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Description: This image shows INL's Matt Kinlaw examining an array of gamma detectors on the Photonuclear Inspection and Threat Assessment System (PITAS) technology, used to determine the presence of nuclear materials. PITAS is a non-intrusive technology, which employs a transportable high-energy 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 patented cylindrical 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
Contributions: Matt Kinlaw, Idaho National Laboratory
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Date created: 13 August 2007
Date added: 13 April 2011
Resource ID: 3624