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Detecting special nuclear materials in suspect containers using high-energy gamma rays emitted by fission products

United States Patent

January 27, 2009
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A method and a system for detecting the presence of special nuclear materials in a suspect container. The system and its method include irradiating the suspect container with a beam of neutrons, so as to induce a thermal fission in a portion of the special nuclear materials, detecting the gamma rays that are emitted from the fission products formed by the thermal fission, to produce a detector signal, comparing the detector signal with a threshold value to form a comparison, and detecting the presence of the special nuclear materials using the comparison.
Norman; Eric B. (Oakland, CA), Prussin; Stanley G. (Kensington, CA)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
11/ 871,846
October 12, 2007
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT A part of this invention was made with United States Government support from Contract No. DE-AC03-76SF00098 between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The United States has certain rights in this invention.