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Title: Spectral analysis method for detecting an element

A method for detecting an element is described and which includes the steps of providing a gamma-ray spectrum which has a region of interest which corresponds with a small amount of an element to be detected; providing nonparametric assumptions about a shape of the gamma-ray spectrum in the region of interest, and which would indicate the presence of the element to be detected; and applying a statistical test to the shape of the gamma-ray spectrum based upon the nonparametric assumptions to detect the small amount of the element to be detected.
Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Idaho Falls, ID
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
983905
Assignee:
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID) IDO
Patent Number(s):
7,329,872
Application Number:
s 11/231,141
Contract Number:
AC07-05ID14517
Research Org:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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