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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) airborne gamma spectrometry system for environmental and emergency response surveys
Author(s): John Cardarelli; Mark Thomas; Timothy Curry
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Paper Abstract

The EPA Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology (ASPECT) Program provides airborne ortho-rectified imagery, video, chemical and now radiological information directly to emergency response personnel via a commercial satellite link onboard the aircraft. EPA initiated the ASPECT Gamma Emergency Mapper GEM Project in 2008 to improve its airborne gamma-screening and mapping capability for monitoring any ground-based gamma contamination. This paper will provide an overview of the system, which can be configured to carry six 2"x4"x16" NaI(Tl) detectors and two 3"x3" LaBr3(Ce) detectors or eight 2"x4"x16" NaI(Tl) detectors. The paper will provide an overview of the analysis of gamma radiation spectra, system limitations, and emergency response applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 August 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7812, Imaging Spectrometry XV, 781205 (13 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.863314
Show Author Affiliations
John Cardarelli, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (United States)
Mark Thomas, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (United States)
Timothy Curry, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7812:
Imaging Spectrometry XV
Sylvia S. Shen; Paul E. Lewis, Editor(s)

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