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Title: Detecting special nuclear materials in containers using high-energy gamma rays emitted by fission products

Abstract

A method and a system for detecting the presence of special nuclear materials in a container. The system and its method include irradiating the container with an energetic beam, so as to induce a fission in the special nuclear materials, detecting the gamma rays that are emitted from the fission products formed by the fission, to produce a detector signal, comparing the detector signal with a threshold value to form a comparison, and detecting the presence of the special nuclear materials using the comparison.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Oakland, CA
  2. Kensington, CA
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
917191
Patent Number(s):
7277521
Application Number:
10/821,658
Assignee:
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G01 - MEASURING G01V - GEOPHYSICS
DOE Contract Number:  
AC03-76SF00098
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Citation Formats

Norman, Eric B, and Prussin, Stanley G. Detecting special nuclear materials in containers using high-energy gamma rays emitted by fission products. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Norman, Eric B, & Prussin, Stanley G. Detecting special nuclear materials in containers using high-energy gamma rays emitted by fission products. United States.
Norman, Eric B, and Prussin, Stanley G. Tue . "Detecting special nuclear materials in containers using high-energy gamma rays emitted by fission products". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/917191.
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