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Unattended sensors for nuclear threat detection
Author(s): Robert C. Runkle; Mitchell J Myjak; Michael T. Batdorf; Ryan S. Bowler; Scott D. Kiff; Scott J. Morris; Crystal A. Mullen; John S. Rohrer; Lindsay C. Todd
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Paper Abstract

This paper discusses the ongoing development of a compact, unattended low-power radiation detection system designed for autonomous operation in regions with limited or no supporting infrastructure. This application motivates our focus on two of the more challenging system development problems: (1) the development of compact, low-power electronics for gamma-ray spectrometers and neutron detectors, and (2) analysis algorithms capable of distinguishing special nuclear material from benign sources in the opaque signatures of mid-resolution spectrometers. We discuss our development efforts on these fronts and present results based on implementation in a proof-of-principle system composed of two 5-cm × 10-cm × 41-cm NaI(Tl) crystals and eight 40-cm 3He tubes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 April 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6954, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing IX, 69541A (17 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.776399
Show Author Affiliations
Robert C. Runkle, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Mitchell J Myjak, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Michael T. Batdorf, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Ryan S. Bowler, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Scott D. Kiff, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Scott J. Morris, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Crystal A. Mullen, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
John S. Rohrer, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Lindsay C. Todd, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6954:
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing IX
Augustus Way Fountain; Patrick J. Gardner, Editor(s)

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