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Absolute nuclear material assay

United States Patent

July 13, 2010
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A method of absolute nuclear material assay of an unknown source comprising counting neutrons from the unknown source and providing an absolute nuclear material assay utilizing a model to optimally compare to the measured count distributions. In one embodiment, the step of providing an absolute nuclear material assay comprises utilizing a random sampling of analytically computed fission chain distributions to generate a continuous time-evolving sequence of event-counts by spreading the fission chain distribution in time.
Prasad; Manoj K. (Pleasanton, CA), Snyderman; Neal J. (Berkeley, CA), Rowland; Mark S. (Alamo, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
11/ 244,088
October 4, 2005
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.