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Evaluation of PELAN as a landmine confirmation sensor
Author(s): George Vourvopoulos; Robert A. Sullivan
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Paper Abstract

PELAN (the initials of Pulsed Elemental Analysis with Neutrons) is a device that has been developed to identify a landmine through the elemental constituents of its explosive. PELAN uses neutrons as the probing particles. The incident neutrons interact with the nuclei of the various chemical elements in the mine, emitting characteristic gamma rays that act as the fingerprints of the various chemical elements. PELAN is capable of identifying with the same probability of detection all types of high explosives (TNT, RDX etc.) either in plastic or metal encased landmines. Results of its evaluation with blind tests in Croatia and the US using anti-personnel and anti-tank landmines will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2006
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6217, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets XI, 62171P (18 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.666412
Show Author Affiliations
George Vourvopoulos, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Robert A. Sullivan, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6217:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets XI
J. Thomas Broach; Russell S. Harmon; John H. Holloway, Editor(s)

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