Applications of He-3 and Its Shortage

Session Organizer:
Lei (Raymond) Cao, Ohio State University, Nuclear Engineering Program, United States

The unique physical and chemical properties of helium-3 (He-3) make it valuable in a wide variety of scientific, medical, industrial, and national defense applications. Not only the compressed He-3 gas is the standard medium for neutron detection, the hyperpolarized He-3 magnetic resonance image can see the lung structure in unprecedented details. With the diversified uses of He-3 in scientific research, such as cryogenics and laser physics, etc, the supply of the gas falls short of the demands. While all aspects of He-3 applications are welcome to this session, we will also discuss the current issues tied to the He-3 supply as well as the measures to mitigate the shortage.

INVITED PAPERS

Polarized 3He Spin Filters for Neutron Science
Thomas R. Gentile, National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States

Imaging Lung Function Using Hyperpolarized 3He
Stephen Kadlecek, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Radiology, United States

Rahim R. Rizi, Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania, United States