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Detection of Shielded Nuclear Material in a Cargo Container*
J.L.Jonesa, D.R. Normana, K.J. Haskella, J.W. Sterbentza, W.Y. Yoona, S.M. Watsona,
J.T. Johnsona, J.M. Zabriskiea, B.D. Bennetta, R.W. Watsona, J.F Harmonb*
aIdaho National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1625, MS 2802, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 82415-2802
e Idaho State University, 1500 Alvin Ricken Dr., Pocatello, Idaho 83201
Elsevier use only: Received date here; revised date here; accepted date here
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
Keywords: nuclear smuggling; cargo containers; active interrogation; photofission, neutron signature, gamma-ray signature
Corresponding author. Tel.: 208-526-1730; fax: 208-526-5208; e-mail: james.ioneskinl.gov (Supported in part by the Department of
Homeland Security under DOE Contract No. DE-AC07-05ID14517.)
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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/m1/2/: accessed December 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.