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Radiation detection field test at the Federal Express (FedEx) air cargo facility at Denver International Airport (DIA)
Author(s): Amy Waters; Dave Weirup; Howard Hall; Arden Dougan; Dave Trombino; Gary Mattesich; Ethan L. Hull; Sally Bahowick; Alex Loshak; Jeremiah Gruidl
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Paper Abstract

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) recently conducted a field-test of radiation detection and identification equipment at the air cargo facility of Federal Express (FedEx) located at Denver International Airport (DIA) over a period of two weeks. Comprehensive background measurements were performed and were analyzed, and a trial strategy for detection and identification of parcels displaying radioactivity was implemented to aid in future development of a comprehensive protection plan. The purpose of this project was threefold: quantify background radiation environments at an air cargo facility; quantify and identify "nuisance" alarms; evaluate the performance of various isotope identifiers deployed in an operational environment. LLNL emplaced a primary screening detector that provided the initial detection of radiation anomalies in near real-time. Once detected, a secondary test location provided capability to perform higher-resolution analysis of the parcels or containers that triggered the primary detector. Two triggered radiation events were observed during the course of this project. Both of the radiation events were determined to be legitimate shipments of radioactive material. The overall effect of this project on FedEx operations and personnel was deemed to be minimal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5395, Nondestructive Detection and Measurement for Homeland Security II, (14 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.543314
Show Author Affiliations
Amy Waters, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Dave Weirup, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Howard Hall, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Arden Dougan, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Dave Trombino, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Gary Mattesich, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Ethan L. Hull, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Sally Bahowick, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Alex Loshak, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Jeremiah Gruidl, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5395:
Nondestructive Detection and Measurement for Homeland Security II
Steven R. Doctor; Yoseph Bar-Cohen; A. Emin Aktan; H. Felix Wu, Editor(s)

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