Detector design for high-resolution MeV photon imaging of cargo containers using spectral information

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Monte Carlo simulations of a pixelated detector array of inorganic scintillators for high spatial resolution imaging of 1-9 MeV photons are presented. The results suggest that a detector array of 0.5 cm x 0.5 cm x 5 cm pixels of bismuth germanate may provide sufficient efficiency and spatial resolution to permit imaging of an object with uncertainties in dimension of several mm. The cross talk between pixels is found to be in the range of a few percent when pixels are shielded by {approx} 1mm of lead or tungsten. The contrast at the edge of an object is greatly improved ... continued below

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Descalle, M A; Vetter, K; Hansen, A; Daniels, J & Prussin, S G February 1, 2010.

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Monte Carlo simulations of a pixelated detector array of inorganic scintillators for high spatial resolution imaging of 1-9 MeV photons are presented. The results suggest that a detector array of 0.5 cm x 0.5 cm x 5 cm pixels of bismuth germanate may provide sufficient efficiency and spatial resolution to permit imaging of an object with uncertainties in dimension of several mm. The cross talk between pixels is found to be in the range of a few percent when pixels are shielded by {approx} 1mm of lead or tungsten. The contrast at the edge of an object is greatly improved by rejection of events depositing less than {approx} 1 MeV. Given the relatively short decay time of BGO, the simulations suggest that such a detector may prove adequate for the purpose of rapid scanning of highly-shielded cargos for possible presence of high atomic number (including clandestine fissionable) materials when used with low current high duty factor x-ray sources.

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  • Journal Name: Nuclear Instrument and Methods in Physics Research section A, vol. 579, no. 3, December 21, 2010, pp. 635-640; Journal Volume: 579; Journal Issue: 3

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Descalle, M A; Vetter, K; Hansen, A; Daniels, J & Prussin, S G. Detector design for high-resolution MeV photon imaging of cargo containers using spectral information, article, February 1, 2010; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc845052/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.