Status Summary of 3He and Neutron Detection Alternatives for Homeland Security

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This is a short summary whitepaper on results of our alternatives work: Neutron detection is an important aspect of interdiction of radiological threats for homeland security purposes since plutonium, a material used for nuclear weapons, is a significant source of fission neutrons [Kouzes 2005]. Because of the imminent shortage of 3He, which is used in the most commonly deployed neutron detectors, a replacement technology for neutron detection is required for most detection systems in the very near future [Kouzes 2009a]. For homeland security applications, neutron false alarms from a detector can result in significant impact. This puts a strong requirement ... continued below

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Kouzes, Richard T. & Ely, James H. April 28, 2010.

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This is a short summary whitepaper on results of our alternatives work: Neutron detection is an important aspect of interdiction of radiological threats for homeland security purposes since plutonium, a material used for nuclear weapons, is a significant source of fission neutrons [Kouzes 2005]. Because of the imminent shortage of 3He, which is used in the most commonly deployed neutron detectors, a replacement technology for neutron detection is required for most detection systems in the very near future [Kouzes 2009a]. For homeland security applications, neutron false alarms from a detector can result in significant impact. This puts a strong requirement on any neutron detection technology not to generate false neutron counts in the presence of a large gamma ray-only source [Kouzes et al. 2008].

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  • Report No.: PNNL-19360
  • Grant Number: AC05-76RL01830
  • DOI: 10.2172/981573 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 981573
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1015603

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Kouzes, Richard T. & Ely, James H. Status Summary of 3He and Neutron Detection Alternatives for Homeland Security, report, April 28, 2010; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1015603/: accessed December 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.