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Radiation detection in a marine environment
Author(s): George J. Mauger; Winifred E. Parker; Anthony D. Lavietes; B. B. Bandong; Allen V. Friensehner; R. G. Lanier; Klaus E. Raschke
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Paper Abstract

We have performed radiation detection measurements to explore the feasibility of radioisotopic analysis and detection of a neutron source in a marine environment. We determined the maximum range in seawater through which complex (gamma) -ray emitting materials could be accurately assayed for isotopic content. Additionally we used the gamma rays from neutron capture on chlorine to detect a neutron source. Results from our experiments have been used to determine the greatest distance at which the presence of a neutron emitter can be confirmed. The measurements used an electromechanically-cooled high-purity germanium detector system in both laboratory and fielded seawater conditions. The laboratory experiments used a variety of sources in an arrangement where both the source and detector were surrounded by seawater. The field experiments were performed underwater with the detector in a sealed container that was separate from the source.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3769, Penetrating Radiation Systems and Applications, (1 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.363682
Show Author Affiliations
George J. Mauger, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Winifred E. Parker, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Anthony D. Lavietes, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
B. B. Bandong, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Allen V. Friensehner, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
R. G. Lanier, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Klaus E. Raschke, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3769:
Penetrating Radiation Systems and Applications
F. Patrick Doty, Editor(s)

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