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Spectral analysis method for detecting an element

United States Patent

February 12, 2008
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A method for detecting an element is described and which includes the steps of providing a gamma-ray spectrum which has a region of interest which corresponds with a small amount of an element to be detected; providing nonparametric assumptions about a shape of the gamma-ray spectrum in the region of interest, and which would indicate the presence of the element to be detected; and applying a statistical test to the shape of the gamma-ray spectrum based upon the nonparametric assumptions to detect the small amount of the element to be detected.
Blackwood; Larry G. (Idaho Falls, ID), Edwards; Andrew J. (Idaho Falls, ID), Jewell; James K. (Idaho Falls, ID), Reber; Edward L. (Idaho Falls, ID), Seabury; Edward H. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
11/ 231,141
September 19, 2005
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The United States Government has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-05ID14517 between the United States Department of Energy and Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC.