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Contraband detection with natural K-40 gamma-ray emissions: numerical analysis of experimental gamma-ray signatures
Author(s): Nina V. Arendtsz
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Paper Abstract

A non-intrusive, passive technique for the inspection of large cargo containers for plant contraband was investigated. The method is based on the detection of naturally occurring K-40 gamma-ray emissions. The results of preliminary dynamic field tests conducted at a Canada-US border-crossing using plastic and sodium iodide detectors are reported. Speed normalized results obtained from a wide range of cargo trucks, including controls carrying known amounts of a K-40 simulant, were used in discerning the presence or absence of K-40 emissions. A multi-component feature analysis method for the classification of cargo contents was investigated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2936, Physics-Based Technologies for the Detection of Contraband, (6 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.266278
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Nina V. Arendtsz, Revenue Canada/Lab. and Scientific Services Directorate (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2936:
Physics-Based Technologies for the Detection of Contraband
Lyle O. Malotky; John J. Pennella, Editor(s)

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