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Neutron interrogation system using high gamma ray signature to detect contraband special nuclear materials in cargo

United States Patent

April 15, 2008
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A system for inspecting cargo for the presence of special nuclear material. The cargo is irradiated with neutrons. The neutrons produce fission products in the special nuclear material which generate gamma rays. The gamma rays are detecting indicating the presence of the special nuclear material.
Slaughter; Dennis R. (Oakland, CA), Pohl; Bertram A. (Berkeley, CA), Dougan; Arden D. (San Ramon, CA), Bernstein; Adam (Palo Alto, CA), Prussin; Stanley G. (Kensington, CA), Norman; Eric B. (Oakland, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
10/ 838,762
May 3, 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.