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Title: Identification of Fissionable Materials Using the Tagged Neutron Technique

Abstract

This summary describes experiments to detect and identify fissionable materials using the tagged neutron technique. The objective of this work is to enhance homeland security capability to find fissionable material that may be smuggled inside shipping boxes, containers, or vehicles. The technique distinguishes depleted uranium from lead, steel, and tungsten. Future work involves optimizing the technique to increase the count rate by many orders of magnitude and to build in the additional capability to image hidden fissionable materials. The tagged neutron approach is very different to other techniques based on neutron die-away or photo-fission. This work builds on the development of the Associated Particle Imaging (API) technique at the Special Technologies Laboratory (STL) [1]. Similar investigations have been performed by teams at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Khlopin Radium Institute in Russia, and by the EURITRACK collaboration in the European Union [2,3,4].

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Security Technologies, LLC (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NA)
OSTI Identifier:
960394
Report Number(s):
DOE/NV/25946-602
TRN: US0903141
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC52-06NA25946
Resource Type:
Conference
Journal Name:
Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, Atlanta Meeting
Additional Journal Information:
Conference: American Nuclear Society 2009 Annual Meeting; Atlanta, Georgia; June 14-18, 2009
Publisher:
American Nuclear Society
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; 61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; CONTAINERS; DEPLETED URANIUM; EUROPEAN UNION; FISSIONABLE MATERIALS; NEUTRONS; ORNL; RADIUM; SECURITY; TUNGSTEN; tagged, neutron, fission

Citation Formats

R.P. Keegan, J.P. Hurley, J.R. Tinsley, R. Trainham. Identification of Fissionable Materials Using the Tagged Neutron Technique. United States: N. p., 2009. Web.
R.P. Keegan, J.P. Hurley, J.R. Tinsley, R. Trainham. Identification of Fissionable Materials Using the Tagged Neutron Technique. United States.
R.P. Keegan, J.P. Hurley, J.R. Tinsley, R. Trainham. Tue . "Identification of Fissionable Materials Using the Tagged Neutron Technique". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/960394.
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abstractNote = {This summary describes experiments to detect and identify fissionable materials using the tagged neutron technique. The objective of this work is to enhance homeland security capability to find fissionable material that may be smuggled inside shipping boxes, containers, or vehicles. The technique distinguishes depleted uranium from lead, steel, and tungsten. Future work involves optimizing the technique to increase the count rate by many orders of magnitude and to build in the additional capability to image hidden fissionable materials. The tagged neutron approach is very different to other techniques based on neutron die-away or photo-fission. This work builds on the development of the Associated Particle Imaging (API) technique at the Special Technologies Laboratory (STL) [1]. Similar investigations have been performed by teams at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Khlopin Radium Institute in Russia, and by the EURITRACK collaboration in the European Union [2,3,4].},
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