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Dual energy detection of weapons of mass destruction
Author(s): Gregory J. Budner
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Paper Abstract

There is continuing plans and actions from terrorists to use "violence to inculcate fear with intent to coerce or try to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious or ideological." (Joint Pub 3-07.2) One can characterize the types of attacks and plan to interdict terrorist actions before they become crises. This paper focuses on Radiological (RDD) and Nuclear (WMD) threats. The X-ray inspection process and the use of dual-energy imaging will interdict materials for WMDs. Listed herewith is "several major characteristics that one can exploit for the detection. First, both WMDs and RDDs are radioactive. Therefore, one can hope to detect radiation coming from the containers to identify the threat. However since uranium and plutonium are largely self-shielding and since lead can be used to shield and hide these substances, passive detection of emitted radiation can be easily defeated. An important second characteristic is that WMDs and shielded dirty bombs contain materials with very high atomic numbers. Since normal commerce rarely contains materials with atomic numbers higher than that of iron, dual-energy imaging technology can detect such materials automatically, for the successful interdiction of WMDs and dirty bombs". (Bjorkolm 2005)

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6178, Nonintrusive Inspection, Structures Monitoring, and Smart Systems for Homeland Security, 61780G (16 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.659534
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Gregory J. Budner, Varian Medical Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6178:
Nonintrusive Inspection, Structures Monitoring, and Smart Systems for Homeland Security
Aaron A. Diaz; H. Felix Wu; Steven R. Doctor; Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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