Detection of Shielded Nuclear Material in a Cargo Container

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The Idaho National Laboratory, along with Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Idaho State University’s Idaho Accelerator Center, are developing electron accelerator-based, photonuclear inspection technologies for the detection of shielded nuclear material within air-, rail-, and especially, maritime-cargo transportation containers. This paper describes a developing prototypical cargo container inspection system utilizing the Pulsed Photonuclear Assessment (PPA) technology, incorporates interchangeable, well-defined, contraband shielding structures (i.e., "calibration" pallets) providing realistic detection data for induced radiation signatures from smuggled nuclear material, and provides various shielded nuclear material detection results. Using a 4.8-kg quantity of depleted uranium, neutron and gamma-ray detection responses are presented ... continued below

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Jones, J. L.; Norman, D. R.; Haskell, K. J.; Sterbentz, J. W.; Yoon, W. Y.; Watson, S. M. et al. June 1, 2005.

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The Idaho National Laboratory, along with Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Idaho State University’s Idaho Accelerator Center, are developing electron accelerator-based, photonuclear inspection technologies for the detection of shielded nuclear material within air-, rail-, and especially, maritime-cargo transportation containers. This paper describes a developing prototypical cargo container inspection system utilizing the Pulsed Photonuclear Assessment (PPA) technology, incorporates interchangeable, well-defined, contraband shielding structures (i.e., "calibration" pallets) providing realistic detection data for induced radiation signatures from smuggled nuclear material, and provides various shielded nuclear material detection results. Using a 4.8-kg quantity of depleted uranium, neutron and gamma-ray detection responses are presented for well-defined shielded and unshielded configurations evaluated in a selected cargo container inspection configuration. © 2001 Elsevier Science. All rights reserved

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  • International conference on Accelerator Applications 2005 (AccApp05),Venice, Italy,08/29/2005,09/01/2005

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Jones, J. L.; Norman, D. R.; Haskell, K. J.; Sterbentz, J. W.; Yoon, W. Y.; Watson, S. M. et al. Detection of Shielded Nuclear Material in a Cargo Container, article, June 1, 2005; [Idaho Falls, Idaho]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc886756/: accessed September 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.