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Title: Method for detecting moisture in soils using secondary cosmic radiation

Abstract

Water content in a soil is determined by measuring the attenuation of secondary background cosmic radiation as this radiation propagates through a layer of soil and water. By measuring the attenuation of secondary cosmic radiation in the range of 5 MeV-15 MeV it is possible to obtain a relative measure of the water content in a soil layer above a suitable radiation detector and thus establish when and how much irrigation is needed. The electronic circuitry is designed so that a battery pack can be used to supply power.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1174622
Patent Number(s):
6,663,012
Application Number:
10/004,291
Assignee:
Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore, CA) SNL-L
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; 46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Citation Formats

Condreva, Kenneth. Method for detecting moisture in soils using secondary cosmic radiation. United States: N. p., 2003. Web.
Condreva, Kenneth. Method for detecting moisture in soils using secondary cosmic radiation. United States.
Condreva, Kenneth. Tue . "Method for detecting moisture in soils using secondary cosmic radiation". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1174622.
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author = {Condreva, Kenneth},
abstractNote = {Water content in a soil is determined by measuring the attenuation of secondary background cosmic radiation as this radiation propagates through a layer of soil and water. By measuring the attenuation of secondary cosmic radiation in the range of 5 MeV-15 MeV it is possible to obtain a relative measure of the water content in a soil layer above a suitable radiation detector and thus establish when and how much irrigation is needed. The electronic circuitry is designed so that a battery pack can be used to supply power.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2003},
month = {12}
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