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Detection of neutrinos, antineutrinos, and neutrino-like particles

United States Patent

9,952,331
April 24, 2018
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An apparatus for detecting the presence of a nuclear reactor by the detection of antineutrinos from the reactor can include a radioactive sample having a measurable nuclear activity level and a decay rate capable of changing in response to the presence of antineutrinos, and a detector associated with the radioactive sample. The detector is responsive to at least one of a particle or radiation formed by decay of the radioactive sample. A processor associated with the detector can correlate rate of decay of the radioactive sample to a flux of the antineutrinos to detect the reactor.
Fischbach; Ephraim (West Lafayette, IN)
Purdue Research Foundation (West Lafayette, IN)
14/ 866,300
20160195622
September 25, 2015
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under DE-AC02-76ER01428 and DE-NE0000586 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.