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Portable nuclear material detector and process

United States Patent

April 1, 2008
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A portable, hand held, multi-sensor radiation detector is disclosed. The detection apparatus has a plurality of spaced sensor locations which are contained within a flexible housing. The detection apparatus, when suspended from an elevation, will readily assume a substantially straight, vertical orientation and may be used to monitor radiation levels from shipping containers. The flexible detection array can also assume a variety of other orientations to facilitate any unique container shapes or to conform to various physical requirements with respect to deployment of the detection array. The output of each sensor within the array is processed by at least one CPU which provides information in a usable form to a user interface. The user interface is used to provide the power requirements and operating instructions to the operational components within the detection array.
Hofstetter; Kenneth J (Aiken, SC), Fulghum; Charles K (Aiken, SC), Harpring; Lawrence J (North Augusta, SC), Huffman; Russell K (Augusta, GA), Varble; Donald L (Evans, GA)
Washington Savannah River Company LLP (Aiken, SC)
11/ 135,801
May 24, 2005
This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC0996-SR18500 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.