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PELAN: a pulsed neutron portable probe for UXO and land mine identification
Author(s): George Vourvopoulos; Phillip C. Womble; Jonathon Paschal
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Paper Abstract

There has been much work increasing the sensitivity of detecting metallic objects in soils and other environments. This has lead to a problem in discriminating unexploded ordnance (UXO) and landmines form other metallic clutter. PELAN is a small portable system for the detection of explosives. PELAN weights less than 45 kg and is man portable. It is based on the principle that explosives and other contraband contain various chemical elements such as H, C, N, O, etc. in quantities and ratios that differentiate them from other innocuous substances. The pulsed neutrons are produced with a 14 MeV neutron generator. Separate gamma-ray spectra form fast neutron, thermal neutron and activation reactions are accumulated and analyzed to determine elemental content. The data analysis is performed in an automatic manner and a result of whether a threat is present is returned to the operator. PELAN has successfully undergone field demonstrations for explosive detection. In this paper, we will discuss the application of PELAN to the problem of differentiating threats from metallic clutter.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4142, Penetrating Radiation Systems and Applications II, (18 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.410556
Show Author Affiliations
George Vourvopoulos, Western Kentucky Univ. (United States)
Phillip C. Womble, Western Kentucky Univ. (United States)
Jonathon Paschal, Western Kentucky Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4142:
Penetrating Radiation Systems and Applications II
F. Patrick Doty; H. Bradford Barber; Hans Roehrig; Edward J. Morton, Editor(s)

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