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The SORDS trimodal imager detector arrays
Author(s): Daniel Wakeford; H. R. Andrews; E. T. H. Clifford; Liqian Li; Nick Bray; Darren Locklin; Michael V. Hynes; Maurice Toolin; Bernard Harris; John McElroy; Mark Wallace; Richard Lanza
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Paper Abstract

The Raytheon Trimodal Imager (TMI) uses coded aperture and Compton imaging technologies as well as the nonimaging shadow technology to locate an SNM or radiological threat in the presence of background. The heart of the TMI is two arrays of NaI crystals. The front array serves as both a coded aperture and the first scatterer for Compton imaging. It is made of 35 5x5x2" crystals with specially designed low profile PMTs. The back array is made of 30 2.5x3x24" position-sensitive crystals which are read out at both ends. These crystals are specially treated to provide the required position resolution at the best possible energy resolution. Both arrays of detectors are supported by aluminum superstructures. These have been efficiently designed to allow a wide field of view and to provide adequate support to the crystals to permit use of the TMI as a vehicle-mounted, field-deployable system. Each PMT has a locally mounted high-voltage supply that is remotely controlled. Each detector is connected to a dedicated FPGA which performs automated gain alignment and energy calibration, event timing and diagnostic health checking. Data are streamed, eventby- event, from each of the 65 detector FPGAs to one master FPGA. The master FPGA acts both as a synchronization clock, and as an event sorting unit. Event sorting involves stamping events as singles or as coincidences, based on the approximately instantaneous detector hit pattern. Coincidence determination by the master FPGA provides a pre-sorting for the events that will ultimately be used in the Compton imaging and coded aperture imaging algorithms. All data acquisition electronics have been custom designed for the TMI.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7310, Non-Intrusive Inspection Technologies II, 73100D (30 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.818770
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Daniel Wakeford, Bubble Technology Industries (Canada)
H. R. Andrews, Bubble Technology Industries (Canada)
E. T. H. Clifford, Bubble Technology Industries (Canada)
Liqian Li, Bubble Technology Industries (Canada)
Nick Bray, Bubble Technology Industries (Canada)
Darren Locklin, Bubble Technology Industries (Canada)
Michael V. Hynes, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Maurice Toolin, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Bernard Harris, Raytheon Co. (United States)
John McElroy, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Mark Wallace, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Richard Lanza, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7310:
Non-Intrusive Inspection Technologies II
Brandon W. Blackburn, Editor(s)

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