The analysis of complex mixed-radiation fields using near real-time imaging

Beaumont, J. and Mellor, M.P. and Joyce, M.J. (2014) The analysis of complex mixed-radiation fields using near real-time imaging. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 161 (1-4). pp. 331-334. ISSN 0144-8420

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Abstract

A new mixed-field imaging system has been constructed at Lancaster University using the principles of collimation and back projection to passively locate and assess sources of neutron and gamma-ray radiation. The system was set up at the University of Manchester where three radiation sources: 252Cf, a lead-shielded 241Am/Be and a 22Na source were imaged. Real-time discrimination was used to find the respective components of the neutron and gamma-ray fields detected by a single EJ-301 liquid scintillator, allowing separate images of neutron and gamma-ray emitters to be formed. 252Cf and 22Na were successfully observed and located in the gamma-ray image; however, the 241Am/Be was not seen owing to surrounding lead shielding. The 252Cf and 241Am/Be neutron sources were seen clearly in the neutron image, demonstrating the advantage of this mixed-field technique over a gamma-ray-only image where the 241Am/Be source would have gone undetected.

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Journal Article
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Radiation Protection Dosimetry
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01 Apr 2019 16:10
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