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Chemical detection system and related methods

United States Patent

June 27, 2017
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A chemical detection system includes a frame, an emitter coupled to the frame, and a detector coupled to the frame proximate the emitter. The system also includes a shielding system coupled to the frame and positioned at least partially between the emitter and the detector, wherein the frame positions a sensing surface of the detector in a direction substantially parallel to a plane extending along a front portion of the frame. A method of analyzing composition of a suspect object includes directing neutrons at the object, detecting gamma rays emitted from the object, and communicating spectrometer information regarding the gamma rays. The method also includes presenting a GUI to a user with a dynamic status of an ongoing neutron spectroscopy process. The dynamic status includes a present confidence for a plurality of compounds being present in the suspect object responsive to changes in the spectrometer information during the ongoing process.
Caffrey; Augustine J. (Idaho Falls, ID), Chichester; David L. (Idaho Falls, ID), Egger; Ann E. (Pocatello, ID), Krebs; Kenneth M. (Idaho Falls, ID), Seabury; Edward H. (Idaho Falls, ID), Van Siclen; Clinton D. (Idaho Falls, ID), Wharton; C. Jayson (Idaho Falls, ID), Zabriskie; John M. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
13/ 847,266
March 19, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This disclosure was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC07-051D14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the disclosure.