow concepts that will be used on the Astromag superconducting magnet facility. 3 refs., 2 figs

  12. Study of a microwave discharge in argon/helium mixtures

    A discharge created by a surface wave in Argon-Helium mixture is studied. First, the helium influence on plasma parameters has been studied (electron density, electric field, effective collision frequency, etc...), then, on excitation processes in the discharge. Relations between plasma lines, electron density and electric field have been established

  13. Nuclear polarizability of helium isotopes in atomic transitions

    Pachucki, K.; Moro, A. M.

    2006-01-01

    We estimate the nuclear polarizability correction to atomic transition frequencies in various helium isotopes. This effect is non-negligible for high precision tests of quantum electrodynamics or accurate determination of the nuclear charge radius from spectroscopic measurements in helium atoms and ions. In particular, it amounts to $28(3)$ kHz for 1S-2S transition in 4He+.

  14. Autoionization of helium following excitation by fast, multiply charged ions

    Using two parallel plate electrostatic spectrometers, the authors have measured the autoionization spectra of doubly-excited helium, following excitation by charged, 700 to 3500 KeV lithium ions produced by the Dynamitron. In particular, they studied the effect of projectile nuclear charge on the helium autoionization profiles and the continuum in which they are embedded

  15. Helium leak and chemical impurities control technology in HTTR

    Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has designed and developed high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) hydrogen cogeneration system named gas turbine high-temperature reactor (GTHTR300C) as a commercial HTGR. Helium gas is used as the primary coolant in HTGR. Helium gas is easy to leak, and the primary helium leakage should be controlled tightly from the viewpoint of preventing the release of radioactive materials to the environment. Moreover from the viewpoint of preventing the oxidization of graphite and metallic material, the helium coolant chemistry should be controlled tightly. The primary helium leakage and the helium coolant chemistry during the operation is the major factor in the HTGR for commercialization of HTGR system. This paper shows the design concept and the obtained operational experience on the primary helium leakage control and primary helium impurity control in the high-temperature engineering test reactor (HTTR) of JAEA. Moreover, the future plan to obtain operational experience of these controls for commercialization of HTGR system is shown. (author)

  16. On helium-dominated stellar evolution: the mysterious role of the O(He)-type stars

    Reindl, N.; Rauch, T.; Werner, K.; Kruk, J. W.; Todt, H.

    2014-06-01

    Context. About a quarter of all post-asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars are hydrogen-deficient. Stellar evolutionary models explain the carbon-dominated H-deficient stars by a (very) late thermal pulse scenario where the hydrogen-rich envelope is mixed with the helium-rich intershell layer. Depending on the particular time at which the final flash occurs, the entire hydrogen envelope may be burned. In contrast, helium-dominated post-AGB stars and their evolution are not yet understood. Aims: A small group of very hot, helium-dominated stars is formed by O(He)-type stars. A precise analysis of their photospheric abundances will establish constraints to their evolution. Methods: We performed a detailed spectral analysis of ultraviolet and optical spectra of four O(He) stars by means of state-of-the-art non-LTE model-atmosphere techniques. Results: We determined effective temperatures, surface gravities, and the abundances of H, He, C, N, O, F, Ne, Si, P, S, Ar, and Fe. By deriving upper limits for the mass-loss rates of the O(He) stars, we found that they do not exhibit enhanced mass-loss. The comparison with evolutionary models shows that the status of the O(He) stars remains uncertain. Their abundances match predictions of a double helium white dwarf (WD) merger scenario, suggesting that they might be the progeny of the compact and of the luminous helium-rich sdO-type stars. The existence of planetary nebulae that do not show helium enrichment around every other O(He) star precludes a merger origin for these stars. These stars must have formed in a different way, for instance via enhanced mass-loss during their post-AGB evolution or a merger within a common-envelope (CE) of a CO-WD and a red giant or AGB star. Conclusions: A helium-dominated stellar evolutionary sequence exists that may be fed by different types of mergers or CE scenarios. It appears likely that all these pass through the O(He) phase just before they become WDs. Based on observations with the NASA

  17. Recent run-time experience and investigation of impurities in turbines circuit of Helium plant of SST-1

    One of the key sub-systems of Steady State superconducting Tokamak (SST-1) is cryogenic 1.3 kW at 4.5 K Helium refrigerator/liquefier system. The helium plant consists of 3 nos. of screw compressors, oil removal system, purifier and cold-box with 3 turbo expanders (turbines) and helium cold circulator. During the recent SST-1 plasma campaigns, we observed high pressure drop of the order of 3 bar between the wheel outlet of turbine A and the wheel inlet of turbine - B. This was significant higher values of pressures drop across turbines, which reduced the speed of turbine A and B and in turn reduced the overall plant capacity. The helium circuits in the plant have 10-micron filter at the mouth of turbine - B. Initially, major suspects of such high blockage are assumed to be air-impurity, dust particles or collapse of filter. Several breaks in plant operation have been taken to warm up the turbines circuits up to 90 K to remove condensation of air-impurities at filter. Still this exercise did not solve blockage of filter in turbine circuits. A detailed investigation exercise with air/water regeneration and rinsing of cold box as well as purification of helium gas in buffer tanks are carried out to remove air impurities from cold-box. A trial run of cold box was executed in liquefier mode with turbines up to cryogenic temperatures and solved blockage in turbine circuits. The paper describes run-time experience of helium plant with helium impurity in turbine circuits, methods to remove impurity, demonstration of turbine performance and lessons learnt during this operation. (author)

  18. The effect of confinement on liquid helium near the lambda line

    This thesis is the compilation of several projects relevant to the behavior of confined liquid helium near the λ-line. The first project described is the development of two new high resolution thermometers optimized for specific heat studies of helium confined in pores. One of the thermometers is a superconductive transition thermometer (STT). The STT has a temperature resolution of about 5nK. The other high resolution thermometer described is a magnetic susceptibility thermometer. This thermometer measures the magnetization of copper ammonium bromide (CAB) using a SQUID magnetometer. The CAB thermometer has an observed sensitivity of about 20nK. Suggestions for improvements in both thermometers are made. Simulation work on the temperature profile of a thermal conductivity cell near Tλ is described. The simulations are compared with the experimental results, and a careful study of the stability of the numerics is described. The study of helium confined into pores and films is described next. Both previous theoretical and experimental work on finite size effects in liquid helium are described. The geometry provided by glass capillary arrays is analyzed to determine what would be observed when the specific heat of helium confined to the arrays is measured. Finally, I describe my measurements of the isobaric thermal expansion coefficient βP of 4He confined in an aerogel for several isobars along the λ-line. βP is an asymptotically linear function of CP near the superfluid transition temperature Tc. Therefore, fits to power laws in t triple-bond T/Tc - 1 give the specific heat exponents α and α' and amplitude ratio A'/A. Such fits gave different exponents α ∼ -0.6 and α' ∼ -1.0 above and below Tc

  19. Thermal resistance of helium in gap during pressure variation

    Acquisition technique for the experimental data necessary for calculating thermal resistance of low-temperature gas-vacuum helium gap of thermoemissive converter electricity-generating assemblies is suggested, experimental results, design of the facility and equipment are presented. Experimental facility consists of vacuum chamber; systems of hig-vacuum pumping-out, warming-up and degassing, helium admission; a set of measuring instruments and water cooling circuit. S-shaped curve logarithmic coordinates present the thermal resistance dependence on helium pressure in the gap with 0.27 mm thickness, the curve characteristic points are: rupture point, which corresponds to helium pressure 0.63 mm Hg; free-molecular region boundary, which corresponds to helium pressure 2x10-3 mm Hg

  20. Pressurized helium II-cooled magnet test facility

    Warren, R.P.; Lambertson, G.R.; Gilbert, W.S.; Meuser, R.B.; Caspi, S.; Schafer, R.V.

    1980-06-01

    A facility for testing superconducting magnets in a pressurized bath of helium II has been constructed and operated. The cryostat accepts magnets up to 0.32 m diameter and 1.32 m length with current to 3000 A. In initial tests, the volume of helium II surrounding the superconducting magnet was 90 liters. Minimum temperature reached was 1.7 K at which point the pumping system was throttled to maintain steady temperature. Helium II reservoir temperatures were easily controlled as long as the temperature upstream of the JT valve remained above T lambda; at lower temperatures control became difficult. Positive control of the temperature difference between the liquid and cold sink by means of an internal heat source appears necessary to avoid this problem. The epoxy-sealed vessel closures, with which we have had considerable experience with normal helium vacuum, also worked well in the helium II/vacuum environment.

  1. Pressurized helium II-cooled magnet test facility

    A facility for testing superconducting magnets in a pressurized bath of helium II has been constructed and operated. The cryostat accepts magnets up to 0.32 m diameter and 1.32 m length with current to 3000 A. In initial tests, the volume of helium II surrounding the superconducting magnet was 90 liters. Minimum temperature reached was 1.7 K at which point the pumping system was throttled to maintain steady temperature. Helium II reservoir temperatures were easily controlled as long as the temperature upstream of the JT valve remained above T lambda; at lower temperatures control became difficult. Positive control of the temperature difference between the liquid and cold sink by means of an internal heat source appears necessary to avoid this problem. The epoxy-sealed vessel closures, with which we have had considerable experience with normal helium vacuum, also worked well in the helium II/vacuum environment

  2. Double photoionization of helium with synchrotron x-rays: Proceedings

    This report contains papers on the following topics: Overview and comparison of photoionization with charged particle impact; The ratio of double to single ionization of helium: the relationship of photon and bare charged particle impact ionization; Double photoionization of helium at high energies; Compton scattering of photons from electrons bound in light elements; Electron ionization and the Compton effect in double ionization of helium; Elimination of two atomic electrons by a single energy photon; Double photoionization of helium at intermediate energies; Double Photoionization: Gauge Dependence, Coulomb Explosion; Single and Double Ionization by high energy photon impact; The effect of Compton Scattering on the double to single ionization ratio in helium; and Double ionization of He by photoionization and Compton scattering. These papers have been cataloged separately for the database

  3. Helium recovery at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

    Barrios, M.; Kynoch, J.

    2015-12-01

    Helium conservation is becoming increasingly important as helium availability is on the decline and prices are on the rise. The Florida State University National High Magnetic Field Laboratory has taken several steps over the past five years to increase the percentage of helium recovered. These include the installation of a standalone purifier, recovery flow meters, contamination meters, and a new piping system. The improvements to the recovery system have reduced the amount of helium purchased by the Mag Lab by 60% while helium usage has increased by roughly 40%. This article will provide details about the recovery system as a whole and describe some of the main components. There will also be some examples of the problems we've had to overcome, and some that we are still working on. Finally, there will be an update on the current status of the recovery system and a description of our plans for the future.

  4. Creep properties of Hastelloy X in a carburizing helium environment

    In this work, we investigate the environmental effect on the creep behavior of Hastelloy X at 9000C in helium and air. Since helium coolant in HTGR is expected to be carburizing and very weakly oxidizing for most metals, testings were focused on the effect of carburizing and slight oxidation. Carburization decreases secondary creep strain rate and delays tertiary creep initiation. On the other hand, the crack growth rate on the specimen surface is enhanced due to very weak oxidation in helium, therefore the tertiary creep strain rate becomes larger than that in air. The rupture time of Hastelloy X was shorter in helium when compared with in air. Stress versus rupture time curves for both environments do not deviate with each other during up to 5000 hours test, and a ratio of rupture stress in helium to that in air was about 0.9

  5. Cosmic Ray Helium Intensities over the Solar Cycle from ACE

    DeNolfo, G. A.; Yanasak, N. E.; Binns, W. R.; Cohen, C. M. S.; Cummings, A. C.; Davis, A. J.; George, J. S.; Hink. P. L.; Israel, M. H.; Lave, K.; Leske, R. A.; Mewaldt, R. A.; Moskalenko, I. V.; Ogliore, R.; Stone, E. C.; Von Rosenvinge, T. T.; Wiedenback, M. E.

    2007-01-01

    Observations of cosmic-ray helium energy spectra provide important constraints on cosmic ray origin and propagation. However, helium intensities measured at Earth are affected by solar modulation, especially below several GeV/nucleon. Observations of helium intensities over a solar cycle are important for understanding how solar modulation affects galactic cosmic ray intensities and for separating the contributions of anomalous and galactic cosmic rays. The Cosmic Ray Isotope Spectrometer (CRIS) on ACE has been measuring cosmic ray isotopes, including helium, since 1997 with high statistical precision. We present helium elemental intensities between approx. 10 to approx. 100 MeV/nucleon from the Solar Isotope Spectrometer (SIS) and CRIS observations over a solar cycle and compare these results with the observations from other satellite and balloon-borne instruments, and with GCR transport and solar modulation models.

  6. Double electron excitation of helium by charged particle impact

    Complete text of publication follows. A four-body classical trajectory Monte Carlo method is applied in the study of double electron excitation of helium by charged particle impact. The calculations are based on the independent particle model. As projectiles we consider protons and antiprotons with energies between 0.25 and 5 MeV. The state selective total cross sections as a function of the impact energy are calculated and compared with experimental and theoretical data. Fig. 1. shows the double excitation cross sections of helium to the (2s2)1S (Fig. 1a), (2s2p)1P (Fig. 1b) and (2p2)1D (Fig. 1c) states as a function of the impact energy. The errors of our calculated data are smaller or comparable with the size of the symbols. Our recent cross sections are compared with the experimental data of Giese et al. and Moretto-Capelle et al. and with the previous calculations of Bodea et al. Instead of the antiproton impact, the experiments in ref. were carried out with electron impact. These cross sections are shown at the energy where the electron velocity is equal that of the antiproton velocity. In all cases the cross sections for antiprotons exceeds the cross section for protons. The largest difference is obtained for the excitation of the (2s2)1S state (Fig. 1a). According to our expectation, with increasing projectile energies the cross sections for proton and antiproton impact approaching each other. This tendency is valid for the previous calculations of Bodea et al. except for the (2p2)1D (Fig. 1c). The calculated cross sections generally agree with the experimental values. (author)

  7. Data-driven RBE parameterization for helium ion beams

    Mairani, A.; Magro, G.; Dokic, I.; Valle, S. M.; Tessonnier, T.; Galm, R.; Ciocca, M.; Parodi, K.; Ferrari, A.; Jäkel, O.; Haberer, T.; Pedroni, P.; Böhlen, T. T.

    2016-01-01

    Helium ion beams are expected to be available again in the near future for clinical use. A suitable formalism to obtain relative biological effectiveness (RBE) values for treatment planning (TP) studies is needed. In this work we developed a data-driven RBE parameterization based on published in vitro experimental values. The RBE parameterization has been developed within the framework of the linear-quadratic (LQ) model as a function of the helium linear energy transfer (LET), dose and the tissue specific parameter {{(α /β )}\\text{ph}} of the LQ model for the reference radiation. Analytic expressions are provided, derived from the collected database, describing the \\text{RB}{{\\text{E}}α}={α\\text{He}}/{α\\text{ph}} and {{\\text{R}}β}={β\\text{He}}/{β\\text{ph}} ratios as a function of LET. Calculated RBE values at 2 Gy photon dose and at 10% survival (\\text{RB}{{\\text{E}}10} ) are compared with the experimental ones. Pearson’s correlation coefficients were, respectively, 0.85 and 0.84 confirming the soundness of the introduced approach. Moreover, due to the lack of experimental data at low LET, clonogenic experiments have been performed irradiating A549 cell line with {{(α /β )}\\text{ph}}=5.4 Gy at the entrance of a 56.4 MeV u-1He beam at the Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center. The proposed parameterization reproduces the measured cell survival within the experimental uncertainties. A RBE formula, which depends only on dose, LET and {{(α /β )}\\text{ph}} as input parameters is proposed, allowing a straightforward implementation in a TP system.

  8. Helium chemistry in high temperature gas cooled reactors - chemical impurity behaviour in the secondary helium coolant of the HTTR

    Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) constructed High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor (HTTR) in order to establish and upgrade the technology basis for the high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) and to develop the technology for high-temperature heat applications. The HTTR attained its maximum reactor-outlet coolant temperature of 950 Degrees C in 2004. The intermediate heat exchanger (IHX), which is a helium-helium heat exchanger and installed to the HTTR primary cooling system, is planned to be utilized for the hydrogen production system in the near future. Secondary coolant helium receives heat from primary helium at the heat exchanger pipes made by high-temperature super alloy Hastelloy XR. The secondary pressurized water cooler, which is a helium-water heat exchanger and installed to the secondary cooling system, will replace to the hydrogen production system. The thermochemical water-splitting IS process is a progressive candidate for the hydrogen production system. Chemistry control is necessary in order to avoid oxidation of core graphite and corrosions of high-temperature material of Hastelloy XR, e.g. carbon deposits, carburising and decarburising. The chemical impurity is reduced and monitored by helium purification system and helium sampling system installed primary and secondary helium cooling system, respectively. This report describes impurity behaviour of secondary coolant during the initial 950 operation of the HTTR

  9. Using Uncertainty Principle to Find the Ground-State Energy of the Helium and a Helium-like Hookean Atom

    Harbola, Varun

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we accurately estimate the ground-state energy and the atomic radius of the helium atom and a helium-like Hookean atom by employing the uncertainty principle in conjunction with the variational approach. We show that with the use of the uncertainty principle, electrons are found to be spread over a radial region, giving an electron…

  10. Molecular dynamics simulation of cascade-induced ballistic helium resolutioning from bubbles in iron

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been used to assess the ability of atomic displacement cascades to eject helium from small bubbles in iron. This study of the ballistic resolutioning mechanism employed a recently-developed Fe–He interatomic potential in concert with an iron potential developed by Ackland and co-workers. The primary variables examined were: irradiation temperature (100 and 600 K), cascade energy (5 and 20 keV), bubble radius (0.5 and 1.0 nm), and He-to-vacancy ratio in the bubble (0.25, 0.5 and 1.0). Systematic trends were observed for each of these variables. For example, ballistic resolutioning leads to a greater number of helium atoms being displaced from larger bubbles and from bubbles that have a higher He/vacancy ratio (bubble pressure). He resolutioning was reduced at 600 K relative to 100 K, and for 20 keV cascades relative to 5 keV cascades. Overall, the results indicate a modest level of He removal by ballistic resolutioning. The results may be particularly relevant to fusion irradiation conditions which produces high levels of helium by transmutation. They can be used to provide initial guidance in selection of a “resolution parameter” that can be employed in kinetic models to predict the bubble size distribution that evolves under irradiation

  11. Study of transients in liquid helium flow during cool down of cryopanel

    In cryo-sorption Cryopump hydroformed cryopanels are cooled down below temperature 5 K to adsorb hydrogen and helium gases. The panels are coated with activated carbon as sorbent. Sorbent with micro-pores adsorbs gases and the pores get saturated after certain duration of pumping operation. On regenerating by increasing the panel temperature adsorbed gases get removed. A cycle of operation is thus followed comprising, cool down from 300 K to ∼ 5 K and warm up from ∼ 5 K to 300 K. The work presented in this paper describes cool down process of an indigenously developed sorbent based cryopump by flowing compressed helium through its cryopanel. The pump was tested for its pumping speed at small scale cryopump facility (SSCF). SSCF hydraulic network is described with hydro formed panel of size 500 mm (1) X 100 mm (w) with a sheet thickness of 1.5 mm connected by inlet and outlet tubes. Numerical analysis of cool down process of SSCF is done by solving equations of mass, momentum and energy conversation. Cool down time required to reach steady state flow conditions is approximated. Also transient parameters of helium are estimated during cool down of SSCF. (author)

  12. Effects of cold work and niobium on the blistering of zirconium by helium atoms

    Zr-2.5 wt% Nb and high purity zirconium, in either the fully annealed or 40% cold-worked conditions, were irradiated with 50 keV helium ions at temperatures between 100 K and 773 K to doses up to 2 x 1022 ions/m2. Above 300 K, blisters were not observed in annealed zirconium whereas at lower temperatures, extensive surface damage was produced. In Zr-2.5 wt% Nb, blisters were found in both the annealed and cold-worked alloys at all temperatures. The blistering behaviour in zirconium is related to the trapping of the implanted helium ions and the mechanical properties of these materials. Two zirconium single crystals were irradiated at 573 K and 773 K for comparison. Extensive blistering was observed in both single crystals even though no surface damage was found in the polycrystalline material irradiated under the same conditions. (orig.)

  13. Ignition curves for deuterium/helium-3 fuel in spherical tokamak reactor

    Motevalli S M; Fadaei F

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, ignition curve for deuterium/helium-3 fusion reaction is studied. Four fusion reactions are considered. Zero-dimensional model for the power balance equation has been used. The closed ignition curves for $\\rho$ = constant (ratio of particle to energy confinement time) have been derived. The results of our calculations show that ignited equilibria for deuterium/helium-3 fuel in a spherical tokamak is only possible for $\\rho$ = 5.5 and 6. Then, by using the energy confinement scaling and parameters of the spherical tokamak reactor, the plasma stability limits have been obtained in $n_e, T$ plane and, to determine the thermal instability of plasma, the time dependent transport equations have been solved.

  14. Helium-Charged Titanium Films Deposited by Pulsed Laser Deposition in an Electron-Cyclotron-Resonance Helium Plasma Environment

    金钦华; 胡佩钢; 凌浩; 吴嘉达; 施立群; 周筑颖

    2003-01-01

    Titanium thin films incorporated with helium are produced by pulsed laser deposition in an electron cyclotron resonance helium plasma environment. Helium is distributed evenly in the film and a relatively high He/Ti atomic ratio (~ 20%) is obtained from the proton backscattering spectroscopy. This high concentration ofhelium leads to a surface blistering which is observed by scanning electron microscopy. Laser repetition rate has little influence on film characters. Substrate bias voltage is also changed for the helium incorporating mechanism study, and this is a helium ion implantation process during the film growth. Choosing suitable substrate bias voltage, one can avoid the damage produced by ion implantation, which is always present in general implantation case.

  15. Helium processing for deuterium/helium burns in ITER's physics phase

    The requirements for vacuum pumping and fuel processing for deuterium/helium (D/3He) burns in the physics operating phase for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) were assessed. These burns are expected to have low fusion power (100 MW), short burn times (≤30 s), limited operation (2000 shots), and a fractional burn ∼0.3%. For the physics phase, the fuel processing system will include several units to separate deuterium and helium (activated charcoal bed, SAES getter and a Pd/Ag diffuser), as well as an isotopic separation system to separate 3He and 4He. The needed vacuum system's cryosorption surface area may be as large as 10 m2 if the burn time is ∼200 s, the fractional burn is 100 MW. 8 refs., 1 fig., 4 tabs

  16. Helium processing for deuterium/helium burns in ITER's physics phase

    Finn, P.A.; Sze, D.K.

    1991-01-01

    The requirements for vacuum pumping and fuel processing for deuterium/helium (D/{sup 3}He) burns in the physics operating phase for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) were assessed. These burns are expected to have low fusion power (100 MW), short burn times ({le}30 s), limited operation (2000 shots), and a fractional burn {approximately}0.3%. For the physics phase, the fuel processing system will include several units to separate deuterium and helium (activated charcoal bed, SAES getter and a Pd/Ag diffuser), as well as an isotopic separation system to separate {sup 3}He and {sup 4}He. The needed vacuum system's cryosorption surface area may be as large as 10 m{sup 2} if the burn time is {approximately}200 s, the fractional burn is <0.3%, or the fusion power is >100 MW. 8 refs., 1 fig., 4 tabs.

  17. Double and single ionization of helium by high velocity N7+ ions

    Beams of fully stripped nitrogen ions have been used to investigate the behavior of the double-to-single ionization cross-section ratio of helium in the 10--30-MeV/amu velocity region. The measured ratio was found to remain nearly constant over this velocity range at a value of 0.01, which is about 4.5 times higher than the high-velocity limit established previously for q=1 projectiles

  18. A study of formation of iron nanoparticles in aluminium matrix with helium pores

    Kichanov, S.E.; Kozlenko, D. P.; Belushkin, A.V.; Reutov, V.F.; Samoilenko, S.O.; Jirák, Zdeněk; Savenko, B. N.; Bulavin, L. A.; Zubavichus, Y.V.

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 351, č. 1 (2012), "012013-1"-"012013-5". ISSN 1742-6588. [International Workshop on SANS-YuMO User Meeting at the Start-up of Scientific Experiments on the IBR-2M Reactor - Devoted to the 75th anniversary of Yu M Ostanevich's Birth /2./. Dubna, 27.05.2011-30.05.2011] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : iron nanoparticles * aluminium matrix * helium pores Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  19. Vacancy binding to substitutional silver in tungsten observed with thermal helium desorption spectrometry

    van der Kolk, G.J.; van Veen, A.; Caspers, L.M. (Technische Hogeschool Delft (Netherlands); Interuniversitair Reactor Inst., Delft (Netherlands)); de Hosson, J.T.M. (Materials Science Centre, Groningen (Netherlands))

    1983-04-01

    Low doses silver with energies between 5 and 25 keV were implanted in a (100) tungsten single crystal. The silver-vacancy complexes remaining after subsequent annealing were studied with thermal helium desorption spectrometry. The results show that the binding energy of one vacancy to substitutional silver is 0.8 +- 0.3 eV, and that additional vacancies are more strongly bound. The binding energy of He to substitutional silver increased with increasing filling degree.

  20. After-pulse from helium-filled proportional counter at low temperatures near 4.2 K

    After-pulses, which appear in output signals from the helium-filled proportional counter (HFPC) cooled at low temperature (5-10 K), have been analyzed with a technique of non-linear least-squares fit; the drift time Ti of positive helium ions from anode to cathode, the spread in the drift time ΔTi and the second Townsend ionization coefficient Γi of the positive ions have been determined. It is known that the carrier of positive charge in pure helium gas is the dimer ion He+2 at room temperature. We have found that Ti and ΔTi are larger than the values estimated with the mobility of He+2 and Γi is much smaller than the value for He+2. These results indicate that the carrier at low temperatures near 4.2 K is not He+2, but heavier molecular ions He+n; the size n is more than 10 in the present HFPC. It has been concluded that the cluster ion of large molecular helium plays an essential role in the proportional operation of HFPC, especially to suppress the continuous electric discharge. This self-suppression of discharge by the formation of cluster ions is discussed with some data of atomic and molecular heliums. The same quenching mechanism by cluster ions in other rare gases is also suggested. ((orig.))