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System for detecting special nuclear materials

United States Patent

July 14, 2015
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The present disclosure includes a radiological material detector having a convertor material that emits one or more photons in response to a capture of a neutron emitted by a radiological material; a photon detector arranged around the convertor material and that produces an electrical signal in response to a receipt of a photon; and a processor connected to the photon detector, the processor configured to determine the presence of a radiological material in response to a predetermined signature of the electrical signal produced at the photon detector. One or more detectors described herein can be integrated into a detection system that is suited for use in port monitoring, treaty compliance, and radiological material management activities.
Jandel; Marian (Los Alamos, NM), Rusev; Gencho Yordanov (Los Alamos, NM), Taddeucci; Terry Nicholas (Santa Fe, NM)
Los Alamos National Security, LLC (Los Alamos, NM)
13/ 784,045
March 4, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL RIGHTS The United States government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396 between the United States Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC for the operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory.