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United States Patent

March 19, 2002
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The apparatus and method provide techniques through which both alpha and beta emission determinations can be made simultaneously using a simple detector structure. The technique uses a beta detector covered in an electrically conducting material, the electrically conducting material discharging ions generated by alpha emissions, and as a consequence providing a measure of those alpha emissions. The technique also offers improved mountings for alpha detectors and other forms of detectors against vibration and the consequential effects vibration has on measurement accuracy.
Orr; Christopher Henry (Calderbridge, GB), Luff; Craig Janson (Calderbridge, GB), Dockray; Thomas (Calderbridge, GB), Macarthur; Duncan Whittemore (Los Alamos, NM), Bounds; John Alan (Los Alamos, NM), Allander; Krag (Los Alamos, NM)
British Nuclear Fuels PLC (Cheshire, GB), The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
09/ 307,370
May 7, 1999
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The U.S. Government has a paid-up license in this invention and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms as provided for by the terms of CRADA No. LA96C10298 and Contract No. W-7405-ENG-36 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.