Title: Special nuclear material detection with a mobile multi-detector system
Authors: VIESTI G.CESTER DavideSTEVANATO LucaNEBBIA G.PETRUCCI StefanoSELMI S.TINTORI C.PEERANI PaoloTOMANIN ALICENERI F.
Citation: NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION A-ACCELERATORS SPECTROMETERS DETECTORS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT vol. 663 no. 1 p. 55-63
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Publication Year: 2012
JRC Publication N°: JRC67137
ISSN: 0168-9002
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168900211019012
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC67137
DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2011.10.011
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: The detection of special nuclear material has been studied with a mobile inspection system used both as a high sensitivity passive neutron/gamma spectroscopic tool and as an active inspection device using tagged neutrons. The detection of plutonium samples seems to be possible with passive interrogation, even for small samples, thanks to the yield of gamma ray and neutrons. Moreover the gamma ray spectrum shows clear signatures related to 239Pu. The passive detection of uranium is much more difficult because of the low neutron yield and of the easiness of shielding the gamma ray yield of highly enriched U samples. However, we show that active interrogation with tagged neutrons is able to provide signatures for the discrimination of uranium against other heavy metals.
JRC Institute:Institute for Transuranium Elements

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