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Adaptable radiation monitoring system and method

United States Patent

June 20, 2006
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A portable radioactive-material detection system capable of detecting radioactive sources moving at high speeds. The system has at least one radiation detector capable of detecting gamma-radiation and coupled to an MCA capable of collecting spectral data in very small time bins of less than about 150 msec. A computer processor is connected to the MCA for determining from the spectral data if a triggering event has occurred. Spectral data is stored on a data storage device, and a power source supplies power to the detection system. Various configurations of the detection system may be adaptably arranged for various radiation detection scenarios. In a preferred embodiment, the computer processor operates as a server which receives spectral data from other networked detection systems, and communicates the collected data to a central data reporting system.
Archer; Daniel E. (Livermore, CA), Beauchamp; Brock R. (San Ramon, CA), Mauger; G. Joseph (Livermore, CA), Nelson; Karl E. (Livermore, CA), Mercer; Michael B. (Manteca, CA), Pletcher; David C. (Sacramento, CA), Riot; Vincent J. (Berkeley, CA), Schek; James L. (Tracy, CA), Knapp; David A. (Livermore, CA)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
10/ 874,127
June 21, 2004
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of California for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.