Image icon  Photonuclear Inspection and Threat Assessment System (PITAS)

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Description: This image shows INL's award-winning Photonuclear Inspection and Threat Assessment System (PITAS), which is capable of detecting shielded nuclear materials in cargo containers at distances up to 200 meters. PITAS is a non-intrusive technology, which employs a transportable highenergy linear electron accelerator to channel high-velocity atomic photons into a precise invisible beam that inspects the cargo containers. If nuclear materials are present, this process instantly induces fission, or divisions, in the atomic nucleus of the material. Using a series of gamma and neutron detectors and a standard laptop computer, time-dependant gamma and neutron signatures emitting from the source are analyzed for illicit radiological characteristics.
Keywords: PITAS • photonuclear • gamma • photons • neutrons • fission • radiological • inspection • image
Categories: Applications > Energy > Nuclear energy
Other topics > Health & safety
Created by: Idaho National Laboratory
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Date created: 13 August 2007
Date added: 13 April 2011
Resource ID: 3623