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Current status of AWE programmes into stand-off detection of special nuclear material (SNM)
Author(s): J. O'Malley; A. Jones; J. Threadgold; P. Adsley; S. Quillin; S. Robertson; M. Owen; G. Weston; L. Cox; A. Thandi; S. Cullen; I. D. Smith
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Paper Abstract

A brief overview of an AWE survey of existing techniques to detect SNM will be presented. This survey has identified two techniques that incorporate active gamma sources for further study. These are a photonuclear based technique and the use of nuclear resonance fluorescence. The current status of work in the development of these techniques is presented. Developments in physics modelling capabilities, active source technologies, detector technologies and data fusion and analysis approaches are summarised. Particular attention will be given to the potential for high current, pulsed power based, active interrogation sources for remote detection of SNM.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 May 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7304, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing X, 73041J (8 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.817559
Show Author Affiliations
J. O'Malley, Atomic Weapons Establishment (United Kingdom)
A. Jones, Atomic Weapons Establishment (United Kingdom)
J. Threadgold, Atomic Weapons Establishment (United Kingdom)
P. Adsley, Atomic Weapons Establishment (United Kingdom)
S. Quillin, Atomic Weapons Establishment (United Kingdom)
S. Robertson, Atomic Weapons Establishment (United Kingdom)
M. Owen, Atomic Weapons Establishment (United Kingdom)
G. Weston, Atomic Weapons Establishment (United Kingdom)
L. Cox, Atomic Weapons Establishment (United Kingdom)
A. Thandi, Atomic Weapons Establishment (United Kingdom)
S. Cullen, Atomic Weapons Establishment (United Kingdom)
I. D. Smith, Atomic Weapons Establishment (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7304:
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing X
Augustus W. Fountain; Patrick J. Gardner, Editor(s)

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