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Method and system for detecting explosives

United States Patent

7,501,637
March 10, 2009
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A method of detecting explosives in a vehicle includes providing a first rack on one side of the vehicle, the rack including a neutron generator and a plurality of gamma ray detectors; providing a second rack on another side of the vehicle, the second rack including a neutron generator and a plurality of gamma ray detectors; providing a control system, remote from the first and second racks, coupled to the neutron generators and gamma ray detectors; using the control system, causing the neutron generators to generate neutrons; and performing gamma ray spectroscopy on spectra read by the gamma ray detectors to look for a signature indicative of presence of an explosive. Various apparatus and other methods are also provided.
Reber; Edward L. (Idaho Falls, ID), Jewell; James K. (Idaho Falls, ID), Rohde; Kenneth W. (Idaho Falls, ID), Seabury; Edward H. (Idaho Falls, ID), Blackwood; Larry G. (Idaho Falls, ID), Edwards; Andrew J. (Idaho Falls, ID), Derr; Kurt W. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
11/ 877,192
20080224060
October 23, 2007
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The United States Government has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-99ID13727, and Contract No. DE-AC07-05ID14517 between the United States Department of Energy and Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC.