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Buried mine detection using gamma rays produced by neutrons
Author(s): Thomas Witten
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Paper Abstract

The energies of gamma rays produced by either fast or captured neutrons are unique to each element. The elements in the explosive of a buried mine are carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen. This paper analyzes data taken on buried explosive simulants. The gamma detector was a high purity germanium crystal with excellent energy resolution and the neutrons were produced by a compact deuterium-tritium accelerator, which generated 14 MeV neutrons. The gamma rays from the explosive must be separated from the large soil background. The utility for explosive detection of each element is separately analyzed in detail. Issues of normalization and gain shifts are also addressed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5794, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets X, (10 June 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.604614
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Thomas Witten, U.S. Army RDECOM CERDEC Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5794:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets X
Russell S. Harmon; J. Thomas Broach; John H. Holloway, Editor(s)

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