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Multi-particle inspection using associated particle sources

United States Patent

9,261,468
February 16, 2016
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Disclosed herein are representative embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems for performing combined neutron and gamma ray radiography. For example, one exemplary system comprises: a neutron source; a set of alpha particle detectors configured to detect alpha particles associated with neutrons generated by the neutron source; neutron detectors positioned to detect at least some of the neutrons generated by the neutron source; a gamma ray source; a set of verification gamma ray detectors configured to detect verification gamma rays associated with gamma rays generated by the gamma ray source; a set of gamma ray detectors configured to detect gamma rays generated by the gamma ray source; and an interrogation region located between the neutron source, the gamma ray source, the neutron detectors, and the gamma ray detectors.
Bingham; Philip R. (Knoxville, TN), Mihalczo; John T. (Oak Ridge, TN), Mullens; James A. (Farragut, TN), McConchie; Seth M. (Knoxville, TN), Hausladen; Paul A. (Oak Ridge, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
13/ 801,695
20130264486
March 13, 2013
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.