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  1. Method of detecting gamma radiation

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    Hager, A.G.; Freeman, G.L.; Rush, J.; Branovich, L.E.; DuBuske, S.

    1983-03-07

    Gamma radiation is detected by placing iron doped glass or manganese doped glass in an environment subject to gamma radiation and then measuring any color change in the doped glass as a function of gamma radiation.

  2. Method of enhancing radiation response of radiation detection materials

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    Miller, Steven D. (Richland, WA)

    1997-01-01

    The present invention is a method of increasing radiation response of a radiation detection material for a given radiation signal by first pressurizing the radiation detection material. Pressurization may be accomplished by any means including mechanical and/or hydraulic. In this application, the term "pressure" includes fluid pressure and/or mechanical stress.

  3. Bayesian Methods for Radiation Detection and Dosimetry

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    Groe, Peter G

    2002-01-01

    We performed work in three areas: radiation detection, external and internal radiation dosimetry. In radiation detection we developed Bayesian techniques to estimate the net activity of high and low activity radioactive samples. These techniques have the advantage that the remaining uncertainty about the net activity is described by probability densities. Graphs of the densities show the uncertainty in pictorial form. Figure 1 below demonstrates this point. We applied stochastic processes for a method to obtain Bayesian estimates of 222Rn-daughter products from observed counting rates. In external radiation dosimetry we studied and developed Bayesian methods to estimate radiation doses to an individual with radiation induced chromosome aberrations. We analyzed chromosome aberrations after exposure to gammas and neutrons and developed a method for dose-estimation after criticality accidents. The research in internal radiation dosimetry focused on parameter estimation for compartmental models from observed comp...

  4. Bayesian Methods for Radiation Detection and Dosimetry

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    We performed work in three areas: radiation detection, external and internal radiation dosimetry. In radiation detection we developed Bayesian techniques to estimate the net activity of high and low activity radioactive samples. These techniques have the advantage that the remaining uncertainty about the net activity is described by probability densities. Graphs of the densities show the uncertainty in pictorial form. Figure 1 below demonstrates this point. We applied stochastic processes for a method to obtain Bayesian estimates of 222Rn-daughter products from observed counting rates. In external radiation dosimetry we studied and developed Bayesian methods to estimate radiation doses to an individual with radiation induced chromosome aberrations. We analyzed chromosome aberrations after exposure to gammas and neutrons and developed a method for dose-estimation after criticality accidents. The research in internal radiation dosimetry focused on parameter estimation for compartmental models from observed compartmental activities. From the estimated probability densities of the model parameters we were able to derive the densities for compartmental activities for a two compartment catenary model at different times. We also calculated the average activities and their standard deviation for a simple two compartment model

  5. Method and apparatus for the detection of ionizing radiation

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    A method and an apparatus for the detection of ionizing radiation is disclosed, in which a diamond is used as the radiosensitive element of the detecting apparatus, which diamond has low (2X10/sub -/3 at .% or less) nitrogen concentration and low (10/sub -/4 or less) birefringence, and in which diamond the lifetime of the free carriers generated by the ionizing radiation is 10-6s or longer. The current-voltage characteristic of the diamond under irradiation is linear at low bias voltage and the dose rate can be determined from the resistivity of the diamond. A synthetic diamond crystal can be used to advantage as the radiosensitive element

  6. One method for ionizing radiation sources detecting on earth surface

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    This report deals with geology-geophysical investigations of the Earth's surface by means of aerospace remote sensing, especially by methods using polarization parameters of light. It is shown that it is possible to detect sources of ionizing radiation, spreading on the Earth's surface and containing any kind of emitted particles (or their combinations), by means of a special technique. The physical argumentation of ionizing radiation influence on parameters of the upper soil layer and certain quantitative approximations are considered. The opportunities to detect the influence of radiation sources by means of remote optical polarization mapping of soils are demonstrated. This technique could be used in survey of the bare soil, i.e. the soil without vegetation

  7. Ultra-high sensitivity radiation detection apparatus and method

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    Gross, Kenneth C. (Bolingbrook, IL); Valentine, John D. (Cincinnati, OH); Markum, Francis (Joliet, IL); Zawadzki, Mary (Rouses Point, NY); Dickerman, Charles (Downers Grove, IL)

    1999-01-01

    A method and apparatus are provided to concentrate and detect very low levels of radioactive noble gases from the atmosphere. More specifically the invention provides a method and apparatus to concentrate xenon, krypton and radon in an organic fluid and to detect these gases by the radioactive emissions.

  8. Radiation sensitive devices and systems for detection of radioactive materials and related methods

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    Kotter, Dale K

    2014-12-02

    Radiation sensitive devices include a substrate comprising a radiation sensitive material and a plurality of resonance elements coupled to the substrate. Each resonance element is configured to resonate responsive to non-ionizing incident radiation. Systems for detecting radiation from a special nuclear material include a radiation sensitive device and a sensor located remotely from the radiation sensitive device and configured to measure an output signal from the radiation sensitive device. In such systems, the radiation sensitive device includes a radiation sensitive material and a plurality of resonance elements positioned on the radiation sensitive material. Methods for detecting a presence of a special nuclear material include positioning a radiation sensitive device in a location where special nuclear materials are to be detected and remotely interrogating the radiation sensitive device with a sensor.

  9. Method of detecting radiations in instruments based on microchannel plates

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    It is shown by the example of recording ultraviolet radiation of a pulsed laser that coordinate information can be directly obtained from both the plate and the memory matrix in radiation detectors based on microchannel plates. A video channel consisted of an electrooptical vidicon system, a transmitting video camera, and a video monitor was used to read out and represent the information

  10. Radiation detection method and system using the sequential probability ratio test

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    Nelson, Karl E. (Livermore, CA); Valentine, John D. (Redwood City, CA); Beauchamp, Brock R. (San Ramon, CA)

    2007-07-17

    A method and system using the Sequential Probability Ratio Test to enhance the detection of an elevated level of radiation, by determining whether a set of observations are consistent with a specified model within a given bounds of statistical significance. In particular, the SPRT is used in the present invention to maximize the range of detection, by providing processing mechanisms for estimating the dynamic background radiation, adjusting the models to reflect the amount of background knowledge at the current point in time, analyzing the current sample using the models to determine statistical significance, and determining when the sample has returned to the expected background conditions.

  11. Systems and methods for detecting nuclear radiation in the presence of backgrounds

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    Bross, Alan D.; Mellott, Kerry L.; Pla-Dalmau, Anna

    2005-06-21

    Systems and methods for the simultaneous detection and identification of radiation species, including neutrons, gammas/x-rays and minimum ionizing particles (MIPs). A plurality of rectangular and/or triangularly shaped radiation sensitive scintillators can be configured from a plurality of nano-sized particles, dopants and an extruded plastic material. A wavelength-shifting fiber can then be located within a central hole of each extruded scintillator, wherein the wavelength-shifting fiber absorbs scintillation light and re-emits the light at a longer wavelength, thereby piping the light to a photodetector whose response to the light indicates the presence of radiation The resulting method and system can simultaneously detect neutrons, gamma rays, x-rays and cosmic rays (MIPs) and identify each.

  12. Novel detection methods for radiation-induced electron-hole pairs.

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    Nordquist, Christopher Daniel; Cich, Michael Joseph; Vawter, Gregory Allen; Derzon, Mark Steven; Martinez, Marino John

    2010-09-01

    Most common ionizing radiation detectors typically rely on one of two general methods: collection of charge generated by the radiation, or collection of light produced by recombination of excited species. Substantial efforts have been made to improve the performance of materials used in these types of detectors, e.g. to raise the operating temperature, to improve the energy resolution, timing or tracking ability. However, regardless of the material used, all these detectors are limited in performance by statistical variation in the collection efficiency, for charge or photons. We examine three alternative schemes for detecting ionizing radiation that do not rely on traditional direct collection of the carriers or photons produced by the radiation. The first method detects refractive index changes in a resonator structure. The second looks at alternative means to sense the chemical changes caused by radiation on a scintillator-type material. The final method examines the possibilities of sensing the perturbation caused by radiation on the transmission of a RF transmission line structure. Aspects of the feasibility of each approach are examined and recommendations made for further work.

  13. Apparatus and method for the simultaneous detection of neutrons and ionizing electromagnetic radiation

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    Bell, Zane W. (Oak Ridge, TN)

    2000-01-01

    A sensor for simultaneously detecting neutrons and ionizing electromagnetic radiation comprising: a sensor for the detection of gamma radiation, the sensor defining a sensing head; the sensor further defining an output end in communication with the sensing head; and an exterior neutron-sensitive material configured to form around the sensing head; wherein the neutron-sensitive material, subsequent to the capture of the neutron, fissions into an alpha-particle and a .sup.7 Li ion that is in a first excited state in a majority of the fissions, the first excited state decaying via the emission of a single gamma ray at 478 keV which can in turn be detected by the sensing head; and wherein the sensing head can also detect the ionizing electromagnetic radiation from an incident radiation field without significant interference from the neutron-sensitive material. A method for simultaneously detecting neutrons and ionizing electromagnetic radiation comprising the steps of: providing a gamma ray sensitive detector comprising a sensing head and an output end; conforming an exterior neutron-sensitive material configured to form around the sensing head of the detector; capturing neutrons by the sensing head causing the neutron-sensitive material to fission into an alpha-particle and a .sup.7 Li ion that is in a first excited state in a majority of the fissions, the state decaying via the emission of a single gamma ray at 478 keV; sensing gamma rays entering the detector through the neutron-sensitive material; and producing an output through a readout device coupled to the output end; wherein the detector provides an output which is proportional to the energy of the absorbed ionizing electromagnetic radiation.

  14. Method for Creating and Detecting Hydrogen Sorption Sites Using Gamma Radiation

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    Muga, Barbara G

    2010-01-01

    Using gamma radiation and volumetric analysis of desorbed gas, hydrogen gas bonding sites have been created and detected in select materials. Desorption of hydrogen was followed over a benign temperature-pressure range. The extent of active site formation depends on radiation dosage; quenching of sites occurs over prolonged heating at low pressures. An estimate of the hydrogen bonding energy can be made on the basis of a partial temperature profile of the gas released at one atmosphere pressure. It appears that the bonding energy can be adjusted by mixing candidate materials. A guide for further investigation and application of the method is outlined.

  15. Apparatus and method for detecting electromagnetic radiation using electron photoemission in a micromechanical sensor

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    Datskos, Panagiotis G. (Knoxville, TN); Rajic, Slobodan (Knoxville, TN); Datskou, Irene C. (Knoxville, TN); Egert, Charles M. (Oak Ridge, TN)

    2002-01-01

    A micromechanical sensor and method for detecting electromagnetic radiation involve producing photoelectrons from a metal surface in contact with a semiconductor. The photoelectrons are extracted into the semiconductor, which causes photo-induced bending. The resulting bending is measured, and a signal corresponding to the measured bending is generated and processed. A plurality of individual micromechanical sensors can be arranged in a two-dimensional matrix for imaging applications.

  16. FISH as A method for detection of radiation Induced genetic damage

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    Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) has been considered as a suitable method for rapid and easy detection of chromosome aberrations. In contrast to the standard conventional staining procedure, this technique enables the detection and specification of stable chromosomal re-arrangements, which are compatible with cellular division and thus, they could be transmitted from common ancestral to next cell generations. FISH chromosome - specific painting probes have been effectively applied for the detection of chromosomal damage after exposure to radiation. During last years, several specific fluorescent labeled probes were performed that allowed precise detection of centromeres, sub-telomeres or other regions (sequences) in genome. Our paper deals with describing of different types of FISH probes and their possibilities for application in radiobiology. (authors)

  17. Methods for radiation detection and characterization using a multiple detector probe

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    Akers, Douglas William; Roybal, Lyle Gene

    2014-11-04

    Apparatuses, methods, and systems relating to radiological characterization of environments are disclosed. Multi-detector probes with a plurality of detectors in a common housing may be used to substantially concurrently detect a plurality of different radiation activities and types. Multiple multi-detector probes may be used in a down-hole environment to substantially concurrently detect radioactive activity and contents of a buried waste container. Software may process, analyze, and integrate the data from the different multi-detector probes and the different detector types therein to provide source location and integrated analysis as to the source types and activity in the measured environment. Further, the integrated data may be used to compensate for differential density effects and the effects of radiation shielding materials within the volume being measured.

  18. Detecting gravitational radiation from neutron stars using a six-parameter adaptive MCMC method

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    Umstätter, R; Dupuis, R J; Veitch, J; Woan, G; Christensen, N; Umst\\"atter, Richard; Meyer, Renate; Veitch, John; Woan, Graham; Christensen, Nelson

    2004-01-01

    We present a Markov chain Monte Carlo technique for detecting gravitational radiation from a neutron star in laser interferometer data. The algorithm can estimate up to six unknown parameters of the target, including the rotation frequency and frequency derivative, using reparametrization, delayed rejection and simulated annealing. We highlight how a simple extension of the method, distributed over multiple computer processors, will allow for a search over a narrow frequency band. The ultimate goal of this research is to search for sources at a known locations, but uncertain spin parameters, such as may be found in SN1987A.

  19. Semiconductor radiation detection systems

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    2010-01-01

    Covers research in semiconductor detector and integrated circuit design in the context of medical imaging using ionizing radiation. This book explores other applications of semiconductor radiation detection systems in security applications such as luggage scanning, dirty bomb detection and border control.

  20. Method for Creating and Detecting Hydrogen Sorption Sites Using Gamma Radiation

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    Muga, Barbara G.; Muga, M. Luis

    2010-01-01

    Using gamma radiation and volumetric analysis of desorbed gas, hydrogen gas bonding sites have been created and detected in select materials. Desorption of hydrogen was followed over a benign temperature-pressure range. The extent of active site formation depends on radiation dosage; quenching of sites occurs over prolonged heating at low pressures. An estimate of the hydrogen bonding energy can be made on the basis of a partial temperature profile of the gas released at one...

  1. Detection of reciprocal chromosome translocations as an indicator of organism exposure to ionizing radiation by FISH-WCP method

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    Chromosome translocations are considered to be the gold standard for assessing ionizing radiation exposure. Because translocations are inherently more stable through cell division than dicentrics, translocations have become the aberration of choice for evaluating many types of exposure. Fluorescence in situ hybridization with whole chromosome painting probes (FISH-WCP) has been shown to be a rapid method of detecting chromosomal rearrangements, and appears to be especially useful for analysis of induced translocations. The present paper shortly describes FISH-WCP method for detection of reciprocal translocations as indicators of exposure to ionizing radiation. (authors)

  2. Apparatus and method for examining a blood vessel of interest using radiation detected outside the body

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    A gamma camera is described in detail for use in examining the blood circulation in vessels adjacent to the heart. The radiation source (e.g. 68Ga) emits positrons whose annihilation is localised and produces two 0.115 MeV gamma rays in exactly opposite directions. By detecting both gamma rays in coincidence in position sensitive multi-wire proportional chambers, lines may be drawn between detected pairs and the intersection of of all such pairs will define the position of the positron emitting source. The radiation source may be tracked in three dimensions by suitably arranging the detectors around the patient's chest. The position of the radiation source can be recorded as a function of time and hence provide information about the velocity of blood flow through each coronary artery. This information may help determine the extent, severity and location of stenotic lesions of the coronary arteries. (U.K.)

  3. Study on the stabilizing factor of the discrete-integral method for radiation detection in scintillation radioisotope instrument

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    An experimental investigation of the stabilizing factor of the discrete method for recording a radiation flux is described. The investigation makes use of comparative measurements of a radiation flux by the discrete and analog methods under comparable conditions and with the same variations due to changes in the conversion coefficient of the measuring channel, and first of all, of the radiation detector. Beta particles of 90Sr+90Yt isotope from the standard BIS-10 source were detected in the experiment. A scintillation counter (photomultiplier-13 and a crystal of stilbene) was used as radiation detector. The experimental results comparable with theoretical data show that the stabilization factor of the discrete-integral method for recording an ionizing radiation flux at Esub(n)/Esub(m) much less than 0.3 ensures very accurate measuring apparatus with a stabilization factor up to 100 without applying high requirements for the radiation detector parameter stabilization (Esub(n) is the threshold energy of the particle (quantum). Esub(m) is the maximum energy of the recorded radiation spectrum)

  4. Including shielding effects in application of the TPCA method for detection of embedded radiation sources.

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    Johnson, William C.; Shokair, Isaac R.

    2011-12-01

    Conventional full spectrum gamma spectroscopic analysis has the objective of quantitative identification of all the radionuclides present in a measurement. For low-energy resolution detectors such as NaI, when photopeaks alone are not sufficient for complete isotopic identification, such analysis requires template spectra for all the radionuclides present in the measurement. When many radionuclides are present it is difficult to make the correct identification and this process often requires many attempts to obtain a statistically valid solution by highly skilled spectroscopists. A previous report investigated using the targeted principal component analysis method (TPCA) for detection of embedded sources for RPM applications. This method uses spatial/temporal information from multiple spectral measurements to test the hypothesis of the presence of a target spectrum of interest in these measurements without the need to identify all the other radionuclides present. The previous analysis showed that the TPCA method has significant potential for automated detection of target radionuclides of interest, but did not include the effects of shielding. This report complements the previous analysis by including the effects of spectral distortion due to shielding effects for the same problem of detection of embedded sources. Two examples, one with one target radionuclide and the other with two, show that the TPCA method can successfully detect shielded targets in the presence of many other radionuclides. The shielding parameters are determined as part of the optimization process using interpolation of library spectra that are defined on a 2D grid of atomic numbers and areal densities.

  5. Ionizing radiation as optimization method for aluminum detection from drinking water samples

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    Bazante-Yamguish, Renata; Geraldo, Aurea Beatriz C.; Moura, Eduardo; Manzoli, Jose Eduardo, E-mail: ryamaguishi@ipen.br, E-mail: ageraldo@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    The presence of organic compounds in water samples is often responsible for metal complexation; depending on the analytic method, the organic fraction may dissemble the evaluation of the real values of metal concentration. Pre-treatment of the samples is advised when organic compounds are interfering agents, and thus sample mineralization may be accomplished by several chemical and/or physical methods. Here, the ionizing radiation was used as an advanced oxidation process (AOP), for sample pre-treatment before the analytic determination of total and dissolved aluminum by ICP-OES in drinking water samples from wells and spring source located at Billings dam region. Before irradiation, the spring source and wells' samples showed aluminum levels of 0.020 mg/l and 0.2 mg/l respectively; after irradiation, both samples showed a 8-fold increase of aluminum concentration. These results are discussed considering other physical and chemical parameters and peculiarities of sample sources. (author)

  6. Ionizing radiation as optimization method for aluminum detection from drinking water samples

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    The presence of organic compounds in water samples is often responsible for metal complexation; depending on the analytic method, the organic fraction may dissemble the evaluation of the real values of metal concentration. Pre-treatment of the samples is advised when organic compounds are interfering agents, and thus sample mineralization may be accomplished by several chemical and/or physical methods. Here, the ionizing radiation was used as an advanced oxidation process (AOP), for sample pre-treatment before the analytic determination of total and dissolved aluminum by ICP-OES in drinking water samples from wells and spring source located at Billings dam region. Before irradiation, the spring source and wells' samples showed aluminum levels of 0.020 mg/l and 0.2 mg/l respectively; after irradiation, both samples showed a 8-fold increase of aluminum concentration. These results are discussed considering other physical and chemical parameters and peculiarities of sample sources. (author)

  7. An improved method to detect small amounts of radiation damage in DNA of eukaryotic cells

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    Centrifugation in neutral sucrose gradients has a high sensitivity in the detection of SSBs, but the technique is prone to errors introduced by the absorption of DNA aggregates onto the wall of the centrifuge tube. Ethidium bromide (EtBr) was added to the sucrose gradient at a concentration (30 ?g/ml) chosen so that the removal of negative superhelical DNA turns was compensated for by the establishment of positive ones. The position of the EtBr-DNA complex in the gradient was located as a red band under 350 nm illumination. Details are given of the application of the method in the detection of the formation and repair of SSBs in irradiated mouse thymus cells. (UK)

  8. Remote detection device and detection method therefor

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    The present invention provides a non-destructive detection device for collectively, efficiently and effectively conducting maintenance and detection for confirming the integrity of a nuclear reactor by way of a shielding member for shielding radiation rays generated from an objective portion to be detected. Namely, devices for direct visual detection using an under water TV camera as a sensor, an eddy current detection using a coil as a sensor and each magnetic powder flow detection are integrated and applied collectively. Specifically, the visual detection by using the TV camera and the eddy current flaw detection are adopted together. The flaw detection with magnetic powder is applied as a means for confirming the results of the two kinds of detections by other method. With such procedures, detection techniques using respective specific theories are combined thereby enabling to enhance the accuracy for the evaluation of the detection. (I.S.)

  9. Radiation detection system

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    A circuit is disclosed that detects radiation transients and provides a clamping signal in response to each transient. The clamping signal is present from the time the transient rises above a given threshold level and for a known duration thereafter. The system includes radiation sensors, a blocking oscillator that generates a pulse in response to each sensor signal, and an output pulse duration control circuit. The oscillator pulses are fed simultaneously to the output pulse duration control circuit and to an OR gate, the output of which comprises the system output. The output pulse duration is controlled by the time required to magnetize a magnetic core to saturation in first one direction and then the other

  10. Data derandomizer and method of operation for radiation imaging detection systems

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    A nuclear imaging system includes an analog signal processor which features analog data derandomization for minimizing data loss due to pulse pile-up. A scintillation detector provides a sequence of analog data pulses to the signal processor, the data pulses characterizing the energy level and situs of respective radiation events striking the detector. The signal processor includes sets of novel peak detectors and of sample and hold circuits which are serially connected and are operated to derandomize or space the sequence of analog data pulses so that the system can process pulses corresponding to photopeak events occurring only 1.5 microseconds apart. The analog data pulses are stored in analog pulse form in the peak detectors and are selectively transferred into the sample and hold circuitry from which they are transferred to the display mechanism. The signal processor is multiplexed with several data input channels for accommodating dual isotope operation. A control unit is provided which controls the data processing cycle according to a predetermined processing time, or according to signals from external system apparatus. The control unit provides automatic resetting for assurance that the signal processor does not become locked into an inoperative, nondata processing state. The novel peak detectors are controlled by the control unit and feature input biasing for increased detection sensitivity, proportional dumping for discharging the stored peak value at a rate proportional to the value of the stored peak, and selective input data gating so that only the peak containing portion of the input signal is input into the detector. 28 claims, 10 figures

  11. Radiation protection, measurements and methods

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    The introductory lectures discuss subjects such as radiation protection principles and appropriate measuring techniques; methods, quantities and units in radiation protection measurement; technical equipment; national and international radiation protection standards. The papers presented at the various sessions deal with: Dosimetry of external radiation (27 papers); Working environment monitoring and emission monitoring (21 contributions); Environmental monitoring (19 papers); Incorporation monitoring (9 papers); Detection limits (4 papers); Non-ionizing radiation, measurement of body dose and biological dosimetry (10 papers). All 94 contributions (lectures, compacts and posters) are retrievable as separate records. (HP)

  12. Radiation Detection Computational Benchmark Scenarios

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    Shaver, Mark W.; Casella, Andrew M.; Wittman, Richard S.; McDonald, Ben S.

    2013-09-24

    Modeling forms an important component of radiation detection development, allowing for testing of new detector designs, evaluation of existing equipment against a wide variety of potential threat sources, and assessing operation performance of radiation detection systems. This can, however, result in large and complex scenarios which are time consuming to model. A variety of approaches to radiation transport modeling exist with complementary strengths and weaknesses for different problems. This variety of approaches, and the development of promising new tools (such as ORNL’s ADVANTG) which combine benefits of multiple approaches, illustrates the need for a means of evaluating or comparing different techniques for radiation detection problems. This report presents a set of 9 benchmark problems for comparing different types of radiation transport calculations, identifying appropriate tools for classes of problems, and testing and guiding the development of new methods. The benchmarks were drawn primarily from existing or previous calculations with a preference for scenarios which include experimental data, or otherwise have results with a high level of confidence, are non-sensitive, and represent problem sets of interest to NA-22. From a technical perspective, the benchmarks were chosen to span a range of difficulty and to include gamma transport, neutron transport, or both and represent different important physical processes and a range of sensitivity to angular or energy fidelity. Following benchmark identification, existing information about geometry, measurements, and previous calculations were assembled. Monte Carlo results (MCNP decks) were reviewed or created and re-run in order to attain accurate computational times and to verify agreement with experimental data, when present. Benchmark information was then conveyed to ORNL in order to guide testing and development of hybrid calculations. The results of those ADVANTG calculations were then sent to PNNL for compilation. This is a report describing the details of the selected Benchmarks and results from various transport codes.

  13. Evaluation methods for detecting changes in beam output and energy in radiation beams from high-energy linear accelerators

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    Ravichandran R

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available There is need for simple methods for checking consistency of beam outputs and energy in linear accelerators used for radiotherapy. A method was designed by the department using perspex phantom with which the dosimetric data of two medical linear accelerators (Clinac 600 CD, Clinac 2300 CD were evaluated over a period of 30 months. The efficacy of methods followed was checked. Routine beam consistency checks were designed for photon beams with 15 cm/ 5 cm depth ionizations in perspex phantom and variable depth combinations for electron beams. Calculated ionization ratios were compared with measured values to show their significance. The dose/MU for all radiation beams was maintained within 2% accuracy over the period of 30 months. Clinac 600 CD machine showed decreasing trend of cGy/MU, while Clinac 2300 CD showed increasing trend of cGy/MU over a period, which needed tuning of monitor chamber two times each. Tuning of output to achieve standard value was carried out once, for all electron energies when the output dose/MU exceeded 3%. During one week (June 2005, there were slight changes in electron energy detected using the ratio method, which did not recur anytime afterwards. The methods designed are adequate to find the consistency in the beam output and energies in the radiotherapy linacs.

  14. Evaluation methods for detecting changes in beam output and energy in radiation beams from high-energy linear accelerators

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    There is need for simple methods for checking consistency of beam outputs and energy in linear accelerators used for radiotherapy. A method was designed by the department using perspex phantom with which the dosimetric data of two medical linear accelerators (Clinac 600 CD, Clinac 2300 CD) were evaluated over a period of 30 months. The efficacy of methods followed was checked. Routine beam consistency checks were designed for photon beams with 15 cm/5 cm depth ionizations in perspex phantom and variable depth combinations for electron beams. Calculated ionization ratios were compared with measured values to show their significance. The dose/MU for all radiation beams was maintained within 2% accuracy over the period of 30 months. Clinac 600 CD machine showed decreasing trend of cGy/MU, while Clinac 2300 CD showed increasing trend of cGy/MU over a period, which needed tuning of monitor chamber two times each. Tuning of output to achieve standard value was carried out once, for all electron energies when the output dose/MU exceeded 3%. During one week (June 2005), there were slight changes in electron energy detected using the ratio method, which did not recur anytime afterwards. The methods designed are adequate to find the consistency in the beam output and energies in the radiotherapy linacs. (author)

  15. Possibilities of detecting radiation-treated foodstuffs

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    The indicator, range of applied doses and method of detection of radiation treatment of foods are given for meat, fats, fish, other sea products, fruits, mushrooms, sugars, starches, cereals and potatoes. (J.P.)

  16. Superheated emulsion detector: a benign, non-invasive method to detect gamma radiation

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    The objective of the present work is to study the response of superheated emulsion detectors to different dose rates of gamma rays. Another aim of this work is to find out the variation of the efficiency of detection by superheated liquid, with the energy of gamma ray photons

  17. Principles of radiation detection

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    After a short description of the ionizing radiations and their interactions with matter, the properties and functions of radiation detector systems in general and of the scintillation and semiconductor detectors in particular are presented. Figs and tabs

  18. Measurement and detection of radiation

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    Tsoulfanidis, Nicholas

    2015-01-01

    This fourth edition reflects recent major developments that have occurred in radiation detector materials, systems, and applications. It continues to provide the most practical and up-to-date introduction to radiation detector technology, proper measurement techniques, and analysis of results for engineers and scientists using radiation sources. New chapters emphasize the expanded use of radiation detection systems in nuclear non-proliferation, homeland security, and nuclear medicine. The book also discusses the correct ways to perform measurements following current health physics procedures.

  19. Measurement and detection of radiation

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    Tsoulfanidis, Nicholas

    2011-01-01

    This is an update of the standard textbook for the field of radiation measurement. It includes illustrative examples and new problems. The research and applications of nuclear instrumentation have grown substantially since publication of the previous editions. With the miniaturization of equipment, increased speed of electronic components, and more sophisticated software, radiation detection systems are now more productively used in many disciplines, including nuclear nonproliferation, homeland security, and nuclear medicine. Continuing in the tradition of its bestselling predecessors, "Measurement and Detection of Radiation, Third Edition" illustrates the fundamentals of nuclear interactions and radiation detection with a multitude of examples and problems. It offers a clearly written, accessible introduction to nuclear instrumentation concepts. The following are new to the third edition: a new chapter on the latest applications of radiation detection, covering nuclear medicine, dosimetry, health physics, no...

  20. The role of methods of radiation diagnosis in detecting vascular dementia

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    The objective of our research was to identify characteristic morphological changes in the structure of the brain, their location, the size, the study of association cortex, sub cortex, the establishment of differential diagnostic features for vascular discirculatory encephalopathy various etiologies (aneurysms, AVMs, tumor lesions of the brain, various vasculopathy ). We used a CT scanner ASTENYON-SUPER 4 (firm Toshiba), staffed workstation 'VITREA-2' and 'VITREA-3' firm 'VITAL IMAGES Inc.' (U.S. and Avanto MRI T1, 5 (Siemens). Multislice CT angiography is a fairly modern method in clinical practice and in the foreign medicine (authors)

  1. Methods for routine control of irradiated food: Optimization of a method for detection of radiation-induced hydrocarbons and its application to various foods

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    Spiegelberg, A.; Schulzki, G.; Helle, N.; Bögl, K. W.; Schreiber, G. A.

    1994-05-01

    By comparison of two methods for the isolation of radiation-induced hydrocarbons, high vacuum "cold finger" distillation and Florisil column chromatography, it could be shown that the sensitivity of both was similar whereas the latter seemed to be more practical for routine application. In optimizing studies, the influence of the degree of Florisil activation and the influence of the irradiation temperature on hydrocarbon yields as well as the resolution of hydrocarbons on polar and non-polar gas chromatographic capillary columns have been examined. From the successful application of the method to different fat containing foodstuffs, it is concluded that the Florisils column chromatography is well suited as clean-up procedure for the gas chromatographic/mass spectrometric (GC/MS) detection of irradiated products by routine food control analyses.

  2. Methods for routine control of irradiated food: optimization of a method for detection of radiation-induced hydrocarbons and its application to various foods

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    By comparison of two methods for the isolation of radiation-induced hydrocarbons, high vacuum ''cold finger'' distillation and Florisil column chromatography, it could be shown that the sensitivity of both was similar whereas the latter seemed to be more practical for routine application. In optimizing studies, the influence of the degree of Florisil activation and the influence of the irradiation temperature on hydrocarbon yields as the resolution of hydrocarbons on polar and non-polar gas chromatographic capillary columns have been examined. From the successful application of the method to different fat containing foodstuffs, it is concluded that the Florisil column chromatography is well suited as clean-up procedure for the gas chromatographic/mass spectrometric (GC/MS) detection of irradiated products by routine food control analyses. (author)

  3. Determination of radiation-induced hydrocarbons in processed food and complex lipid matrices. A new solid phase extraction (SPE) method for detection of irradiated components in food

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    Detection of irradiated components in processed food with complex lipid matrices can be affected by two problems. First, the processed food may contain only a small amount of the irradiated component, and the radiation-induced hydrocarbons may be diluted throughout the lipid matrix of the whole food. Second, in complex lipid matrices, the detection of prior irradiation is often disturbed by fat-associated compounds. In these cases, common solid phase extraction (SPE) Florisil clean-up alone is inadequate in the detection of prior irradiation. Subsequent SPE argentation chromatography of the Florisil eluate allows the measurement of small amounts of irradiated lipid-containing ingredients in processed food as well as the detection of prior irradiation in complex lipid matrices such as paprika and chilli. SPE argetation chromatography is the first method available for the selective enrichment of radiation-specific hydrocarbons from even complex lipid matrices, thus enabling the detection of irradiation does as low as 0.025 kGy. Furthermore, by using radiation-induced hydrocarbons in the detection of prior irradiation of paprika and chilli powder, a second independent method, the first being measurement of thermoluminescence, is available for the analysis of these matrices. Such analysis could be achieved by using this highly sensitive, cheap and easy to perform combined SPE Florisil/argentation chromatography method, without the need for sophisticated techniques like SFE-GC/MS or LC-GC/MS, so that highly sensitive detection of prior irradiation colud be performed in almost every laboratory

  4. Electronics for radiation detection

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    Addresses the developments in the design of semiconductor detectors and integrated circuits, in the context of medical imaging using ionizing radiation. This book explains how circuits for radiation are built, focusing on practical information about how they are being used, rather than mathematical details.

  5. Aerial Radiation Detection

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    An airborne system designed for the detection of radioactive sources on the soil surface from an aircraft normally senses gamma rays emitted by the source. Gamma rays have the longest path length (least attenuation) through the air of any of the common radioactive emissions and will thus permit source detection at large distances. A secondary benefit from gamma rays detection if that nearly all radioactive isotopes can be identified by the spectrum of gammas emitted. Major gaseous emissions from fuel processing plants emit gammas that may be detected and identified. Some types of special nuclear material also emit neutrons which are also useful for detection at a distance

  6. Bayesian detection analysis for radiation exposure, II

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    The application of Bayesian statistical methods to the interpretation of radiation protection measurements has been discussed in the first article of the series in 1993. The present work continues that discussion and (1) provides sharper definitions of detection categories POSITIVE, SMALL, and NDA; (2) describes an empirical method for determining the prior probability distribution; (3) describes a sequential re-measurement strategy; and (4) defines detection limits LMDA (minimum detectable amount) and LMMA (maximum missed amount) based on the Bayesian detection criterion POSITIVE. It is shown that the Bayesian detection criterion is always more stringent than the classical criterion. (author)

  7. A radiation remote detection device

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    The radiation detection device is composed of an optical fiber, a sensing crystal, which, when interacting with a radiation, emits light that propagates through the fiber optic, and an optic sheath surrounding the crystal. The sheath refractive index is inferior to the crystal index, thus ensuring that the light is totally confined. Application to dosimetry and microdosimetry. 3 refs., 2 figs

  8. Detection of nuclear radiations

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    A summary of the lectures about the ordinary detectors of nuclear radiations given by the author in the Courses of Introduction to Nuclear Engineering held at the JEN up to the date of publication is given. Those lectures are considered to be a necessary introduction to Nuclear Instrumentation and Applied electronics to Nuclear Engineering so it has been intent to underline those characteristics of radiation detectors that must be taken in consideration in choosing or designing the electronic equipment associated to them in order to take advantage of each detector possibilities. (Author) 8 refs

  9. Detection of nuclear radiations

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    A summary of the lectures about the ordinary detectors of nuclear radiations explained by the author in the courses of Nuclear Engineering held at the J.E.N. up to the date of publication is given. Those lectures are considered to be a necessary introduction to Nuclear Instrumentation and Applied Electronics to Nuclear Engineering so it has been intended to underline those characteristics of radiation detectors that must be taken in consideration in choosing or designing the electronic equipment associated to them in order to take advantage of each detector possibilities. (Author)

  10. Detection of gravitational radiation

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    In this report the main contributions presented at the named symposium are collected. These concern astrophysical sources of gravitational radiation, ultracryogenic gravitational wave experiments, read out and data analysis of gravitational wave antennas, cryogenic aspects of large mass cooling to mK temperatures, and metallurgical and engineering aspects of large Cu structure manufacturing. (HSI)

  11. Detecting low level radiation source

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    A system for detecting a low level radiation source, for use with or as a security system, has a free standing self-sufficient component disposed at or near a high risk area to be protected, and a remote monitoring unit. A detector assembly is provided which measures dynamically the ambient or background average radiation level. If a radiation level is sensed which is higher than said ambient level by a certain threshold level which is related to the standard deviation of said ambient radiation an alarm signal is generated which activates audible or visual annunciators. A self-testing facility is also provided. (author)

  12. Detecting low level radiation source

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    Daubek, G.J.; Middleton, K.T.; Miller, R.I.; Moler, R.B.

    1985-11-13

    A system for detecting a low level radiation source, for use with or as a security system, has a free standing self-sufficient component disposed at or near a high risk area to be protected, and a remote monitoring unit. A detector assembly is provided which measures dynamically the ambient or background average radiation level. If a radiation level is sensed which is higher than said ambient level by a certain threshold level which is related to the standard deviation of said ambient radiation an alarm signal is generated which activates audible or visual annunciators. A self-testing facility is also provided.

  13. Radiation Detection for Homeland Security Applications

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    2008-05-01

    In the past twenty years or so, there have been significant changes in the strategy and applications for homeland security. Recently there have been significant at deterring and interdicting terrorists and associated organizations. This is a shift in the normal paradigm of deterrence and surveillance of a nation and the `conventional' methods of warfare to the `unconventional' means that terrorist organizations resort to. With that shift comes the responsibility to monitor international borders for weapons of mass destruction, including radiological weapons. As a result, countries around the world are deploying radiation detection instrumentation to interdict the illegal shipment of radioactive material crossing international borders. These efforts include deployments at land, rail, air, and sea ports of entry in the US and in European and Asian countries. Radioactive signatures of concern include radiation dispersal devices (RDD), nuclear warheads, and special nuclear material (SNM). Radiation portal monitors (RPMs) are used as the main screening tool for vehicles and cargo at borders, supplemented by handheld detectors, personal radiation detectors, and x-ray imaging systems. This talk will present an overview of radiation detection equipment with emphasis on radiation portal monitors. In the US, the deployment of radiation detection equipment is being coordinated by the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office within the Department of Homeland Security, and a brief summary of the program will be covered. Challenges with current generation systems will be discussed as well as areas of investigation and opportunities for improvements. The next generation of radiation portal monitors is being produced under the Advanced Spectroscopic Portal program and will be available for deployment in the near future. Additional technologies, from commercially available to experimental, that provide additional information for radiation screening, such as density imaging equipment, will be reviewed. Opportunities for further research and development to improve the current equipment and methodologies for radiation detection for the important task of homeland security will be the final topic to be discussed.

  14. Radiation detection device

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    A radiation detector suitable for use in computer tomography device has an ionization chamber which comprises a high voltage electrode, a collector electrode, a high voltage source having two terminals, one connected to the high voltage electrode, current measuring means having two terminals, one connected to the high voltage source and the other to the collector electrode, and an auxilliary electrode near and parallel to the entrance window of the device, having one adjacent to the high voltage electrode and the other adjacent but not connected to the collector electrode. The auxilliary electrode is connected to the high voltage source. In this way the electric field between the high voltage and collector electrodes is made homogeneous in the vicinity of the auxilliary electrode, improving the measuring speed of the detector

  15. Cryogenically cooled radiation detection apparatus

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    This patent describes a radiation detection apparatus coolable to cryogenic temperatures comprising: (a) an outer vessel having walls defining an interior cavity therein; (b) an inner vessel disposed within the interior cavity of the outer vessel and itself having walls defining an interior cavity for holding cryogenic coolant; (c) means for supporting the inner vessel within the interior cavity of the outer vessel with the walls of the inner vessel spaced away from the surfaces of the outer vessel and for providing communication between the ambient atmosphere and the interior cavity of the inner vessel; (d) window means for providing transmission of radiation to be detected through a window to an opening in the outer wall of the outer vessel while sealing off the vacuum chamber defined between the inner and outer vessels from the ambient atmosphere; (e) a mounting member formed of a highly heat conductive metal mounted to the bottom surface of the inner cavity in heat transfer contact and extending outwardly and thence upwardly from the point of mounting in the vacuum chamber in spaced relation to the walls of the inner and outer vessels to a position at the opening in the outer vessel at which the window structure means is mounted; (f) radiation detector means for detecting incident radiation and providing an output signal indicative thereof

  16. Detection of radiation treatment of food

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    A list of foodstuffs is given whose irradiation is permitted in at least one country, as are the purpose of irradiation and permitted doses. A survey is given of the methods used for the detection of radiation treatment and the determination of the applied dose. The principles of chemical methods applied for the testing of irradiated meat, fats, fish and marine products, fruit, mushrooms, sugars, cereals and potatoes are tabulated. (M.D.)

  17. Remote Optical Detection of Alpha Radiation

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    Alpha emitting radiation sources are typically hard to detect with conventional detectors due to the short range of alpha particles in the air. However, previous studies have shown that remote detection of alpha radiation is possible by measuring the ionization-induced fluorescence of air molecules. The alpha-induced ultraviolet (UV) light is mainly emitted by molecular nitrogen and its fluorescence properties are well known. The benefit of this method is the long range of UV photons in the air. Secondly, the detection is possible also under a strong beta and gamma radiation backgrounds as they do not cause localized molecular excitation. In this work, the optical detection was studied using two different detection schemes; spectral separation of fluorescence from the background lighting and coincidence detection of UV photons originating from a single radiative decay event. Our spectrally integrated measurements have shown that one alpha decay event yields up to 400 fluorescence photons in the air and all these UV photons are induced in a 5 ns time-window. On the other hand, the probability of a background coincidence event in 5 ns scale is very rare compared to the number of background photons. This information can be applied in fluorescence coincidence filtering to discriminate the alpha radiation initiated fluorescence signal from much more intense background lighting. A device called HAUVA (Handheld Alpha UV Application) was built during this work for demonstration purposes. HAUVA utilizes spectral filtering and it is designed to detect alpha emitters from a distance of about 40 cm. Using specially selected room lighting, the device is able to separate 1 kBq alpha emitter from the background lighting with 1 second integration time. (author)

  18. Optimizing a method for detection of hepatitis A virus in shellfish and study the effect of gamma radiation on the viral genome

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    Our work was aimed at detecting the hepatitis A virus (HAV) in bivalve mollusc collected from five shellfish harvesting areas and from a coastal region in Tunisia using RT-Nested-PCR and studying the effect of gamma radiation on HAV genome. Two methods used to recover HAV from mollusc flesh and two methods of extraction of virus RNA were compared in order to determine the most sensitive method. Glycine extraction and extraction of virus RNA using proteinase K were more convenient and then used in this study for detection of HAV in shellfish. The results of molecular analyses: RT-Nested-PCR using primers targeted at the P1 region revealed that 28 % of the samples were positive for HAV. Doses of gamma irradiation ranging between 5 to 30 kGy were used to study the effect of this radiation on HAV genome after the contamination of mollusc flesh with suspension of HAV (derived from stool specimens). HAV specific genomic band was observed for doses between 5 to 20 kGy. We didn't detect HAV genome with doses 25 and 30 kGy. (Author)

  19. Application of the microbiological method DEFT/APC to detect minimally processed vegetables treated with gamma radiation

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    Araujo, M.M.; Duarte, R.C.; Silva, P.V. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Centro de Tecnologia das Radiacoes, Laboratorio de Deteccao de Alimentos Irradiados, Cidade Universitaria, Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes 2242, Butanta Zip Code 05508-000 Sao Paulo (Brazil); Marchioni, E. [Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique et Sciences de l' Aliment (UMR 7512), Faculte de Pharmacie, Universite Louis Pasteur, 74, route du Rhin, F-67400 Illkirch (France); Villavicencio, A.L.C.H. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Centro de Tecnologia das Radiacoes, Laboratorio de Deteccao de Alimentos Irradiados, Cidade Universitaria, Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes 2242, Butanta Zip Code 05508-000 Sao Paulo (Brazil)], E-mail: villavic@ipen.br

    2009-07-15

    Marketing of minimally processed vegetables (MPV) are gaining impetus due to its convenience, freshness and apparent health effect. However, minimal processing does not reduce pathogenic microorganisms to safe levels. Food irradiation is used to extend the shelf life and to inactivate food-borne pathogens. In combination with minimal processing it could improve safety and quality of MPV. A microbiological screening method based on the use of direct epifluorescent filter technique (DEFT) and aerobic plate count (APC) has been established for the detection of irradiated foodstuffs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the applicability of this technique in detecting MPV irradiation. Samples from retail markets were irradiated with 0.5 and 1.0 kGy using a {sup 60}Co facility. In general, with a dose increment, DEFT counts remained similar independent of the irradiation while APC counts decreased gradually. The difference of the two counts gradually increased with dose increment in all samples. It could be suggested that a DEFT/APC difference over 2.0 log would be a criteria to judge if a MPV was treated by irradiation. The DEFT/APC method could be used satisfactorily as a screening method for indicating irradiation processing.

  20. Application of the microbiological method DEFT/APC to detect minimally processed vegetables treated with gamma radiation

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    Marketing of minimally processed vegetables (MPV) are gaining impetus due to its convenience, freshness and apparent health effect. However, minimal processing does not reduce pathogenic microorganisms to safe levels. Food irradiation is used to extend the shelf life and to inactivate food-borne pathogens. In combination with minimal processing it could improve safety and quality of MPV. A microbiological screening method based on the use of direct epifluorescent filter technique (DEFT) and aerobic plate count (APC) has been established for the detection of irradiated foodstuffs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the applicability of this technique in detecting MPV irradiation. Samples from retail markets were irradiated with 0.5 and 1.0 kGy using a 60Co facility. In general, with a dose increment, DEFT counts remained similar independent of the irradiation while APC counts decreased gradually. The difference of the two counts gradually increased with dose increment in all samples. It could be suggested that a DEFT/APC difference over 2.0 log would be a criteria to judge if a MPV was treated by irradiation. The DEFT/APC method could be used satisfactorily as a screening method for indicating irradiation processing.

  1. Practical application of narrow area radiation method

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    This paper describes the estimation of attainable quality on X-ray radiographs and an application of narrow area radiation method. Results are obtained as follows; 1) The fundamental data of factors governing quality on radiographs were collected and were arranged as empirical equations. Then the detectability of I.Q.I. wires and blow-holes were calculated numerically. The calculated values almost agreed with the experimental values within practical limits of error. 2) The optimum object-film distance in the narrow area radiation method was calculated under minimization of the detectability of I.Q.I. wires. 3) The narrow area radiation method was applied to the welds for corner joints of truss-chord members. The detectability of blow-holes with this method was better than that using ordinary methods. (author)

  2. Methods of Melanoma Detection.

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    Leachman, Sancy A; Cassidy, Pamela B; Chen, Suephy C; Curiel, Clara; Geller, Alan; Gareau, Daniel; Pellacani, Giovanni; Grichnik, James M; Malvehy, Josep; North, Jeffrey; Jacques, Steven L; Petrie, Tracy; Puig, Susana; Swetter, Susan M; Tofte, Susan; Weinstock, Martin A

    2016-01-01

    Detection and removal of melanoma, before it has metastasized, dramatically improves prognosis and survival. The purpose of this chapter is to (1) summarize current methods of melanoma detection and (2) review state-of-the-art detection methods and technologies that have the potential to reduce melanoma mortality. Current strategies for the detection of melanoma range from population-based educational campaigns and screening to the use of algorithm-driven imaging technologies and performance of assays that identify markers of transformation. This chapter will begin by describing state-of-the-art methods for educating and increasing awareness of at-risk individuals and for performing comprehensive screening examinations. Standard and advanced photographic methods designed to improve reliability and reproducibility of the clinical examination will also be reviewed. Devices that magnify and/or enhance malignant features of individual melanocytic lesions (and algorithms that are available to interpret the results obtained from these devices) will be compared and contrasted. In vivo confocal microscopy and other cellular-level in vivo technologies will be compared to traditional tissue biopsy, and the role of a noninvasive "optical biopsy" in the clinical setting will be discussed. Finally, cellular and molecular methods that have been applied to the diagnosis of melanoma, such as comparative genomic hybridization (CGH), fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), and quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), will be discussed. PMID:26601859

  3. Detecting radiation with your smartphone

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    The winners of the CERN EIROforum Prize in the European Union Competition for Young Scientists 2013 (EUCYS), Micha? Gumiela and Rafa? Tomasz Kozik from Poland, have just spent an exciting week exploring CERN from 1 to 5 September. The students visited several CERN experiments and facilities and had ample time to interact with scientists on how to improve their invention further.   Micha? Gumiela (left) and Rafa? Tomasz Kozik (right) with their CERN host, Sabrina El Yacoubi (middle) at the ALICE detector. Micha? (21) and Rafa? (20) both won a young physicist prize in Poland before submitting their work on “Studies of the applicability of CMOS and CCD sensors for detection of ionising radiation” to the EUCYS competition. “It all started with Fukushima,” recalls Micha?. The high school students met in 2011 at a physics workshop, where they started discussing digital photos taken around the Fukushima nuclear plant after the radiation leak. &ldqu...

  4. Soybean allergen detection methods

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    Pedersen, Mona H; Holzhauser, Thomas; Bisson, Caroline; Conti, Amedeo; Jensen, Louise B; Skov, Per S; Bindslev-Jensen, Carsten; Brinch, Ditte S; Poulsen, Lars K

    2008-01-01

    Soybean containing products are widely consumed, thus reliable methods for detection of soy in foods are needed in order to make appropriate risk assessment studies to adequately protect soy allergic patients. Six methods were compared using eight food products with a declared content of soy: a direct sandwich ELISA based on polyclonal rabbit antibody (ab) to raw soy flakes, a commercial and an in-house competitive ELISA both based on ab to denatured, 'renatured' soy protein, an enzyme-allergoso...

  5. Environmental radiation detection via thermoluminescence

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    1993-03-23

    The method and apparatus of the present invention relate to cryogenically cooling a thermoluminescent material, exposing it to a low level of radiation (less than about 1 R) while it is at the cooled temperature, warming the thermoluminescent material to room temperature'' and counting the photons emitted during heating. Sufficient sensitivity is achieved without exposing the thermoluminescent material to ultraviolet light thereby simplifying the measurements.

  6. Application of the microbiological method DEFT/APC and DNA comet assay to detect ionizing radiation processing of minimally processed vegetables

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    Marketing of minimally processed vegetables (MPV) are gaining impetus due to its convenience, freshness and apparent healthy. However, minimal processing does not reduce pathogenic microorganisms to safe levels. Food irradiation is used to extend the shelf life and inactivation of food-borne pathogens, Its combination with minimal processing could improve the safety and quality of MPV. Two different food irradiation detection methods, a biological, the DEFT/APC, and another biochemical, the DNA Comet Assay were applied to MPV in order to test its applicability to detect irradiation treatment. DEFT/APC is a microbiological screening method based on the use of the direct epi fluorescent filter technique (DEFT) and the aerobic plate count (APC). DNA Comet Assay detects DNA damage due to ionizing radiation. Samples of lettuce, chard, watercress, dandelion, kale, chicory, spinach, cabbage from retail market were irradiated O.5 kGy and 1.0 kGy using a 60 Co facility. Irradiation treatment guaranteed at least 2 log cycle reduction for aerobic and psychotropic microorganisms. In general, with increasing radiation doses, DEFT counts remained similar independent of irradiation processing while APC counts decreased gradually. The difference of the two counts gradually increased with dose increment in all samples. It could be suggested that a DEFT/APC difference over 2.0 log would be a criteria to judge if a MPV was treated by irradiation. DNA Comet Assay allowed distinguishing non-irradiated samples from irradiated ones, which showed different types of comets owing to DNA fragmentation. Both DEFT/APC method and DNA Comet Assay would be satisfactorily used as a screening method for indicating irradiation processing. (author)

  7. Methods for Legionella detection

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    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Assays for Legionella detection in water samples are one of the aspects included in the Spanish legislation on prevention of Legionnaires ? disease. The frequency of these assays, laboratories that carry out them, and the required actions that derive from them, regarding colony counts, are included in the maintenance plans when Legionella prevention is carried out in water installations (Real Decree 865/2003. The comparison of our legislation with other legislations or recommendations adopted in other countries (United Kingdom, France, Australia, America allows to know our degree of demand of some parameters. Bacteria culture is the gold standard method for Legionella detection in water samples, and and there are several normalized assays, such as ISO 11731/98 and 2004 or NF T 90-431/2003 (AFNOR. To help the interpretation of the results, Legionella assays should reflect the standard in which they are based and the limit of detection of the method, that should not be over 100 ufc/L. Moreover, laboratories that carry out these assays should be acredited by our national accreditation body (ENAC. In the last years, fast methods have been developed for Legionella detection based on the amplification of chromosomal DNA in water samples by PCR reactions. PCR assays should not be used alone, but it should be a complement of culture assays, when normative actions are implemented in water installations.

  8. Method of treatment radiation myelopathy

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    Method of treatment of the delayed radiation myelopathy is suggested to reduce the period of its treatment. The method is based on using application of dimethylsulfoxide solution to the region of delayed radiation injuries in combination with acupuncture. Treatment with the use of suggested method resulted to reduction of treatment period, occurence of positive dynamics of fibrosis and neurologic symptomatology

  9. A study on measurement of neutrons generated in radiation therapy – Measurement of neurons in CR-39 detection method

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    Highlights: ? To measure the neutrons generated in a linear accelerator. ? Both fast neutrons and thermal neutrons produced an increase in the dose of neutrons generated with increasing irradiation dose. ? The generation of neutrons increased when a wedge filter was used. ? When the SRS cone that required a high dose was used, more neutrons were detected. -- Abstract: The CR-39 [diethylene glycol bis-(allylcarbonate)] neuron detection method was used to measure the dose of neutrons generated in X-ray (photon) therapy conducted in a linear accelerator, and to use high-energy photons as part of the clinical applications to examine the problems associated with the dose for patients caused by the generation of neutrons from high-energy photons used for cancer therapy. According to the experimental results, 0.35 mSv, 0.65 mSv 1.82 mSv of fast neutrons on average were generated from 1 Gy, 2 Gy and 5 Gy of photon irradiation, respectively, whereas 0.26 mSv, 0.56 mSv and 1.23 mSv of thermal neutrons were generated. Both fast neutrons and thermal neutrons produced an increase in the dose of neutrons generated with increasing irradiation dose. With in regard to the dose generated within and around the irradiation area of the photon rays, it was confirmed that more neutrons were generated within the irradiation area. A wedge filer was used to measure the generation of neutrons. According to the measurement results, the generation of neutrons increased when a wedge filter was used. When the SRS cone that required a high dose was used, more neutrons were detected than those in the previous experiment. When fast neutrons were used, 2.85 mSv neutrons on average were generated from 5 Gy of photon irradiation. When thermal neutrons were used, 1.37 mSv neutrons on average were generated from 5 Gy of photon irradiation. Overall, approximately 1.6 times and 1.12 times more fast and thermal neutrons, respectively, were generated than in the case of a general treatment with 5 Gy of photon irradiation.

  10. Comparative study using Monte Carlo methods of the radiation detection efficiency of LSO, LuAP, GSO and YAP scintillators for use in positron emission imaging (PET)

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    Nikolopoulos, Dimitrios [Department of Medical Instruments Technology, Technological Educational Institution of Athens, Ag. Spiridonos 12210, Athens (Greece); Kandarakis, Ioannis [Department of Medical Instruments Technology, Technological Educational Institution of Athens, Ag. Spiridonos 12210, Athens (Greece)]. E-mail: kandarakis@teiath.gr; Tsantilas, Xenophon [Department of Medical Physics, University of Athens, Athens (Greece); Valais, Ioannis [Department of Medical Instruments Technology, Technological Educational Institution of Athens, Ag. Spiridonos 12210, Athens (Greece); Cavouras, Dionisios [Department of Medical Instruments Technology, Technological Educational Institution of Athens, Ag. Spiridonos 12210, Athens (Greece); Louizi, Anna [Department of Medical Physics, University of Athens, Athens (Greece)

    2006-12-20

    The radiation detection efficiency of four scintillators employed, or designed to be employed, in positron emission imaging (PET) was evaluated as a function of the crystal thickness by applying Monte Carlo Methods. The scintillators studied were the LuSiO{sub 5} (LSO), LuAlO{sub 3} (LuAP), Gd{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} (GSO) and the YAlO{sub 3} (YAP). Crystal thicknesses ranged from 0 to 50 mm. The study was performed via a previously generated photon transport Monte Carlo code. All photon track and energy histories were recorded and the energy transferred or absorbed in the scintillator medium was calculated together with the energy redistributed and retransported as secondary characteristic fluorescence radiation. Various parameters were calculated e.g. the fraction of the incident photon energy absorbed, transmitted or redistributed as fluorescence radiation, the scatter to primary ratio, the photon and energy distribution within each scintillator block etc. As being most significant, the fraction of the incident photon energy absorbed was found to increase with increasing crystal thickness tending to form a plateau above the 30 mm thickness. For LSO, LuAP, GSO and YAP scintillators, respectively, this fraction had the value of 44.8, 36.9 and 45.7% at the 10 mm thickness and 96.4, 93.2 and 96.9% at the 50 mm thickness. Within the plateau area approximately (57-59)% (59-63)% (52-63)% and (58-61)% of this fraction was due to scattered and reabsorbed radiation for the LSO, GSO, YAP and LuAP scintillators, respectively. In all cases, a negligible fraction (<0.1%) of the absorbed energy was found to escape the crystal as fluorescence radiation.

  11. Detection methods of irradiated foodstuffs

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    Full text: Food irradiation has, in certain circumstances, an important role to play both in promoting food safety and in reducing food losses. The safety and availability of nutritious food are essential components of primary health care. WHO actively encourages the proper use of food irradiation in the fight against foodborne diseases and food losses. To this end, it collaborates closely with FAO and IAEA. Food irradiation can have a number of beneficial effects, including delay of ripening and prevention of sprouting; control of insects, parasites, helminths, pathogenic and spoilage bacteria, moulds and yeasts; and sterilization, which enables commodities to be stored unrefrigerated for long periods. The 1990s witnessed a significant advancement in food irradiation processing. As a result, progress has been made in commercialization of the technology, culminating in greater international trade in irradiated foods and the implementation of differing regulations relating to its use in many countries. Codex General Standard for Irradiated Foodstuffs and Recommended International Code of Practice for the Operation of Irradiation Facilities Used for the Treatment of Foods regulate food irradiation at international level. At European Union level there are in power Directive 1999/2/EC and Directive1999/3/EC. Every particular country has also its own regulations regarding food irradiation. In Romania, since 2002 the Norms Regarding Foodstuffs and Food Ingredients Treated by Ionizing Radiation are in power. These Norms are in fact the Romanian equivalent law of the European Directives 1999/2/EC and 1999/3/EC. The greater international trade in irradiated foods has led to the demand by consumers that irradiated food should be clearly labeled as such and that methods capable of differentiating between irradiated and nonirradiated products should be available. Thus a practical basis was sought to allow consumers to exercise a free choice as to which food they purchase. If a food is marketed as irradiated or if irradiated goods are sold without the appropriate labeling, then detection tests should be able to prove the authenticity of the product. For the moment in Romania there is not any food control laboratory able to detect irradiated foodstuffs. The Technological Irradiation Department coordinates and co finances a research project aimed to establish the first Laboratory of Irradiated Foodstuffs Detection. The detection methods studied in this project are the ESR methods (for cellulose EN 1787/2000, bone EN 1786/1996 and crystalline sugar EN 13708/2003), the TL method (EN 1788/2001), the PSL method (EN 13751/2002) and the DNA Comet Assay method (EN 13784/2001). The above detection methods will be applied on various foodstuffs such: garlic, onion, potatoes, rice, beans, wheat, maize, pistachio, sunflower seeds, raisins, figs, strawberries, chicken, beef, fish, pepper, paprika, thyme, laurel and mushrooms. As an example of the application of a detection method there are presented the ESR spectra of irradiated and nonirradiated paprika acquired according to ESR detection method for irradiated foodstuffs containing cellulose. First of all it can be noticed that the intensity of the signal of cellulose is much higher for the irradiated sample than that for the nonirradiated one and second that appear two radiation specific signals symmetrical to the cellulose signal. These two radiation specific signals prove the irradiation treatment of paprika. (author)

  12. Management of the baseline shift using a new and simple method for respiratory-gated radiation therapy: Detectability and effectiveness of a flexible monitoring system

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    Purpose: In respiratory-gated radiation therapy, a baseline shift decreases the accuracy of target coverage and organs at risk (OAR) sparing. The effectiveness of audio-feedback and audio-visual feedback in correcting the baseline shift in the breathing pattern of the patient has been demonstrated previously. However, the baseline shift derived from the intrafraction motion of the patient's body cannot be corrected by these methods. In the present study, the authors designed and developed a simple and flexible system. Methods: The system consisted of a web camera and a computer running our in-house software. The in-house software was adapted to template matching and also to no preimage processing. The system was capable of monitoring the baseline shift in the intrafraction motion of the patient's body. Another marker box was used to monitor the baseline shift due to the flexible setups required of a marker box for gated signals. The system accuracy was evaluated by employing a respiratory motion phantom and was found to be within AAPM Task Group 142 tolerance (positional accuracy <2 mm and temporal accuracy <100 ms) for respiratory-gated radiation therapy. Additionally, the effectiveness of this flexible and independent system in gated treatment was investigated in healthy volunteers, in terms of the results from the differences in the baseline shift detectable between the marker positions, which the authors evaluated statistically. Results: The movement of the marker on the sternum [1.599 ± 0.622 mm (1 SD)] was substantially decreased as compared with the abdomen [6.547 ± 0.962 mm (1 SD)]. Additionally, in all of the volunteers, the baseline shifts for the sternum [-0.136 ± 0.868 (2 SD)] were in better agreement with the nominal baseline shifts than was the case for the abdomen [-0.722 ± 1.56 mm (2 SD)]. The baseline shifts could be accurately measured and detected using the monitoring system, which could acquire the movement of the marker on the sternum. The baseline shift-monitoring system with the displacement-based methods for highly accurate respiratory-gated treatments should be used to make most of the displacement-based gating methods. Conclusions: The advent of intensity modulated radiation therapy and volumetric modulated radiation therapy facilitates margin reduction for the planning target volumes and the OARs, but highly accurate irradiation is needed to achieve target coverage and OAR sparing with a small margin. The baseline shifts can affect treatment not only with the respiratory gating system but also without the system. Our system can manage the baseline shift and also enables treatment irradiation to be undertaken with high accuracy.

  13. Physics and engineering of radiation detection

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    Ahmed, Syed Naeem

    2015-01-01

    Physics and Engineering of Radiation Detection presents an overview of the physics of radiation detection and its applications. It covers the origins and properties of different kinds of ionizing radiation, their detection and measurement, and the procedures used to protect people and the environment from their potentially harmful effects. The second edition is fully revised and provides the latest developments in detector technology and analyses software. Also, more material related to measurements in particle physics and a complete solutions manual have been added.

  14. A method and setup for specific detection of alpha radiation and/or beta- and gamma radiation with proportional counters in the presence of the other radiation component, and application

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    The invention consists in a method to differentiate alpha radiation from beta and gamma radiation with the use of proportional counters. The electrical signals induced by the different radiations between the anode and cathode of a proportional counter tube are distinguished by their current amplitudes. For the registration of alpha radiation the only parameter to be measured is the current amplitude, which can be measured with a setup, including the following elements: an amplifier stage with the time characteristic of a simple RC-integrating circuit, which produces an output signal proportional to the time integral of the tube current similar to the ordinary energy dependent measurements; a splitting of the output signal of this stage into a first signal branch with a differentiation circuit to obtain a signal proportional to the tube current, followed by an integral discriminator the output signals of which are related with alpha particles, and a second signal branch with a post amplifier, followed by an integral discriminator, the output signals of which are related with alpha, beta and gamma radiations; an anticoincidence circuit for the signals of branch 1 and 2 to produce signal pulses which are related with beta or gamma radiations. The most important application of this method and/or setup lies in the field of radiation protection. (orig.)

  15. Chromatographic methods in radiation chemistry

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    Recent developments in detectors for liquid chromatographic analysis have increased detection sensitivities by several orders of magnitude. Many products in the radiolysis of organic substrates can now be determined at micromolar levels. With this sensitivity it is possible to examine radiolytic systems in detail with doses as low as 100 rads. As a result one can determine initial yields in studies which previously have not been possible. This presentation describes studies of the oxidation of aromatic systems by HPLC methods involving spectrophotometric detection with diode array detectors. Digital storage of 3-dimensional data makes it possible to display readily the chromatographic data in a variety of formats. As a result one obtains an in depth understanding of the product distribution and considerable insight into the radiation chemical mechanism. These spectroscopic approaches can be supplemented by chromatographic studies employing electrochemical, refractive index, radiochemical and ion detectors which are particularly useful when reference samples of radiolytic products are not available. We illustrate these approaches with results from recent studies of the radiolytic oxidation of substituted naphthalenes and biphenyls where the complex mixtures of isomeric products can be resolved by HPLC methods. These studies provide information on the features which control the position of attack of OH on aromatic systems. (author)

  16. Radiation Detection Material Discovery Initiative at PNNL

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    Milbrath, Brian

    2006-05-01

    Today's security threats are being met with 30-year old radiation technology. Discovery of new radiation detection materials is currently a slow and Edisonian process. With heightened concerns over nuclear proliferation, terrorism and unconventional warfare, an alternative strategy for identification and development of potential radiation detection materials must be adopted. Through the Radiation Detection Materials Discovery Initiative, PNNL focuses on the science-based discovery of next generation materials for radiation detection by addressing three ``grand challenges'': fundamental understanding of radiation detection, identification of new materials, and accelerating the discovery process. The new initiative has eight projects addressing these challenges, which will be described, including early work, paths forward and the opportunities for collaboration.

  17. Method for microbeam radiation therapy

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    Slatkin, Daniel N. (Sound Beach, NY); Dilmanian, F. Avraham (Yaphank, NY); Spanne, Per O. (Shoreham, NY)

    1994-01-01

    A method of performing radiation therapy on a patient, involving exposing a target, usually a tumor, to a therapeutic dose of high energy electromagnetic radiation, preferably X-ray radiation, in the form of at least two non-overlapping microbeams of radiation, each microbeam having a width of less than about 1 millimeter. Target tissue exposed to the microbeams receives a radiation dose during the exposure that exceeds the maximum dose that such tissue can survive. Non-target tissue between the microbeams receives a dose of radiation below the threshold amount of radiation that can be survived by the tissue, and thereby permits the non-target tissue to regenerate. The microbeams may be directed at the target from one direction, or from more than one direction in which case the microbeams overlap within the target tissue enhancing the lethal effect of the irradiation while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue.

  18. Deterministic methods in radiation transport

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    Rice, A.F.; Roussin, R.W. (eds.)

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    The Seminar on Deterministic Methods in Radiation Transport was held February 4--5, 1992, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Eleven presentations were made and the full papers are published in this report, along with three that were submitted but not given orally. These papers represent a good overview of the state of the art in the deterministic solution of radiation transport problems for a variety of applications of current interest to the Radiation Shielding Information Center user community.

  19. Deterministic methods in radiation transport

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    The Seminar on Deterministic Methods in Radiation Transport was held February 4--5, 1992, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Eleven presentations were made and the full papers are published in this report, along with three that were submitted but not given orally. These papers represent a good overview of the state of the art in the deterministic solution of radiation transport problems for a variety of applications of current interest to the Radiation Shielding Information Center user community

  20. Evaluation methods for detecting changes in beam output and energy in radiation beams from high-energy linear accelerators

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    Ravichandran R; Binukumar J; Davis C; Krishnamurthy K; Sivakumar S

    2007-01-01

    There is need for simple methods for checking consistency of beam outputs and energy in linear accelerators used for radiotherapy. A method was designed by the department using perspex phantom with which the dosimetric data of two medical linear accelerators (Clinac 600 CD, Clinac 2300 CD) were evaluated over a period of 30 months. The efficacy of methods followed was checked. Routine beam consistency checks were designed for photon beams with 15 cm/ 5 cm depth ionizations in perspex phantom ...

  1. Radiation Detection Center on the Front Lines

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    Hazi, A

    2005-09-20

    Many of today's radiation detection tools were developed in the 1960s. For years, the Laboratory's expertise in radiation detection resided mostly within its nuclear test program. When nuclear testing was halted in the 1990s, many of Livermore's radiation detection experts were dispersed to other parts of the Laboratory, including the directorates of Chemistry and Materials Science (CMS); Physics and Advanced Technologies (PAT); Defense and Nuclear Technologies (DNT); and Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and International Security (NAI). The RDC was formed to maximize the benefit of radiation detection technologies being developed in 15 to 20 research and development (R&D) programs. These efforts involve more than 200 Laboratory employees across eight directorates, in areas that range from electronics to computer simulations. The RDC's primary focus is the detection, identification, and analysis of nuclear materials and weapons. A newly formed outreach program within the RDC is responsible for conducting radiation detection workshops and seminars across the country and for coordinating university student internships. Simon Labov, director of the RDC, says, ''Virtually all of the Laboratory's programs use radiation detection devices in some way. For example, DNT uses radiation detection to create radiographs for their work in stockpile stewardship and in diagnosing explosives; CMS uses it to develop technology for advancing the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer; and the Energy and Environment Directorate uses radiation detection in the Marshall Islands to monitor the aftermath of nuclear testing in the Pacific. In the future, the National Ignition Facility will use radiation detection to probe laser targets and study shock dynamics.''

  2. Radiation Detection Center on the Front Lines

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    Many of today's radiation detection tools were developed in the 1960s. For years, the Laboratory's expertise in radiation detection resided mostly within its nuclear test program. When nuclear testing was halted in the 1990s, many of Livermore's radiation detection experts were dispersed to other parts of the Laboratory, including the directorates of Chemistry and Materials Science (CMS); Physics and Advanced Technologies (PAT); Defense and Nuclear Technologies (DNT); and Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and International Security (NAI). The RDC-- was formed to maximize the benefit of radiation detection technologies being developed in 15 to 20 research and development (R and D) programs. These efforts involve more than 200 Laboratory employees across eight directorates, in areas that range from electronics to computer simulations. The RDC's primary focus is the detection, identification, and analysis of nuclear materials and weapons. A newly formed outreach program within the RDC-- is responsible for conducting radiation detection workshops and seminars across the country and for coordinating university student internships. Simon Labov, director of the RDC, says, ''Virtually all of the Laboratory's programs use radiation detection devices in some way. For example, DNT uses radiation detection to create radiographs for their work in stockpile stewardship and in diagnosing explosives; CMS uses it to develop technology for advancing the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer; and the Energy and Environment Directorate uses radiation detection in the Marshall Islands to monitor the aftermath of nuclear testing in the Pacific. In the future, the National Ignition Facility will use radiation detection to probe laser targets and study shock dynamics.''

  3. Development of detection/analysis for radiation induced mutations using new DNA analyzing techniques. Construction of effective probe and primer, and their detection method

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    An investigation was made on the genome structure of 28 S rDNA in the respect of radiation-induced double strand cleavages in DNA. It has been reported that there is an insertion of retro-transposon in some rDNA. There is a possibility that rDNA may have a specific structure composed of several regions of different sensitivities to radiation exposure. Hence, the structure and the functions of such regions were investigated. This region was as long as 2.5 Mb in length and divided into inserted type and un-inserted one. FISH showed that the inserted regions are composed of mini-clusters and the structure was high-ordered. A new primer was constructed so as to provide PCR products of about 5 Kb in length. When the DNA was exposed to ?-ray (60Co and 137Cs), the amount of PCR products was dose-dependently increased up to 10 Gy and the increase was 15-20 % at the dose. Therefore, it was suggested that PCR amplification was enhanced because of the destruction of higher-ordered structure caused by radiation exposure. The sensitivity of some DNA region to 60Co or 137Cs exposure was different from that of other regions in respect of the formation of double strand cleavage. Therefore, it was thought that such high-ordered genome region could be distinguishable from other regions with the differences in radiation sensitivity of genome DNA. (M.N.)

  4. Radiation dosimetry instrumentation and methods

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    Shani, Gad

    2000-01-01

    Radiation dosimetry has made great progress in the last decade, mainly because radiation therapy is much more widely used. Since the first edition, many new developments have been made in the basic methods for dosimetry, i.e. ionization chambers, TLD, chemical dosimeters, and photographic films. Radiation Dosimetry: Instrumentation and Methods, Second Edition brings to the reader these latest developments. Written at a high level for medical physicists, engineers, and advanced dosimetrists, it concentrates only on evolvement during the last decade, relying on the first edition to provide the basics.

  5. Main Achievements 2003-2004 - Interdisciplinary Research - Radiation detection methods for health, earth and environmental sciences - High precision silicon detectors

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    In the IFJ, research on high precision silicon detectors for medical applications began in the late eighties, following the experience and international contacts acquired by particle physicists who had worked on silicon vertex detectors in high energy physics experiments since the early eighties. Among others, the IFJ team has specialized in the Data Acquisition Systems. In the years 2001-2004 the team participated in the project ''Silicon Ultra fast Cameras for electron and gamma sources in Medical Applications'' (SUCIMA), financed by an EC grant of the 5th FP. The main goal of SUCIMA was the development of an advanced imaging technique of extended radioactive sources for medical applications. The SUCIMA cameras, based on the Monolithic Active Pixel Sensors in CMOS technology (MAPS), are designed to optimise radiation safety conditions during brachytherapy and hadron therapy treatments and to improve the accuracy of both therapies. The IFJ team was responsible for developing the fast DAQ systems for three types of silicon sensors: MAPS (basic development), silicon strip detectors (backup solution) and SOI test structures (R and D for innovative silicon detectors) and for the dedicated Graphical User Interfaces for data visualization. The whole readout chains consisting of the dedicated hybrids, repeaters and imager board have been designed, built and tested for each type of sensors. The SUCIMA imager is the heart of this fast electronics and performs real-time data analysis and compression. The module is based on VIRTEX II - the most advanced XILINX FPGA chip

  6. Indirect detection of radiation sources through direct detection of radiolysis products

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    Farmer, Joseph C. (Tracy, CA); Fischer, Larry E. (Los Gatos, CA); Felter, Thomas E. (Livermore, CA)

    2010-04-20

    A system for indirectly detecting a radiation source by directly detecting radiolytic products. The radiation source emits radiation and the radiation produces the radiolytic products. A fluid is positioned to receive the radiation from the radiation source. When the fluid is irradiated, radiolytic products are produced. By directly detecting the radiolytic products, the radiation source is detected.

  7. Radiation, ionization, and detection in nuclear medicine

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    Gupta, Tapan K. [Radiation Monitoring Devices Research, Nuclear Medicine, Watertown, MA (United States)

    2013-08-01

    Up-to-date information on a wide range of topics relating to radiation, ionization, and detection in nuclear medicine. In-depth coverage of basic radiophysics relating to diagnosis and therapy. Extensive discussion of instrumentation and radiation detectors. Detailed information on mathematical modelling of radiation detectors. Although our understanding of cancer has improved, the disease continues to be a leading cause of death across the world. The good news is that the recent technological developments in radiotherapy, radionuclide diagnostics and therapy, digital imaging systems, and detection technology have raised hope that cancer will in the future be combatted more efficiently and effectively. For this goal to be achieved, however, safe use of radionuclides and detailed knowledge of radiation sources are essential. Radiation, Ionization, and Detection in Nuclear Medicine addresses these subjects and related issues very clearly and elaborately and will serve as the definitive source of detailed information in the field. Individual chapters cover fundamental aspects of nuclear radiation, including dose and energy, sources, and shielding; the detection and measurement of radiation exposure, with detailed information on mathematical modelling; medical imaging; the different types of radiation detector and their working principles; basic principles of and experimental techniques for deposition of scintillating materials; device fabrication; the optical and electrical behaviors of radiation detectors; and the instrumentation used in nuclear medicine and its application. The book will be an invaluable source of information for academia, industry, practitioners, and researchers.

  8. Physics and engineering of radiation detection

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    Ahmed, Syed Naeem

    2007-01-01

    Physics and Engineering of Radiation Detection presents an overview of basic physics of radiation and its applications and covers the origins and properties of different kinds of ionizing radiation, their detection and measurement, and the procedures used to protect people and the environment from their potentially harmful effects. Covering both the basic physics of radiation and its applications, it will provide an up-to-date and coherent account of the origins and properties of the different kinds of ionizing radiation, and their detection and measurement. This book will illustrate the basic physical principles with an abundance of practical, worked-out examples, numerical problems, real world applications, and data, including biological effects, radon, risk assessment, and statistics.

  9. Current trends in ionizing radiation detection

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    Ionizing radiation is a both a natural and man-made phenomena that plays a major role in contemporary applications. The detection of this radiation has evolved over the past several decades from simple observations to precise measurements in space, time, and energy, even in harsh environmental conditions. In this paper, we present a snapshot of the current state-of-the-art in radiation measurement technology, highlighting the major applications and detector developments

  10. Liquid chromatography detection unit, system, and method

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    Derenzo, Stephen E; Moses, William W

    2015-11-06

    An embodiment of a liquid chromatography detection unit includes a fluid channel and a radiation detector. The radiation detector is operable to image a distribution of a radiolabeled compound as the distribution travels along the fluid channel. An embodiment of a liquid chromatography system includes an injector, a separation column, and a radiation detector. The injector is operable to inject a sample that includes a radiolabeled compound into a solvent stream. The position sensitive radiation detector is operable to image a distribution of the radiolabeled compound as the distribution travels along a fluid channel. An embodiment of a method of liquid chromatography includes injecting a sample that comprises radiolabeled compounds into a solvent. The radiolabeled compounds are then separated. A position sensitive radiation detector is employed to image distributions of the radiolabeled compounds as the radiolabeled compounds travel along a fluid channel.

  11. Liquid chromatography detection unit, system, and method

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    Derenzo, Stephen E.; Moses, William W.

    2015-10-27

    An embodiment of a liquid chromatography detection unit includes a fluid channel and a radiation detector. The radiation detector is operable to image a distribution of a radiolabeled compound as the distribution travels along the fluid channel. An embodiment of a liquid chromatography system includes an injector, a separation column, and a radiation detector. The injector is operable to inject a sample that includes a radiolabeled compound into a solvent stream. The position sensitive radiation detector is operable to image a distribution of the radiolabeled compound as the distribution travels along a fluid channel. An embodiment of a method of liquid chromatography includes injecting a sample that comprises radiolabeled compounds into a solvent. The radiolabeled compounds are then separated. A position sensitive radiation detector is employed to image distributions of the radiolabeled compounds as the radiolabeled compounds travel along a fluid channel.

  12. Device for detecting ionizing radiation

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    The present invention relates to ionizing radiation sensors, and , more particularly, to semiconductor spectrometers with thermoelectric cooling, and can most advantageously be used in mineral raw material exploration and evaluation under field conditions. The spectrometer comprises a vacuum chamber with an entrance window for passing the radiation therethrough. The vacuum chamber accommodates a thermoelectric cooler formed by a set of peltier elements. A heat conducting plate is mounted on the cold side of the thermoelectric cooler, and its hot side is provided with a radiator. Mounted on the heat conducting plate are sets of peltier elements, integral with the thermoelectric cooler and independent of one another. The peltier elements of these sets are stacked so as to develop the minimum temperature conditions on one set carrying a semiconductor detector and to provide the maximum refrigeration capacity conditions on the other set provided with the field-effect transistor mounted thereon

  13. Radiation detection and measurement student solutions manual

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    Wehe, David K

    2012-01-01

    This is the resource that engineers turn to in the study of radiation detection. The fourth edition takes into account the technical developments that continue to enhance the instruments and techniques available for the detection and spectroscopy of ionizing radiation. New coverage is presented on ROC curves, micropattern gas detectors, new sensors for scintillation light, and the excess noise factor. Revised discussions are also included on TLDs and cryogenic spectrometers, radiation backgrounds, and the VME standard. Engineers will gain a strong understanding of the field with this updated book.

  14. Radiation Detection, Response and Recovery

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    Mission: Strengthen the capabilities of partner countries to deter, detect, and interdict illicit trafficking of special nuclear and other radioactive materials at international border crossings including airports, seaports, and other points of entry/exit. Strategy: Develop cooperative efforts to mitigate the risk of illicit trafficking through: • Search, detection, and identification of nuclear and other radioactive materials; • Development of response procedures and capabilities; • Deterrence of future trafficking in illicit nuclear and nuclear-related materials. Goal: Deliver an effective and sustainable global capability to deter, detect, and interdict illicit trafficking in special nuclear and other radioactive materials

  15. Silicon solid state devices and radiation detection

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    Leroy, Claude

    2012-01-01

    This book addresses the fundamental principles of interaction between radiation and matter, the principles of working and the operation of particle detectors based on silicon solid state devices. It covers a broad scope with respect to the fields of application of radiation detectors based on silicon solid state devices from low to high energy physics experiments including in outer space and in the medical environment. This book covers stateof- the-art detection techniques in the use of radiation detectors based on silicon solid state devices and their readout electronics, including the latest developments on pixelated silicon radiation detector and their application.

  16. Methods of DNA methylation detection

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    Maki, Wusi Chen (Inventor); Filanoski, Brian John (Inventor); Mishra, Nirankar (Inventor); Rastogi, Shiva (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    The present invention provides for methods of DNA methylation detection. The present invention provides for methods of generating and detecting specific electronic signals that report the methylation status of targeted DNA molecules in biological samples.Two methods are described, direct and indirect detection of methylated DNA molecules in a nano transistor based device. In the direct detection, methylated target DNA molecules are captured on the sensing surface resulting in changes in the electrical properties of a nano transistor. These changes generate detectable electronic signals. In the indirect detection, antibody-DNA conjugates are used to identify methylated DNA molecules. RNA signal molecules are generated through an in vitro transcription process. These RNA molecules are captured on the sensing surface change the electrical properties of nano transistor thereby generating detectable electronic signals.

  17. Nonlinear Multiantenna Detection Methods

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    Chen Sheng

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available A nonlinear detection technique designed for multiple-antenna assisted receivers employed in space-division multiple-access systems is investigated. We derive the optimal solution of the nonlinear spatial-processing assisted receiver for binary phase shift keying signalling, which we refer to as the Bayesian detector. It is shown that this optimal Bayesian receiver significantly outperforms the standard linear beamforming assisted receiver in terms of a reduced bit error rate, at the expense of an increased complexity, while the achievable system capacity is substantially enhanced with the advent of employing nonlinear detection. Specifically, when the spatial separation expressed in terms of the angle of arrival between the desired and interfering signals is below a certain threshold, a linear beamformer would fail to separate them, while a nonlinear detection assisted receiver is still capable of performing adequately. The adaptive implementation of the optimal Bayesian detector can be realized using a radial basis function network. Two techniques are presented for constructing block-data-based adaptive nonlinear multiple-antenna assisted receivers. One of them is based on the relevance vector machine invoked for classification, while the other on the orthogonal forward selection procedure combined with the Fisher ratio class-separability measure. A recursive sample-by-sample adaptation procedure is also proposed for training nonlinear detectors based on an amalgam of enhanced -means clustering techniques and the recursive least squares algorithm.

  18. Material for ionizing radiation detection

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    New scintillation material is claimed, namely, a lead dichloride single crystal activated with europium within 0.01 mol.% and 5 mol.%. For the same size and the same detector-source configuration, the detection efficiency of the PbCl2(Eu) material is better by up to 40% than the conventional NaI(Tl). Thus, for the same detection efficiency the detector element of the new material can significantly be reduced in size. The PbCl2(Eu) single crystal was grown by crystallization from the melt, finished into a cylindrical shape and encased in metal with a glass front window. The single crystal is attached to the window using silicone oil. Magnesium oxide powder is used as a reflector between the crystal and the case. (M.D.)

  19. Detecting transition radiation from a magnetic moment

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    Ivanov, Igor P.; Karlovets, Dmitry V.

    2013-01-01

    Electromagnetic radiation can be emitted not only by particle charges but also by magnetic moments and higher electric and magnetic multipoles. However experimental proofs of this fundamental fact are extremely scarce. In particular, the magnetic moment contribution has never been observed in any form of polarization radiation. Here, we propose to detect it using vortex electrons carrying large orbital angular momentum (OAM) \\ell. The relative contribution of the OAM-induced...

  20. GaTe semiconductor for radiation detection

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    Payne, Stephen A. (Castro Valley, CA); Burger, Arnold (Nashville, TN); Mandal, Krishna C. (Ashland, MA)

    2009-06-23

    GaTe semiconductor is used as a room-temperature radiation detector. GaTe has useful properties for radiation detectors: ideal bandgap, favorable mobilities, low melting point (no evaporation), non-hygroscopic nature, and availability of high-purity starting materials. The detector can be used, e.g., for detection of illicit nuclear weapons and radiological dispersed devices at ports of entry, in cities, and off shore and for determination of medical isotopes present in a patient.

  1. Undoped polycarbonate for detection of environmental radiation

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    The enormous area of damage to Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant requires radiation detectors with robust base substrates to monitor high-dose-rate environmental radiation with long-term stability. Undoped aromatic ring polymers have considerable potential as base substrates in radiation detection. Here, we characterise polycarbonate (PC), which has excellent transparency, shock, radiation, and weather resistance, heat tolerance, and anti-abrasion qualities. It has a density of 1.20 g/cm3, an excitation maximum of 310 nm, and short-wavelength emission with a maximum at 350-nm. By taking into account its emission spectrum, we determined an effective refractive index of 1.64. PC has a light yield that is 0.67 times that of undoped poly (ethylene terephthalate). These results reveal that readily available PC is an effective base substrate for use in large-area radiation detectors for the nuclear power plant recovery process. (author)

  2. Mobile Radiation Detection System against Nuclear Terrorism

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    After the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks in the USA, the discovery of Al-Qaeda's experimentation to build dirty bomb and the death of a former officer of the Russian Federal Security Service from Po-210- induced acute radiation exposure, the threats relating to nuclear and radioactive materials have become a matter of increased international concern. Detection of illicit transport and trafficking of nuclear and radioactive materials is necessary for prevention of nuclear terrorism, since failure in detection might lead to catastrophic results. A mobile radiation detection system plays an important role in preventing the potential dangers posed by illicit transport and trafficking of such dangerous materials because it can monitor the suspicious vehicle at place beyond terrorist's expectation which makes intentionally a detour about the portal monitor deployed at seaports, airports, and key traffic checkpoints. The mobile radiation detection system using one NaI, two plastic scintillation, and two He-3 detectors has been developed. This paper describes the developed mobile radiation detection system and experimental results for its performance assessment

  3. Mobile Radiation Detection System against Nuclear Terrorism

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    Kwak, Sung Woo; Yoo, Ho Sik; Jang, Sung Soon; Kim, Jung Soo; Yoon, Wan Ki [Korea Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-05-15

    After the September 11{sup th}, 2001, terrorist attacks in the USA, the discovery of Al-Qaeda's experimentation to build dirty bomb and the death of a former officer of the Russian Federal Security Service from Po-210- induced acute radiation exposure, the threats relating to nuclear and radioactive materials have become a matter of increased international concern. Detection of illicit transport and trafficking of nuclear and radioactive materials is necessary for prevention of nuclear terrorism, since failure in detection might lead to catastrophic results. A mobile radiation detection system plays an important role in preventing the potential dangers posed by illicit transport and trafficking of such dangerous materials because it can monitor the suspicious vehicle at place beyond terrorist's expectation which makes intentionally a detour about the portal monitor deployed at seaports, airports, and key traffic checkpoints. The mobile radiation detection system using one NaI, two plastic scintillation, and two He-3 detectors has been developed. This paper describes the developed mobile radiation detection system and experimental results for its performance assessment.

  4. Analytical detection methods for irradiated foods

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    The present publication is a review of scientific literature on the analytical identification of foods treated with ionizing radiation and the quantitative determination of absorbed dose of radiation. Because of the extremely low level of chemical changes resulting from irradiation or because of the lack of specificity to irradiation of any chemical changes, a few methods of quantitative determination of absorbed dose have shown promise until now. On the other hand, the present review has identified several possible methods, which could be used, following further research and testing, for the identification of irradiated foods. An IAEA Co-ordinated Research Programme on Analytical Detection Methods for Irradiation Treatment of Food ('ADMIT'), established in 1990, is currently investigating many of the methods cited in the present document. Refs and tab

  5. The latest photodetectors for radiation detection

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    In the recent application of radiation detection, performances required for photodetectors vary in the wide range. Meanwhile, new photodetectors have been continuously developed by HAMAMATSU for these requirements. The performances and the test results of such new photodetectors are discussed in this paper. (author)

  6. A new vehicle detection method

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    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a new vehicle detection method from images acquired by cameras embedded in a moving vehicle. Given the sequence of images, the proposed algorithms should detect out all cars in realtime. Related to the driving direction, the cars can be classified into two types. Cars drive in the same direction as the intelligent vehicle (IV and cars drive in the opposite direction. Due to the distinct features of these two types, we suggest to achieve this method in two main steps. The first one detects all obstacles from images using the so-called association combined with corner detector. The second step is applied to validate each vehicle using AdaBoost classifier. The new method has been applied to different images data and the experimental results validate the efficacy of our method.

  7. Waveshifters and Scintillators for Ionizing Radiation Detection

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    Scintillation and waveshifter materials have been developed for the detection of ionizing radiation in an STTR program between Ludlum Measurements, Inc. and the University of Notre Dame. Several new waveshifter materials have been developed which are comparable in efficiency and faster in fluorescence decay than the standard material Y11 (K27) used in particle physics for several decades. Additionally, new scintillation materials useful for fiber tracking have been developed which have been compared to 3HF. Lastly, work was done on developing liquid scintillators and paint-on scintillators and waveshifters for high radiation environments

  8. Method and apparatus for radiation dose measurement

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    A method is described for determining an irradiation dose comprising the steps of: (a) subjecting a solution of known concentrations of ceric and cerous ions, in the presence of sulphuric acid, to gamma or electron irradiation, (b) measuring the electrochemical potential difference, in a suitable detecting cell, between an unirradiated solution containing known concentrations of ceric and cerous ions and the irradiated solution which initially contained the same known concentrations of ceric and cerous ions so as to produce a signal proportional to the electrochemical potential difference, and (c) converting the signal electronically to give an output proportional to the radiation dose received by the irradiated solution. (author)

  9. A new vehicle detection method

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    Zebbara Khalid; Mohamed El Ansari; Abdenbi Mazoul

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents a new vehicle detection method from images acquired by cameras embedded in a moving vehicle. Given the sequence of images, the proposed algorithms should detect out all cars in realtime. Related to the driving direction, the cars can be classified into two types. Cars drive in the same direction as the intelligent vehicle (IV) and cars drive in the opposite direction. Due to the distinct features of these two types, we suggest to achieve this method in two main steps. The ...

  10. Spices, irradiation and detection methods

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    This paper is about microbiological aspects of spices and microbiological methods to detect irradiated food. The proposed method is a combination of the Direct Epifluorescence Filter Technique (DEFT) and the Aerobic Plate Count (APC). The evidence for irradiation of spices is based on the demonstration of a higher DEFT count than the APC. The principle was first tested in our earlier investigation in the detection of irradiation of whole spices. The combined DEFT+APC procedure was found to give a fairly reliable indication of whether or not a whole spice sample had been irradiated. The results are given (8 figs, 22 refs)

  11. Detection of radiation processing in onions

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    Two breeds of onions were used for irradiation. Both breeds were divided into two parts - the first was irradiated with a dose of 80 Gy and the second served as a control. The two parts were stored under the same conditions. Conductometry, liquid chromatography and spectrophotometry were used for detecting the radiation processing of the onions. Only from the spectrophotometric determination of 2-desoxysaccharides it was possible to safely distinguish irradiated onions from non-irradiated controls throughout storage time. (E.S.)

  12. Plastic scintillator-based radiation detector for mobile radiation detection system against nuclear/radiological terrorism

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    Kwak, Sung-Woo; Yoo, Ho-Sik; Jang, Sung Soon; Kim, Jung Soo; Yoon, Wan-Ki [Korea Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control, 573 Expo-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-348 (Korea, Republic of); Jun, In Sub [RadTek. Co., Daejeon 305-308 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Kwang Hyun [College of Dentistry, Chosun University, Gwangju 305-308 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: radkim@chosun.ac.kr

    2009-06-01

    Illicit trafficking of nuclear or radioactive materials has become a serious world wide problem. Due to operational constraints of radiation detection system for such nuclear security application, a radiation detector with large effective area is needed to maximize its sensitivity. This paper suggests a new method of using plastic scintillation detector as a cost-effective mobile radiation detection system. Monte Carlo simulation code, MCNPX, has been used to analyze spectral distribution available from the plastic detector and to derive algorithmic process with a view to discriminating targeted sources from ambient background radiation. Theoretical results in present work showed that the targeted sources which might be used for nuclear/radiological terrorism could be discriminated from Nationally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) or background.

  13. Composition and apparatus for detecting gamma radiation

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    Hofstetter, Kenneth J. (Aiken, SC)

    1994-01-01

    A gamma radiation detector and a radioluminiscent composition for use therein. The detector includes a radioluminscent composition that emits light in a characteristic wavelength region when exposed to gamma radiation, and means for detecting said radiation. The composition contains a scintillant such as anglesite (PbSO.sub.4) or cerussite (PbCO.sub.3) incorporated into an inert, porous glass matrix via a sol-gel process. Particles of radiation-sensitive scintillant are added to, a sol solution. The mixture is polymerized to form a gel, then dried under conditions that preserve the structural integrity and radiation sensitivity of the scintillant. The final product is a composition containing the uniformly-dispersed scintillant in an inert, optically transparent and highly porous matrix. The composition is chemically inert and substantially impervious to environmental conditions including changes in temperature, air pressure, and so forth. It can be fabricated in cylinders, blocks with holes therethrough for flow of fluid, sheets, surface coatings, pellets or other convenient shapes.

  14. Selective spectral detection of continuum terahertz radiation

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    Kaufmann, P.; Marcon, R.; Marun, A.; Kudaka, A. S.; Bortolucci, E.; Zakia, M. B.; Diniz, J. A.; Cassiano, M. M.; Pereyra, P.; Godoy, R.; Timofeevsky, A. V.; Nikolaev, V. A.; Pereira Alves da Silva, A. M.; Fernandes, L. O. T.

    2010-07-01

    The knowledge of THz continuum spectra is essential to investigate the emission mechanisms by high energy particle acceleration processes. Technical challenges appear for obtaining selective spectral sensing in the far infrared range to diagnose radiation produced by solar flare burst emissions measured from space as well as radiation produced by high energy electrons in laboratory accelerators. Efforts are been carried out intended for the development of solar flare high cadence radiometers at two THz frequencies to operate outside the terrestrial atmosphere (i.e. at 3 and 7 THz). One essential requirement is the efficient suppression of radiation in the visible and near infrared. Experimental setups have been assembled for testing (a) THz transmission of "low-pass" filters: rough surface mirrors; membranes Zitex G110G and TydexBlack; (b) a fabricated 2.4 THz resonant grid band-pass filter transmission response for polarization and angle of incidence; (c) radiation response from distinct detectors: adapted commercial microbolometer array using HRFZ-Si window, pyroelectric module and Golay cell; qualitative detection of solar radiation at a sub-THz frequency has been tested with a microbolometer array placed at the focus of the 1.5 m reflector for submillimeter waves (SST) at El Leoncito, Argentina Andes.

  15. Radiation detection technology assessment program (RADTAP)

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    The U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) conducted a technical and operational assessment of gamma ray radiation detection equipment during the period May 5-16, 1997 at a testing facility in North Carolina. The effort was entitled, ''Radiation Detection Technology Assessment Program (RADTAP)'', and was conducted for the purpose of assessing the applicability, sensitivity and robustness of a diverse suite of gamma ray detection and identification equipment for possible use by Customs and other law enforcement agencies. Thirteen companies entered 25 instruments into the assessment program. All detection equipment entered had to exhibit a minimum sensitivity of 20 micro-R per hour (background included) from a Cesium-137 point source. Isotope identifying spectrometers entered were man portable and operable at room temperature with read-out that could be interpreted by non-technical personnel. Radioactive sources used in the assessment included special nuclear material, industrial and health isotopes. Evaluators included Customs inspectors and technical experts from DOE and Customs. No conclusions or recommendations were issued based on the quantitative and qualitative test results, however, the results of the program provided law enforcement agencies with the necessary data to select equipment that best meets their operational needs and budgets. (author)

  16. Method and apparatus for measuring electromagnetic radiation

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    Been, J. F. (inventor)

    1973-01-01

    An apparatus and method are described in which the capacitance of a semiconductor junction subjected to an electromagnetic radiation field is utilized to indicate the intensity or strength of the radiation.

  17. New method to detect radiotherapy gamma field

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    Full text: This paper describes a novel method, which allows one to measure the intensity distribution of energetic gamma radiation field, used typically in radiation therapy. Traditionally, measurements are based on a detector system of one or more ionization chambers or an array of semiconductor diodes, which are working in the so called current mode. Therefore, in these methods the spatial resolution is limited by the size of the individual chamber- or diode unit and varies typically from one to five centimeters. The improvement in the resolution leads one to decrease the unit size, increase their amount and, consequently, the electronics (amplifiers etc.), because each detection unit needs its own channel. Better resolution is getting more important question together with the generalization of the Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) but, unfortunately, the improvement in spatial resolution can only be achieved by increasing considerably the total expenses. Our detection method offers a solution to improve the spatial resolution with very low extra costs. It relies on a position sensitive avalanche counter (PSAC), which owns good position resolution and detection efficiency abilities for heavy ions. Due to the extremely high intensity and low ionization properties of gamma radiation, direct monitoring of gamma field with PSAC has not been possible so far. Therefore, a converter with an adequate cross section to photo fission reactions is used to convert the high intensity gamma field to a 'low' intensity field of heavy fission fragments, which then have the intensity distribution similar to the original gammas. The fragments have an excellent capability to ionize the chamber gas and the discrete pulses can easily be sorted out from the background. By this way the resolution of one millimeter in a typical total gamma field area and with a very simple applied electronics can be achieved. The chamber is also very robust against the radiation damages, which is not the case e.g. with the semiconductor diodes. The converter and wire thicknesses, wire voltages and gas pressure are the parameters, which allow one to optimize the operation of the detector for the certain accelerator conditions. In the final paper we will introduce our detection system and its construction in more detail. We also give the first results about the tests we have carried out in the laboratory and in a hospital accelerator and compare the resolutions to the ones existing in the recent detectors. (author)

  18. Dosimetry methods for the estimation of exposure to ionizing radiation

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    Ionizing radiations, by their nature, have required for their detection the use of suitable devices generically referred detecting systems. The detection of secondary particles arising during the processes of ionization and excitation to the passage of radiation in the environment, have constituted the basis of the measurement methods. A detector system is a device that converts the energy of the incident radiation on a signal (electrical, photochemical, etc.) that is easily processable from the technological point of view, but without distorting the original information. These devices have provided qualitative or quantitative information about the radiation of interest. The detector system is a set of a detector together with a processing system. This system has based its operation in methods of: gas ionization, scintillation, semiconductor, film, thermoluminescence, among others. (author)

  19. Detection of transient species in radiation chemistry

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    Intense energetic electron pulses can be used to produce substantial quantities of transient species in condensed phase radiolysis. Pulsed electron beams have considerable flux advantage over a typical laser photon pulse. The time frame of various events in radiolysis requires a range of time-resolution capabilities in the detection instrumentation, and the information content and spectral resolution of various techniques differ. Restricting our attention to the condensed phase, we will outline fast detection methods that can be used to detect (1) emission: streak cameras and fast photomultipliers; (2) absorption: pulse probe methods using Cherenkov and fast digitizers; (3) conductivity DC and microwave, and (4) three magnetic resonance methods: time-resolved EPR, time-resolved optically detected magnetic resonance, and time-resolved NMR detection of nuclear resonance. Utilizing the above techniques, we can study very short-lived ions, radicals and excited states in both radiolysis and in photoionization. One finds many parallels in the chemistry of transient species in the high-energy regime where the energy input into the condensed phase is more than sufficient to cause ionization. The future challenge is to develop novel detection methods in order to allow significant advances in real time capabilities of radiolytic experiments made possible by the next generation of accelerators

  20. Survey of Anomaly Detection Methods

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    Ng, B

    2006-10-12

    This survey defines the problem of anomaly detection and provides an overview of existing methods. The methods are categorized into two general classes: generative and discriminative. A generative approach involves building a model that represents the joint distribution of the input features and the output labels of system behavior (e.g., normal or anomalous) then applies the model to formulate a decision rule for detecting anomalies. On the other hand, a discriminative approach aims directly to find the decision rule, with the smallest error rate, that distinguishes between normal and anomalous behavior. For each approach, we will give an overview of popular techniques and provide references to state-of-the-art applications.

  1. Pencil-shaped radiation detection ionization chamber

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    A radiation detection ionization chamber is described. It consists of an elongated cylindrical pencil-shaped tubing forming an outer wall of the chamber and a center electrode disposed along the major axis of the tubing. The length of the chamber is substantially greater than the diameter. A cable connecting portion at one end of the chamber is provided for connecting the chamber to a triaxial cable. An end support portion is connected at the other end of the chamber for supporting and tensioning the center electrode. 17 claims

  2. Detecting solar chameleons through radiation pressure

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    Baum, S; Hoffmann, D H H; Karuza, M; Semertzidis, Y K; Upadhye, A; Zioutas, K

    2014-01-01

    Light scalar fields can drive the accelerated expansion of the universe. Hence, they are obvious dark energy candidates. To make such models compatible with tests of General Relativity in the solar system and "fifth force" searches on Earth, one needs to screen them. One possibility is the so-called "chameleon" mechanism, which renders an effective mass depending on the local matter density. If chameleon particles exist, they can be produced in the sun and detected on earth exploiting the equivalent of a radiation pressure. Since their effective mass scales with the local matter density, chameleons can be reflected by a dense medium if their effective mass becomes greater than their total energy. Thus, under appropriate conditions, a flux of solar chameleons may be sensed by detecting the total instantaneous momentum transferred to a suitable opto-mechanical force/pressure sensor. We calculate the solar chameleon spectrum and the reach in the chameleon parameter space of an experiment using the preliminary re...

  3. Apparatus for processing electromagnetic radiation and method

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    Gatewood, George D. (Inventor)

    1983-01-01

    Measuring apparatus including a ruled member having alternate transparent and opaque zones. An optical coupler connecting the ruled member with electromagnetic radiation-conversion apparatus. The conversion apparatus may include a photomultiplier and a discriminator. Radiation impinging on the ruled member will, in part, be converted to electrical pulses which correspond to the intensity of the radiation. A method of processing electromagnetic radiation includes providing a member having alternating dark and light zones, establishing movement of the member through the beam of electromagnetic radiation with the dark zones interrupting passage of radiation through the rule, providing an optical coupler to connect a portion of the radiation with a conversion station where the radiation portion is converted into an electrical pulse which is related to the intensity of the radiation received at the conversion station. The electrical pulses may be counted and the digitized signals stored or permanently recorded to produce positional information.

  4. Evaluation of methods to leak test sealed radiation sources

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    The methods for the leak testing of sealed radiation sources were reviewed. One hundred and thirty-one equipment vendors were surveyed to identify commercially available leak test instruments. The equipment is summarized in tabular form by radiation type and detector type for easy reference. The radiation characteristics of the licensed sources were reviewed and summarized in a format that can be used to select the most suitable detection method. A test kit is proposed for use by inspectors when verifying a licensee's test procedures. The general elements of leak test procedures are discussed

  5. Method for acoustic signal detection

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    The disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for acoustic signal detection, adapted for use in acoustic velocity well logging to measure the difference in transit times of an acoustic signal between a transmitter and two or more receivers. In a preferred embodiment of the present invention two timing measurements of the signal arriving at each of two receivers may be made by activating zero crossing detectors at the arrival of the first negative and first positive half-cycles at each receiver. A transit time is calculated from the zero crossing times following the first negative half-cycle. This first transit time may be checked for accuracy by comparing the first transit time with a second transit time calculated from zero crossing times following the first positive half-cycles, by comparing the first transit time to a previously measured transit time and/or by detecting the order of arrival of the negative and positive half-cycles to determine whether the half-cycles have been detected out of sequence at either receiver. Should the first transit time be determined to be inaccurate, the previously measured transit time or the second transit time may be substituted therefor

  6. Monte Carlo Radiation Hydrodynamics with Implicit Methods

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    Roth, Nathaniel

    2014-01-01

    We explore the application of Monte Carlo transport methods to solving coupled radiation-hydrodynamics problems. We use a time-dependent, frequency-dependent, 3-dimensional radiation transport code, that is special relativistic and includes some detailed microphysical interactions such as resonant line scattering. We couple the transport code to two different 1-dimensional (non-relativistic) hydrodynamics solvers: a spherical Lagrangian scheme and a Eulerian Godunov solver. The gas-radiation energy coupling is treated implicitly, allowing us to take hydrodyanimcal time-steps that are much longer than the radiative cooling time. We validate the code and assess its performance using a suite of radiation hydrodynamical test problems, including ones in the radiation energy dominated regime. We also develop techniques that reduce the noise of the Monte Carlo estimated radiation force by using the spatial divergence of the radiation pressure tensor. The results suggest that Monte Carlo techniques hold promise for s...

  7. Aerial Radiation Detection Vehicle Manned and Unmanned Concepts

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    We are developing an Unmanned Aerial Radiation Detection Vehicle that will give new abilities to the Manned Aerial Radiation Detection Vehicle, Air-Ram. A comparison between the two systems will be given, and a report to our first Unmanned Aerial Radiation Detection Vehicle flight. Air-Ram The Air-Ram system, figure 1, has been developed to measure and display online radiation level measurements taken above the radiation area with a chopper. The detected radiation levels are presented on a topographical map with the flight path colored with the radiation intensities. The air crew and controllers on the ground are updated every two seconds. It enables first responders to complete and real time picture of a radiological event which is essential in order to be able to activate and direct ground operations if necessary. The system measures radiation levels and produces a spectrum graph used to identify the isotopes

  8. Particle and photon detection for a neutron radiative decay experiment

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    We present the particle and photon detection methods employed in a program to observe neutron radiative beta-decay. The experiment is located at the NG-6 beam line at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research. Electrons and protons are guided by a 4.6 T magnetic field and detected by a silicon surface barrier detector. Photons with energies between 15 and 750 keV are registered by a detector consisting of a bismuth germanate scintillator coupled to a large area avalanche photodiode. The photon detector operates at a temperature near 80 K in the bore of a superconducting magnet. We discuss CsI as an alternative scintillator, and avalanche photodiodes for direct detection of photons in the 0.1-10 keV range

  9. Detecting solar chameleons through radiation pressure

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Light scalar fields can drive the accelerated expansion of the universe. Hence, they are obvious dark energy candidates. To make such models compatible with tests of General Relativity in the solar system and “fifth force” searches on Earth, one needs to screen them. One possibility is the so-called “chameleon” mechanism, which renders an effective mass depending on the local matter density. If chameleon particles exist, they can be produced in the sun and detected on Earth exploiting the equivalent of a radiation pressure. Since their effective mass scales with the local matter density, chameleons can be reflected by a dense medium if their effective mass becomes greater than their total energy. Thus, under appropriate conditions, a flux of solar chameleons may be sensed by detecting the total instantaneous momentum transferred to a suitable opto-mechanical force/pressure sensor. We calculate the solar chameleon spectrum and the reach in the chameleon parameter space of an experiment using the preliminary results from a force/pressure sensor, currently under development at INFN Trieste, to be mounted in the focal plane of one of the X-Ray telescopes of the CAST experiment at CERN. We show, that such an experiment signifies a pioneering effort probing uncharted chameleon parameter space.

  10. Statistical methods in radiation physics

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    Turner, James E; Bogard, James S

    2012-01-01

    This statistics textbook, with particular emphasis on radiation protection and dosimetry, deals with statistical solutions to problems inherent in health physics measurements and decision making. The authors begin with a description of our current understanding of the statistical nature of physical processes at the atomic level, including radioactive decay and interactions of radiation with matter. Examples are taken from problems encountered in health physics, and the material is presented such that health physicists and most other nuclear professionals will more readily understand the application of statistical principles in the familiar context of the examples. Problems are presented at the end of each chapter, with solutions to selected problems provided online. In addition, numerous worked examples are included throughout the text.

  11. Spacesuit Radiation Shield Design Methods

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    Wilson, John W.; Anderson, Brooke M.; Cucinotta, Francis A.; Ware, J.; Zeitlin, Cary J.

    2006-01-01

    Meeting radiation protection requirements during EVA is predominantly an operational issue with some potential considerations for temporary shelter. The issue of spacesuit shielding is mainly guided by the potential of accidental exposure when operational and temporary shelter considerations fail to maintain exposures within operational limits. In this case, very high exposure levels are possible which could result in observable health effects and even be life threatening. Under these assumptions, potential spacesuit radiation exposures have been studied using known historical solar particle events to gain insight on the usefulness of modification of spacesuit design in which the control of skin exposure is a critical design issue and reduction of blood forming organ exposure is desirable. Transition to a new spacesuit design including soft upper-torso and reconfigured life support hardware gives an opportunity to optimize the next generation spacesuit for reduced potential health effects during an accidental exposure.

  12. Detection methods for irradiated mites and insects

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    Results of the study on the following tests for separation of irradiated pests from untreated ones are reported: (a) test for identification of irradiated mites (Acaridae) based on lack of fecundity of treated females; (b) test for identification of irradiated beetles based on their locomotor activity; (c) test for identification of irradiated pests based on electron spin resonance (ESR) signal derived from treated insects; (d) test for identification of irradiated pests based on changes in the midgut induced by gamma radiation; and (e) test for identification of irradiated pests based on the alterations in total proteins of treated adults. Of these detection methods, only the test based on the pathological changes induced by irradiation in the insect midgut may identify consistently either irradiated larvae or adults. This test is simple and convenient when a rapid processing technique for dehydrating and embedding the midgut is used. (author)

  13. Comparison of Methods for Oscillation Detection

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    Odgaard, Peter Fogh; Trangbæk, Klaus

    2006-01-01

    This paper compares a selection of methods for detecting oscillations in control loops. The methods are tested on measurement data from a coal-fired power plant, where some oscillations are occurring. Emphasis is put on being able to detect oscillations without having a system model and without using process knowledge. The tested methods show potential for detecting the oscillations, however, transient components in the signals cause false detections as well, motivating usage of models in order ...

  14. Detection of electromagnetic radiation using micromechanical multiple quantum wells structures

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    Datskos, Panagiotis G [Knoxville, TN; Rajic, Slobodan [Knoxville, TN; Datskou, Irene [Knoxville, TN

    2007-07-17

    An apparatus and method for detecting electromagnetic radiation employs a deflectable micromechanical apparatus incorporating multiple quantum wells structures. When photons strike the quantum-well structure, physical stresses are created within the sensor, similar to a "bimetallic effect." The stresses cause the sensor to bend. The extent of deflection of the sensor can be measured through any of a variety of conventional means to provide a measurement of the photons striking the sensor. A large number of such sensors can be arranged in a two-dimensional array to provide imaging capability.

  15. Single electron detection and spectroscopy via relativistic cyclotron radiation

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    Asner, D. M.; Bradley, R. F.; Viveiros, L.; Doe, P. J.; Fernandes, J. L.; Fertl, M.; Finn, E. C.; Formaggio, J. A.; Furse, D.; Jones, A.M; Kofron, J. N.; LaRoque, B. H.; Leber, M.; McBride, E. L.; Miller, M. L.

    2014-01-01

    It has been understood since 1897 that accelerating charges must emit electromagnetic radiation. Cyclotron radiation, the particular form of radiation emitted by an electron orbiting in a magnetic field, was first derived in 1904. Despite the simplicity of this concept, and the enormous utility of electron spectroscopy in nuclear and particle physics, single-electron cyclotron radiation has never been observed directly. Here we demonstrate single-electron detection in a nove...

  16. Active methods of early forest fire detection

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    Utkin, Andrei B.; Lavrov, Alexander; Vilar, Rui

    2011-02-01

    A method of automated early fire detection based on the light detection and ranging (lidar) technology is presented. Specific lidar configurations and their application to forest and industrial-environment fire surveillance are discussed.

  17. Terahertz and Mid Infrared Radiation Generation, Detection and Applications

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    Pereira, Mauro F

    2011-01-01

    Terahertz (THz) and Mid-Infrared (MIR) radiation  (TERA-MIR) can be transmitted through nearly any material without causing biological harm. Novel and rapid methods of detection can be created with devices operation in these spectral ranges allowing scanning for weapons, detecting hidden explosives (including plastic landmines), controlling the quality of food and a host of other exciting applications.  This book focuses on mathematical and physical aspects of the field, on unifying these two spectral domains (THz and MIR) with regard to common sources, detectors, materials and applications, and on key interdisciplinary topics. The main THz and MIR source is the quantum cascade laser (QCL). Thus significant attention is paid to the challenge of turning this advanced technology into affordable commercial devices so as to exploit its enormous potential. However other alternatives to THz QCLs are also presented, e.g.  sub-terahertz imaging from avalanching GaAs bipolar transistors, Josephson junctions as THz ...

  18. Proceedings of the symposium on Nuclear Radiation Detection Materials

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    This symposium provides a venue for the presentation of the latest results and discussion of radiation detection materials from both experimental and theoretical standpoints. As advances are made in this area of materials, additional experimental and theoretical approaches are used to both guide the growth of materials and to characterize the materials that have a wide array of applications for detecting different types of radiation. The types of detector materials for semiconductors and scintillators include a variety of molecular compounds such as lanthanum halides (LaX3), zinc oxide (ZnO), lead iodide (PbI2), cadmium telluride (CdTe), mercuric iodide (HgI2), thallium bromide (TlBr), as well as others, such as cadmium zinc telluride (CZT). An additional class of scintillators includes those based on organic compounds and glasses. Ideally, desired materials used for radiation detection have attributes such as appropriate-range band-gaps, high atomic numbers of the central element, high densities, performance at room temperature, and strong mechanical properties, and are low cost in terms of their production. There are significant gaps in the knowledge related to these materials that are very important in making radiation detector materials that are higher quality in terms of their reproducible purity, homogeneity, and mechanical integrity. The topics that are the focal point of this symposium address these issues so that much better detectors may be made in the future. Topics cover the following areas: - Material growth: on-going developments regarding cadmium telluride (CdTe), cadmium zinc telluride (CZT), mercuric iodide (HgI2), cadmium manganese telluride (CMT), LaX3, and all other detector materials; new materials with potential for radiation detection (II-VI, III-VI, III-VII compounds, neutron detectors, nano-materials, and ceramic scintillators); purification techniques; and growth methods; - Characterization: experimental results; methodologies; defect structure; surface and bulk effects; and interfacial phenomena (contacting, contact adhesion, crystallographic polarity, Schottky barrier, and surface passivation); - Physical and mechanical properties: electric charge compensation mechanisms, charge collection, and thermal transport; hardness; and plasticity; - New and innovative characterization techniques: optical spectroscopy; microscopy (SEM, TEM, STM, AFM, etc.); synchrotron mapping and X-ray diffraction; rocking curves; and spectroscopy (IR, Raman, NMR, XPS, Auger, and other applicable approaches); - Theoretical studies: bandgap calculations; mobility calculations; scintillator material physics; thermal modeling; crystal growth; processes in material matrices; and processes in amorphous and crystalline matrices

  19. Frontal Face Detection Methods –Neural Networks and Aggressive Learning Algorithm

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    2011-01-01

    In this research work, a face detection method is presented. Face detection is the first step of face Recognition methods. Face detection is a difficult task in Pattern. There are different methods of face detection namely-Knowledge Based Face Detection Methods, Feature Based Face Detection Methods, Template Based Face Detection Methods and Appearnce Based Face Detection Methods. But here we divided basically in two methods for face detection (i) image based methods (ii) feature based methods...

  20. Detection of radiation-induced changes in electrochemical properties of austenitic stainless steels using miniaturized specimens and the single-loop electrochemical potentiokinetic reactivation method

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    Single-loop electrochemical potentiokinetic reactivation testing of miniaturized (TEM) specimens can provide reliable data comparable to data obtained with larger specimens. Significant changes in electrochemical properties (increased reactivation current and Flade potential) were detected for PCA and type 316 stainless steels irradiated at 200--420 degrees C up to 7--9 dpa. Irradiations in the FFTF Materials Open Test Assembly and in the Oak Ridge Research Reactor are reported on. 45 figs., 5 tabs., 52 refs

  1. Investigation of detection technique of irradiated food. Detection of irradiated food by TL method

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    Thermo luminescence (TL) method, one of detection method of irradiated food, was applied to black pepper. The inorganic substances such as dust, sand and soil adhered to food can capture irradiation energy and emit it by heat as luminescence. Black pepper of Turkey and Malaysia were irradiated 0.5-10KGy dose from 60Co radiation source. Although different TL emission curves were observed by the place of production and the particle size of inorganic substance adhered, the strength of emission was constant for a long time. The results proved that this method was a good detection method for irradiated food adhered inorganic substances. (S.Y.)

  2. FACE DETECTION USING EIGEN METHOD

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    HASHAAM NAEEM

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available As continual research is being conducted in the area of computer vision, one of the most practical applications under vigorous development is in the construction of a robust face detection system. While the problem of detecting faces under various variations remains largely unsolved, a demonstration system as proof of concept that such systems are now becoming practical have been developed. A system capable of reliable detection, with reduced constraints in regards to the position and orientation of the face and the illumination and background of the image, has been implemented. Those face detection system is based upon “eigenfaces”, which has been separated into three major modules – pre-processing, construction of face space and face localization. A completely robust real-time face detectionsystem is still under heavy investigation and development, the implemented systems are still serving as an extendable foundation for future research.

  3. Detection of faults using a nuclear method

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    A new method of fault trace detection employs a combination of ground radon analysis (low values extractable from fault gouge), and gamma rays detected by a portable NaI(Tl) detector attached to a multichannel analyzer in which the K-40 and Rn-220 daughters are detected in high amount in fault gouge. 15 m analysis time is required for each station. The method is superior to methods using gamma-ray analysis alone

  4. Measuring methods for whole beta radiations

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    It is necessary to know rapidly the outline information on environmental radiation depending on the conditions of releasing radioactive material into environment or the purposes of measuring them. Whole beta radiation measurement is used for this purpose. In other words, though nuclides are not identified, approximate radioactive decay is determined. The factors affecting the results of the whole beta radiation measurement include the proportion of beta emission of samples, continuity of energy spectra of beta ray, selection of calibration sources, selection and characteristics of measuring instruments, and self absorption by the samples. The maximum disturbance for detecting artificial radiations is the contribution of natural radioactivity contained in samples, though a part of the above factors is improved by correction. Since estimation of the disturbance so far involved comparatively large error, the whole beta radiation is expressed in a form of including the contribution of natural radioactivity. Though there are many factors for making the results uncertain, the whole beta radiation measurement offers still useful result. However, it is not suitable in case of soft ? nuclides such as tritium and 14C are dominant. The contents are divided into nine chapters including introduction, measurement criteria, rain and dust, sea water, land water, crops, milk, soil and sea bottom sediments, and marine organisms. This manual is the revised third edition, and the revised parts are summarized in appendix 1. (Wakatsuki, Y.)

  5. FY2008 Report on GADRAS Radiation Transport Methods.

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    Mattingly, John K.; Mitchell, Dean James; Harding, Lee; Varley, Eric S.; Hilton, Nathan R. [Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA

    2008-10-01

    The primary function of the Gamma Detector Response and Analysis Software (GADRAS) is the solution of inverse radiation transport problems, by which the con-figuration of an unknown radiation source is inferred from one or more measured radia-tion signatures. GADRAS was originally developed for the analysis of gamma spec-trometry measurements. During fiscal years 2007 and 2008, GADRAS was augmented to implement the simultaneous analysis of neutron multiplicity measurements. This report describes the radiation transport methods developed to implement this new capability. This work was performed at the direction of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of Nonproliferation Research and Development. It was executed as an element of the Proliferation Detection Program's Simulation, Algorithm, and Modeling element. Acronyms BNL Brookhaven National Laboratory CSD Continuous Slowing-Down DU depleted uranium ENSDF Evaluated Nuclear Structure Data Files GADRAS Gamma Detector Response and Analysis Software HEU highly enriched uranium LANL Los Alamos National Laboratory LLNL Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory NA-22 Office of Nonproliferation Research and Development NNDC National Nuclear Data Center NNSA National Nuclear Security Administration ODE ordinary differential equation ONEDANT One-dimensional diffusion accelerated neutral particle transport ORNL Oak Ridge National Laboratory PARTISN Parallel time-dependent SN PDP Proliferation Detection Program RADSAT Radiation Scenario Analysis Toolkit RSICC Radiation Safety Information Computational Center SAM Simulation, Algorithms, and Modeling SNL Sandia National Laboratories SNM special nuclear material ToRI Table of Radioactive Isotopes URI uniform resource identifier XML Extensible Markup Language

  6. Main Achievements 2003-2004 - Interdisciplinary Research - Radiation detection methods for health, earth and environmental sciences - Natural radioactive elements in the environment

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    Research on natural radioactive elements in the environment has been conducted. The main activities are focused on measurements of isotopes arising from natural radioactive series (especially radon). In 2004, the first two parts of survey within the frame of scientific cooperation between ''Vinca'' Institute and IFJ PAN were completed. Field measurements were carried out in Niska Banja Spa (Serbia and Montenegro). In this region extremely high radon (222Rn) concentrations in soil gas, to above 2 000 kBq/m3., very high values of radon exhalation rates (1,5 Bq/m2s) and radon concentration in water samples (> 500 Bq/l) were observed. Indoor radon concentrations in some houses exceeded 10 kBq/m3. A special model and computer code were developed for calculating and visualising radon distribution and its migration into houses (PhD thesis). At the Radon Study Field located in IFJ PAN, the influence of different parameters on the radon exhalation process are studied and changes of radon concentration in soil are investigated. The natural radiation level plays an important role in low background gamma spectroscopy. Long-term measurements of the gamma background level are being performed and their changes (e.g., post-Chernobyl or solar activity induced) studied

  7. Neutronics methods for thermal radiative transfer

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    The equations of thermal radiative transfer are time discretized in a semi-implicit manner, yielding a linear transport problem for each time step. The governing equation in this problem has the form of a neutron transport equation with fission but no scattering. Numerical methods are described, whose origins lie in neutron transport, and that have been successfully adapted to this new problem. Acceleration methods that have been developed specifically for the radiative transfer problem, but may have generalizations applicable in neutronics problems, are also discussed

  8. Physical problems in measuring the blood flow through organs by means of inhalation of noble gases with special regard to three-dimensional methods of radiation detection

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    The paper gives a survey of the current indirect methods of blood flow measurement with the aid of radioactive isotopes. Liver, spleen, and kidneys were investigated in order to find out whether noble gas washout may also be carried out by inhalation and external measurement alone, which do not involve any disconfort to the patient. Compartment models were established for different organs, and the conditions of measurement chosen were such that the parameters of blood flow could be determined unambiguously. The problems encountered in liver blood flow determination are mainly due to the human anatomy. The complicated blood flow pattern makes the use of freely diffusible tracers advisable, especially in pathological cases. The values measured in normal livers using the inhalation method are consistent with the values obtained by other direct and indirect methods. In pathological cases, further information is required concerning the fat content of the liver. This information can be provided by means of a biopsy or indirectly by a double Xe/Kr measurement. Up to a fat content of 10% of the moist weight, the error in the blood flow values measured is < 20%. 3-dimensional measurements with ?-?-coincidences will help to eliminate possible sources of errors such as superimposed tissues and to shorten the time of measurement. The first in-vivo measurements carried out in the liver are presented. The inhalation method will not lead to better regional differentiation, since the tissue can only be enriched with low activity concentrations. For establishing general quantitative mean values, however, it is the ideal method owing to its reasonableness, absence of trauma, to the fact that it can be repeated after a short interval, and to its independence of the intact function of the organ. (orig./HP)

  9. Geometric phase shift for detection of gravitational radiation

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    Mitskievich, N V; Nesterov, A. I.

    2004-01-01

    An effect of geometrical phase shift is predicted for a light beam propagating in the field of a gravitational wave. Gravitational radiation detection experiments are proposed using this new effect, the corresponding estimates being given.

  10. A Fault Detection Method for Reversible Circuits

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    Maryam Barshan; Somayeh Bahramnejad; Zeinab Kalantary

    2011-01-01

    This paper represents a redundancy based mechanism for fault detection in reversiblecircuits. In this method reversible circuit has been duplicated for fault detection. This duplication isbased on self complementary feature of reversible circuits. We have used a fully redundant circuitand a comparator for the purpose fault detection. In order to analyze the proposed method, singleand double faults have been investigated in the following four cases: fault tolerant comparator andsingle fault, n...

  11. Small Teleoperated Robot for Nuclear Radiation and Chemical Leak Detection

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    Kui Qian; Aiguo Song; Jiatong Bao; Huatao Zhang

    2012-01-01

    In order to meet the actual requirements of nuclear radiation and chemical leak detection, and emergency response, a new small teleoperated robot for nuclear radiation and chemical detection is proposed. A small?size robot is manufactured according to technical requirements and the overall structure and control system is described. Meanwhile, based on the principles of human?robot interaction, a user?friendly human?robot interaction interface is designed to provide a good telepresence for the...

  12. Application of Terahertz Radiation to the Detection of Corrosion under the Shuttle's Thermal Protection System

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    Madaras, Eric I.; Anastasi, Robert F.; Smith, Stephen W.; Seebo, Jeffrey P.; Walker, James L.; Lomness, Janice K.; Hintze, Paul E.; Kammerer, Catherine C.; Winfree, William P.; Russell, Richard W.

    2007-01-01

    There is currently no method for detecting corrosion under Shuttle tiles except for the expensive process of tile removal and replacement; hence NASA is investigating new NDE methods for detecting hidden corrosion. Time domain terahertz radiation has been applied to corrosion detection under tiles in samples ranging from small lab samples to a Shuttle with positive results. Terahertz imaging methods have been able to detect corrosion at thicknesses of 5 mils or greater under 1" thick Shuttle tiles and 7-12 mils or greater under 2" thick Shuttle tiles.

  13. Statistical Studies on Sequential Probability Ratio Test for Radiation Detection

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    A Sequential Probability Ratio Test (SPRT) algorithm helps to increase the reliability and speed of radiation detection. This algorithm is further improved to reduce spatial gap and false alarm. SPRT, using Last-in-First-Elected-Last-Out (LIFELO) technique, reduces the error between the radiation measured and resultant alarm. Statistical analysis determines the reduction of spatial error and false alarm

  14. Control volume finite element method for radiation

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    In this paper a new methodology is presented by the authors for the numerical treatment of radiative heat transfer in emitting, absorbing and scattering media. This methodology is based on the utilisation of Control Volume Finite Element Method (CVFEM) and the use, for the first time, of matrix formulation of the discretized Radiative Transfer Equation (RTE). The advantages of the proposed methodology is to avoid problems that confronted when previous techniques are used to predict radiative heat transfer, essentially, in complex geometries and when there is scattering and/or non-black boundaries surfaces. Besides, the new formulation of the discretized RTE presented in this paper makes it possible to solve the algebraic system by direct or iterative numerical methods. The theoretical background of CVFEM and matrix formulation is presented in the text. The proposed technique is applied to different test problems, and the results compared favourably against other published works. Moreover this paper discusses in detail the effects of some radiative parameters, such as optical thickness and walls emissivities on the spatial evolution of the radiant heat flux. The numerical simulation of radiative heat transfer for different cases using the algorithm proposed in this work has shown that the developed computer procedure needs an accurate CPU time and is exempt of any numerical oscillations

  15. Detection of irradiated pulses by PSL method

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    Photostimulated luminescence (PSL) as a screening method is very simple and rapid to detect irradiated foods but various disadvantages (light induced fading of PSL signal or response to clean foods with minerals insensitive to PSL measurement). In this study the characteristics of radiation induced PSL for 10 kinds of pulses (Chinese Soybean and Adzuki bean, Pinto bean, Cowpea, Green gram, Canadian Blue pea and Soybean, American Black-eyed pea and Chickpea, Red Kidney Bean) were investigated. The screening-PSL (s-PSL) cumulate counts of pulses significantly increased with irradiation dose up to 3 kGy. The s-PSL cumulate counts of irradiated pulses gradually decreased with increasing storage periods. The s-PSL cumulate counts of all pulse samples irradiated at a minimum dose of 0.5kGy exceeded considerably the upper screening threshold (5000 counts) regardless of storage period. Calibrated PSL (Cal-PSL) were obtained by re-irradiating the pulse samples with a gamma ray dose of 1 kGy and the PSL ratios (s-PSL/Cal-PSL) were calculated for normalization of sensitivity of the pulse samples. The PSL ratio at each irradiation dose was almost similar regardless of kind of pulses. (author)

  16. Rapid methods for detection of bacteria

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    Corfitzen, Charlotte B.; Andersen, B.Ø.; Miller, M.; Ursin, C.; Arvin, Erik; Albrechtsen, Hans-Jørgen

    2006-01-01

    Traditional methods for detection of bacteria in drinking water e.g. Heterotrophic Plate Counts (HPC) or Most Probable Number (MNP) take 48-72 hours to give the result. New rapid methods for detection of bacteria are needed to protect the consumers against contaminations. Two rapid methods: Measurements of Adosine Triphosphate and BactiQuantTM have shown promising results as new monitoring tools, which gives the result within minutes/hours.

  17. Apparatus complex for pulse infrared radiation detection

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    Apparatus complex, where het4erogeneous carrier (HC) on the basis of thermoplast with magnetic particle layer used as sensitivity clement to record plasma infrared pulse radiation and productio process of the carrier are described. Main sensitometrical parameters of heterogeneous carrier are as follows: sensitivity-2x10-2 J/cm2; dynamic range - 3; photographic width - 1.4; resolution - 50 mm-1. It is shown, that application of HC as sensitive element of the apparatus to record pulse radiation 2ill allow to solve problems of recording of fast-occurring processes within infrared range of wave lengthes

  18. Methods of measurements on incidental X-radiation from electron tubes

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    The standard describes the method for detection of x-radiation and the method for the direct and indirect measurement of field pattern and exposure rate of random incidental radiation emanating from high voltage electron tubes. Required apparatus and calibration procedure for the exposure rate meter or film mount are described. (M.G.B.)

  19. Visualization of radiation dose by bioanalytical methods

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    The quantitative evaluation of 'invisible' radiation exposure is essential to predict health effects and to provide appropriate medical care and evaluation concerning the prognosis of exposed persons. Because it is usually difficult to carry out physical dose measurements by dosimeters in the case of unexpected radiation exposure during accidents or disasters, post hoc dose evaluations using biological specimen of exposed people, called 'biological dosimetry', is indispensable. Although many dose evaluation methods have been developed up to now, the cytogenetic method used to measure the chromosomal aberration frequency of lymphocytes is frequently used as the gold standard from the perspective of accuracy. In addition to that, in this manuscript several applicable dose evaluation methods using biological specimens, such as red blood cells, teeth, nucleic acids and small metabolites, are described and discussed. (author)

  20. Methods for estimating solar radiation under canopy

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    The life of vegetation under a woodland canopy is greatly influenced by the quantity and the quality of solar radiation reaching the forest floor. A method was developed to estimate the distribution of solar radiation under canopy throughout the year. This paper describes in detail a technique for interpreting canopy picture taken with a fisheye lens. Through a scanner for digitazing the photographs and a personal computer for their interpretation accurate readings have been obtained at a low cost. The results show the mean monthly sunnines and the length and intensity of each sunflecks throughout the year for each site where a picture is taken; the values are calculated considering every single opening in the canopy, as visible from the site. The paper also describes the application of tridimensional models of the canopy to estimate the same radiation parameters for any site within the forest

  1. GMDD: a database of GMO detection methods

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    Guo Rong

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Since more than one hundred events of genetically modified organisms (GMOs have been developed and approved for commercialization in global area, the GMO analysis methods are essential for the enforcement of GMO labelling regulations. Protein and nucleic acid-based detection techniques have been developed and utilized for GMOs identification and quantification. However, the information for harmonization and standardization of GMO analysis methods at global level is needed. Results GMO Detection method Database (GMDD has collected almost all the previous developed and reported GMOs detection methods, which have been grouped by different strategies (screen-, gene-, construct-, and event-specific, and also provide a user-friendly search service of the detection methods by GMO event name, exogenous gene, or protein information, etc. In this database, users can obtain the sequences of exogenous integration, which will facilitate PCR primers and probes design. Also the information on endogenous genes, certified reference materials, reference molecules, and the validation status of developed methods is included in this database. Furthermore, registered users can also submit new detection methods and sequences to this database, and the newly submitted information will be released soon after being checked. Conclusion GMDD contains comprehensive information of GMO detection methods. The database will make the GMOs analysis much easier.

  2. Detection of charged-particle ionising radiation

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    The use of plastic track detectors in teaching institutions is discussed. The fundamentals of track detection are described and studies that may be performed within the confines of a modestly equipped laboratory are discussed and illustrated. (author)

  3. Nonlinear response matrix methods for radiative transfer

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    A nonlinear response matrix formalism is presented for the solution of time-dependent radiative transfer problems. The essential feature of the method is that within each computational cell the temperature is calculated in response to the incoming photons from all frequency groups. Thus the updating of the temperature distribution is placed within the iterative solution of the spaceangle transport problem, instead of being placed outside of it. The method is formulated for both grey and multifrequency problems and applied in slab geometry. The method is compared to the more conventional source iteration technique. 7 refs., 1 fig., 4 tabs

  4. Smart Surfaces: New Coatings & Paints with Radiation Detection Functionality

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    Farmer, J; Choi, J

    2007-03-12

    Paints are being developed and tested that might ultimately be able to detect radiological agents in the environment by incorporating special pigments into an organic polymeric binder that can be applied as a paint or coatings. These paints detect radioactive sources and contaminants with inorganic or organic scintillation or thermo-luminescent pigments, which are selected based upon the radiation ({alpha}, {beta}, {gamma} or n) to be detected, and are shown in Figure 1.

  5. Comparing Aberration Detection Methods with Simulated Data

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    Hutwagner, Lori; Browne, Timothy; Seeman, G. Matthew; Fleischauer, Aaron T.

    2005-01-01

    We compared aberration detection methods requiring historical data to those that require little background by using simulated data. Methods that require less historical data are as sensitive and specific as those that require 3–5 years of data. These simulations can determine which method produces appropriate sensitivity and specificity.

  6. Radiation information recording and reading method and device

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    Radiation rays transmitting object or radiation rays emitted from a material to be tested are irradiated to a radiation information recording medium containing a material which forms a color center by irradiation of radiation rays by coloring the recording medium to record radiation information. Further, a light having a wavelength within a range of the absorption region owned by the color center is irradiated, to read radiation information by optoelectrically detecting the light reflected from the recording medium. Although the reading speed (image forming speed) is limited by a time constant of the light detector, remarkable improvement of image forming speed can be attained compared with a conventional method which utilizes photoluminescence of a photoluminescent material. Further, it can be utilized irrespective of the amount of photoluminescence or photoluminescent response characteristics. In addition, laser beams had to be taken into consideration in the prior art but it is no more necessary to separate the reading laser beams and reflecting lights, thereby enabling to simplify the device. (N.H.)

  7. Molecular methods for pathogen detection and quantification

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    Ongoing interest in convenient, inexpensive, fast, sensitive and accurate techniques for detecting and/or quantifying the presence of soybean pathogens has resulted in increased usage of molecular tools. The method of extracting a molecular target (usually DNA or RNA) for detection depends wholly up...

  8. Method of detecting sulfur dioxide

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    Spicer, Leonard D. (Salt Lake City, UT); Bennett, Dennis W. (Clemson, SC); Davis, Jon F. (Salt Lake City, UT)

    1985-01-01

    (CH.sub.3).sub.3 SiNSO is produced by the reaction of ((CH.sub.3).sub.3 Si).sub.2 NH with SO.sub.2. Also produced in the reaction are ((CH.sub.3).sub.3 Si).sub.2 O and a new solid compound [NH.sub.4 ][(CH.sub.3).sub.3 SiOSO.sub.2 ]. Both (CH.sub.3).sub.3 SiNSO and [NH.sub.4 ][(CH.sub.3).sub.3 SiOSO.sub.2 ] have fluorescent properties. The reaction of the subject invention is used in a method of measuring the concentration of SO.sub.2 pollutants in gases. By the method, a sample of gas is bubbled through a solution of ((CH.sub.3).sub.3 Si).sub.2 NH, whereby any SO.sub.2 present in the gas will react to produce the two fluorescent products. The measured fluorescence of these products can then be used to calculate the concentration of SO.sub.2 in the original gas sample. The solid product [NH.sub.4][(CH.sub.3).sub.3 SiOSO.sub.2 ] may be used as a standard in solid state NMR spectroscopy.

  9. Principles and detection of food radiation processing

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    This document reviews the possible applications of ionizing radiations in the food industry, pointing out the principles of the treatment, its wholesomeness and its consequences upon the nutritional value of the product. The last part gives the present state of the researches about the identification of irradiated foodstuffs and especially the concerted action sponsored by the Community Bureau of Reference (Commission of the European Communities). The results of an ESR intercomparison are briefly presented

  10. Developing methods for detecting radioactive scrap

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    During the last 10 years, there have been major developments in radiation detection systems used for catching shielded radioactive sources in scrap metal. The original testing required to determine the extent of the problem and the preliminary designs of the first instruments will be discussed. Present systems available today will be described listing their advantages and disadvantages. In conclusion, the newest developments and state of the art equipment will also be included describing the limits and most appropriate locations for the systems

  11. Single electron detection and spectroscopy via relativistic cyclotron radiation

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    Asner, D M; de Viveiros, L; Doe, P J; Fernandes, J L; Fertl, M; Finn, E C; Formaggio, J A; Furse, D; Jones, A M; Kofron, J N; LaRoque, B H; Leber, M; McBride, E L; Miller, M L; Mohanmurthy, P; Monreal, B; Oblath, N S; Robertson, R G H; Rosenberg, L J; Rybka, G; Rysewyk, D; Sternberg, M G; Tedeschi, J R; Thummler, T; VanDevender, B A; Woods, N L

    2014-01-01

    It has been understood since 1897 that accelerating charges must emit electromagnetic radiation. Cyclotron radiation, the particular form of radiation emitted by an electron orbiting in a magnetic field, was first derived in 1904. Despite the simplicity of this concept, and the enormous utility of electron spectroscopy in nuclear and particle physics, single-electron cyclotron radiation has never been observed directly. Here we demonstrate single-electron detection in a novel radiofrequency spec- trometer. We observe the cyclotron radiation emitted by individual magnetically-trapped electrons that are produced with mildly-relativistic energies by a gaseous radioactive source. The relativistic shift in the cyclotron frequency permits a precise electron energy measurement. Precise beta elec- tron spectroscopy from gaseous radiation sources is a key technique in modern efforts to measure the neutrino mass via the tritium decay endpoint, and this work demonstrates a fundamentally new approach to precision beta sp...

  12. Single-electron detection and spectroscopy via relativistic cyclotron radiation

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    Asner, David M.; Bradley, Rich; De Viveiros Souza Filho, Luiz A.; Doe, Peter J.; Fernandes, Justin L.; Fertl, M.; Finn, Erin C.; Formaggio, Joseph; Furse, Daniel L.; Jones, Anthony M.; Kofron, Jared N.; LaRoque, Benjamin; Leber, Michelle; MCBride, Lisa; Miller, M. L.; Mohanmurthy, Prajwal T.; Monreal, Ben; Oblath, Noah S.; Robertson, R. G. H.; Rosenberg, Leslie; Rybka, Gray; Rysewyk, Devyn M.; Sternberg, Michael G.; Tedeschi, Jonathan R.; Thummler, Thomas; VanDevender, Brent A.; Woods, N. L.

    2015-04-01

    It has been understood since 1897 that accelerating charges should emit electromagnetic radiation. Cyclotron radiation, the particular form of radiation emitted by an electron orbiting in a magnetic field, was first derived in 1904. Despite the simplicity of this concept, and the enormous utility of electron spectroscopy in nuclear and particle physics, single-electron cyclotron radiation has never been observed directly. Here we demonstrate single-electron detection in a novel radiofrequency spectrometer. We observe the cyclotron radiation emitted by individual electrons that are produced with mildly-relativistic energies by a gaseous radioactive source and are magnetically trapped. The relativistic shift in the cyclotron frequency permits a precise electron energy measurement. Precise beta electron spectroscopy from gaseous radiation sources is a key technique in modern efforts to measure the neutrino mass via the tritium decay endpoint, and this work is a proof-of-concept for future neutrino mass experiments using this technique.

  13. TROL - Solving the underwater radiation detection enigma

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    Designed by Fathoms in consultation with UKAEA, Dounreay, to detect buried radiological particles in ground 50m below the sea surface, TROL (Tracked Remote Offshore Logging) is the world's first tracked robotic system capable of delivering gamma spectroscopy in real-time, the genesis of which developed from Fathoms diving and undersea systems technology. This short article examines how an integrated approach to science and technology can be managed through quality processes to deliver superior solutions. The tracked ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) is designed specifically to meet the challenging demands of real-time subsea particle detection. Positioning of the vehicle by the ultra-short baseline acoustic system was integrated with the surface support vessel's differential GPS navigation system to produce accurate positions of detected particles. (author)

  14. Method for detecting and identifying peronospora arborescens

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    Muñoz Ledesma, Francisco Javier; Jiménez Díaz, Rafael Manuel; Landa del Castillo, Blanca; Montes Borrego, Miguel

    2008-01-01

    The method for detecting and identifying Peronospora arborescens is based on amplification of specific regions of said pathogen. To do this, a number of oligonucleotide primers specific for P. arborescens were designed, by means of enzymatic amplification reaction, for identifying and detecting said pathogen. This method is useful in agriculture and provides an early diagnosis of the disease (mildew) during asymptomatic states of plants, which facilitates efficient control thereof, and sanita...

  15. Novelty and change detection radiation physics experiments

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    Jabor, Abbas

    2007-01-01

    This thesis deals with the detection and analysis of low-level natural and induced radioactivity. Using high energy-resolution Ge detectors in low-level counting areas airborne radioactivity’s like Be-7 and Cs-137 have been investigated. The experimental facilities and techniques are described in some detail. One of the aims in this work is the studying of change detection in the amount of the activity received on the earth from events that happen at the solar system. Information about this i...

  16. Automated Methods for Multiplexed Pathogen Detection

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    Straub, Tim M.; Dockendorff, Brian P.; Quinonez-Diaz, Maria D.; Valdez, Catherine O.; Shutthanandan, Janani I.; Tarasevich, Barbara J.; Grate, Jay W.; Bruckner-Lea, Cindy J.

    2005-09-01

    Detection of pathogenic microorganisms in environmental samples is a difficult process. Concentration of the organisms of interest also co-concentrates inhibitors of many end-point detection methods, notably, nucleic acid methods. In addition, sensitive, highly multiplexed pathogen detection continues to be problematic. The primary function of the BEADS (Biodetection Enabling Analyte Delivery System) platform is the automated concentration and purification of target analytes from interfering substances, often present in these samples, via a renewable surface column. In one version of BEADS, automated immunomagnetic separation (IMS) is used to separate cells from their samples. Captured cells are transferred to a flow-through thermal cycler where PCR, using labeled primers, is performed. PCR products are then detected by hybridization to a DNA suspension array. In another version of BEADS, cell lysis is performed, and community RNA is purified and directly labeled. Multiplexed detection is accomplished by direct hybridization of the RNA to a planar microarray. The integrated IMS/PCR version of BEADS can successfully purify and amplify 10 E. coli O157:H7 cells from river water samples. Multiplexed PCR assays for the simultaneous detection of E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, and Shigella on bead suspension arrays was demonstrated for the detection of as few as 100 cells for each organism. Results for the RNA version of BEADS are also showing promising results. Automation yields highly purified RNA, suitable for multiplexed detection on microarrays, with microarray detection specificity equivalent to PCR. Both versions of the BEADS platform show great promise for automated pathogen detection from environmental samples. Highly multiplexed pathogen detection using PCR continues to be problematic, but may be required for trace detection in large volume samples. The RNA approach solves the issues of highly multiplexed PCR and provides ''live vs. dead'' capabilities. However, sensitivity of the method will need to be improved for RNA analysis to replace PCR.

  17. A Method for Ultrashort Electron Pulse Shape-Measurement Using Coherent Synchrotron Radiation

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    Geloni, G. A.; Saldin, E.L.; E.A. Schneidmiller; Yurkov, M.V.

    2003-01-01

    In this paper we discuss a method for nondestructive measurements of the longitudinal profile of sub-picosecond electron bunches for X-Ray Free Electron Lasers (XFELs). The method is based on the detection of the Coherent Synchrotron Radiation (CSR) spectrum produced by a bunch passing a dipole magnet system. This work also contains a systematic treatment of synchrotron radiation theory which lies at the basis of CSR. Standard theory of synchrotron radiation uses several app...

  18. Determination of Warning Detection Parameters Based on Data Portal Detection of Radiation in Port Klang, Malaysia

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    Radiation Portal Monitor (RPM) has been installed in Malaysia since 2006. The passive radiation detection equipment are installed at the Malaysian border entrance such as airports, seaports and land borders with the aim of detecting illegal movement of nuclear or other radioactive materials. Each detection alarms from the RPM require secondary inspection aimed at confirming the presence and identification of radionuclides in the objects scanned by the RPM. It is known that other than nuclear and radioactive materials, materials containing naturally occurring radioactive material also emits radiation. This study was conducted to determine the parameters that can be used by border control authorities to distinguish between the types of detection by the RPM and to ensure that only certain detection alarm needs to undergo secondary inspection. This would help to save time, reduce cost and avoid disruption to existing seaport operations. This study only focused on gamma-ray detection based on the factor that the radiation has triggered a lot of detection alarms and that there are diverse materials containing naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) in existence. This study showed that there are a large numbers of detection alarms-triggered by RPM that could be differentiated between TRUE alarms or FALSE alarms. Observations of the peak radiation count rate shape and interval, as well as the uniformity in the calculated values at the detectors can be used as parameters in the alarm detection assessment at the West Port, Port Klang, Selangor, Malaysia. (author)

  19. Review of using gallium nitride for ionizing radiation detection

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    Wang, Jinghui; Mulligan, Padhraic; Brillson, Leonard; Cao, Lei R.

    2015-09-01

    With the largest band gap energy of all commercial semiconductors, GaN has found wide application in the making of optoelectronic devices. It has also been used for photodetection such as solar blind imaging as well as ultraviolet and even X-ray detection. Unsurprisingly, the appreciable advantages of GaN over Si, amorphous silicon (a-Si:H), SiC, amorphous SiC (a-SiC), and GaAs, particularly for its radiation hardness, have drawn prompt attention from the physics, astronomy, and nuclear science and engineering communities alike, where semiconductors have traditionally been used for nuclear particle detection. Several investigations have established the usefulness of GaN for alpha detection, suggesting that when properly doped or coated with neutron sensitive materials, GaN could be turned into a neutron detection device. Work in this area is still early in its development, but GaN-based devices have already been shown to detect alpha particles, ultraviolet light, X-rays, electrons, and neutrons. Furthermore, the nuclear reaction presented by 14N(n,p)14C and various other threshold reactions indicates that GaN is intrinsically sensitive to neutrons. This review summarizes the state-of-the-art development of GaN detectors for detecting directly and indirectly ionizing radiation. Particular emphasis is given to GaN's radiation hardness under high-radiation fields.

  20. Solid state nuclear track detection principles, methods and applications

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    Durrani, S A; ter Haar, D

    1987-01-01

    Solid State Nuclear Track Detection: Principles, Methods and Applications is the second book written by the authors after Nuclear Tracks in Solids: Principles and Applications. The book is meant as an introduction to the subject solid state of nuclear track detection. The text covers the interactions of charged particles with matter; the nature of the charged-particle track; the methodology and geometry of track etching; thermal fading of latent damage trails on tracks; the use of dielectric track recorders in particle identification; radiation dossimetry; and solid state nuclear track detecti

  1. Non-contact acoustic radiation force impulse microscopy via photoacoustic detection for probing breast cancer cell mechanics

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    Hwang, Jae Youn; Kang, Bong Jin; Lee, Changyang; Kim, Hyung Ham; Park, Jinhyoung; Zhou, Qifa; Shung, K. Kirk.

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate a novel non-contact method: acoustic radiation force impulse microscopy via photoacoustic detection (PA-ARFI), capable of probing cell mechanics. A 30 MHz lithium niobate ultrasound transducer is utilized for both detection of phatoacoustic signals and generation of acoustic radiation force. To track cell membrane displacements by acoustic radiation force, functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes are attached to cell membrane. Using the developed microscopy evaluated with ...

  2. Optimised mounting conditions for poly (ether sulfone) in radiation detection.

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    Nakamura, Hidehito; Shirakawa, Yoshiyuki; Sato, Nobuhiro; Yamada, Tatsuya; Kitamura, Hisashi; Takahashi, Sentaro

    2014-09-01

    Poly (ether sulfone) (PES) is a candidate for use as a scintillation material in radiation detection. Its characteristics, such as its emission spectrum and its effective refractive index (based on the emission spectrum), directly affect the propagation of light generated to external photodetectors. It is also important to examine the presence of background radiation sources in manufactured PES. Here, we optimise the optical coupling and surface treatment of the PES, and characterise its background. Optical grease was used to enhance the optical coupling between the PES and the photodetector; absorption by the grease of short-wavelength light emitted from PES was negligible. Diffuse reflection induced by surface roughening increased the light yield for PES, despite the high effective refractive index. Background radiation derived from the PES sample and its impurities was negligible above the ambient, natural level. Overall, these results serve to optimise the mounting conditions for PES in radiation detection. PMID:24930013

  3. Radiation analysis devices, radiation analysis methods, and articles of manufacture

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    Roybal, Lyle Gene

    2010-06-08

    Radiation analysis devices include circuitry configured to determine respective radiation count data for a plurality of sections of an area of interest and combine the radiation count data of individual of sections to determine whether a selected radioactive material is present in the area of interest. An amount of the radiation count data for an individual section is insufficient to determine whether the selected radioactive material is present in the individual section. An article of manufacture includes media comprising programming configured to cause processing circuitry to perform processing comprising determining one or more correction factors based on a calibration of a radiation analysis device, measuring radiation received by the radiation analysis device using the one or more correction factors, and presenting information relating to an amount of radiation measured by the radiation analysis device having one of a plurality of specified radiation energy levels of a range of interest.

  4. Multi-sensor radiation detection, imaging, and fusion

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    Vetter, Kai

    2016-01-01

    Glenn Knoll was one of the leaders in the field of radiation detection and measurements and shaped this field through his outstanding scientific and technical contributions, as a teacher, his personality, and his textbook. His Radiation Detection and Measurement book guided me in my studies and is now the textbook in my classes in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley. In the spirit of Glenn, I will provide an overview of our activities at the Berkeley Applied Nuclear Physics program reflecting some of the breadth of radiation detection technologies and their applications ranging from fundamental studies in physics to biomedical imaging and to nuclear security. I will conclude with a discussion of our Berkeley Radwatch and Resilient Communities activities as a result of the events at the Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan more than 4 years ago.

  5. Numerical Methods in Polarized Radiative Transfer

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    Rees, D. E.; Geers, G.

    1996-03-01

    This paper looks at three aspects of numerical methods for solving polarized radiative transfer problems associated with spectral line formation in the presence of a magnetic field. First we prove “Murphy's law for Stokes evolution operators” which is the basis of the efficient algorithm used in the SPSR software package to compute the Stokes line depression contribution functions. Then we use a two-stream model to explain the efficacy of the field-free method in which the non-LTE line source function in a uniform magnetic field is approximated by the source function neglecting the magnetic field. Finally we introduce a totally new and computationally efficient approach to solving non-LTE problems based on a method of sparsely representing integral operators using wavelets. As an illustration, the wavelet method is used to solve the source function integral equation for a two-level atomic model in a finite atmosphere with coherent scattering, ignoring polarization.

  6. Development of Quantum Devices and Algorithms for Radiation Detection and Radiation Signal Processing

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    The main functions of spectroscopy system are signal detection, filtering and amplification, pileup detection and recovery, dead time correction, amplitude analysis and energy spectrum analysis. Safeguards isotopic measurements require the best spectrometer systems with excellent resolution, stability, efficiency and throughput. However, the resolution and throughput, which depend mainly on the detector, amplifier and the analog-to-digital converter (ADC), can still be improved. These modules have been in continuous development and improvement. For this reason we are interested with both the development of quantum detectors and efficient algorithms of the digital processing measurement. Therefore, the main objective of this thesis is concentrated on both 1. Study quantum dot (QD) devices behaviors under gamma radiation 2. Development of efficient algorithms for handling problems of gamma-ray spectroscopy For gamma radiation detection, a detailed study of nanotechnology QD sources and infrared photodetectors (QDIP) for gamma radiation detection is introduced. There are two different types of quantum scintillator detectors, which dominate the area of ionizing radiation measurements. These detectors are QD scintillator detectors and QDIP scintillator detectors. By comparison with traditional systems, quantum systems have less mass, require less volume, and consume less power. These factors are increasing the need for efficient detector for gamma-ray applications such as gamma-ray spectroscopy. Consequently, the nanocomposite materials based on semiconductor quantum dots has potential for radiation detection via scintillation was demonstrated in the literature. Therefore, this thesis presents a theoretical analysis for the characteristics of QD sources and infrared photodetectors (QDIPs). A model of QD sources under incident gamma radiation detection is developed. A novel methodology is introduced to characterize the effect of gamma radiation on QD devices. The rate equations of the QD devices under gamma radiation are studied. The effect of incident gamma radiation on the optical gain, power, and output photon densities are investigated.

  7. Optimised mounting conditions for poly (ether sulfone) in radiation detection

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    Poly (ether sulfone) (PES) is a candidate for use as a scintillation material in radiation detection. Its characteristics, such as its emission spectrum and its effective refractive index (based on the emission spectrum), directly affect the propagation of light generated to external photodetectors. It is also important to examine the presence of background radiation sources in manufactured PES. Here, we optimise the optical coupling and surface treatment of the PES, and characterise its background. Optical grease was used to enhance the optical coupling between the PES and the photodetector; absorption by the grease of short-wavelength light emitted from PES was negligible. Diffuse reflection induced by surface roughening increased the light yield for PES, despite the high effective refractive index. Background radiation derived from the PES sample and its impurities was negligible above the ambient, natural level. Overall, these results serve to optimise the mounting conditions for PES in radiation detection. - Highlights: • Mounting conditions for PES in radiation detection are optimised. • Optical coupling, surface treatment, and background sources are discussed. • Absorption by optical grease of short-wavelength light emitted from PES was negligible. • Despite the high effective refractive index for PES, light yield was increased by surface roughness. • Radiation background from the PES plate itself was not above the ambient level

  8. Fuzzy-logic in radiation detection technique

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    Fuzzy-logic more efficiently extracts the information flow carried by the detector signal than conventional evaluation procedures based on incomplete analytical modelling can do. Dose rate and contamination monitors are relatively simple systems. Nevertheless, the gain in performance due to fuzzy-logic is already remarkable. With increasing complexity of the structure of the radiation monitor the gain in performance increases likewise. Therefore the benefit is even higher when fuzzy-logic is embedded in activity accumulating air monitors. The extremely low limits on intake of uranium and transuranium isotopes, compared to the actual performance of radon-suppressing alpha-in-air-monitors in use today, call for fuzzy-logic also for this complex application. (orig.)

  9. Development of radiation detection and measurement systems

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    Moon, B. S.; Ham, C. S.; Chung, C. E. and others

    2000-03-01

    This report contains descriptions on the following six items. The first item is the result of a study on CsI(TI) crystals with their light emitting characteristics and the result of a study on plastic scintillators. The second item is the result of a study on advanced radiation detectors and includes experiments for the effect of using a Compton suppressor with an HPGe detector. For the third item, we describe the results of a design work done using EGS4 for a thickness gauge, a density gauge, and a level gauge. The fourth item contains descriptions on the prototype circuit systems developed for a level gauge, a thickness gauge, and for a survey meter. The fifth part contains the computed tomography algorithm and a prototype scanning system developed for a CT system. As the sixth and the last item, we describe the prototype high precision heat source and the prototype heat-voltage converter which we have designed and fabricated.

  10. Injury detecting method by eddy current

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    The present invention provides a highly accurate testing device for maintenance and detection of heat transfer pipes of a heat exchanger. Namely, in an injury detection test by using eddy current injuries of tubular materials are detected by inserting a testing probe formed by winding coils around a cylindrical coil bobbin to the inside of the tube, supplying DC-current to the coils and detecting the injuries by utilizing the eddy current generated in the tube. In a self-comparing type injury detection testing method by using eddy current, a difference between impedance changes of two coils disposed in adjacent with each other is taken out. In a testing coils using two coils are wound in a triangular waveform, and one of the coils is disposed to the other while being displaced by a length corresponding to 1/4 of the pitch of the waveform. With such a constitution, injuries of the tubular material in the circumference direction, which could not be detected so far, can be detected without worsening the performance of the self-comparing method and not increasing the length of the coil than required. In order to wind the coils in the complicated waveform, protruded guide is formed on the coil bobbin, not by using the existent method of disposing grooved guides on the coil bobbin. (I.S.)

  11. Simulating and Detecting Radiation-Induced Errors for Onboard Machine Learning

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    Wagstaff, Kiri L.; Bornstein, Benjamin; Granat, Robert; Tang, Benyang; Turmon, Michael

    2009-01-01

    Spacecraft processors and memory are subjected to high radiation doses and therefore employ radiation-hardened components. However, these components are orders of magnitude more expensive than typical desktop components, and they lag years behind in terms of speed and size. We have integrated algorithm-based fault tolerance (ABFT) methods into onboard data analysis algorithms to detect radiation-induced errors, which ultimately may permit the use of spacecraft memory that need not be fully hardened, reducing cost and increasing capability at the same time. We have also developed a lightweight software radiation simulator, BITFLIPS, that permits evaluation of error detection strategies in a controlled fashion, including the specification of the radiation rate and selective exposure of individual data structures. Using BITFLIPS, we evaluated our error detection methods when using a support vector machine to analyze data collected by the Mars Odyssey spacecraft. We found ABFT error detection for matrix multiplication is very successful, while error detection for Gaussian kernel computation still has room for improvement.

  12. Radiation detection of electron beam by the Gas Electron Multiplier

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    Kim, Ilgon [Changwon National Univ., Changwon (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-07-01

    The Gas Electron Multiplier is a type of gaseous ionization detector used in nuclear and particle physics and radiation detection. All gaseous ionization detectors are able to collect the electrons released by ionization radiation, guiding them to a region with a large electric field, and there by initiating an electron avalanche. The avalanche is able to produce enough electrons to create a current of charge large enough to be detected by electronics. GEMs are one of the class of micropattern gas detectors; this class includes Micromegas, microstrip detectors, and other technologies.

  13. A biodosemeter that utilises isolated enzymes to detect ionising radiation

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    The development of a biosensor for the detection of ionising radiation (biodosemeter) utilising the advantageous properties of the photosystem II (PSII) complex and its response to ionising radiation is reported. The transducer signal for this biosensor can be fluorescence, which is dependent on photosynthetic activity. Exposure of biological material to ionising radiation leads to a loss of function due to the destruction of critical structures. Radiation target theory predicts an exponential decrease in biochemical activity that is dependent on the absorbed radiation energy and directly proportional to the mass of the individual molecules possessing this activity. The activity is lost whenever the protein is hit since very high energy is transferred through the chain. Several approaches were used to optimise the immobilisation of PSII complexes to improve the sensitivity of the biodosemeter. (author)

  14. Bremstrahlung Detection and Chamber Obstruction Localisation Using Scanning Radiation Detectors

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    Naylor, G A; Robinson, D

    2005-01-01

    Radiation monitors consisting of scintillating plastic coupled to photomultipliers are used for diagnostic purposes. By scanning such a detector or a radiation scatterer, two applications are demonstrated: i) Monitoring of vacuum chamber conditioning by monitoring gas Bremstrahlung from residual gas. ii) Localisation of beam interception (beam losses) by longitudinal scanning of a radiation detector. The measurement of gas pressure inside long, small cross section, vacuum vessels is difficult due to the distance between the centre of the vacuum vessel and vacuum gauges (leading to a low vacuum conductance). The narrow beam of gamma Bremstrahlung radiation is intercepted by scanning tungsten blades in the beam line front-end allowing a radiation shower to be detected outside the vacuum vessel proportional to the gas pressure in the corresponding storage ring straight section. A second detector mounted on rails can be moved over a length of 6.5m parallel to the ESRF storage ring so as to localise regions of bea...

  15. Nanophosphors and outlooks for their use in ionizing radiation detection

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    The fundamental properties of nanophosphors determined by their structural state are discussed. The influence of a high concentration of surface trapping centers and quantum confinement effect on the nanophosphor luminescence characteristics is noted. These features determine some new properties, which are important for radiation detection. They include the increase in the luminescence yield under high-dose irradiation and improvement of radiation resistance. The luminescence and dosimetric properties of nanophosphors of different compositions are described. It is noted that nanophosphors show promise as high-dose detectors of ionizing radiation.

  16. Single-Electron Detection and Spectroscopy via Relativistic Cyclotron Radiation.

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    Asner, D M; Bradley, R F; de Viveiros, L; Doe, P J; Fernandes, J L; Fertl, M; Finn, E C; Formaggio, J A; Furse, D; Jones, A M; Kofron, J N; LaRoque, B H; Leber, M; McBride, E L; Miller, M L; Mohanmurthy, P; Monreal, B; Oblath, N S; Robertson, R G H; Rosenberg, L J; Rybka, G; Rysewyk, D; Sternberg, M G; Tedeschi, J R; Thümmler, T; VanDevender, B A; Woods, N L

    2015-04-24

    It has been understood since 1897 that accelerating charges must emit electromagnetic radiation. Although first derived in 1904, cyclotron radiation from a single electron orbiting in a magnetic field has never been observed directly. We demonstrate single-electron detection in a novel radio-frequency spectrometer. The relativistic shift in the cyclotron frequency permits a precise electron energy measurement. Precise beta electron spectroscopy from gaseous radiation sources is a key technique in modern efforts to measure the neutrino mass via the tritium decay end point, and this work demonstrates a fundamentally new approach to precision beta spectroscopy for future neutrino mass experiments. PMID:25955048

  17. A Novel Method of Line Detection using Image Integration Method

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    Lin, Daniel; Sun, Bo

    2015-03-01

    We developed a novel line detection algorithm based on image integration method. Hough Transformation uses spatial image gradient method to detect lines on an image. This is problematic because if the image has a region of high noise intensity, the gradient would point towards the noisy region . Denoising the noisy image requires an application of sophisticated noise reduction algorithm which increases computation complexity. Our algorithm can remedy this problem by averaging the pixels around the image region of interest. We were able to detect collagen fiber lines on an image produced by confocal microscope.

  18. Development of disease preventive method using radiated pathogenic microorganisms, cell lines and animals

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    The effects of radiation were investigated on pathogenic plasmid aiming at a development of a method to induce mutagenesis in plasmid DNA by radiation. To construct an experimental system which allows to detect a plasmid-segregated cell, kanamycin-resistant casette was inserted into pX02, a capsule plasmid in Bacillus anthracis to produce acpA:: Kmr by homologous recombination. This plasmid is thought available for analyzing the rate of plasmid segregation caused by radiation. Next, developments of detection and determination methods for various cytokines were attempted by RT-PCR method with an aim to investigate the expression changes of cytokine mRNA in calf immunocytes by radiation. In calf peripheral monocytes and alveolar macrophages, expressions of cytokine mRNAs such as IL-4, IFN? and GM-CSF mRNA as well as IL-1?, IL-1?, IL-2 and IL-6 were detected by RT-PCR method. (M.N.)

  19. Eigenspace Method for Spatiotemporal Hotspot Detection

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    Fanaee-T, Hadi; Gama, João

    2014-01-01

    Hotspot detection aims at identifying subgroups in the observations that are unexpected, with respect to the some baseline information. For instance, in disease surveillance, the purpose is to detect sub-regions in spatiotemporal space, where the count of reported diseases (e.g. Cancer) is higher than expected, with respect to the population. The state-of-the-art method for this kind of problem is the Space-Time Scan Statistics (STScan), which exhaustively search the whole s...

  20. Method of Fault Detection and Rerouting

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    Medelius, Pedro J. (Inventor); Gibson, Tracy L. (Inventor); Lewis, Mark E. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A system and method for detecting damage in an electrical wire, including delivering at least one test electrical signal to an outer electrically conductive material in a continuous or non-continuous layer covering an electrically insulative material layer that covers an electrically conductive wire core. Detecting the test electrical signals in the outer conductive material layer to obtain data that is processed to identify damage in the outer electrically conductive material layer.

  1. Micronuclei: sensitivity for the detection of radiation induced damage

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    The in vitro cytokinesis-block (CB) micronucleus (MN) assay for human peripheral blood has been used extensively for the assessment of chromosomal damage induced by ionizing radiation and chemicals and considered a suitable biological dosimeter for estimating in vivo whole body exposures, particularly in the case of large scale radiation accidents. One of the major drawbacks of the MN assay is its reduced sensitivity for the detection of damage induced by low doses of low LET radiation, due to the high variability among the spontaneous MN frequencies. It is suggested that age, smoking habit and sex are the main confounding factors that contribute to the observed variability. Previous work in our laboratory, shows a significant positive correlation of the spontaneous and radiation induced MN frequencies with age and smoking habit, the latter being the strongest confounder. These findings led to in vitro studies of the dose-response relationships for smoking and non smoking donors evaluated separately, using 60Co ? rays. The objectives of the present work are: 1-To increase the amount of data of the dose-response relationships, using ? rays from a 60Co source, for smoking and non smoking donors, in order to find, if applicable, a correction factor for the calibration curve that takes into account the smoking habit of the individual in the case of accidental overexposure dose assessment, particularly in the low dose range. 2-To establish general conclusions on the current state of the technique. The sample for smoking and non smoking calibration curves was enlarged in the range of 0Gy to 2Gy. The fitting of both curves, performed up to the 2Gy dose, resulted in a linear quadratic model. MN distribution among bi nucleated cells was found to be over dispersed with respect to Poisson distribution, the average ratio of variance to mean being 1.13 for non smokers and 1.17 for smokers. Each fitted calibration curve, for smoking and non smoking donors, fell within the 95% confidence curves of the other, with the exception of the spontaneous frequency values of both calibration curves. Thus, for the accidental overexposure dose assessment it seems to be appropriate to use a pooled data (smokers + non smokers) calibration curve and in the case of dose assessment up to 0.5Gy, it is convenient to use the corresponding spontaneous term in the yield equation; associated to the individual smoking habit condition. General conclusions: 1-The high and variable spontaneous MN frequency prevents an adequate dose estimation below 0.2-0.3Gy of low LET radiation. 2-At high doses, of low LET radiation, the sensitivity of the MN test is lower than the conventional aberration methods (dicentrics) due to the smaller squared term in the yield equation. 3-Radiation induced MN tend to be over dispersed with respect to Poisson distribution. Over dispersion increases the standard error on the observed yield and thus the uncertainties on the dose estimation. (author)

  2. Photostimulated luminescence detection and radiation effects on cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) spice.

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    Marcazzó, J; Sanchez-Barrera, C E; Urbina-Zavala, A; Cruz-Zaragoza, E

    2015-10-01

    The increase of disease borne pathogens in foods has promoted the use of new technologies in order to eliminate these pathogen microorganisms and extend the shelf-life of the foodstuffs. In particular, Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) contains an important number of pathogen microorganisms and it is frequently sterilized by gamma radiation. However, it is important to develop the detection methods for irradiated food in order to keep the dose control and also to analyze the radiation effects in their chemical property. This work reports (i) the photostimulated luminescence (PSL) detection of irradiated cinnamon and thermoluminescence (TL) detection of the inorganic polymineral fraction separated from this spice, and (ii) the proximate chemical analysis carried out on fat, protein and dietetic fiber contents. The detection limits using the PSL and TL methods were 500Gy and 10Gy, respectively, and the fat content was increased significantly with the gamma dose that could be related to the lipid oxidation in the cinnamon. PMID:26133665

  3. Monte Carlo method in radiation transport problems

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    In neutral radiation transport problems (neutrons, photons), two values are important: the flux in the phase space and the density of particles. To solve the problem with Monte Carlo method leads to, among other things, build a statistical process (called the play) and to provide a numerical value to a variable x (this attribution is called score). Sampling techniques are presented. Play biasing necessity is proved. A biased simulation is made. At last, the current developments (rewriting of programs for instance) are presented due to several reasons: two of them are the vectorial calculation apparition and the photon and neutron transport in vacancy media

  4. ITRAP. Illicit trafficking radiation detection assessment program

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    Illicit trafficking in nuclear materials (nuclear criminality) has become more and more a problem, due to the circulation of the a high number of radioactive sources and the big amount of nuclear material, particularly, caused by the changes of the organisational infrastructures to supervise these material within the successor states of the former Soviet Union. The IAEA data base counts at present more than 300 verified cases. The endangering cased thereby ranges from possible health defect for the publication to terrorists activities and production of nuclear weapons. In addition to the primary criminal reasons the illegal deposal of radioactive sources as salvage, scrap and others show a further problem, which has lead to severe accidents and lethal effects in the past (e.g. Goiana, Mexiko). As the study ITRAP (Illicit Trafficking Radiation Assessment Program) can show, also in Austria the cases of partly considerable contaminated scrap transports from neighbouring countries exists. Some countries have already under taken countermeasures (e.g. Monitoring at the Finnish-Russian and German-Polish border, border monitoring in Italy). The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reacted on this actual problem by setting up a new program to fight against nuclear criminality and has suggested a pilot study for the practical test of border monitoring systems. Aim of the study was to work out the technical requirements and the practicability of an useful monitoring system at border crossings. The results of the study will be offered by the IAEA to the member states as international recommendations for border monitoring systems. (author)

  5. New Sequential Methods for Detecting Portscanners

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    Chen, Xinjia

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we propose new sequential methods for detecting port-scan attackers which routinely perform random "portscans" of IP addresses to find vulnerable servers to compromise. In addition to rigorously control the probability of falsely implicating benign remote hosts as malicious, our method performs significantly faster than other current solutions. Moreover, our method guarantees that the maximum amount of observational time is bounded. In contrast to the previous most effective method, Threshold Random Walk Algorithm, which is explicit and analytical in nature, our proposed algorithm involve parameters to be determined by numerical methods. We have developed computational techniques such as iterative minimax optimization for quick determination of the parameters of the new detection algorithm. A framework of multi-valued decision for testing portscanners is also proposed.

  6. Conducted and radiated noise in detection devices

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    Conducted and radiated noise is an external noise which affects the quality of the signals of the detectors. An external noise can be reduced, usually, by shielding. This was the situation with 'older fashion' devices which uses boxes and coaxial cables. As the devices becomes more complex, the shielding of the detectors is more and more difficult and the transmission lines evolves from coaxial cables to twisted pair cables which are no more shielded. In such situation, the conducted and radiated noise (C and R noise) becomes important. Due to complexity of a real detector, the main work is based on experiments with components and simulations of some specific problems, associated with CDC detector. The first experiment was done to understand how the C and R noise is propagated. The emission device was a set of coils (between 3 and 5 turns with diameter from 10 to 50 mm) feed by an 74S140 driver. A pulse of about 8 ns width was generated. A coil of reception of about the same physical characteristics was used to see the emitted pulse. When the two coils are separated by about 80 cm, the receiver generated no signal. But, if along the two coils, a conductive material is introduced (a wire for instance), the receiver senses a signal. This signal is not changed too much if the wire is or not connected to ground. The explanation is simple: the pulse in the emitting coil produces an EM pulse which spreads in space. If a conductive material is around, the EM energy is received by that conductor and it is propagated at tens of meters with small attenuation. When this energy reaches the end of the conductor, it is radiated in space. If some other conductors are around, the energy is received and propagated by that conductors. This experiment was done for about 20 kinds of conductors (different coax cables, twisted-pair ribbons, power cables, metallic bars) and with many coils (different diameters and numbers of turns). It was measured the pk-to-pk level, decay constant and frequencies of oscillations (eigen frequencies). Because a Fourier analyzer was not available, the eigen-frequencies were just evaluated by the oscilloscope. The conclusions are: 1. For a 8 ns width pulse, the oscillation is damped in time with a constant between about 100 ns for cooper bars and double-shielded coaxes and up to around 600 ns for twisted-pair ribbons; 2. The frequency of these oscillations depends on the conductor under test and so they are eigen-frequencies of that conductor. For a RG 59BU cable (F and G) the dominant EF was 20 MHZ as for the same RG59U (Amphenol) the EF was 69 MHZ. This is so because the technology to make the shielding is different. For a cooper bar for instance EF was measures as 46 MHz for 3.7 mm diameter and 26 MHz for 2.35 mm diameter. To understand if these EM pulses which propagate everywhere are important or not we have to remind that these pulses propagate on the surface of the conductors. For a shielded coax, they cannot go inside to change the signal. The situation in totally different when such pulse reaches a twisted-pair cable. The signal is superimposed on the useful signal and is propagated as a 'normal' signal. For this situation, the receiver of a twisted pair cable is differential so that the common mode signal could be rejected by a proper designed receiver. This is so only at the receiver side. If such noise propagates toward the source of signal (the output of the preamplifier for instance), when this EM energy goes inside the transmitter, the electronic device reacts at these EM pulses. Its reaction can be a signal which goes back to line and this is impossible to be rejected by receiver because is like a normal differential signal. For a user it looks like being generated by the detector. In an experiment, a real preamplifier, a real ribbon (about 5 meter long) and a real receiver were connected on a table. An 8 ns pulse was inserted somewhere on that 5 meter twisted-pair cable and the signal on the receiver was monitored. The input of the preamplifier was connected to ground. Due to simulated noise, on

  7. Three Methods of Detection of Hydrazines

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    Griffin, Timothy; Berger, Cristina

    2010-01-01

    Three proposed methods for measuring trace quantities of hydrazines involve ionization and detection of hydrazine derivatives. These methods are intended to overcome the limitations of prior hydrazine- detection methods. Hydrazine (Hz), monomethylhydrazine (MMH), and unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (UDMH) are hypergolic fuels and are highly reactive, toxic, and corrosive. A capability to measure concentrations of hydrazines is desirable for detecting leaks and ensuring safety in aerospace settings and in some industrial settings in which these compounds are used. One of the properties (high reactivity) that make it desirable to detect trace amounts of hydrazines also makes it difficult to detect hydrazines and measure their concentrations accurately using prior methods: significant amounts are lost to thermal and catalytic decomposition prior to detection. Further complications arise from the sticky nature of hydrazines: Sample hydrazine molecules tend to become irreversibly adsorbed onto solid surfaces with which they come into contact during transport to detectors, giving rise to drift in detector responses. In each proposed method, the reactive, sticky nature of hydrazines would be turned to advantage by providing a suitably doped substrate surface with which the hydrazines would react. The resulting hydrazine derivatives would be sufficiently less sticky and sufficiently more stable so that fewer molecules would be lost to decomposition or adsorption during transport. Consequently, it would be possible to measure concentration with more sensitivity and less error than in prior techniques. The first proposed method calls for the use of a recently developed technique known as desorption electrospray ionization (DESI), in which a pneumatically assisted micro -electrospray at ambient pressure is directed at a surface of interest. In this case, the surface of interest would be that of a substrate described above.

  8. Detection of radiation of powerful fiber lasers reflected back from metals in course of laser processing

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    The method allowing to detect in real time the laser radiation reflected from metal in course of its processing by powerful fiber ytterbium lasers is proposed. It is shown that there is a correspondence between the behavior of a reflected back signal and the oscillatory processes in a liquid bath of the fused metal

  9. DQE as detection probability of the radiation detectors

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    In this paper it is shown that quantum efficiency (DQE), as commonly defined for imaging detectors, can be extended to all radiation detectors with the meaning of detection probability, if Poisson statistics applies. This unified approach is possible in time-domain at zero spatial-frequency

  10. Novel methods for detecting buried explosive devices

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    Kercel, S.W.; Burlage, R.S.; Patek, D.R.; Smith, C.M. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Hibbs, A.D.; Rayner, T.J. [Quantum Magnetics, Inc., San Diego, CA (United States)

    1997-04-01

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Quantum Magnetics, Inc. (QM) are exploring novel landmine detection technologies. Technologies considered here include bioreporter bacteria, swept acoustic resonance, nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR), and semiotic data fusion. Bioreporter bacteria look promising for third-world humanitarian applications; they are inexpensive, and deployment does not require high-tech methods. Swept acoustic resonance may be a useful adjunct to magnetometers in humanitarian demining. For military demining, NQR is a promising method for detecting explosive substances; of 50,000 substances that have been tested, none has an NQR signature that can be mistaken for RDX or TNT. For both military and commercial demining, sensor fusion entails two daunting tasks, identifying fusible features in both present-day and emerging technologies, and devising a fusion algorithm that runs in real-time on cheap hardware. Preliminary research in these areas is encouraging. A bioreporter bacterium for TNT detection is under development. Investigation has just started in swept acoustic resonance as an approach to a cheap mine detector for humanitarian use. Real-time wavelet processing appears to be a key to extending NQR bomb detection into mine detection, including TNT-based mines. Recent discoveries in semiotics may be the breakthrough that will lead to a robust fused detection scheme.

  11. Metagenomic Detection Methods in Biopreparedness Outbreak Scenarios

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    Karlsson, Oskar Erik; Hansen, Trine

    2013-01-01

    In the field of diagnostic microbiology, rapid molecular methods are critically important for detecting pathogens. With rapid and accurate detection, preventive measures can be put in place early, thereby preventing loss of life and further spread of a disease. From a preparedness perspective, early detection and response are important in order to minimize the consequences. During the past 2 decades, advances in next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology have changed the playing field of molecular methods. Today, it is within reach to completely sequence the total microbiological content of a clinical sample, creating a metagenome, in a single week of laboratory work. As new technologies emerge, their dissemination and capacity building must be facilitated, and criteria for use, as well as guidelines on how to report results, must be established. This article focuses on the use of metagenomics, from sample collection to data analysis and to some extent NGS, for the detection of pathogens, the integration of the technique in outbreak response systems, and the risk-based evaluation of sample processing in routine diagnostics labs. The article covers recent advances in the field, current debate, gaps in research, and future directions. Examples of metagenomic detection, as well as possible applications of the methods, are described in various biopreparedness outbreak scenarios.

  12. ANOLE Portable Radiation Detection System Field Test and Evaluation Campaign

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    Handheld, backpack, and mobile sensors are elements of the Global Nuclear Detection System for the interdiction and control of illicit radiological and nuclear materials. They are used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other government agencies and organizations in various roles for border protection, law enforcement, and nonproliferation monitoring. In order to systematically document the operational performance of the common commercial off-the-shelf portable radiation detection systems, the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office conducted a test and evaluation campaign conducted at the Nevada Test Site from January 18 to February 27, 2006. Named 'Anole', it was the first test of its kind in terms of technical design and test complexities. The Anole test results offer users information for selecting appropriate mission-specific portable radiation detection systems. The campaign also offered manufacturers the opportunity to submit their equipment for independent operationally relevant testing to subsequently improve their detector performance. This paper will present the design, execution, and methodologies of the DHS Anole portable radiation detection system test campaign

  13. A non-parametric method for correction of global radiation observations

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    Bacher, Peder; Madsen, Henrik; Perers, Bengt; Nielsen, Henrik Aalborg

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a method for correction and alignment of global radiation observations based on information obtained from calculated global radiation, in the present study one-hour forecast of global radiation from a numerical weather prediction (NWP) model is used. Systematical errors detected in the observations are corrected. These are errors such as: tilt in the leveling of the sensor, shadowing from surrounding objects, clipping and saturation in the signal processing, and errors from d...

  14. Study on novel radiation remote-sensing method based on laser spectroscopic measurement of radiation induced radicals

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    In order to develop a radiation intensity or absorbed dose rate monitor with high radiation resistance in intense radiation fields, we have proposed a novel radiation remote-sensing method based on high sensitive CRD (Cavity ring-down) laser spectroscopic measurement of radiation induced radicals. We have simulated the yields of radiation induced radicals by solving numerically rate equations. As results of model calculations, the principal product is ozone and its saturated yield reaches several dozen ppb level with absorbed dose rate 1 Gy/s. From results of preliminary experiments on the CRD spectroscopy for ozone as a target radical, the detection limit concentration of ozone for present system is estimated to be 6 ppb at least. Through the comparison between the results of experiments and simulations, it is found that the detection limit of absorbed dose rate is 0.3 Gy/s for present system. Based on this radiation remote-sensing method the prototype system will be designed and demonstrated experimentally in high-intense radiation field. (T. Tanaka)

  15. Quantitative boron detection by neutron transmission method

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    //Quantitative boron detection is mainly performed by chemical methods like colorimetric titration. High neutron absorption cross section of natural boron makes attractive its detection by absorption measurements. This work is an extension of earlier investigations where neutron radiography technique was used for boron detection. In the present investigation, the neutron absorption rate of boron containing solutions is the way to measure quantitatively the boron content of the solutions. The investigation was carried out in Istanbul TRIGA Mark-II reactor. In the end of the experiments, it was observed that even |ppw| grade boron in aqueous solution can be easily detected. The use of this method is certainly very useful for boron utilizing industries like glass and steel industries.The major disadvantage of the method is the obligation to use always aqueous solutions to be able to detect homogeneously the boron content. Then, steel or glass samples have to be put first in an appropriate solution form. The irradiation of steel samples can give the distribution of boron by the help of a imaging and this suggested method will give its quantitative measurement. The superiority of this method are its quick response time and its accuracy. To test this accuracy, a supposed unknown , solution of boric acid is irradiated and then calculated by the help of the calibration curve. The measured value of boric acid was 0.89 mg and the calculated value was found to be 0.98 mg which gives an accuracy of 10 %. It was also seen that the method is more accurate for low concentration. (authors)

  16. GMDD: a database of GMO detection methods

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    Guo Rong; Liang Wanqi; Marvin Hans JP; Kleter Gijs A; Shen Kailin; Kim Banghyun; Yang Litao; Dong Wei; Zhang Dabing

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Background Since more than one hundred events of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been developed and approved for commercialization in global area, the GMO analysis methods are essential for the enforcement of GMO labelling regulations. Protein and nucleic acid-based detection techniques have been developed and utilized for GMOs identification and quantification. However, the information for harmonization and standardization of GMO analysis methods at global level is needed...

  17. Novel edge detection method using FIC scheme

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    Cao, Hanqiang; Zhu, Yaoting; Zhu, Guang-Xi; Zhang, Zhengbing

    1998-09-01

    In this paper, a kind of self-similar coefficient (SSC) of the range blocks in an image is defined in Fractal Image Compression scheme. It also is proved that the range blocks in fractal images possess short distance piecewise self- similarity (SDPS). A novel edge detect method is proposed based on SSC and SDPS, and the result show that this method can be used to extract edge of fractal image effectively.

  18. Method for detecting gas turbine engine flashback

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    Singh, Kapil Kumar; Varatharajan, Balachandar; Kraemer, Gilbert Otto; Yilmaz, Ertan; Lacy, Benjamin Paul

    2012-09-04

    A method for monitoring and controlling a gas turbine, comprises predicting frequencies of combustion dynamics in a combustor using operating conditions of a gas turbine, receiving a signal from a sensor that is indicative of combustion dynamics in the combustor, and detecting a flashback if a frequency of the received signal does not correspond to the predicted frequencies.

  19. Application of organic semiconductors for the detection of ionizing radiations

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    One year aged organic bilayer Al/PCTDA/CuPc/ITO structure prepared with ICB deposition method has been used to evaluate the influence of ionising radiation to electrical properties of the structure. Small sources of ?, ? and ? radiation were used for preliminary measurements. Capacitance and current measurements were performed on samples with and without presence of ionising radiation and results compared. Effect of ? and ? radiation has not been confirmed due to the limited activity of available sources. Presence of ? radiation has noticeably changed the capacitance of reversely biased structure and produced increase of current through the structure. We have tried to explain the capacitance properties using the model previously developed for the organic bilayer structures, but we did not manage to resolve all effects involved. (author)

  20. Passive radiation detection using optically active CMOS sensors

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    Dosiek, Luke; Schalk, Patrick D.

    2013-05-01

    Recently, there have been a number of small-scale and hobbyist successes in employing commodity CMOS-based camera sensors for radiation detection. For example, several smartphone applications initially developed for use in areas near the Fukushima nuclear disaster are capable of detecting radiation using a cell phone camera, provided opaque tape is placed over the lens. In all current useful implementations, it is required that the sensor not be exposed to visible light. We seek to build a system that does not have this restriction. While building such a system would require sophisticated signal processing, it would nevertheless provide great benefits. In addition to fulfilling their primary function of image capture, cameras would also be able to detect unknown radiation sources even when the danger is considered to be low or non-existent. By experimentally profiling the image artifacts generated by gamma ray and ? particle impacts, algorithms are developed to identify the unique features of radiation exposure, while discarding optical interaction and thermal noise effects. Preliminary results focus on achieving this goal in a laboratory setting, without regard to integration time or computational complexity. However, future work will seek to address these additional issues.

  1. Delay-Line Three-Dimensional Position Sensitive Radiation Detection

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    Jeong, Manhee

    High-resistivity silicon(Si) in large volumes and with good charge carrier transport properties has been produced and achieved success as a radiation detector material over the past few years due to its relatively low cost as well as the availability of well-established processing technologies. One application of that technology is in the fabrication of various position-sensing topologies from which the incident radiation's direction can be determined. We have succeeded in developing the modeling tools for investigating different position-sensing schemes and used those tools to examine both amplitude-based and time-based methods, an assessment that indicates that fine position-sensing can be achieved with simpler readout designs than are conventionally deployed. This realization can make ubiquitous and inexpensive deployment of special nuclear materials (SNM) detecting technology becomes more feasible because if one can deploy position-sensitive semiconductor detectors with only one or two contacts per side. For this purpose, we have described the delay-line radiation detector and its optimized fabrication. The semiconductor physics were simulated, the results from which guided the fabrication of the guard ring structure and the detector electrode, both of which included metal-field-plates. The measured improvement in the leakage current was confirmed with the fabricated devices, and the structures successfully suppressed soft-breakdown. We also demonstrated that fabricating an asymmetric strip-line structure successfully minimizing the pulse shaping and increases the distance through which one can propagate the information of the deposited charge distribution. With fabricated delay-line detectors we can acquire alpha spectra (Am-241) and gamma spectra (Ba-133, Co-57 and Cd-109). The delay-line detectors can therefore be used to extract the charge information from both ion and gamma-ray interactions. Furthermore, standard charge-sensitive circuits yield high SNR pulses. The detectors and existing electronics can therefore be used to yield imaging instruments for neutron and gamma-rays, in the case of silicon. For CZT, we would prefer to utilize current sensing to be able to clearly isolate the effects of the various charge-transport non-idealities, the full realization of which awaits the fabrication of the custom-designed TIA chip.

  2. Fault detection with principal component pursuit method

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    Pan, Yijun; Yang, Chunjie; Sun, Youxian; An, Ruqiao; Wang, Lin

    2015-11-01

    Data-driven approaches are widely applied for fault detection in industrial process. Recently, a new method for fault detection called principal component pursuit(PCP) is introduced. PCP is not only robust to outliers, but also can accomplish the objectives of model building, fault detection, fault isolation and process reconstruction simultaneously. PCP divides the data matrix into two parts: a fault-free low rank matrix and a sparse matrix with sensor noise and process fault. The statistics presented in this paper fully utilize the information in data matrix. Since the low rank matrix in PCP is similar to principal components matrix in PCA, a T2 statistic is proposed for fault detection in low rank matrix. And this statistic can illustrate that PCP is more sensitive to small variations in variables than PCA. In addition, in sparse matrix, a new monitored statistic performing the online fault detection with PCP-based method is introduced. This statistic uses the mean and the correlation coefficient of variables. Monte Carlo simulation and Tennessee Eastman (TE) benchmark process are provided to illustrate the effectiveness of monitored statistics.

  3. Intrusion detection using pattern recognition methods

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    Jiang, Nan; Yu, Li

    2007-09-01

    Today, cyber attacks such as worms, scanning, active attackers are pervasive in Internet. A number of security approaches are proposed to address this problem, among which the intrusion detection system (IDS) appears to be one of the major and most effective solutions for defending against malicious users. Essentially, intrusion detection problem can be generalized as a classification problem, whose goal is to distinguish normal behaviors and anomalies. There are many well-known pattern recognition algorithms for classification purpose. In this paper we describe the details of applying pattern recognition methods to the intrusion detection research field. Experimenting on the KDDCUP 99 data set, we first use information gain metric to reduce the dimensionality of the original feature space. Two supervised methods, the support vector machine as well as the multi-layer neural network have been tested and the results display high detection rate and low false alarm rate, which is promising for real world applications. In addition, three unsupervised methods, Single-Linkage, K-Means, and CLIQUE, are also implemented and evaluated in the paper. The low computational complexity reveals their application in initial data reduction process.

  4. Modified chemical methods applied for radiation dosimetry

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    Two chemical methods were studied for radiation dosimetry: the Fricke ferrous sulfate dosimeter, for reference purposes, and the ceric sulfate dosimeter, for routine dosimetric work. In the case of Fricke dosimeter, its main parameters were determined: the wavelength of maximum absorption for the Fe2+ ions, the molar extinction coefficient and the calibration curves as a function of the Fe2+ ions initial concentration. The dose rate determinations were made using ortho-phenanthroline, that acts as a complexant. This dosimeter was used for the dose rate mapping of a 60 Co (185 Tbq) source radiation field, at the irradiation table plane. The ceric sulfate dosimeter was chosen from several possible chemical dosimeters because of its properties as simple preparation, low cost and chemical reagents available at the laboratory. In this work this dosimeter was modified with respect to the use of sodium oxalate instead of arsenic oxide conventionally used for its standardization, in order to minimize its preparation cost. In this case the wavelength for maximum absorption for the Ce4+ ions and calibration curves in function of the Ce4+ ions initial concentration and of the absorbed dose in the dosimeter were determined. The obtained results showed the feasibility of use of this dosimeter between 0,25 and 10 KGy, depending on the initial concentration of Ce4+ ions. (author). 34 refs., 8 figs., 17 tabs

  5. Method of risk reduction in radiation therapy

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    Reduction of risk to the patient undergoing radiotherapy is discussed in this paper. It is generally accepted that radiation tumor doses delivered should be within 5% of that prescribed. It is also generally taken that no harm will come to a patient if the dose to a particular organ is within 10% of that considered tolerable. I was aware of that statement 30 years ago and I assume that it has an even longer history. There are suggestions from time to time that both of these criteria are too wide. With modern measuring instruments, diagnostic methods and calculation techniques, it is possible to reduce the tumor dose criteria to 4% and perhaps to 3%. There is also some clinical data which suggests that local tumor control may depend upon very precise delivery of radiation dose. Shukovsky has published data indicated that local control of squamous carcinoma of the supraglottic larynx may depend sharply upon dose differences as small as 5%. Thus we are in a time of tightening dose standards which may have justification in clinical findings

  6. Flexible Receiver Radiation Detection System (FRRDS) Users Manual

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    The Flexible Receiver Radiation Detection System (FRRDS) comprises a control computer, a remote data acquisition subsystem, and three hyperpure germanium gamma radiation detectors. The scope of this document is the description of various steps for the orderly start-up, use, and shutdown of the FRRDS. Only those items necessary for these oprations are included. This document is a companion to WHC-SD-W151-UM-002, 'Operating Instructions for the 42 Inch Flexible Receiver,' WHC-SD-W151-UM-003, 'Operating Instructions for the 4-6 Inch Flexible Receiver,' and the vendor supplied system users guide (Ref. 6)

  7. Traumatic brain injury detection using electrophysiological methods.

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    David O. Keyser, Ph.D.

    2015-02-01

    1. Individual qEEG measures provide limited diagnostic utility for mTBI. However, many measures can be important features of qEEG discriminant functions, which do show significant promise as mTBI detection tools. 2. ERPs offer utility in mTBI detection. In fact, evidence indicates that ERPs can identify abnormalities in cases where EEGs alone are nondisclosing. 3. The standard mathematical procedures used in the characterization of mTBI EEGs should be expanded to incorporate newer methods of analysis including nonlinear dynamical analysis, complexity measures, analysis of causal interactions, graph theory and information dynamics. 4. and 5. are too long to include here

  8. Blinds Methods for Detecting Image Fakery.

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    Saic, Stanislav; Mahdian, Babak

    Praha : IEEE, 2008 - (Sanson, L.; Fliegel, K.), s. 280-286 ISBN 978-1-4244-1816-9. [42th Annual 2008 IEEE International Carnahan conference on Security Technology. Praha (CZ), 13.10.2008-16.10.2008] R&D Projects: GA ?R GA102/08/0470 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : Image forensics * image tampering * Forgery detection * Authentication Subject RIV: IN - Informatics, Computer Science http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2008/ZOI/saic-blinds methods for detecting image fakery.pdf

  9. Investigation of antiques with radiation methods

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    The authenticity of three European medieval swords had to be proven. In addition, the production techniques used by the medieval smiths were studied. For the assessment of antiques and objects of art, both examination of the material and stylistic studies are required in nearly all cases. In most of these cases, not only one but several essentially different investigation methods have to be applied during the study of the material. Nuclear and radiation techniques are favoured, primarily because these can frequently be carried out non-invasively, which is essential in the study of objects of high value, since taking samples from the objects might devalue them significantly. Using nuclear techniques such as neutron activation analysis (NAA) or photon activation analysis (PAA), large volumes of material can be analysed in many cases, so it is possible to investigate the entire body of the object or large parts of it. Thus meaningful results with a high degree of representativeness can be obtained nondestructively. In activation analysis, the material under study is exposed to irradiation by subatomic particles - neutrons, photons, protons, etc. During bombardment with these, radioactive nuclides are produced through nuclear reactions. The radionuclides decay by emission of different types of radiation. Among these, photons (? or characteristic X rays) are preferred for use in analytical evaluation. The energy distribution of X and ? rays is characteristic for each radionuclide. Measured with an appropriate spectrometer, the spectra can be used for simultaneous multicomponent analyses. Since the method is based upon nuclear reactions, only the element composition can be determined; normally no chemical speciation is possible

  10. Development of landmine detection system by measuring radiations from landmine

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    Since mines left underground are small and covered with plastics, not with metal, ordinary metal detection system is difficult to detect, new landmine detection system by irradiating neutrons using a portable D-D nuclear fusion neutron source and measuring radiations from landmine has been developed. Neutron reaction with an explosive emits capture gamma ray having specific energy. The atomicity density ratio in an explosive can identify a kind as well as presence of a mine by measuring capture gamma ray of different energy produced by hydrogen and nitrogen at the same time. In addition, a position of a mine can be identified with measuring a backscattering neutron with plural detectors at the same time. Using melamine powder instead of explosive, the detection system using a BGO scintillator surrounded by a NAI scintillator was demonstrated in the experiment. Its field test is planned in March 2007. (T. Tanaka)

  11. Noise Radiation Measure-Sound Power and its Test Methods

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    Zeng Xianren; Zuo Yanyan

    2013-01-01

    This study mainly aims to study the characteristics and theory of sound radiation of steady-state vibration. Study shows that sound radiation power of steady-state vibration is constant. And taking excavator for experimental object by hemisphere surface method, the radiated sound power of the excavator is the same as testing the sound pressure on various surfaces based on relevant international standard. Finally, a test method of radiated sound power for cylindrical vibration object is proposed.

  12. Hough transform methods used for object detection

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    The Hough transform (HT) is a robust parameter estimator of multi-dimensional features in images. The HT is an established technique which evidences a shape by mapping image edge points into a parameter space. The HT is technique which is used to isolate curves of a give shape in an image. The classical HT requires that the curve be specified in some parametric from and, hence is most commonly used in the detection of regular curves. The HT has been generalized so that it is capable of detecting arbitrary curved shapes. The main advantage of this transform technique is that it is very tolerant of gaps in the actual object boundaries the classical HT for the detection of line , we will indicate how it can be applied to the detection of arbitrary shapes. Sometimes the straight line HT is efficient enough to detect features such as artificial curves. The HT is an established technique for extracting geometric shapes based on the duality definition of the points on a curve and their parameters. This technique has been developed for extracting simple geometric shapes such as lines, circles and ellipses as well as arbitrary shapes. The HT provides robustness against discontinuous or missing features, points or edges are mapped into a partitioned parameter of Hough space as individual votes where peaks denote the feature of interest represented in a non-analytically tabular form. The main drawback of the HT technique is the computational requirement which has an exponential growth of memory space and processing time as the number of parameters used to represent a primitive increases. For this reason most of the research on the HT has focused on reducing the computational burden for extracting of arbitrary shapes under more general transformations include a overview of describing the methods for the detection image processing programs are frequently required to detect and particle classification in an industrial setting, a standard algorithms for this detection lines, circles, and ellipses shapes in image by using the HT. The methods and algorithms working to detect the objects, in which captured from 3-dimension real image to 2-dimension image. (Author)

  13. Development of detection methods for irradiated foods

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    Yang, Jae Seung; Kim, Chong Ki; Lee, Hae Jung [Korea Atomic Energy Research Insitiute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Kyong Su [Chosun University, Kwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    1999-04-01

    To identify irradiated foods, studies have been carried out with electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy on bone containing foods, such as chicken, pork, and beef. The intensity of the signal induced in bones increased linearly with irradiation doses in the range of 1.0 kGy to 5.0 kGy, and it was possible to distinguish between samples given low and high doses of irradiation. The signal stability for 6 weeks made them ideal for the quick and easy identification of irradiated meats. The analysis of DNA damage made on single cells by agarose gel electrophoresis (DNA 'comet assay') can be used to detect irradiated food. All the samples irradiated with over 0.3 kGy were identified to detect post-irradiation by the tail length of their comets. Irradiated samples showed comets with long tails, and the tail length of the comets increased with the dose, while unirradiated samples showed no or very short tails. As a result of the above experiment, the DNA 'comet assay' might be applied to the detection of irradiated grains as a simple, low-cost and rapid screening test. When fats are irradiated, hydrocarbons contained one or two fewer carbon atoms are formed from the parent fatty acids. The major hydrocarbons in irradiated beef, pork and chicken were 1,7-hexadecadiene and 8-heptadecene originating from leic acid. 1,7 hexadecadiene was the highest amount in irradiated beef, pork and chicken. Eight kinds of hydrocarbons were identified from irradiated chicken, among which 1,7-hexadecadiene and 8-heptadecen were detected as major compounds. The concentration of radiation-induced hydrocarbons was relatively constant during 16 weeks.

  14. Radiation Detection System for Prevention of Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism

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    After the September 11 terrorist attack, the threat of a potential for a radiological or nuclear terrorist attack became more apparent. The threats relating to radiological or nuclear materials include a Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD), an Improved Nuclear Device (IND) or a State Nuclear Device (such as a Soviet manufactured suitcase nuclear weapon). For more effective countermeasures against the disaster, multilayer protection concept - prevention of smuggling of radioactive or nuclear material into our country through seaports or airports, detection and prevention of the threat materials in transit on a road, and prevention of their entry into a target building - is recommended. Due to different surrounding circumstances of where detection system is deployed, different types of radiation detection systems are required. There have been no studies on characteristics of detection equipment required under Korean specific conditions. This paper provides information on technical requirements of radiation detection system to achieve multi-layer countermeasures for the purpose of protecting the public and environment against radiological and nuclear terrorism

  15. Radiation Detection System for Prevention of Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism

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    Kwak, Sung-Woo; Yoo, Ho-Sik; Jang, Sung-Sun; Kim, Jae-Kwang; Kim, Jung-Soo [Korea Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-07-01

    After the September 11 terrorist attack, the threat of a potential for a radiological or nuclear terrorist attack became more apparent. The threats relating to radiological or nuclear materials include a Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD), an Improved Nuclear Device (IND) or a State Nuclear Device (such as a Soviet manufactured suitcase nuclear weapon). For more effective countermeasures against the disaster, multilayer protection concept - prevention of smuggling of radioactive or nuclear material into our country through seaports or airports, detection and prevention of the threat materials in transit on a road, and prevention of their entry into a target building - is recommended. Due to different surrounding circumstances of where detection system is deployed, different types of radiation detection systems are required. There have been no studies on characteristics of detection equipment required under Korean specific conditions. This paper provides information on technical requirements of radiation detection system to achieve multi-layer countermeasures for the purpose of protecting the public and environment against radiological and nuclear terrorism.

  16. Optimizing detection methods for terahertz bioimaging applications

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    Bolakis, Christos; Karanasiou, Irene S.; Grbovic, Dragoslav; Karunasiri, Gamani; Uzunoglu, Nikolaos

    2015-06-01

    We propose a new approach for efficient detection of terahertz (THz) radiation in biomedical imaging applications. A double-layered absorber consisting of a 32-nm-thick aluminum (Al) metallic layer, located on a glass medium (SiO2) of 1 mm thickness, was fabricated and used to design a fine-tuned absorber through a theoretical and finite element modeling process. The results indicate that the proposed low-cost, double-layered absorber can be tuned based on the metal layer sheet resistance and the thickness of various glass media. This can be done in a way that takes advantage of the diversity of the absorption of the metal films in the desired THz domain (6 to 10 THz). It was found that the composite absorber could absorb up to 86% (a percentage exceeding the 50%, previously shown to be the highest achievable when using single thin metal layer) and reflect active element.

  17. EPR detection of foods preserved with ionizing radiation

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    Stachowicz, W.; Burlinska, G.; Michalik, J.

    1998-06-01

    The applicability of the epr technique for the detection of dried vegetables, mushrooms, some spices, flavour additives and some condiments preserved with ionizing radiation is discussed. The epr signals recorded after exposure to gamma rays and to beams of 10 MeV electrons from linac are stable, intense and specific enough as compared with those observed with nonirradiated samples and could be used for the detection of irradiation. However, stability of radiation induced epr signals produced in these foods depends on storage condition. No differences in shapes (spectral parameters) and intensities of the epr spectra recorded with samples exposed to the same doses of gamma rays ( 60Co) and 10 MeV electrons were observed

  18. Small Teleoperated Robot for Nuclear Radiation and Chemical Leak Detection

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    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available In order to meet the actual requirements of nuclear radiation and chemical leak detection, and emergency response, a new small teleoperated robot for nuclear radiation and chemical detection is proposed. A small?size robot is manufactured according to technical requirements and the overall structure and control system is described. Meanwhile, based on the principles of human?robot interaction, a user?friendly human?robot interaction interface is designed to provide a good telepresence for the operator, helping the operator to perceive and judge the robot’s situation to better assist in making the right decisions and in giving timely operation instructions. The experiment results show the robot system operates reliably and meets the technical requirements.

  19. Radiation detection using the color changes of lilac spodumene

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    The use of radiation in industrial processes currently offers several advantages in the field of sterilization of medical and pharmaceuticals products, the preservation of food, and a variety of other products widely used in modern society. A dosimetry of confidence is a key parameter for the quality assurance of radiation processing and the irradiated products. This work investigates dosimetric properties in natural spodumene, LiAlSi2O6, called kunzite, from Minas Gerais State, Brazil. After X irradiation on the samples in powder form was detected a change in color of the crystal where the dose received. This makes a possible viability of this material is applied in research on development of radiation detectors using the change in color of purple spodumene. (author)

  20. Research and Design of Rootkit Detection Method

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    Liu, Leian; Yin, Zuanxing; Shen, Yuli; Lin, Haitao; Wang, Hongjiang

    Rootkit is one of the most important issues of network communication systems, which is related to the security and privacy of Internet users. Because of the existence of the back door of the operating system, a hacker can use rootkit to attack and invade other people's computers and thus he can capture passwords and message traffic to and from these computers easily. With the development of the rootkit technology, its applications are more and more extensive and it becomes increasingly difficult to detect it. In addition, for various reasons such as trade secrets, being difficult to be developed, and so on, the rootkit detection technology information and effective tools are still relatively scarce. In this paper, based on the in-depth analysis of the rootkit detection technology, a new kind of the rootkit detection structure is designed and a new method (software), X-Anti, is proposed. Test results show that software designed based on structure proposed is much more efficient than any other rootkit detection software.

  1. Detecting data anomalies methods in distributed systems

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    Mosiej, Lukasz

    2009-06-01

    Distributed systems became most popular systems in big companies. Nowadays many telecommunications companies want to hold large volumes of data about all customers. Obviously, those data cannot be stored in single database because of many technical difficulties, such as data access efficiency, security reasons, etc. On the other hand there is no need to hold all data in one place, because companies already have dedicated systems to perform specific tasks. In the distributed systems there is a redundancy of data and each system holds only interesting data in appropriate form. Data updated in one system should be also updated in the rest of systems, which hold that data. There are technical problems to update those data in all systems in transactional way. This article is about data anomalies in distributed systems. Avail data anomalies detection methods are shown. Furthermore, a new initial concept of new data anomalies detection methods is described on the last section.

  2. Designing metal-organic frameworks for radiation detection

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    Five metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) were synthesized and investigated via steady-state photoluminescence and radioluminescence measurements. Unique spectral features were observed in the 2.5 MeV proton spectra, corresponding to differences in the electronic and crystalline structures of each material. Targeted structural transformations and infiltration with extrinsic dopants were also employed to modify the luminescence of these frameworks, establishing MOFs as a platform to design new radiation detection materials.

  3. Development of a distributed radiation detection system using optical fibers

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    Jensen, F.; Inouchi, Goro; Takada, Eiji; Takahashi, Hiroyuki; Iguchi, Tetsuo; Nakazawa, Masaharu [Tokyo Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Kakuta, Tsunemi

    1996-07-01

    We have confirmed the importance of temperature and dose rate for the response of Ge-doped fibers to radiation. A phenomenological model have been found to account for temperature and dose rate effects. From this model it is possible to make dose predictions from attenuation measurements when the temperature and dose rate are known. Ge-doped fibers have been found to have a relatively low sensitivity to both neutron and gamma radiation. In addition, temperature and dose rate dependencies complicate the analysis. However we point out that these problems may all be solved if we use fibers, such as P-doped fibers, which contain color centers of long lifetime. This would remove both the temperature and dose rate dependencies that complicate the use of Ge-doped fibers, in addition the radiation sensitivity is increased. Finally OTDR has been investigated as a possible read-out method for distributed radiation measurements. For our system the minimum pulse length was 3ns, giving a spatial resolution in the meter range and a response length to radiation of about 10 m if accurate dose values where to be obtained. We found OTDR to be a suitable method for radiation induced attenuation measurements in optical fibers, especially for long fiber lengths and long time scales where questions of light source stability becomes important for other systems. (S.Y.)

  4. Comparison of three methods of microsatellite detection

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    Christensen, Mariann; Sunde, Lone; Bolund, L; Orntoft, T F

    1999-01-01

    Examination of microsatellites is frequent in the diagnosis of cancer. Microsatellites are repeat DNA sequences scattered throughout the human genome. These repeat regions are very frequent and highly polymorphic elements. In this study we focus on dinucleotide repeats. We compared three different methods for the detection of microsatellites: use of the ABI Prism 377 fluorescence sequencer, autoradiography and silver-stained gels. DNA was extracted from various clinical samples and amplified by ...

  5. A method for characterizing photon radiation fields

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    Uncertainty in dosimetric and exposure rate measurements can increase in areas where multi-directional and low-energy photons (< 100 keV) exist because of variations in energy and angular measurement response. Also, accurate measurement of external exposures in spatially non-uniform fields may require multiple dosimetry. Therefore, knowledge of the photon fields in the workplace is required for full understanding of the accuracy of dosimeters and instruments, and for determining the need for multiple dosimeters. This project was designed to develop methods to characterize photon radiation fields in the workplace, and to test the methods in a plutonium facility. The photon field at selected work locations was characterized using TLDs and a collimated NaI(Tl) detector from which spatial variations in photon energy distributions were calculated from measured spectra. Laboratory results showed the accuracy and utility of the method. Field measurement results combined with observed work patterns suggested the following: (1) workers are exposed from all directions, but not isotropically, (2) photon energy distributions were directionally dependent, (3) stuffing nearby gloves into the glovebox reduced exposure rates significantly, (4) dosimeter placement on the front of the chest provided for a reasonable estimate of the average dose equivalent to workers' torsos, (5) justifiable conclusions regarding the need for multiple dosimetry can be made using this quantitative method, and (6) measurements of the exposure rates with ionization chambers pointed with open beta windows toward the glovebox provided the highest measured rates, although absolute accuracy of the field measurements still needs to be assessed

  6. A method for characterizing photon radiation fields

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    Whicker, J.J.; Hsu, H.H. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Hsieh, F.H.; Borak, T.B. [Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States). Dept. of Radiological Health Sciences

    1999-04-01

    Uncertainty in dosimetric and exposure rate measurements can increase in areas where multi-directional and low-energy photons (< 100 keV) exist because of variations in energy and angular measurement response. Also, accurate measurement of external exposures in spatially non-uniform fields may require multiple dosimetry. Therefore, knowledge of the photon fields in the workplace is required for full understanding of the accuracy of dosimeters and instruments, and for determining the need for multiple dosimeters. This project was designed to develop methods to characterize photon radiation fields in the workplace, and to test the methods in a plutonium facility. The photon field at selected work locations was characterized using TLDs and a collimated NaI(Tl) detector from which spatial variations in photon energy distributions were calculated from measured spectra. Laboratory results showed the accuracy and utility of the method. Field measurement results combined with observed work patterns suggested the following: (1) workers are exposed from all directions, but not isotropically, (2) photon energy distributions were directionally dependent, (3) stuffing nearby gloves into the glovebox reduced exposure rates significantly, (4) dosimeter placement on the front of the chest provided for a reasonable estimate of the average dose equivalent to workers` torsos, (5) justifiable conclusions regarding the need for multiple dosimetry can be made using this quantitative method, and (6) measurements of the exposure rates with ionization chambers pointed with open beta windows toward the glovebox provided the highest measured rates, although absolute accuracy of the field measurements still needs to be assessed.

  7. Detection Method of TOXOPLASMA GONDII Tachyzoites

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    Eassa, Souzan; Bose, Chhanda; Alusta, Pierre; Tarasenko, Olga

    2011-06-01

    Tachyzoites are considered to be the most important stage of Toxoplasma gondii which causes toxoplasmosis. T. gondii is, an obligate intracellular parasite which infects a wide range of cells. The present study was designed to develop a method for an early detection of T. gondii tachyzoites. The method comprised of a binding assay which was analyzed using principal component and cluster analysis. Our data showed that glycoconjugates GC1, GC2, GC3 and GC10 exhibit a significantly higher binding affinity for T. gondii tachyzoites as compared to controls (T. gondii only, PAA only, GC 1, 2, 3, and 10 only).

  8. Methods of detecting defective nuclear fuel elements

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    A method is specified for ultrasonically detecting defective nuclear fuel elements while under water and spaced within a nuclear fuel assembly of the type used in water cooled reactors. The method consists of inserting an ultrasonic search unit having an ultrasonic transducer element into the spaces between the fuel elements; aligning the transducer element with a fuel element to be examined; energising the transducer element to transmit an ultrasonic pulse into the fuel element to be examined; and measuring the ultrasonic echoes reflected. (author)

  9. A new IQ detection method for LLRF

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    Qiu, Feng, E-mail: qiuf@ihep.ac.cn [Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Gao, Jie; Lin, Hai-ying; Liu, Rong [Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Ma, Xin-peng [Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Sha, Peng; Sun, Yi; Wang, Guang-wei; Wang, Qun-yao; Xu, Bo [Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Zeng, Ri-hua [European Spallation Source ESS ABP.O Box 176, SE-221 00 Lund (Sweden)

    2012-05-21

    Digital LLRF technology has been widely used in new generation particle accelerators. IF quadrature sampling is a common method for amplitude and phase detection. Many strategies, which obey the same rule of f{sub sample}=(M/N)f{sub IF} (M/N is a rational number), have been proposed to reduce the effects of spectrum aliasing. However, we found that M/N does not need to be a rational number according to Shannon's theorem. Therefore, we propose a new IQ detection method in this paper. This method is based on a special IIR filter which is derived from an RLC circuit. The unique characteristic of the method is that the value of f{sub IF} is independent of the value of f{sub sample}. We have set up an experimental platform to verify our method. A 122.88 MHz sampling clock is used to sample a 3 MHz IF signal. The DDS and PI control techniques are used to realize the closed-loop control. Results show that the stability of the system is within {+-} 0.05% (peak to peak) for the amplitude, and with {+-}0.03 Degree-Sign (peak to peak) for the phase in 5 h.

  10. A new IQ detection method for LLRF

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    Qiu, Feng; Gao, Jie; Lin, Hai-ying; Liu, Rong; Ma, Xin-peng; Sha, Peng; Sun, Yi; Wang, Guang-wei; Wang, Qun-yao; Xu, Bo; Zeng, Ri-hua

    2012-05-01

    Digital LLRF technology has been widely used in new generation particle accelerators. IF quadrature sampling is a common method for amplitude and phase detection. Many strategies, which obey the same rule of fsample=(M/N)fIF (M/N is a rational number), have been proposed to reduce the effects of spectrum aliasing. However, we found that M/N does not need to be a rational number according to Shannon's theorem. Therefore, we propose a new IQ detection method in this paper. This method is based on a special IIR filter which is derived from an RLC circuit. The unique characteristic of the method is that the value of fIF is independent of the value of fsample. We have set up an experimental platform to verify our method. A 122.88 MHz sampling clock is used to sample a 3 MHz IF signal. The DDS and PI control techniques are used to realize the closed-loop control. Results show that the stability of the system is within ± 0.05% (peak to peak) for the amplitude, and with ±0.03° (peak to peak) for the phase in 5 h.

  11. A new IQ detection method for LLRF

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    Digital LLRF technology has been widely used in new generation particle accelerators. IF quadrature sampling is a common method for amplitude and phase detection. Many strategies, which obey the same rule of fsample=(M/N)fIF (M/N is a rational number), have been proposed to reduce the effects of spectrum aliasing. However, we found that M/N does not need to be a rational number according to Shannon's theorem. Therefore, we propose a new IQ detection method in this paper. This method is based on a special IIR filter which is derived from an RLC circuit. The unique characteristic of the method is that the value of fIF is independent of the value of fsample. We have set up an experimental platform to verify our method. A 122.88 MHz sampling clock is used to sample a 3 MHz IF signal. The DDS and PI control techniques are used to realize the closed-loop control. Results show that the stability of the system is within ± 0.05% (peak to peak) for the amplitude, and with ±0.03° (peak to peak) for the phase in 5 h.

  12. Application of a thermoluminescence method for detection of irradiated spices

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    Food irradiation is extremely effective at reducing food-borne illness as well as losses caused by infestation and contamination. Despite the well-established regulations that permit irradiation to control pathogens in spices, there are no widespread methods to detect previously irradiated food. Therefore, it has become necessary to develop new detection and dose determination methods for food subjected previously to irradiation. The present work deals with the application of the thermoluminescence (TL) phenomenon to detect irradiated spices. The process is based upon the thermoluminescence properties exhibited by the polymineral content of the irradiated specimen. After separating the organic material, it is possible to extract some polymineral substances that are suitable for thermoluminescence analysis due to interaction of the spice to ionising radiation. The method was successfully applied to examine irradiated and non-irradiated paprika of Mexican origin. The spice was irradiated with gamma rays at doses of 5, 10 and 15 kGy. The separated thermoluminescent polymineral was found to be composed mainly of quartz and feldspar. The thermoluminescence glow curve of the irradiated specimen shows a side band peaked 228, 268 and 336 deg. C, resembling pretty much the combined TL of quartz and feldspars. The method allows for the determination of the retrospective dose exposure. (author)

  13. Application of a thermoluminescence method for detection of irradiated spices

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    Gastelum, S.; Osuna, I.; Melendrez, R.; Cruz-Zaragoza, E.; Chernov, V.; Calderon, T.; Barboza-Flores, M

    2002-07-01

    Food irradiation is extremely effective at reducing food-borne illness as well as losses caused by infestation and contamination. Despite the well-established regulations that permit irradiation to control pathogens in spices, there are no widespread methods to detect previously irradiated food. Therefore, it has become necessary to develop new detection and dose determination methods for food subjected previously to irradiation. The present work deals with the application of the thermoluminescence (TL) phenomenon to detect irradiated spices. The process is based upon the thermoluminescence properties exhibited by the polymineral content of the irradiated specimen. After separating the organic material, it is possible to extract some polymineral substances that are suitable for thermoluminescence analysis due to interaction of the spice to ionising radiation. The method was successfully applied to examine irradiated and non-irradiated paprika of Mexican origin. The spice was irradiated with gamma rays at doses of 5, 10 and 15 kGy. The separated thermoluminescent polymineral was found to be composed mainly of quartz and feldspar. The thermoluminescence glow curve of the irradiated specimen shows a side band peaked 228, 268 and 336 deg. C, resembling pretty much the combined TL of quartz and feldspars. The method allows for the determination of the retrospective dose exposure. (author)

  14. Application of FISH method in evaluation of a radiation accident

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    To study effects of long term radiation hazard and explore the possibility of the application of chromosome aberration and FISH method to dose retrospection and reconstruction, FISH method was used to detect biological destination of three accidental victims at 7.5 years after Xinzhou accident. In the meantime, conventional chromosomal aberration, G-banding, CB micronuclei and HPRT gene locus mutation assays were performed. In addition, the growth and development of Victim S, who suffered the radiation accident as a fetus, were examined. And comparison of dose estimations between chromosome aberration and FISH method of the victims was conducted. The results demonstrated that the biological dose estimated by translocation frequency is very close to the imitated dose by the physical way after the accident if enough cells are observed. It is suggested that FISH may be applied to dose retrospection and reconstruction. Obvious chromosomal aberrations still existed in the examined victims at 7.5 years after the accident and displayed good dose correlative dependence. The results also showed that the growth and development of S were basically normal after birth

  15. Detection and spectral measurements of coherent synchrotron radiation at FLASH

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    Behrens, Christopher

    2010-02-15

    The operation of high-gain free-electron laser (FEL) underlies tremendous demands on high quality electron beams with high peak currents. At the Free-Electron-Laser in Hamburg (FLASH), two magnetic bunch compressors are used to compress the electron bunches longitudinally. In the bunch compressor magnets, these short electron bunches generate coherent synchrotron radiation (CSR). This CSR contains information on the longitudinal bunch profile, which is relevant for driving an FEL. In order to investigate coherent synchrotron radiation at the second bunch compressor BC3 at FLASH, a new setup behind the last dipole was installed. For the detection of coherent synchrotron radiation, which is emitted in the infrared regime, pyroelectric detectors were used. These pyroelectric detectors have been calibrated at the free-electron laser FELIX in the wavelength range from 5 {mu}m to 110 {mu}m. For characterisation of the emitted radiation, a transverse scanning device was used to measure the transverse intensity distribution. Various transmission filters were used to obtain additional information about the spectral content. In order to get spectral information with high resolution over a wide wavelength range, a rotating mirror spectrometer using reflective blazed gratings was installed. Using this spectrometer, the first spectral measurements of coherent synchrotron radiation at FLASH in a wavelength range from 10 {mu}m to 160 {mu}m were done. (orig.)

  16. Detection and spectral measurements of coherent synchrotron radiation at FLASH

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    The operation of high-gain free-electron laser (FEL) underlies tremendous demands on high quality electron beams with high peak currents. At the Free-Electron-Laser in Hamburg (FLASH), two magnetic bunch compressors are used to compress the electron bunches longitudinally. In the bunch compressor magnets, these short electron bunches generate coherent synchrotron radiation (CSR). This CSR contains information on the longitudinal bunch profile, which is relevant for driving an FEL. In order to investigate coherent synchrotron radiation at the second bunch compressor BC3 at FLASH, a new setup behind the last dipole was installed. For the detection of coherent synchrotron radiation, which is emitted in the infrared regime, pyroelectric detectors were used. These pyroelectric detectors have been calibrated at the free-electron laser FELIX in the wavelength range from 5 ?m to 110 ?m. For characterisation of the emitted radiation, a transverse scanning device was used to measure the transverse intensity distribution. Various transmission filters were used to obtain additional information about the spectral content. In order to get spectral information with high resolution over a wide wavelength range, a rotating mirror spectrometer using reflective blazed gratings was installed. Using this spectrometer, the first spectral measurements of coherent synchrotron radiation at FLASH in a wavelength range from 10 ?m to 160 ?m were done. (orig.)

  17. Energy Transfer Based Nanocomposite Scintillator for Radiation Detection

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    Aslam, Soha; Sahi, Sunil; Chen, Wei; Ma, Lun; Kenarangui, Rasool

    2014-09-01

    Scintillators are the materials that emit light upon irradiation with high energy radiation like X-ray or gamma-ray. Inorganic single crystal and organic (plastic and liquid) are the two most used scintillator types. Both of these scintillator kinds have advantages and disadvantages. Inorganic single crystals are expensive and difficult to grow in desire shape and size. Also, single crystal scintillator such as NaI and CsI are very hygroscopic. On the other hand, organic scintillators have low density which limits their applications in gamma spectroscopy. Due to high quantum yield and size dependent emission, nanoparticles have attracted interested in various field of research. Here, we have studies the nanoparticles for radiation detection. We have synthesized nanoparticles of Cerium fluoride (CeF3), Zinc Oxide (ZnO), Cadmium Telluride (CdTe), Copper complex and Zinc sulfide (ZnS). We have used Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) principle to enhance the luminescence properties of nanocomposite scintillator. Nanocomposites scintillators are structurally characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Optical properties are studied using Photoluminescence, UV-Visible and X-ray. Enhancements in the luminescence are observed under UV and X-ray excitation. Preliminary studies shows nanocomposite scintillators are promising for radiation detection. Scintillators are the materials that emit light upon irradiation with high energy radiation like X-ray or gamma-ray. Inorganic single crystal and organic (plastic and liquid) are the two most used scintillator types. Both of these scintillator kinds have advantages and disadvantages. Inorganic single crystals are expensive and difficult to grow in desire shape and size. Also, single crystal scintillator such as NaI and CsI are very hygroscopic. On the other hand, organic scintillators have low density which limits their applications in gamma spectroscopy. Due to high quantum yield and size dependent emission, nanoparticles have attracted interested in various field of research. Here, we have studies the nanoparticles for radiation detection. We have synthesized nanoparticles of Cerium fluoride (CeF3), Zinc Oxide (ZnO), Cadmium Telluride (CdTe), Copper complex and Zinc sulfide (ZnS). We have used Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) principle to enhance the luminescence properties of nanocomposite scintillator. Nanocomposites scintillators are structurally characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Optical properties are studied using Photoluminescence, UV-Visible and X-ray. Enhancements in the luminescence are observed under UV and X-ray excitation. Preliminary studies shows nanocomposite scintillators are promising for radiation detection. US Department of Homeland Security.

  18. Human Portable Radiation Detection System Communications Package Evaluation

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    Testing and valuation of the Human Portable Radiation Detection System Communications Package for the US Coast Guard. The main components of the HCP field kit are an Archer Field PC(regsign) and an Iridium satellite phone, along with various charging components and cables. The Archer Field PC has an Enfora Global System for Mobile/General Packet Radio System (GSM/GPRS) wireless cellular modem installed via the compact flash (CF) port. The Iridium satellite phone has a serial communication interface attached. The Archer Field PC is running Windows Mobile(regsign) 5.0 operating system. Included Microsoft products are Excel(regsign) Mobile, PowerPoint(regsign) Mobile, Word(regsign) Mobile, and Internet Explorer(regsign) Mobile. There is an Outlook(regsign) Email program that can be accessed via sending a file or the Messaging link. The Cambridge Computer Corporation vxHpc program is installed to provide a Hyperterm-like software product. vxHpc supports multiple communication protocols. An AT and T SIM card was provided for the GSM wireless cellular modem. A check with AT and T determined the SIM card was not activated to provide cellular service. The Iridium satellite phone did not have a SIM card and has no service. The Archer Field PC boots into a HCP program, displaying the Main Menu. The following actions can be executed by selecting the appropriate box: Spectrum Download, Spectrum Transfer, and Admin Control. The Spectrum Download function uses the serial communication port to download data files from another device, such as a Radiation Isotope Identification Device (RIID). The Spectrum Transfer function uses either the installed wireless cellular modem or the Iridium satellite phone (attached to the serial communication port) to send data files to a computer modem at the Laboratories and Scientific Services (LSS). The Admin Control function allows entering phone numbers and data file deletion. PNNL recommends that DNDO (and/or CG) contact Sanmina and request a demo of the HCP Email data capability. The demo should include at a minimum three spectra data file attachments (background, known source, and unknown source) that are sent in the email package. The data should be sent using both included wireless cell phone hardware and the Iridium sat phone. The HCP has been optimized to operate on the Iridium Satellite Network, so that constraint needs to be factored into the selection of a service provider. It is also suggested that discussions with Sanmina work out the best method for CG personnel to use the HCP without requiring a separate email account for each HCP (e.g., similar to a BlackBerry using the member's email account), which should help make the HCP more user friendly.

  19. Radiation detection and situation management by distributed sensor networks

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    Frigo, Janette; Brennan, Sean; Esch, Ernst; Jackson, Diana; Kulathumani, Vinod; Rosten, Edward; Majerus, Patrick; Warniment, Adam; Mielke, Angela; Cai, Michael

    2009-05-01

    Detection of radioactive materials in an urban environment usually requires large, portal-monitor-style radiation detectors. However, this may not be a practical solution in many transport scenarios. Alternatively, a distributed sensor network (DSN) could complement portal-style detection of radiological materials through the implementation of arrays of low cost, small heterogeneous sensors with the ability to detect the presence of radioactive materials in a moving vehicle over a specific region. In this paper, we report on the use of a heterogeneous, wireless, distributed sensor network for traffic monitoring in a field demonstration. Through wireless communications, the energy spectra from different radiation detectors are combined to improve the detection confidence. In addition, the DSN exploits other sensor technologies and algorithms to provide additional information about the vehicle, such as its speed, location, class (e.g. car, truck), and license plate number. The sensors are in-situ and data is processed in real-time at each node. Relevant information from each node is sent to a base station computer which is used to assess the movement of radioactive materials.

  20. Radiation detection and situation management by distributed sensor networks

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    Detection of radioactive materials in an urban environment usually requires large, portal-monitor-style radiation detectors. However, this may not be a practical solution in many transport scenarios. Alternatively, a distributed sensor network (DSN) could complement portal-style detection of radiological materials through the implementation of arrays of low cost, small heterogeneous sensors with the ability to detect the presence of radioactive materials in a moving vehicle over a specific region. In this paper, we report on the use of a heterogeneous, wireless, distributed sensor network for traffic monitoring in a field demonstration. Through wireless communications, the energy spectra from different radiation detectors are combined to improve the detection confidence. In addition, the DSN exploits other sensor technologies and algorithms to provide additional information about the vehicle, such as its speed, location, class (e.g. car, truck), and license plate number. The sensors are in-situ and data is processed in real-time at each node. Relevant information from each node is sent to a base station computer which is used to assess the movement of radioactive materials

  1. Radiation detection and situation management by distributed sensor networks

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    Jan, Frigo [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mielke, Angela [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Cai, D Michael [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-01-01

    Detection of radioactive materials in an urban environment usually requires large, portal-monitor-style radiation detectors. However, this may not be a practical solution in many transport scenarios. Alternatively, a distributed sensor network (DSN) could complement portal-style detection of radiological materials through the implementation of arrays of low cost, small heterogeneous sensors with the ability to detect the presence of radioactive materials in a moving vehicle over a specific region. In this paper, we report on the use of a heterogeneous, wireless, distributed sensor network for traffic monitoring in a field demonstration. Through wireless communications, the energy spectra from different radiation detectors are combined to improve the detection confidence. In addition, the DSN exploits other sensor technologies and algorithms to provide additional information about the vehicle, such as its speed, location, class (e.g. car, truck), and license plate number. The sensors are in-situ and data is processed in real-time at each node. Relevant information from each node is sent to a base station computer which is used to assess the movement of radioactive materials.

  2. Fast neutron detection with silicon carbide semiconductor radiation detectors

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    Silicon carbide (SiC) radiation detectors are being developed for high-temperature applications in harsh radiation environments. Among these applications are characterization of nuclear reactor fuel and detection of concealed fissionable materials, which both require the optimization of SiC fast neutron detectors for detection and quantification of fission neutrons. In order to enhance fast-neutron sensitivity, proton recoil techniques are being used. Fission neutrons were simulated by using a 2.5-MeV deuterium-deuterium (D-D) neutron generator. In order to optimize the neutron detection sensitivity, 2.5-MeV neutron proton-recoil response measurements were made as a function of polyethylene converter layer thickness. Measurements were also made of the sensitivity of the SiC proton recoil detector as a function of angle of incidence of the neutrons. As expected from the angular sensitivity of the detector response, detection of neutrons normally incident to the detector face is favored allowing discrimination of background neutrons and possibly supplying information on the fissionable material location or configuration

  3. Sensing Methods for Detecting Analog Television Signals

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    Rahman, Mohammad Azizur; Song, Chunyi; Harada, Hiroshi

    This paper introduces a unified method of spectrum sensing for all existing analog television (TV) signals including NTSC, PAL and SECAM. We propose a correlation based method (CBM) with a single reference signal for sensing any analog TV signals. In addition we also propose an improved energy detection method. The CBM approach has been implemented in a hardware prototype specially designed for participating in Singapore TV white space (WS) test trial conducted by Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of the Singapore government. Analytical and simulation results of the CBM method will be presented in the paper, as well as hardware testing results for sensing various analog TV signals. Both AWGN and fading channels will be considered. It is shown that the theoretical results closely match with those from simulations. Sensing performance of the hardware prototype will also be presented in fading environment by using a fading simulator. We present performance of the proposed techniques in terms of probability of false alarm, probability of detection, sensing time etc. We also present a comparative study of the various techniques.

  4. Waterborne Pathogens: Detection Methods and Challenges

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Waterborne pathogens and related diseases are a major public health concern worldwide, not only by the morbidity and mortality that they cause, but by the high cost that represents their prevention and treatment. These diseases are directly related to environmental deterioration and pollution. Despite the continued efforts to maintain water safety, waterborne outbreaks are still reported globally. Proper assessment of pathogens on water and water quality monitoring are key factors for decision-making regarding water distribution systems’ infrastructure, the choice of best water treatment and prevention waterborne outbreaks. Powerful, sensitive and reproducible diagnostic tools are developed to monitor pathogen contamination in water and be able to detect not only cultivable pathogens but also to detect the occurrence of viable but non-culturable microorganisms as well as the presence of pathogens on biofilms. Quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA is a helpful tool to evaluate the scenarios for pathogen contamination that involve surveillance, detection methods, analysis and decision-making. This review aims to present a research outlook on waterborne outbreaks that have occurred in recent years. This review also focuses in the main molecular techniques for detection of waterborne pathogens and the use of QMRA approach to protect public health.

  5. Neutron-detecting apparatuses and methods of fabrication

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    Dahal, Rajendra P.; Huang, Jacky Kuan-Chih; Lu, James J. Q.; Danon, Yaron; Bhat, Ishwara B.

    2015-10-06

    Neutron-detecting structures and methods of fabrication are provided which include: a substrate with a plurality of cavities extending into the substrate from a surface; a p-n junction within the substrate and extending, at least in part, in spaced opposing relation to inner cavity walls of the substrate defining the plurality of cavities; and a neutron-responsive material disposed within the plurality of cavities. The neutron-responsive material is responsive to neutrons absorbed for releasing ionization radiation products, and the p-n junction within the substrate spaced in opposing relation to and extending, at least in part, along the inner cavity walls of the substrate reduces leakage current of the neutron-detecting structure.

  6. Heat induced damage detection in composite materials by terahertz radiation

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    Radzie?ski, Maciej; Mieloszyk, Magdalena; Rahani, Ehsan Kabiri; Kundu, Tribikram; Ostachowicz, Wies?aw

    2015-03-01

    In recent years electromagnetic Terahertz (THz) radiation or T-ray has been increasingly used for nondestructive evaluation of various materials such as polymer composites and porous foam tiles in which ultrasonic waves cannot penetrate but T-ray can. Most of these investigations have been limited to mechanical damage detection like inclusions, cracks, delaminations etc. So far only a few investigations have been reported on heat induced damage detection. Unlike mechanical damage the heat induced damage does not have a clear interface between the damaged part and the surrounding intact material from which electromagnetic waves can be reflected back. Difficulties associated with the heat induced damage detection in composite materials using T-ray are discussed in detail in this paper. T-ray measurements are compared for different levels of heat exposure of composite specimens.

  7. Compact endocavity diagnostic probes for nuclear radiation detection

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    Cui, Yonggang; James, Ralph; Bolotnikov, Aleksey

    2014-08-26

    This invention relates to the field of radiation imaging. In particular, the invention relates to an apparatus and a method for imaging tissue or an inanimate object using a novel probe that has an integrated solid-state semiconductor detector and complete readout electronics circuitry.

  8. Studies on the calculation method of regional solar radiation

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    Studies on the Calculation Method of Regional Solar Radiation 1. The significance and question of regional solar radiation The significance of regional solar radiation in agriculture is clear. To estimate regional agricultural producing potential, we need to know the regional solar radiation. In the field of hydrology, regional solar radiation is also important to estimate evapotranspiration of the region. There are so many slopes with different slope angles and slope directions in a region. So, we have to know how we can calculate slope radiation. The conversion

  9. Method for the diffraction of terrestrial radiation, GAMMA radiation, etc

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    The patent claim concerns shielding against so-called earth radiation. These rays originate from water veins etc., cannot be defined any closer, and are supposed to cause injury to health. The author claims that shielding is possible with the aid of welding electrodes which have cores of nickel. (ORU/LN)

  10. Failed fuel detection method and detection device therefor

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    The present invention provide a method and a device for detecting a failed fuel, in which the detection sensitivity of delayed neutrons released from fission products leaked from a defective fuel assembly in a FBR type reactor is improved. That is, a fist neutron detector is disposed at a position near an intermediate heat exchanger of the FBR type reactor, where the level of prompt neutrons emitted from a reactor core is low. A second neutron detector is disposed at a place except for the vicinity of the intermediate heat exchanger, where the level of prompt neutrons emitted from the reactor core is also low. A calculation processing section is disposed for outputting a calculated difference signals calculated based on the output signals from the first neutron detector and the output signal from the second neutron detector. With such a constitution, signal components of the failed fuel can be determined at a good sensitivity efficiency based on the calculation difference between both of the signals from the first neutron detector which outputs addition signals for each of components of the failed fuel and the back ground of the reactor and from the second neutron detector which outputs background component signals of the reactor core. (I.S.)

  11. Spectral Analysis Method of Plastic Scintillator-based Radiation Detector against Nuclear/Radiological Terrorism

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    Kwak, Sung-Woo; Yoo, Ho-Sik; Jang, Sung Soon; Kim, Jung-Soo; Yoon, Wan-Ki [Korea Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-10-15

    In these days, the threats relating to nuclear or radioactive materials have become a matter of internationally increased grave concern. A plastic scintillation detector in radiation portal monitoring (RPM) application has been used to detect radioactive sources in steel scrap entering reprocessing facilities, and to detect illicit transport of radioactive material across border ports-of-entry. The detection systems for RPM application usually are large and can not easily be moved to a different location. For some situations, an inconspicuous and mobile system for the radioactive or nuclear material during road transport is needed. The mobile radiation detection system has employed a NaI- based radiation detector to detect and identify the material hidden in vehicle. There are some operational constraints - short measuring time, weak activity due to heavy shield of illegal source, long distance - of inspection system in such nuclear security applications. Due to these constraints, large area sensor is required to maximize its sensitivity. Large NaI material, however, is extremely expensive. In designing a radiation detector for prevention of illicit trafficking of nuclear or radioactive materials, the trade-off should be carefully optimized between performance and cost in order to achieve cost-effective inspection system. For the cost-effective mobile radiation detection system, this paper describes new spectral analysis method to use the crude spectroscopic information available from a plastic detector to discriminate other man-made radiation source from NORM.

  12. Halocarbon refrigerant detection methods. Final report

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    Tapscott, R.E.; Sohn, C.W.

    1996-01-01

    The Montreal Protocol and the U.S. Clean Air Act limit the production of ozone-depleting substances, including many refrigerants. Three options for cost-effectively phasing out these refrigerants from Army installations are: (1) refrigerant containment, (2) retrofit conversion to accommodate alternative refrigerant, and (3) replacement with cooling systems using alternative refrigerant. This report contributes to the first option by identifying and assessing methods to detect chlorofluorocarbon (CFC), hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants that leak from air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. As background, the report describes the relevant sections of the Montreal Protocol and the Clean Air Act, and gives an overview of refrigerants. This is followed by a description of the technologies used in refrigerant leak detection, and a survey of detector types available and their price ranges. Appendixes provide an extensive list of detector products and their specifications, plus manufacturer addresses and phone numbers.

  13. Detection of irradiated powdered foods using photostimulated luminescence method

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    Photostimulated luminescence (PSL) method provides a rapid and markedly sensitive technique to detect of any irradiated food that contain minerals. This method is also convenient as a first screening means in comparison with thermoluminescence (TL) method which requires separating minerals from the food materials. The present study reports the results of PSL measurements for both irradiated and non-irradiated powdered dry leaf vegetable obtained with the prototype of PSL system developed by our groups. This PSL system consists of pulsed Infra-Red (IR) source for photostimulation, single photon counting system for high sensitive detection of luminescence, and computer for data treatments. The PSL intensity of the leaf vegetable increased with increase of gamma radiation dose and show a linear relationship up to a dose of 1kGy. The PSL intensities after four months of storage under light shielding following gamma irradiation (0.49?3.1kGy) decreased to less than half of initial intensities. The PSL intensities of those decreased rapidly for 60 seconds and reached a steady level close to intensity of non-irradiated sample after 300 seconds following photostimulation. We used the information on the shape and slope of PSL intensity curve as a criteria to discriminate whether irradiated foods or not, and possible to detect the irradiation history of food irradiated with a 0.49kGy dose after four months of storage. (author)

  14. Modification of thermoplastic polymers by radiation chemical methods

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    The general conditions under which radiation chemical reactions can compete with conventional chemical reactions are first discussed, along with the advantages and shortcomings of electron accelerators which are commonly used as radiation sources for treatment of polymers. After a review of the reactions which occur on irradiation of thermoplastics, the practical application of degradatin and above all cross-linking by radiation (especially in polyethylene) is outlined. Finally, the different methods of grafting by radiation and their technical realization are discussed

  15. A Parallel Tracking Method for Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse Imaging

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    Dahl, Jeremy J.; Pinton, Gianmarco F.; Mark, L.; Agrawal, Vineet; Nightingale, Kathryn R.; TRAHEY, GREGG E.

    2007-01-01

    Radiation force-based techniques have been developed by several groups for imaging the mechanical properties of tissue. Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) imaging is one such method that uses commercially available scanners to generate localized radiation forces in tissue. The response of the tissue to the radiation force is determined using conventional B-mode imaging pulses to track micron-scale displacements in tissue. Current research in ARFI imaging is focused on producing real-time...

  16. A novel mobile system for radiation detection and monitoring

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    Biafore, Mauro

    2014-05-01

    A novel mobile system for real time, wide area radiation surveillance has been developed within the REWARD project, financed within the FP7 programme, theme SEC-2011.1.5-1 (Development of detection capabilities of difficult to detect radioactive sources and nuclear materials - Capability Project). The REWARD sensing units are small, mobile portable units with low energy consumption, which consist of new miniaturized solid-state radiation sensors: a CdZnTe detector for gamma radiation and a high efficiency neutron detector based on novel silicon technologies. The sensing unit is integrated by a wireless communication interface to send the data remotely to a monitoring base station as well as a GPS system to calculate the position of the tag. The system also incorporates middleware and high-level software to provide web-service interfaces for the exchange of information. A central monitoring and decision support system has been designed to process the data from the sensing units and to compare them with historical record in order to generate an alarm when an abnormal situation is detected. A security framework ensures protection against unauthorized access to the network and data, ensuring the privacy of the communications and contributing to the overall robustness and reliability of the REWARD system. The REWARD system has been designed for many different scenarios such as nuclear terrorism threats, lost radioactive sources, radioactive contamination or nuclear accidents. It can be deployed in emergency units and in general in any type of mobile or static equipment, but also inside public/private buildings or infrastructures. The complete system is scalable in terms of complexity and cost and offers very high precision on both the measurement and the location of the radiation. The modularity and flexibility of the system allows for a realistic introduction to the market. Authorities may start with a basic, low cost system and increase the complexity based on their evolving needs and budget constraints. On 24th September 2013, REWARD project received a prize as the best Innovative project related to the Not Conventional Threat (NCT) Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear explosives (CBRNe) products. A highly distinguished jury stated that "the developed detection and surveillance system offers a perfect solution for end-users to enhance crucial capabilities in RN analysis, risk communication and surveillance in case of a radiation incident". A demonstration of the REWARD system is planned in Naples on September 2014. More information about the REWARD project can be found at www.reward-project.eu.

  17. Development of detection methods for irradiated foods - Development of detection method for radiolytic products of irradiated foods

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    Kim, Kyong Su; Lee, Eun Ryong; Hong, Hae Jung [Chosun University, Kwangju (Korea)

    2000-07-01

    Meats, nuts, legumes and cereals were irradiated with {sup 60}Co {gamma}-ray. The detection methods included the fat extraction from samples, isolation of hydrocarbons and 2-alkylcyclobutanones by florisil column chromatography and analyses of GC-FID and GC/MS analyzers. Concentrations of hydrocarbons and 2-clobutanones increased with the irradiation dose in meat, nuts, legumes and cereals. In nuts (sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, perilla seeds, pine nuts and peanuts), legumes (white beans, black soybeans, yellow bean sprout soybeans, mouse-eyed soybeans, mung beans, kidney beans and small red beans) and cereals (brown rice, corns and wheat), 8-heptadecene and 1,7-hexadecadiene originated from oleic acid and 6,9-heptadecadiene and 1,7,10-hexadecatriene induced from linoleic acids were the major hydrocarbons due to the composition of fatty acids. Concentrations of radiation-induced hydrocarbons in nuts were slightly reduced and hydrocarbons were still significantly detectable, during 6 months at -18 deg. C. In meats and nuts, 2-(5'-tetradecenyl)cyclobutanone formed from oleic acid was found in most. 2-Dodecylcyclobutanone was detected in a large amount. The concentrations of radiation-induced 2-alkylcyclobutanones in meats slightly decreased, but relatively constant during 6 months at -18 deg. C. 62 refs., 45 figs., 25 tabs. (Author)

  18. Development of TOF-PET based on Cherenkov radiation detection

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    We have proposed a new Time-of-Flight Positron Emission Tomography (TOF-PET) concept based on Cherenkov radiation detection, where lead glasses and fast micro-channel plate photo-multiplier tubes (MCP-PMTs) were adopted as the Cherenkov radiator and the photo detector, respectively. Through the Monte Carlo simulations and the preliminary experiments, we have estimated the basic performance of this technique. The simulation results have shown that the spatial resolution with TOF information under the time resolution ?T=100ps would be around 4 mm using the Maximum Likelihood-Expectation Maximization (ML-EM) algorithm and also the signal to noise ratio could be about three times better improved by using TOF information. The present detector element combined with the lead glass and MCP-PMT has been experimentally verified to have the time resolution of 170ps, which corresponds to the spatial resolution around 5 mm in the quasi-2D image reconstruction from the 1D experimental data. From these results, it would be concluded that the present technique could be a powerful candidate for the TOF-PET but the detection efficiency should be improved through redesigning the Cherenkov radiator materials and configuration. (author)

  19. Some methods for the detection of fissionable matter; Quelques methodes de detection des corps fissiles

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    Guery, M. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1967-03-01

    A number of equipments or processes allowing to detect uranium or plutonium in industrial plants, and in particular to measure solution concentrations, are studied here. Each method has its own field of applications and has its own performances, which we have tried to define by calculations and by experiments. The following topics have been treated: {gamma} absorptiometer with an Am source, detection test by neutron multiplication, apparatus for the measurement of the {alpha} activity of a solution, fissionable matter detection by {gamma} emission, fissionable matter detection by neutron emission. (author) [French] On examine ici plusieurs appareils ou procedes qui permettent de detecter l'uranium ou le plutonium dans les installations industrielles, et en particulier de mesurer les concentrations de solutions. Chacune des methodes a son domaine d'application et ses performances, qu'on a tente de definir par le calcul et par des experiences. Les sujets traites sont les suivants: absorptiometre {gamma} a source d'americium, essais de detection par multiplication neutronique, appareil de mesure de l'activite {alpha} d'une solution, detection des matieres fissiles par leur emission {gamma}, detection des matieres fissiles par leur emission neutronique. (auteur)

  20. Detection of neutral particle radiation with the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD)

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    RAD, the Radiation Assessment Detector on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover mission is designed to detect a wide range of different particle species at energies up to 100 MeV/nuc. We present the beam testing results for the flight units of the RAD Sensor Head unit (RSH). Neutral particle response, anti-coincidence efficiency as well as behaviour for relativistic high-Z (up to iron) particles are shown. Additionally, we present the response of our RSH GEANT4 model for the expected (simulated) Mars surface radiation environment.

  1. Apparatus and method for detecting explosives

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    An apparatus is described for use in situations such as airports to detect explosives hidden in containers (for eg. suitcases). The method involves the evaluation of the quantities of oxygen and nitrogen within the container by neutron activation analysis and the determination of whether these quantities exceed predetermined limits. The equipment includes a small sub-critical lower powered reactor for thermal (0.01 to 0.10 eV) neutron production, a radium beryllium primary source, a deuterium-tritium reactor as a high energy (> 1.06 MeV) neutron source and Geiger counter detector arrays. (UK)

  2. Nick translation detection in situ of cellular DNA strand break induced by radiation

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    DNA strand break in HeLa cells induced by radiation was detected using the in situ nick translation method. The cells were exposed to radiation of 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 Gy in Lab-Tek tissue culture chamber/slides and were fixed with ethanol/acetic acid on the slide glass. The break sites in DNA were translated artificially in the presence of Escherichia coli DNA polymerase I and [3H]-labeled dTTP. Autoradiographic observation was made of the level of break sites in the DNA. The DNA strand break appeared even with a 3 Gy exposure, increased 8.6 times at 24 Gy compared with the control cells, and this level correlated reciprocally to change in cell viability. This nick translation method provides a rapid in situ assay for determining radiation-induced DNA damage of cultured cells, in a semi-quantitative manner

  3. Lagrangian based methods for coherent structure detection

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    Allshouse, Michael R.; Peacock, Thomas

    2015-09-01

    There has been a proliferation in the development of Lagrangian analytical methods for detecting coherent structures in fluid flow transport, yielding a variety of qualitatively different approaches. We present a review of four approaches and demonstrate the utility of these methods via their application to the same sample analytic model, the canonical double-gyre flow, highlighting the pros and cons of each approach. Two of the methods, the geometric and probabilistic approaches, are well established and require velocity field data over the time interval of interest to identify particularly important material lines and surfaces, and influential regions, respectively. The other two approaches, implementing tools from cluster and braid theory, seek coherent structures based on limited trajectory data, attempting to partition the flow transport into distinct regions. All four of these approaches share the common trait that they are objective methods, meaning that their results do not depend on the frame of reference used. For each method, we also present a number of example applications ranging from blood flow and chemical reactions to ocean and atmospheric flows.

  4. Platelet antibody: review of detection methods

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    The driving force behind development of in vitro methods for platelet antibodies is identification of plasma factors causing platelet destruction. Early methods relied on measurement of platelet activation. Current methods are more specific and use a purified antibody against immunoglobulin or complement, which is usually labeled with 125I or tagged with an enzyme or fluorescein. Comparisons of quantitation of platelet-associated IgG show wide variability between different methods. The disparate results can be related both to differences in binding of secondary antibodies to immunoglobulin in solution compared to immunoglobulins attached to platelets and to the improper assumption that the binding ratio between the secondary detecting and primary antiplatelet antibody is one. Most assays can 1) identify neonatal isoimmune thrombocytopenia and posttransfusion purpura, 2) help to differentiate between immune and nonimmune thrombocytopenias, 3) help to sort out the offending drug when drug-induced thrombocytopenia is suspected, and 4) identify platelet alloantibodies and potential platelet donors via a cross match assay for refractory patients. However, the advantages of quantitative assays over qualitative methods with respect to predictions of patients clinical course and response to different treatments remain to be investigated. 61 references

  5. Leak and Pipe Detection Method and System

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    Youngquist, Robert C. (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    A method and system for locating leaks of conductive fluids from non-conductive pipes and other structures or for locat- ing non-conductive pipes or structures having conductive fluid contained therein, employ a charge generator to apply a time varying charge to the conductive fluid, and a capaci- tive type detector that can detect the variable charge that is induced in the fluid. The capacitive detector, which prefer- ably includes a handheld housing, employs a large conduc- tive pickup plate that is used to locate the pipe or leak by scanning the plate over the ground and detecting the induced charge that is generated when the plate comes in close proximity to the pipe or leak. If a leak is encountered, the resulting signal will appear over an area larger than expected for a buried pipe, assuming the leak provides an electrically conductive path between the flow and the wet surrounding ground. The detector uses any suitable type of indicator device, such as a pair of headphones that enable an operator to hear the detected signal as a chirping sound, for example.

  6. Radiation and detection of gravitational waves in laboratory conditions

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    Two variants are proposed and analyzed for an experiment on radiation and detection of gravitational waves in laboratory conditions in the optical and superhigh frequency range (band). In the first variant the laser light is parametrically transformed to the gravitational wave in the optical-inhomogeneous medium. The gravitational flux produced is registered by the inverse parametric transformation of the gravitational to light wave. In the second variant the radiation of gravitational waves is realized through hypersonic oscillations in piezocrystals, and the reception of waves is made by the superconducting coaxial resonator in which the gravitational wave resonantly transforms into the electromag= . netic wave. The analysis performed testifies to the possibility of an experiment of this type at the present time

  7. Improvements in or relating to the detection of radiation

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    A novel detector is described for use with a rotation only scanner in computerised axial tomography; the form of the detector overcomes the drift problems associated with the use of photomultipliers in conventional X-ray detection. The detector consists of a scintillator crystal such as caesium iodide whose resulting visible radiation is indicative of the amount of ionising radiation incident upon the crystal and which is viewed by a photo-diode. The photo-diode is operated in the photovoltaic current mode and the p-n junction is arranged to be close to the illuminated surface (typically up to 1.0 ?m depth). A possible circuit for integrating the induced electron current is also described. (U.K.)

  8. Radiation detector and method of opaquing the mica window

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    An improved particle detection tube is disclosed including a method for applying a radiation transparent electrically non-conductive, opaque to ultraviolet light coating to the mica window of the tube. The coating reduces erroneous counts by preventing arcing between the tube anode and window. A purified mineral bituminous hydrocarbon based wax coating is applied to the mica window by cleaning the window with a hydrocarbon or chlorinated solvent rinsing with isopropyl alcohol drying the window dissolving 4 to 20 milligrams of purified bituminous hydrocarbon based wax in 1 to 2 milliliters of a hydrocarbon or chlorinated solvent on the window, and rotating the tube until the solvent evaporates to produce a film of the wax thereon

  9. Radiative neutron capture cross section measurements using the spectrum method

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    The capture cross section is determined through the ? ray spectrum emitted by the sample. The ? rays are detected with a central NaI scintillator surrounded by a NaI annulus. The spectrometer is used both in the anti-Compton and first escape modes at the same time. The time-of-flight technique is used to reduce the background. The pulse-height spectrum is unfolded and corrected for the spectrometer efficiency. A theoretical calculation is used to extrapolate the capture ?-ray spectrum below the experimental threshold or in the region containing ?-rays from the (n,n'?) reaction. The radiative capture cross section is then deduced from the capture spectrum. The method is applied to the capture cross section measurements of gold for 0.5 to 3.0 MeV neutrons

  10. Possible standoff detection of ionizing radiation using high-power THz electromagnetic waves

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    Nusinovich, Gregory S.; Sprangle, Phillip; Romero-Talamas, Carlos A.; Rodgers, John; Pu, Ruifeng; Kashyn, Dmytro G.; Antonsen, Thomas M., Jr.; Granatstein, Victor L.

    2012-06-01

    Recently, a new method of remote detection of concealed radioactive materials was proposed. This method is based on focusing high-power short wavelength electromagnetic radiation in a small volume where the wave electric field exceeds the breakdown threshold. In the presence of free electrons caused by ionizing radiation, in this volume an avalanche discharge can then be initiated. When the wavelength is short enough, the probability of having even one free electron in this small volume in the absence of additional sources of ionization is low. Hence, a high breakdown rate will indicate that in the vicinity of this volume there are some materials causing ionization of air. To prove this concept a 0.67 THz gyrotron delivering 200-300 kW power in 10 microsecond pulses is under development. This method of standoff detection of concealed sources of ionizing radiation requires a wide range of studies, viz., evaluation of possible range, THz power and pulse duration, production of free electrons in air by gamma rays penetrating through container walls, statistical delay time in initiation of the breakdown in the case of low electron density, temporal evolution of plasma structure in the breakdown and scattering of THz radiation from small plasma objects. Most of these issues are discussed in the paper.

  11. Radiation sterilization and other methods for sterilization of medical utensils

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    Radiation sterilization with ?-radiation and electron beams use have been performed on the background of other methods especially the chemical sterilization with ethylene oxide. The state of legislation as well as economical analysis for comparison both methods have been done. 3 tabs

  12. Development of Angular Eigenvalue Method for Radiation Transport Problems

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    This paper describes the development of a new semianalytical method for radiation transport problems in slabs, i.e., the angular eigenvalue method (AEM), and its application to the penetration of gamma rays in slabs

  13. Improvements in or relating to radiation detection arrangements

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    A radiation detection arrangement is described that that comprises a number of scintillator devices, and a single multi-channel photomultiplier tube. Light from the scintillator devices is incident on the photocathode through an entrance window in the tube and multiplier entrance separating means are provided whereby light from each of the devices is made to be incident upon the channel entrances of photomultiplier tube. Various geometrical forms for the scintillator devices are described. This arrangement avoids the use of large number of small photomultiplier tubes, which is expensive and gives rise to difficulties in stacking the tubes in closely spaced side-by-side relationship. (U.K.)

  14. Photocurrent-based detection of terahertz radiation in graphene

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    Tomadin, Andrea, E-mail: andrea.tomadin@sns.it; Tredicucci, Alessandro; Vitiello, Miriam S.; Polini, Marco [NEST, Istituto Nanoscienze-CNR and Scuola Normale Superiore, I-56126 Pisa (Italy); Pellegrini, Vittorio [NEST, Istituto Nanoscienze-CNR and Scuola Normale Superiore, I-56126 Pisa (Italy); Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Via Morego 30, 16163 Genova (Italy)

    2013-11-18

    Graphene is a promising candidate for the development of detectors of Terahertz (THz) radiation. A well-known detection scheme due to Dyakonov and Shur exploits plasma waves in a field-effect transistor (FET), whereby a dc photovoltage is generated in response to a THz field. In the quest for devices with a better signal-to-noise ratio, we theoretically investigate a plasma-wave photodetector in which a dc photocurrent is generated in a graphene FET. The noise equivalent power of our device is shown to be much smaller than that of a Dyakonov-Shur detector in a wide spectral range.

  15. Non-contact acoustic radiation force impulse microscopy via photoacoustic detection for probing breast cancer cell mechanics.

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    Hwang, Jae Youn; Kang, Bong Jin; Lee, Changyang; Kim, Hyung Ham; Park, Jinhyoung; Zhou, Qifa; Shung, K Kirk

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a novel non-contact method: acoustic radiation force impulse microscopy via photoacoustic detection (PA-ARFI), capable of probing cell mechanics. A 30 MHz lithium niobate ultrasound transducer is utilized for both detection of phatoacoustic signals and generation of acoustic radiation force. To track cell membrane displacements by acoustic radiation force, functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes are attached to cell membrane. Using the developed microscopy evaluated with agar phantoms, the mechanics of highly- and weakly-metastatic breast cancer cells are quantified. These results clearly show that the PA-ARFI microscopy may serve as a novel tool to probe mechanics of single breast cancer cells. PMID:25657870

  16. SARA (Spectroscopic Ambient Radiation Detection) Spectroscopic Monitoring Systems for Online Environmental Radiation Monitoring Edition 2008

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    In the wake of a nuclear incident, it is essential that you can react promptly and provide a completely reliable assessment of the radiological situation. First and foremost, it is vital that your radiation early warning system can automatically detect any man-made isotopes in the environment and identify any changes in the composition of the ambient radiation. Before appropriate countermeasures can be implemented, it is crucial that authorities have accurate information about the type of contamination and its dispersion. TechniData's spectroscopic online monitoring system will improve your existing monitoring systems, provide important information about the composition of ambient radiation during an incident, and therefore help you to make the right decisions

  17. Radiation Mitigation Methods for Reprogrammable FPGA Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — One of the needs of NASA is the development of avionic systems and components that have the capability to operate in extreme radiation and temperature environments...

  18. Control of radiation exposure (principles and methods)

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    Biological risks are directly related to the tissue radiation dose, so it is very important to maintain personnel doses as low as realistically possible. This goal can be achieved by minimizing internal contamination and external exposure to radioactive sources

  19. Application of remote sensing methods for detection of water pollution degree in rivers and water reservoirs

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    The paper presents non-contact registration methods of the electromagnetic radiation which can be used for the detection of water pollution in rivers and water reservoirs. These methods include aerial photographs, satellite images and thermograms. The satellite images need reprocessing to obtain the mutual comparability of the images from various multispectral scanners (TM and MSS)

  20. Nucleic acid detection system and method for detecting influenza

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    Cai, Hong; Song, Jian

    2015-03-17

    The invention provides a rapid, sensitive and specific nucleic acid detection system which utilizes isothermal nucleic acid amplification in combination with a lateral flow chromatographic device, or DNA dipstick, for DNA-hybridization detection. The system of the invention requires no complex instrumentation or electronic hardware, and provides a low cost nucleic acid detection system suitable for highly sensitive pathogen detection. Hybridization to single-stranded DNA amplification products using the system of the invention provides a sensitive and specific means by which assays can be multiplexed for the detection of multiple target sequences.

  1. Comparison of three methods of microsatellite detection

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    Christensen, Mariann; Sunde, Lone

    1999-01-01

    Examination of microsatellites is frequent in the diagnosis of cancer. Microsatellites are repeat DNA sequences scattered throughout the human genome. These repeat regions are very frequent and highly polymorphic elements. In this study we focus on dinucleotide repeats. We compared three different methods for the detection of microsatellites: use of the ABI Prism 377 fluorescence sequencer, autoradiography and silver-stained gels. DNA was extracted from various clinical samples and amplified by different polymerase chain reaction (PCR) protocols. DNA from normal and tumor tissues was analysed using each method. The fluorescence method was more sensitive than the two other methods; however, this technology is very expensive. It seems possible, when examining microsatellites on a low budget, to avoid radioactivity by using silver-stained gels as an alternative. In conclusion, we observed identical results when comparing autoradiography with the fluorescence technique. However, we observed variability in the results when interpreting a single locus comparing silver staining with autoradiography and the fluorescence technique. Classification of the tumors based on several microsatellite loci was always identical.

  2. Thermoluminescence method for detection of irradiated food

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    Pinnioja, S

    1998-12-31

    A method of thermoluminescence (TL) analysis was developed for the detection of irradiated foods. The TL method is based on the determination of thermoluminescence of adhering or contaminating minerals separated from foods by wet sieving and treatment with high density liquid. Carbon tetrachloride provided a suitable alternative for foods that form gels with water. Thermoluminescence response of minerals in a first TL measurement is normalised with a second TL measurement of the same mineral sample after calibration irradiation to a dose of 5 kGy. The decision about irradiation is made on the basis of a comparison of the two TL spectra: if the two TL glow curves match in shape and intensity the sample has been irradiated, and if they are clearly different it has not been irradiated. An attractive feature of TL analysis is that the mineral material itself is used for calibration; no reference material is required. Foods of interest in the investigation were herbs, spices, berries and seafood. The presence of minerals in samples is a criterion for application of the method, and appropriate minerals were found in all herbs, spices and berries. The most common minerals in terrestrial food were tecto-silicates - quartz and feldspars - which with their intense and stable thermoluminescence were well suited for the analysis. Mica proved to be useless for detection purposes, whereas carbonate in the form of calcite separated from intestines of seafood was acceptable. Fading of the TL signal is considerable in the low temperature part of the glow curve during a storage of several months after irradiation. However, spices and herbs could easily be identified as irradiated even after two years storage. Conditions for seafood, which is stored in a freezer, are different, and only slight fading was observed after one year. The effect of mineral composition and structure on TL was studied for feldspars. Feldspars originating from subtropical and tropical regions exhibit lower TL intensity than feldspars from cold regions, evidently because a more altered mineral structure is typical in warm water regions. A new autoradiographic method to determine luminescence of irradiated rock surfaces was developed for the study. The method of thermoluminescence analysis has been used for the official control analysis of irradiated food in Finland since 1990. In the course of the study, about 500 analyses were carried out for the Finnish Customs Laboratory. Eighty lots of irradiated herbs or spices and 10 lots of irradiated seafood were found. During the last two years, irradiated green tea in spice mixtures and irradiated frog legs have been detected. No irradiated berry or mushroom products have been found. Screening with a photostimulated luminescence (PSL) instrument, followed by TL analysis to confirm the positive and ambiguous samples, provides a reliable tool for the identification of irradiated food containing adhering or contaminating minerals. The reliability of the TL method was proved in European trials. Standardisation of the method has been undertaken by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). A TL method based on the determination of TL silicate minerals in dry herbs and spices has recently been accepted as an official CEN standard. (orig.) 55 refs.

  3. Thermoluminescence method for detection of irradiated food

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    A method of thermoluminescence (TL) analysis was developed for the detection of irradiated foods. The TL method is based on the determination of thermoluminescence of adhering or contaminating minerals separated from foods by wet sieving and treatment with high density liquid. Carbon tetrachloride provided a suitable alternative for foods that form gels with water. Thermoluminescence response of minerals in a first TL measurement is normalised with a second TL measurement of the same mineral sample after calibration irradiation to a dose of 5 kGy. The decision about irradiation is made on the basis of a comparison of the two TL spectra: if the two TL glow curves match in shape and intensity the sample has been irradiated, and if they are clearly different it has not been irradiated. An attractive feature of TL analysis is that the mineral material itself is used for calibration; no reference material is required. Foods of interest in the investigation were herbs, spices, berries and seafood. The presence of minerals in samples is a criterion for application of the method, and appropriate minerals were found in all herbs, spices and berries. The most common minerals in terrestrial food were tecto-silicates - quartz and feldspars - which with their intense and stable thermoluminescence were well suited for the analysis. Mica proved to be useless for detection purposes, whereas carbonate in the form of calcite separated from intestines of seafood was acceptable. Fading of the TL signal is considerable in the low temperature part of the glow curve during a storage of several months after irradiation. However, spices and herbs could easily be identified as irradiated even after two years storage. Conditions for seafood, which is stored in a freezer, are different, and only slight fading was observed after one year. The effect of mineral composition and structure on TL was studied for feldspars. Feldspars originating from subtropical and tropical regions exhibit lower TL intensity than feldspars from cold regions, evidently because a more altered mineral structure is typical in warm water regions. A new autoradiographic method to determine luminescence of irradiated rock surfaces was developed for the study. The method of thermoluminescence analysis has been used for the official control analysis of irradiated food in Finland since 1990. In the course of the study, about 500 analyses were carried out for the Finnish Customs Laboratory. Eighty lots of irradiated herbs or spices and 10 lots of irradiated seafood were found. During the last two years, irradiated green tea in spice mixtures and irradiated frog legs have been detected. No irradiated berry or mushroom products have been found. Screening with a photostimulated luminescence (PSL) instrument, followed by TL analysis to confirm the positive and ambiguous samples, provides a reliable tool for the identification of irradiated food containing adhering or contaminating minerals. The reliability of the TL method was proved in European trials. Standardisation of the method has been undertaken by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). A TL method based on the determination of TL silicate minerals in dry herbs and spices has recently been accepted as an official CEN standard. (orig.)

  4. A Method for Ultrashort Electron Pulse Shape-Measurement Using Coherent Synchrotron Radiation

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    Geloni, G A; Schneidmiller, E A; Yurkov, M V

    2003-01-01

    In this paper we discuss a method for nondestructive measurements of the longitudinal profile of sub-picosecond electron bunches for X-Ray Free Electron Lasers (XFELs). The method is based on the detection of the Coherent Synchrotron Radiation (CSR) spectrum produced by a bunch passing a dipole magnet system. This work also contains a systematic treatment of synchrotron radiation theory which lies at the basis of CSR. Standard theory of synchrotron radiation uses several approximations whose applicability limits are often forgotten: here we present a systematic discussion about these assumptions. Properties of coherent synchrotron radiation from an electron moving along an arc of a circle are then derived and discussed. We describe also an effective and practical diagnostic technique based on the utilization of an electromagnetic undulator to record the energy of the coherent radiation pulse into the central cone. This measurement must be repeated many times with different undulator resonant frequencies in or...

  5. Method of measuring high-dose ionizing radiation

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    A method is presented for measuring high-dose ionizing radiation above 106 Gy (108 rad). Synthetic silica glass, produced from SiCl4 or silicon organic compounds in the oxyhydrogen flame or in oxygen plasma, is used as dosemeter material, and the intensity of the ultraviolet absorption bands at 220 nm occurring during irradiation is used as a measure for the absorbed radiation dose. The method is applied for dosimetry of ionizing radiation, preferably at nuclear reactors, and in intense radiation fields

  6. Odour Detection Methods: Olfactometry and Chemical Sensors

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    Sara Lovascio

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The complexity of the odours issue arises from the sensory nature of smell. From the evolutionary point of view olfaction is one of the oldest senses, allowing for seeking food, recognizing danger or communication: human olfaction is a protective sense as it allows the detection of potential illnesses or infections by taking into account the odour pleasantness/unpleasantness. Odours are mixtures of light and small molecules that, coming in contact with various human sensory systems, also at very low concentrations in the inhaled air, are able to stimulate an anatomical response: the experienced perception is the odour. Odour assessment is a key point in some industrial production processes (i.e., food, beverages, etc. and it is acquiring steady importance in unusual technological fields (i.e., indoor air quality; this issue mainly concerns the environmental impact of various industrial activities (i.e., tanneries, refineries, slaughterhouses, distilleries, civil and industrial wastewater treatment plants, landfills and composting plants as sources of olfactory nuisances, the top air pollution complaint. Although the human olfactory system is still regarded as the most important and effective “analytical instrument” for odour evaluation, the demand for more objective analytical methods, along with the discovery of materials with chemo-electronic properties, has boosted the development of sensor-based machine olfaction potentially imitating the biological system. This review examines the state of the art of both human and instrumental sensing currently used for the detection of odours. The olfactometric techniques employing a panel of trained experts are discussed and the strong and weak points of odour assessment through human detection are highlighted. The main features and the working principles of modern electronic noses (E-Noses are then described, focusing on their better performances for environmental analysis. Odour emission monitoring carried out through both the techniques is finally reviewed in order to show the complementary responses of human and instrumental sensing.

  7. Linear method as the expansion technique of dynamical capabilities of detecting systems during reactor-physical investigations

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    The method giving the possibility to create nuclear radiation detecting systems combining the current apparatus wide-range nature and dynamical capabilities of pulsed detecting systems is proposed. The above method uses peculiarities of the linear method which is based on the refusal of application of nonlinear devices shaping current pulses coming from radiation detectors. The block-diagram of the detecting device ensuring the linear operating regimes is considered. From radiation detector output the current pulses not subjecting to external nonlinear electric circuits shaping enter directly the integrating capacitor and loading. The results of linear detecting systems investigation have shown that the linear method allows by means of a standard fast-response apparatus to develop detecting systems possessing minimum energy threshold and differing by ennanced fast response. The possibilitity to perform measurements with detecting rate up to 1012-1014s-1 has been found experimentally

  8. SCREENING METHODS FOR THE DETECTION OF CARTELS

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    Mihail BU?U

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available During their everyday activities, the economic operators conclude a multitude of agreements in tacit or written form, such as: contracts or conventions. Some of these arrangements are absolutely necessary for the development of their current activities. These are agreements which, by respecting the rules of competition, are able to bring benefits to consumers and to the entire economy, as a whole. On the other hand, the economic operators often conclude agreements which are harmful to the economy as well as to the consumers, violating the competition rules. Some examples in this respect are: operators’ agreements on price fixing, on market or customers sharing. Before investigating the violation of competition rules, the relevant authorities should identify the possibility of the existence of such illegalities. The theoretical models for detecting the cartels do represent a proactive tool concerning the antitrust activity of competition authorities. The present paper furnishes a review of the methods for detecting cartels as well as a part of their practical application.

  9. Radiation methods in dairy production and processing

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    Various uses of radiotracers and radiation in dairy technology are described. In dairy production, radiotracers are used for studying: (1) rumen metabolism leading to protein synthesis (2) total body water, blood volume and sodium (3) minerals metabolism (4) relation between climatic stress and thyroid functioning of dairy animals (5) volume of milk in mammary glands (6) hormone level in dairy animals and (7) spermatozoa metabolism. In dairy processing, radiotracers are used for studying: (1) compositional analysis of milk and milk products and (2) efficiency of cleaning agents for cleaning dairy equipment. Ionizing radiation is used for: (1) preservation of milk and milk products and (2) sterilization of packaging materials. Radiation source has been used to monitor the over-run in ice-cream and the fill control for fluid in papar cartons. (M.G.B.)

  10. Method of detecting a fuel element failure

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    A method is described for detecting a fuel element failure in a liquid-sodium-cooled fast breeder reactor consisting of equilibrating a sample of the coolant with a molten salt consisting of a mixture of barium iodide and strontium iodide (or other iodides) whereby a large fraction of any radioactive iodine present in the liquid sodium coolant exchanges with the iodine present in the salt; separating the molten salt and sodium; if necessary, equilibrating the molten salt with nonradioactive sodium and separating the molten salt and sodium; and monitoring the molten salt for the presence of iodine, the presence of iodine indicating that the cladding of a fuel element has failed. (U.S.)

  11. Beta radiation detection with ultra-thin thermoluminescent samples

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    The possibility of beta radiation detection using ultra-thin thermoluminescent (TL) Teledyne dosimeters was investigated. The studied samples were UT - CaSO4:Dy with a thickness of 20 microns. The beta irradiations were done utilizing the Beta Secondary Standard System of IPEN calibration laboratory, with 90Sr-90Y, 204Tl and 147Pm sources. The individual reproducibility of the samples was initially investigated. Fifteen TL detectors were used and ten irradiations of 35 m Gy (90Sr-90Y) under identical conditions were performed. The average reproducibility found was 1.51% (1 sigma). Dose calibration curves (TL X absorbed dose) were obtained with 90Sr-90Y, 204Tl and 147Pm sources. The UT - CaSO4:Dy samples were irradiated with the 90Sr-90Y source between 0145 and 300 m Gy; the linear response was observed from 0.50 m Gy. In the case of 204Tl, the TL response was measured from 0.1 to 100 m Gy, with linear behavior from 1 m Gy, while for 147Pm the samples were exposed to radiation between 0.1 and 45 m Gy, presenting linear response from 2 m Gy. The 90Sr-90Y irradiated detectors were exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light (250 nm) to study the possibility of optical fading occurrence. The angular dependence of the TL response was investigated for 90Sr-90Y (20 m Gy), 204Tl (1 m Gy) and 147Pm (1 m Gy) sources at angles of 0, 30, 45, 90, 120, 135, 150 and 1800. Transmission factors for different thicknesses of tissue equivalent materials were obtained for the UT - CaSO4:Dy samples, using the three available beta sources. Finally, the energy dependence of the detector TL response was investigated. The results obtained for UT - CaSO4:Dy show its great usefulness in beta radiation detection

  12. DETECCIÓN DE RADIACIÓN NO IONIZANTE / NON-IONIZING RADIATION DETECTION

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    GUSTAVO, NAVAS; JAIRO, TARAZONA; RODRIGO, CORREA.

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Se diseñó y construyó una red de sensores para detección de radiación no ionizante en la banda comprendida entre 800MHz y 2.5GHz. El sistema se basa en el sensor que muestra a la salida una tensión DC proporcional a la potencia de la señal RF a su entrada, sin importar el tipo de modulación. Esta re [...] d comprende cuatro antenas banda ancha, cuatro tarjetas sensoras, una tarjeta central y un software de visualización de datos. El comportamiento del sistema se analizó con diferentes configuraciones y con múltiples fuentes de radiación. Igualmente, se muestran los resultados de la simulación de una antena espiral de Arquímedes utilizando CST STUDIO TM y los experimentos realizados para caracterizar la antena banda ancha HG2404CU. Los resultados mostraron un eficiente sistema de detección de radiación electromagnética en la banda estudiada. Una aplicación inmediata de este trabajo, para la cual se están haciendo pruebas de campo, es la detección de llamadas de celulares en lugares no permitidos como centros carcelarios, bancos, entre otros. Abstract in english A sensors network for non-ionizing radiation detection in the band of 800 MHz to 2.5 GHz was designed and constructed. The system is based on a sensor which shows an output DC voltage proportional to the input RF signal. This network is made of four broad band antennas, four circuit board sensors, a [...] main board and data visualization software. The performance system was analyzed changing its configuration and using several radiation sources. The results presented include the simulation of an Archimedes antenna using CST STUDIO TM and the experimental results of a broad band HG2404CU antenna. The results have shown an efficient system for the electromagnetic radiation detection. As a second part of this work, this prototype will be used as a detector of cellular phone calls in places where they are not allowed such as prisons, banks and so on.

  13. Development of damage evaluation method considering radiation induced stress relaxation

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    In this study, we evaluated the dependence of dose and irradiation temperature on radiation hardening (RH), radiation induced segregation (RIS), radiation induced stress relaxation (RISR), swelling and corrosion characteristics of austenitic stainless steel irradiated by using ion accelerators with and without bending displacement constraint. Considering the effect of bending displacement constraint on damage phenomena, a concept of new evaluation method for materials damage was considered to apply to the structural design of components. (author)

  14. Recombination methods in the dosimetry of mixed radiation

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    The work describes the state of art of recombination methods developed for the dosimetry of mixed radiation fields. The existing theories of initial recombination of ions in gases is given. Recombination methods developed in IAE are reviewed in detail. The methods described here can be applied in mixed radiation fields of poorly known composition and practically unlimited energy range. Main dosimetric parameters such as absorbed dose, photon component to the absorbed dose, radiation quality factor, dose equivalent, ambient dose equivalent and some other quantities can be determined in single instrument. A novel method has been developed for determination of the energy loss distribution in the nanometric region. Experimental tests showed that the method is promising not only for radiation protection but also for radiobiological investigations. (author). 166 refs, 62 figs, 16 tabs

  15. Recombination methods in the dosimetry of mixed radiation

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    Golnik, N. [Institute of Atomic Energy, Otwock-Swierk (Poland)

    1996-12-31

    The work describes the state of art of recombination methods developed for the dosimetry of mixed radiation fields. The existing theories of initial recombination of ions in gases is given. Recombination methods developed in IAE are reviewed in detail. The methods described here can be applied in mixed radiation fields of poorly known composition and practically unlimited energy range. Main dosimetric parameters such as absorbed dose, photon component to the absorbed dose, radiation quality factor, dose equivalent, ambient dose equivalent and some other quantities can be determined in single instrument. A novel method has been developed for determination of the energy loss distribution in the nanometric region. Experimental tests showed that the method is promising not only for radiation protection but also for radiobiological investigations. (author). 166 refs, 62 figs, 16 tabs.

  16. Ferromagnetic Antenna and its Application to Generation and Detection of Gravitational Radiation

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    De Aquino, F

    2002-01-01

    A new type of antenna, which we have called Ferromagnetic Antenna, has been considered for Generation and Detection of Gravitational Radiation. A simple experiment, in which gravitational radiation at 10 GHz can be emitted and received in laboratory, is presented.

  17. A new fault detection method for computer networks

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    Over the past few years, fault detection for computer networks has attracted extensive attentions for its importance in network management. Most existing fault detection methods are based on active probing techniques which can detect the occurrence of faults fast and precisely. But these methods suffer from the limitation of traffic overhead, especially in large scale networks. To relieve traffic overhead induced by active probing based methods, a new fault detection method, whose key is to divide the detection process into multiple stages, is proposed in this paper. During each stage, only a small region of the network is detected by using a small set of probes. Meanwhile, it also ensures that the entire network can be covered after multiple detection stages. This method can guarantee that the traffic used by probes during each detection stage is small sufficiently so that the network can operate without severe disturbance from probes. Several simulation results verify the effectiveness of the proposed method

  18. Synchrotron radiation. Basics, methods and applications

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    Mobilio, Settimio; Meneghini, Carlo [Roma Tre Univ. (Italy). Dept. of Science; Boscherini, Federico (ed.) [Bologna Univ. (Italy). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy

    2015-02-01

    Synchrotron radiation is today extensively used for fundamental and applied research in many different fields of science. Its exceptional characteristics in terms of intensity, brilliance, spectral range, time structure and now also coherence pushed many experimental techniques to previously un-reachable limits, enabling the performance of experiments unbelievable only few years ago. The book gives an up-to-date overview of synchrotron radiation research today with a view to the future, starting from its generation and sources, its interaction with matter, illustrating the main experimental technique employed and provides an overview of the main fields of research in which new and innovative results are obtained. The book is addressed to PhD students and young researchers to provide both an introductory and a rather deep knowledge of the field. It will also be helpful to experienced researcher who want to approach the field in a professional way.

  19. Synchrotron radiation. Basics, methods and applications

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    Synchrotron radiation is today extensively used for fundamental and applied research in many different fields of science. Its exceptional characteristics in terms of intensity, brilliance, spectral range, time structure and now also coherence pushed many experimental techniques to previously un-reachable limits, enabling the performance of experiments unbelievable only few years ago. The book gives an up-to-date overview of synchrotron radiation research today with a view to the future, starting from its generation and sources, its interaction with matter, illustrating the main experimental technique employed and provides an overview of the main fields of research in which new and innovative results are obtained. The book is addressed to PhD students and young researchers to provide both an introductory and a rather deep knowledge of the field. It will also be helpful to experienced researcher who want to approach the field in a professional way.

  20. Method and apparatus for sequentially combining pulsed beams of radiation

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    Method and apparatus are presented for combining a sequence of radiation pulses in plural beams to provide a common axis output beam of increased repetition rate. An optical correction system is employed to compensate for dynamic angular motion of the output radiation beam over the duration of each pulse. (Auth.)

  1. Radiation shielding phenolic fibers and method of producing same

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    A radiation shielding phenolic fiber is described comprising a filamentary phenolic polymer consisting predominantly of a sulfonic acid group-containing cured novolak resin and a metallic atom having a great radiation shielding capacity, the metallic atom being incorporated in the polymer by being chemically bound in the ionic state in the novolak resin. A method for the production of the fiber is discussed

  2. Flaw detection of surface cracks by radioisotope method

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    The radioisotope method is suggested to detect surface cracks in articles, it consists in coating the surface controlled by a penetrating liquid containing beryllium. Under ?-ray with the radioisoope 124Sb source surface cracks are detected by photoneutron recording. Detection of surface cracks in welds made of aUstenitic steel articles has been carried out. The method permits to detect defects during 12 min on 100 cm2 area. Prospects of method application in engineering industry are marked

  3. Application of the microbiological method DEFT/APC and DNA comet assay to detect ionizing radiation processing of minimally processed vegetables; Aplicacao do metodo microbiologico DEFT/APC e do teste do cometa na deteccao do tratamento com radiacao ionizante de hortalicas minimamente processadas

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    Araujo, Michel Mozeika

    2008-07-01

    Marketing of minimally processed vegetables (MPV) are gaining impetus due to its convenience, freshness and apparent healthy. However, minimal processing does not reduce pathogenic microorganisms to safe levels. Food irradiation is used to extend the shelf life and inactivation of food-borne pathogens, Its combination with minimal processing could improve the safety and quality of MPV. Two different food irradiation detection methods, a biological, the DEFT/APC, and another biochemical, the DNA Comet Assay were applied to MPV in order to test its applicability to detect irradiation treatment. DEFT/APC is a microbiological screening method based on the use of the direct epi fluorescent filter technique (DEFT) and the aerobic plate count (APC). DNA Comet Assay detects DNA damage due to ionizing radiation. Samples of lettuce, chard, watercress, dandelion, kale, chicory, spinach, cabbage from retail market were irradiated O.5 kGy and 1.0 kGy using a {sup 60} Co facility. Irradiation treatment guaranteed at least 2 log cycle reduction for aerobic and psychotropic microorganisms. In general, with increasing radiation doses, DEFT counts remained similar independent of irradiation processing while APC counts decreased gradually. The difference of the two counts gradually increased with dose increment in all samples. It could be suggested that a DEFT/APC difference over 2.0 log would be a criteria to judge if a MPV was treated by irradiation. DNA Comet Assay allowed distinguishing non-irradiated samples from irradiated ones, which showed different types of comets owing to DNA fragmentation. Both DEFT/APC method and DNA Comet Assay would be satisfactorily used as a screening method for indicating irradiation processing. (author)

  4. Detection of orphan radioactive sources during radiation monitoring

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    Many radioactive sources are reported as lost every year from different parts of the world due to lack of administrative control or due to theft. Massive search operations carried out led to the discovery of some, few caused radiological emergencies in public domain and many are yet to be traced. Prevention of these orphan sources from causing inadvertent exposure of public can be achieved by timely search and detection operation for these sources. Systems and methodologies for search of orphan sources are developed as a part of BARC Emergency Response Centre's activities and are tested in many aerial and field radiation monitoring exercises. In this paper, results of an estimation carried out to assist the search and locating of orphan sources is presented. Dose rates have been compared at various monitoring locations of three inadequately shielded sources (137Cs, 60Co, 192Ir) of strength 3.7 TBq (100 Ci) each left inside a room of 30cm thick concrete wall. (author)

  5. Computation of gamma radiation transport by the Monte Carlo method

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    The program is discussed for the simulation of gamma radiation transport in material. Examples of the application of the Monte Carlo method for solving shielding problems, the calculation of spectrum shapes and buildup factors are given. (author)

  6. A non-parametric method for correction of global radiation observations

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    Bacher, Peder; Madsen, Henrik

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a method for correction and alignment of global radiation observations based on information obtained from calculated global radiation, in the present study one-hour forecast of global radiation from a numerical weather prediction (NWP) model is used. Systematical errors detected in the observations are corrected. These are errors such as: tilt in the leveling of the sensor, shadowing from surrounding objects, clipping and saturation in the signal processing, and errors from dirt and wear. The method is based on a statistical non-parametric clear-sky model which is applied to both the observed and the calculated radiation in order to find systematic deviations between them. The method is applied to correct global radiation observations from a climate station located at a district heating plant in Denmark. The results are compared to observations recorded at the Danish Technical University. The method can be useful for optimized use of solar radiation observations for forecasting, monitoring, and modeling of energy production and load which are affected by solar radiation.

  7. The effects of x-ray beam hardening on detective quantum efficiency and radiation dose.

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    Wong, Molly Donovan; Wu, Xizeng; Liu, Hong

    2011-01-01

    The goal of this preliminary study was to investigate the effects of x-ray beam hardening on the detective quantum efficiency (DQE) and the radiation dose of an inline x-ray imaging system. The ability to decrease the risk of harmful radiation to the patient without compromising the detection capability would more effectively balance the tradeoff between image quality and radiation dose, and therefore benefit the fields of diagnostic x-ray imaging, especially mammography. The DQE and the average glandular dose were both calculated under the same experimental conditions for a range of beam hardening levels, corresponding to no added beam hardening and two thicknesses each of Rhodium (Rh) and Molybdenum (Mo) filters. The dose calculation results demonstrate a reduction of 15% to 24% for the range of beam hardening levels. The comparison of all quantities comprising the DQE exhibit very close correlation between the results obtained without added beam hardening to the results corresponding to the range of beam hardening levels. For the specific experimental conditions utilized in this preliminary study, the results are an indication that the use of beam hardening holds the potential to reduce the radiation dose without decreasing the performance of the system. Future studies will seek to apply this method in a clinical environment and perform a comprehensive image quality evaluation, in an effort to further evaluate the potential of beam hardening to balance the tradeoff between dose and image quality. PMID:25214383

  8. Calculation method of solar radiation incident upon slopes considering topography

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    When radiation in a basin is calculated, slope inclination, slope orientation and topography of surroundings have to be taken into account. The method of approximation to topography by triangles proposed by Miura et al. is employed to take slope characteristics and topography of surroundings into account. Authors prepared 360 directions' shades altitudes, i.e. every degree of angle, for each triangle in advance, and used these shades' altitudes to calculate both direct radiation on a slope diffuse radiation taking topography of surroundings into account. And authors show how to estimate hourly direct and diffuse solar radiation from hourly horizontal global radiation and synthesize hourly slope global radiation on slopes

  9. Modification of Gravitational Anomaly Method in Hawking Radiation

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    Morita, Takeshi

    2009-01-01

    We discuss an ambiguity of the derivation of the Hawking radiation through the gravitational anomaly method and propose modifications of this method such that it reproduces the correct thermal fluxes. In this modified gravitational anomaly method, we employ the two-dimensional conformal field theory technique.

  10. Modification of Gravitational Anomaly Method in Hawking Radiation

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    Morita, Takeshi

    2009-01-01

    We argue an ambiguity of the derivation of the Hawking radiation through the gravitational anomaly method and propose modifications of this method such that it reproduces the correct thermal fluxes. In this modified gravitational anomaly method, we employ the two dimensional conformal field theory technique.

  11. Development of medical application methods using radiation. Radionuclide therapy

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    Choi, Chang Woon; Lim, S. M.; Kim, E.H.; Woo, K. S.; Chung, W. S.; Lim, S. J.; Choi, T. H.; Hong, S. W.; Chung, H. Y.; No, W. C. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute. Korea Cancer Center Hospital, Seoul, (Korea, Republic of); Oh, B. H. [Seoul National University. Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Hong, H. J. [Antibody Engineering Research Unit, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1999-04-01

    In this project, we studied following subjects: 1. development of monoclonal antibodies and radiopharmaceuticals 2. clinical applications of radionuclide therapy 3. radioimmunoguided surgery 4. prevention of restenosis with intracoronary radiation. The results can be applied for the following objectives: (1) radionuclide therapy will be applied in clinical practice to treat the cancer patients or other diseases in multi-center trial. (2) The newly developed monoclonal antibodies and biomolecules can be used in biology, chemistry or other basic life science research. (3) The new methods for the analysis of therapeutic effects, such as dosimetry, and quantitative analysis methods of radioactivity, can be applied in basic research, such as radiation oncology and radiation biology.

  12. Development of medical application methods using radiation. Radionuclide therapy

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    In this project, we studied following subjects: 1. development of monoclonal antibodies and radiopharmaceuticals 2. clinical applications of radionuclide therapy 3. radioimmunoguided surgery 4. prevention of restenosis with intracoronary radiation. The results can be applied for the following objectives: 1) radionuclide therapy will be applied in clinical practice to treat the cancer patients or other diseases in multi-center trial. 2) The newly developed monoclonal antibodies and biomolecules can be used in biology, chemistry or other basic life science research. 3) The new methods for the analysis of therapeutic effects, such as dosimetry, and quantitative analysis methods of radioactivity, can be applied in basic research, such as radiation oncology and radiation biology

  13. Development of detection methods for irradiated foods

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    In 1999, we have been studied (1) on the detection of irradiated foods by ESR spectroscopy, by thermoluminescence, and by viscometry for physical measurements, (2) on the detection of hydrocarbons and 2-alkylcyclobutanones derived from fatty foods by GC/MS for chemical measurements, (3) on the screening and detection of irradiated foods by Comet assay and immunochemical (ELISA) technique for biological or biochemical measurements

  14. Development of detection methods for irradiated foods

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    Yang, Jae Seung; Nam, Hye Seon; Oh, Kyong Nam; Woo, Si Ho; Kim, Kyeung Eun; Yi, Sang Duk; Park, Jun Young; Kim, Kyong Su; Hwang, Keum Taek

    2000-04-01

    In 1999, we have been studied (1) on the detection of irradiated foods by ESR spectroscopy, by thermoluminescence, and by viscometry for physical measurements, (2) on the detection of hydrocarbons and 2-alkylcyclobutanones derived from fatty foods by GC/MS for chemical measurements, (3) on the screening and detection of irradiated foods by Comet assay and immunochemical (ELISA) technique for biological or biochemical measurements.

  15. Biochemical and Radiobiological Factors in the Early Detection of Radiation Injury in Mammals

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    In considering the body of radiobiological knowledge upon which the present possibilities for the development of an objective quantitative laboratory procedure for early detection of radiation injury depend, it is evident that there are at least three general categories of radiation effects which are relevant to this objective: (1) Products of the enzymatic-chemical breakdown of macromolecules, and lysis of killed or dying cells from radiosensitive tissues, for example deoxypolynucleotides from lymphoid tissues and bone marrow; (2) Radiation-induced inhibition of synthesis of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and/or other macromolecules, eliciting alterations in tissue and blood concentrations and pool size of metabolic intermediates in the synthesis, for example, deoxycytidine; (3) Radiation-induced alterations, suppression, or cessation of specialized cell function; of particular interest here is the immunological functions of lymphocytes, including those in the circulating blood. For rodents, the exquisite radiosensitivity of bone-marrow-stem cells as well as of lymphocytes has been precisely measured by modern cellular radiobiological techniques: the colony-forming technique of Till and McCulloch, yielding a D0 for bone-marrow cells of about 80 R; and the graft-versus-host reactivity of transplanted lymphocytes yielding a similar D0 value. In our own hands, a modified colony-formation technique for dog bone-marrow cells irradiated in.vitro and in vivo give D0 values of ?100 R. Thus, on the basis of radiation sensitivity and the time-relationships for interphase cell death for lymphocytes, it appears that this cell class is probably the best ''candidate'' source for an early radiation-injury detection system. However,- the important report by Zicha and Buric indicates that extrapolation of biochemical data on radiation dosimetry from rodents to man is not necessarily feasible, at least in the. case of the urinary excretion of deoxycytidine after irradiation, since human liver actively de-aminates deoxycytidine, in contrast to rat liver. Biochemical and immunological tests on peripheral blood lymphocytes removed within hours after radiation exposure may afford a sensitive approach to early detection of radiation injury. Thus, DNA synthesis as measured by the incorporation of tritiated thymidine into .the DNA fraction is drastically inhibited in irradiated rat lymphocytes incubated in vitro, in response to the addition of phytohaemagglutinin. Theoretically, the responses of these easily accessible cells to phytohaemagglutinin and to other selected antigens in vitro should be amenable to quantitation after radiation-dose levels which elicit only minimal lymphopenie effects. Further studies on the molecular basis of these radiation effects on lymphocytes, together with deeper insights into the mechanism by which ionizing radiations initiate the sequence of events leading to the breakdown of DNA and the release of histdnes from nucleoproteins of these cells, are required for the implementation of practical methods for biochemical detection of radiation injury in man. (author)

  16. Study of Silicon Pixel Sensors for Synchrotron Radiation Detection

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    Li, Zhen-Jie; Hu, Ling-Fei; Liu, Peng; Yin, Hua-Xiang

    2015-01-01

    Hybrid pixel single-photon-counting detectors have been successfully employed and widely used in Synchrotron radiation X-ray detection. In this paper, the silicon pixel sensors for single X-ray photon detection, which operate in full-depletion mode have been studied. The pixel sensors were fabricated on 4-inch, N type, 320{\\mu}m thick, high-resistivity silicon wafers. The pixel sensors has a p+-in-n structure with varies of pixel size and gap size including guard-ring structures. Later, the pixel sensor was wire bonded to the ASIC circuits and tested for the performance of X-ray response in the synchrotron beam line (BSRF, 1W2B). From the S-curve scan, we could get the energy resolution and the linear properties between input energy and the equivalent generator amplitude. The pixel sensors we fabricated have a good energy linear and high count rate depending on the ASIC readout circuit. We get the 20% energy resolution above 10 keV photon energy via wire bonding. The energy resolution would get better if we b...

  17. A comparison of moving object detection methods for real-time moving object detection

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    Roshan, Aditya; Zhang, Yun

    2014-06-01

    Moving object detection has a wide variety of applications from traffic monitoring, site monitoring, automatic theft identification, face detection to military surveillance. Many methods have been developed across the globe for moving object detection, but it is very difficult to find one which can work globally in all situations and with different types of videos. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate existing moving object detection methods which can be implemented in software on a desktop or laptop, for real time object detection. There are several moving object detection methods noted in the literature, but few of them are suitable for real time moving object detection. Most of the methods which provide for real time movement are further limited by the number of objects and the scene complexity. This paper evaluates the four most commonly used moving object detection methods as background subtraction technique, Gaussian mixture model, wavelet based and optical flow based methods. The work is based on evaluation of these four moving object detection methods using two (2) different sets of cameras and two (2) different scenes. The moving object detection methods have been implemented using MatLab and results are compared based on completeness of detected objects, noise, light change sensitivity, processing time etc. After comparison, it is observed that optical flow based method took least processing time and successfully detected boundary of moving objects which also implies that it can be implemented for real-time moving object detection.

  18. Review on Islanding Detection Methods for Photovoltaic Inverter

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    Liu Mochen

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Solar power generation, which is regarded as an ideal environment-friendly manner for power generation, is getting more and more attention. When photovoltaic inverter is connected to the grid?the island effect is a special problem to confront. This paper briefly analyzes the island effects and makes a summary of both domestic and external research progress concerning islanding detection methods; the islanding detection methods can be divided into two classes: one is grid-side detection; the other is local detection. The local detection is generally divided into passive methods and active methods. The theory of advantages and disadvantages of those methods are briefly introduced in this paper. At the end of the paper, to deal with the disadvantages of those methods that are mentioned, it proposes the research direction for deeper study of islanding detection methods.

  19. A regularized GMRES method for inverse blackbody radiation problem

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    Wu Jieer

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The inverse blackbody radiation problem is focused on determining temperature distribution of a blackbody from measured total radiated power spectrum. This problem consists of solving a first kind of Fredholm integral equation and many numerical methods have been proposed. In this paper, a regularized GMRES method is presented to solve the linear ill-posed problem caused by the discretization of such an integral equation. This method projects the orignal problem onto a lower dimensional subspaces by the Arnoldi process. Tikhonov regularization combined with GCV criterion is applied to stabilize the numerical iteration process. Three numerical examples indicate the effectiveness of the regularized GMRES method.

  20. Method and apparatus for detection of nuclear fuel rod failures

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    The invention described generally relates to nuclear fuel reactors, and more particularly relates to a method and apparatus, based upon vibration detection and analysis techniques, for detecting a failure or rupture of fuel elements or tubes containing nuclear fuel

  1. Method of radiation therapy treatment planning

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    A technique of radiation therapy treatment planning designed to allow the assignment of dosage limits directly to chosen points in the computer-displayed cross-section of the patient. These dosage limits are used as constraints in a linear programming attempt to solve for beam strengths, minimizing integral dosage. If a feasible plan exists, the optimized plan will be displayed for approval as an isodose pattern. If there is no feasible plan, the operator/therapist can designate some of the point dosage constraints as ''relaxed.'' Linear programming will then optimize for minimum deviation at the relaxed points. This process can be iterated and new points selected until an acceptable plan is realized. In this manner the plan is optimized for uniformity as well as overall low dosage. 6 claims, 6 drawing figures

  2. Jitter reduction technique for acoustic radiation force impulse microscopy via photoacoustic detection.

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    Kang, Bong Jin; Yoon, Changhan; Man Park, Jin; Hwang, Jae Youn; Shung, K Kirk

    2015-07-27

    We demonstrate a jitter noise reduction technique for acoustic radiation force impulse microscopy via photoacoustic detection (PA-ARFI), which promises to be capable of measuring cell mechanics. To reduce the jitter noise induced by Q-switched pulsed laser operated at high repetition frequency, photoacoustic signals from the surface of an ultrasound transducer are aligned by cross-correlation and peak-to-peak detection, respectively. Each method is then employed to measure the displacements of a target sample in an agar phantom and a breast cancer cell due to ARFI application, followed by the quantitative comparison between their performances. The suggested methods for PA-ARFI significantly reduce jitter noises, thus allowing us to measure displacements of a target cell due to ARFI application by less than 3 ?m. PMID:26367579

  3. Observation of the n(3He,t)p Reaction by Detection of Far-Ultraviolet Radiation

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    Thompson, Alan K.; Coplan, Michael A.; Cooper, John W.; Hughes, Patrick; Vest, Robert E.; Clark, Charles W.

    2008-01-01

    We have detected Lyman alpha radiation as a product of the n(3He,t)p nuclear reaction occurring in a cell of 3He gas. The predominant source of this radiation appears to be decay of the 2p state of tritium produced by charge transfer and excitation collisions with the background 3He gas. Under the experimental conditions reported here we find yields of tens of Lyman alpha photons for every neutron reaction. These results suggest a method of cold neutron detection that is com...

  4. A Method for Lung Boundary Detection

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    Samir Kumar Bandyopadhyay

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available In computerized analysis of chest radiographs is the detection of the lung field boundaries. Once the boundaries of the lung fields are identified, physiological measurements of the lung features are possible. The properties of the boundary are determined by edge detection along with suitable filter algorithms. The aim of proposed work is to develop an experimental system which segmented and analysis of the lung boundaries in chest X-ray images. This paper presents boundary detection of lung using algorithms and results obtained quite satisfactory. This is tried to make a sharp distinction between the lung region and the exterior of the lung.

  5. Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Neutrino Radiation Transport

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    Endeve, Eirik; Hauck, Cory; Xing, Yulong; Mezzacappa, Anthony

    2015-04-01

    We are developing new computational methods for simulation of neutrino transport in core-collapse supernovae, which is challenging since neutrinos evolve from being diffusive in the proto-neutron star to nearly free streaming in the critical neutrino heating region. To this end, we consider conservative formulations of the Boltzmann equation, and aim to develop robust, high-order accurate methods. Runge-Kutta discontinuous Galerkin (DG) methods, offer several attractive properties, including (i) high-order accuracy on a compact stencil and (ii) correct asymptotic behavior in the diffusion limit. We have recently developed a new DG method for the advection part for the transport solve, which is high-order accurate and strictly preserves the physical bounds of the distribution function; i.e., f ? [ 0 , 1 ] . We summarize the main ingredients of our bound-preserving DG method and discuss ongoing work to include neutrino-matter interactions in the scheme. Research sponsored in part by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, managed by UT-Battelle, LLC for the U. S. Department of Energy

  6. Radiation monitoring with NORM detection of vehicles at borders at stand-still

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    In this report the results of works performed under the Research Contract 12607/R0 are presented. All accomplished works can be divided into three parts: In the first part, the method is described used for radiation control of vehicles crossing customs and border check-points. At detection of the radioactivity in a vehicle, it is detained and the NORM materials and other radioactive materials are identified. The radiation monitor model was developed with realisation of the described vehicle control concept in it. This model was tested on-site on real vehicles crossing the customs check-point of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In the second part, based on the activities conducted in the first part, it was demonstrated that this method can be realised in practice for the purpose of its application at customs and border check-points for detection of nuclear and fissile materials with identification of radioactive isotopes in NORM-materials and other radioactive materials, as well as for decision making upon further possible transportation of such cargo. These results, showed in this report, were analysed and demonstrated that the 100x50 mm NaI(Tl)-crystal based scintillation detector is applicable, so that the identification capabilities become better when such detector is placed at 50 cm distance and closer to the vehicle. Other single crystal can be also used; however, one should take into account its geometry depending on the sizes of the crystal. In the third part, new sophisticated methods for radioactive materials detection were described, and the possibility for creation of radiation monitoring instrumentation based on the described above concept was demonstrated. (author)

  7. Leak detection method and method of manufacturing system to be detected

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    In a leak detection method, a pH value of water or steams leaked from a system in which a storage vessel for containing water or steams is surrounded by concretes is measured and detected. Further, the surface of the system which has a possibility of causing dew condensation is applied with coating to suppress the contact between condensed water with the concretes. Alternatively, an air layer is formed, the humidity of which is controlled not higher than that of ambient air when the temperature of the air layer is made equal with that of the surface of the system to suppress or prevent occurrence of condensated water on the surface. (N.H.)

  8. The All Terrain Bio nano Gear for Space Radiation Detection System

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    This paper discusses about the relevance of detecting space radiations which are very harmful and pose numerous health issues for astronauts. There are many ways to detect radiations, but we present a non-invasive way of detecting them in real-time while an astronaut is in the mission. All Terrain Bio-nano (ATB) gear system is one such concept where we propose to detect various levels of space radiations depending on their intensity and warn the astronaut of probable biological damage. A basic framework for radiation detection system which utilizes bio-nano machines is discussed. This radiation detection system is termed as 'radiation-responsive molecular assembly' (RMA) for the detection of space radiations. Our objective is to create a device which could detect space radiations by creating an environment equivalent to human cells within its structure and bio-chemically sensing the effects induced therein. For creating such an environment and further bio-chemically sensing space radiations bio-nano systems could be potentially used. These bio-nano systems could interact with radiations and signal based on the intensity of the radiations their relative biological effectiveness. Based on the energy and kind of radiation encountered, a matrix of signals has to be created which corresponds to a particular biological effect. The key advantage of such a design is its ability to interact with the radiation at e molecular scale; characterize its intensity based on energy deposition and relate it to the relative biological effectiveness based on the correspondence established through molecular structures and bond strengths of the bio-nano system

  9. Solar Radiation Management and Olivine Dissolution Methods in Climate Engineering

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    Kone, S.

    2014-12-01

    An overview of solar radiation management and olivine dissolution methods allows to discuss, comparatively, the benefits and consequences of these two geoengineering techniques. The combination of those two techniques allows to concomitantly act on the two main agents intervening in global warming: solar radiation and carbon dioxide. The earth surface temperature increases due mainly to carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) that keeps the solar radiation and causes the global warming. Two complementary methods to mitigate climate change are overviewed: SRM method, which uses injected aerosols, aims to reduce the amount of the inbound solar radiation in atmosphere; and olivine dissolution in water, a key chemical reaction envisaged in climate engineering , aiming to reduce the amount of the carbon dioxide in extracting it from atmosphere. The SRM method works on scenarios of solar radiation decrease and the olivine dissolution method works as a carbon dioxide sequestration method. Olivine dissolution in water impacts negatively on the pH of rivers but positively in counteracting ocean acidification and in transporting the silica in ocean, which has benefits for diatom shell formation.

  10. Nuisance Source Population Modeling for Radiation Detection System Analysis

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    Sokkappa, P; Lange, D; Nelson, K; Wheeler, R

    2009-10-05

    A major challenge facing the prospective deployment of radiation detection systems for homeland security applications is the discrimination of radiological or nuclear 'threat sources' from radioactive, but benign, 'nuisance sources'. Common examples of such nuisance sources include naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM), medical patients who have received radioactive drugs for either diagnostics or treatment, and industrial sources. A sensitive detector that cannot distinguish between 'threat' and 'benign' classes will generate false positives which, if sufficiently frequent, will preclude it from being operationally deployed. In this report, we describe a first-principles physics-based modeling approach that is used to approximate the physical properties and corresponding gamma ray spectral signatures of real nuisance sources. Specific models are proposed for the three nuisance source classes - NORM, medical and industrial. The models can be validated against measured data - that is, energy spectra generated with the model can be compared to actual nuisance source data. We show by example how this is done for NORM and medical sources, using data sets obtained from spectroscopic detector deployments for cargo container screening and urban area traffic screening, respectively. In addition to capturing the range of radioactive signatures of individual nuisance sources, a nuisance source population model must generate sources with a frequency of occurrence consistent with that found in actual movement of goods and people. Measured radiation detection data can indicate these frequencies, but, at present, such data are available only for a very limited set of locations and time periods. In this report, we make more general estimates of frequencies for NORM and medical sources using a range of data sources such as shipping manifests and medical treatment statistics. We also identify potential data sources for industrial source frequencies, but leave the task of estimating these frequencies for future work. Modeling of nuisance source populations is only useful if it helps in understanding detector system performance in real operational environments. Examples of previous studies in which nuisance source models played a key role are briefly discussed. These include screening of in-bound urban traffic and monitoring of shipping containers in transit to U.S. ports.

  11. Edge detection of binary images using the method of masks

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    Bahaa-Eldeen, Ayman M; Wahdan, Abdel-Moneim A.; Mahdi, Hani M. K.

    2014-01-01

    In this work the method of masks, creating and using of inverted image masks, together with binary operation of image data are used in edge detection of binary images, monochrome images, which yields about 300 times faster than ordinary methods. The method is divided into three stages: Mask construction, Fundamental edge detection, and Edge Construction Comparison with an ordinary method and a fuzzy based method is carried out.

  12. A gas chromatographic procedure to detect the radiation processing of chicken meat

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    A simple gas chromatographic procedure to detect the radiaton processing of chicken is presented. The method is based on the preferential formation of Cn-1 and Cn-2 alkanes and alkenes (n being the carbon number of the parent fatty acid), originating from cleavage of the lipids near the ester bond by the radiation treatment. Sample preparation was performed according to common pesticide analysis by fat extraction and separation of the hydrocarbons using florisil chromatography. Separated hydrocarbons are analysed by gas chromatography using a flame ionisation detector, and positive results are confirmed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. (orig.)

  13. Optimization of radiation monitoring methods of environment

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    Full text : Report is devoted to the substantiation of the ways to optimize methods of providing radioecological monitoring (RM) in Ukraine. For this purpose the design features of RM at different levels, the analysis of modern requirements for the RM, the methods for RM ensuring were considered in the dissertation, the use for instrumentation supply of laboratories of new simplified methods, that were developed in this paper, was proposed. This work proposed to strengthen radiobiological component of monitoring, the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed methods were analyzed. The research of the spatial and vertical distribution of radionuclides in soils of the most polluted part of the Chernobyl zone was conducted using the proposed methods. For the first time the parameters of vertical migration of the isotopes 154Eu, 238-240Pu and 241Am in soil profiles of Ch NPP close zone were calculated. The parameters of vertical migration of 90Sr, 137Cs were refined. The calculations of effective environmental and semi-refined periods of above mentioned isotopes for different soil types were conducted, the estimation of dose rates to biota was done, and radioecological characterization of the test sites of the cooling pond was conducted. The features of radioecology of birds, rodents and shrews, bats and amphibians were studied. The dose rates for these species were assessed and their compliance with 103 ICRP Guiding. The species differences in the pollution of wild rodents, insectivores, passerine birds, amphibians and bats on a large amount of factual material were estimated. The investigation of the radioecological contamination of the features of the urbanized landscape was conducted on the example of Pripyat silty. The practical significance of the work is that the developed methods of non radiochemical determination of radiostrontium activity, alpha emitting isotopes of plutonium, which can significantly hasten and facilitate the evaluation of the corresponding concentration radionuclides in the environment, and significantly reduce economic costs. The method of intra vital measurement of 90Sr in small animals opens up fundamentally new opportunities for researchers in radioecology and radiobiology

  14. An improved method for object detection in astronomical images

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    Zheng, Caixia; Pulido, Jesus; Thorman, Paul; Hamann, Bernd

    2015-08-01

    This paper introduces an improved method for detecting objects of interest (galaxies and stars) in astronomical images. After applying a global detection scheme, further refinement is applied by dividing the entire image into several irregularly sized sub-regions using the watershed segmentation method. A more refined detection procedure is performed in each sub-region by applying adaptive noise reduction and a layered strategy to detect bright objects and faint objects, respectively. Finally, a multi-threshold technique is used to separate blended objects. On simulated data, this method can detect more real objects than SEXTRACTOR at comparable object counts (91 per cent versus 83 per cent true detections) and has an increased chance of successfully detecting very faint objects, up to 2 mag fainter than SEXTRACTOR on similar data. Our method has also been applied to real observational image data sets to verify its effectiveness.

  15. Curve fitting methods for solar radiation data modeling

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    Karim, Samsul Ariffin Abdul, E-mail: samsul-ariffin@petronas.com.my, E-mail: balbir@petronas.com.my; Singh, Balbir Singh Mahinder, E-mail: samsul-ariffin@petronas.com.my, E-mail: balbir@petronas.com.my [Department of Fundamental and Applied Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and Information Technology, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Bandar Seri Iskandar, 31750 Tronoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan (Malaysia)

    2014-10-24

    This paper studies the use of several type of curve fitting method to smooth the global solar radiation data. After the data have been fitted by using curve fitting method, the mathematical model of global solar radiation will be developed. The error measurement was calculated by using goodness-fit statistics such as root mean square error (RMSE) and the value of R{sup 2}. The best fitting methods will be used as a starting point for the construction of mathematical modeling of solar radiation received in Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) Malaysia. Numerical results indicated that Gaussian fitting and sine fitting (both with two terms) gives better results as compare with the other fitting methods.

  16. Curve fitting methods for solar radiation data modeling

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    Karim, Samsul Ariffin Abdul; Singh, Balbir Singh Mahinder

    2014-10-01

    This paper studies the use of several type of curve fitting method to smooth the global solar radiation data. After the data have been fitted by using curve fitting method, the mathematical model of global solar radiation will be developed. The error measurement was calculated by using goodness-fit statistics such as root mean square error (RMSE) and the value of R2. The best fitting methods will be used as a starting point for the construction of mathematical modeling of solar radiation received in Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) Malaysia. Numerical results indicated that Gaussian fitting and sine fitting (both with two terms) gives better results as compare with the other fitting methods.

  17. Curve fitting methods for solar radiation data modeling

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    This paper studies the use of several type of curve fitting method to smooth the global solar radiation data. After the data have been fitted by using curve fitting method, the mathematical model of global solar radiation will be developed. The error measurement was calculated by using goodness-fit statistics such as root mean square error (RMSE) and the value of R2. The best fitting methods will be used as a starting point for the construction of mathematical modeling of solar radiation received in Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) Malaysia. Numerical results indicated that Gaussian fitting and sine fitting (both with two terms) gives better results as compare with the other fitting methods

  18. Identification of irradiated foods. I. Detection methods based on physical changes induced by irradiation in the food samples

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    Food processing by ionizing radiation is an emerging technology capable to extend the shelf-life of foods, to reduce their loses and to improve their hygienic quality. Because the process of food irradiation produces practically no change in appearance, shape, or texture of products, it is controlled mainly by administrative means. Therefore, there is a great interest in supplementing administrative control by developing detection methods for irradiated foods. In recent years, a number of analytical methods for detecting the radiation treatment of foods was developed. All foods can not be identified by a given method, but rather depending on the specific type of food, several methods are applicable. Depending on the detection parameter nature, the methods used may be based on physical, chemical and biological measurements. Physical methods - based on physical changes induced by radiation in food: viscosimetry, dielectric method, ESR spectroscopy, luminescence techniques. Chemical methods - based on chemical changes induced by irradiation in the main food components (proteins, lipids, nucleic acids): gas chromatography - mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography - gas chromatography, electrochemical sensor technique, high performance liquid chromatography, immunochemical detection method, and electrophoretic techniques. Biological methods - based on biological changes in radiation - processed food: microbiological tests (aerobic plate count, direct epi-fluorescence filter technique, Limulus Amoebocyte Lysate test-Gram negative bacterial count) and germination study. In this paper it is not possible to cover all the detection method, so only those which have been most developed will be discussed in detail. (authors)

  19. Development of thin dosemeters of CaSO4: Dy for beta radiation detection

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    Thin pellets of CaSO: Dy (0,20mm) were produced and tested in beta radiation fields. The Thermolumiscent (TL) characteristics studied were sensitivity, reproducibility, lower detection limit, linearity of TL response with absorved dose energy dependence. The results show the usefulness of this thin pellets in beta radiation detection. (Author)

  20. Approximate design calculation methods for radiation streaming in shield irregularities

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    Miura, Toshimasa; Hirao, Yoshihiro [Ship Research Inst., Mitaka, Tokyo (Japan); Yoritsune, Tsutomu

    1997-10-01

    Investigation and assessment are made for approximate design calculation methods of radiation streaming in shield irregularities. Investigation is made for (1) source, (2) definition of streaming radiation components, (3) calculation methods of streaming radiation, (4) streaming formulas for each irregularity, (5) difficulties in application of streaming formulas, etc. Furthermore, investigation is made for simple calculation codes and albedo data. As a result, it is clarified that streaming calculation formulas are not enough to cover various irregularities and their accuracy or application limit is not sufficiently clear. Accurate treatment is not made in the formulas with respect to the radiation behavior for slant incidence, bend part, offset etc., that results in too much safety factors in the design calculation and distrust of the streaming calculation. To overcome the state and improve the accuracy of the design calculation for shield irregularities, it is emphasized to assess existing formulas and develop better formulas based on systematic experimental studies. (author)

  1. ESR based detection method for irradiated dry fish, tomato soup powder and sweet-meats

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    Full text: Radiation Processing is increasingly being accepted as one of the most effective and economic method to treat agricultural and horticultural commodities for hygienization and disinfestation purposes and also in overcoming strict quarantine barriers in international trade. At present there is a growing concern about the presence of insecticides and pesticides and their residues in various foods, we consume. In view of this, irradiation, being a physical and cold process, emerges as the best bet towards having an uninterrupted supply of safe and quality food. The process has been endorsed as safe by several international and national bodies. A suitable detection method is however required to meet the basic requirements of consumers and law enforcement authorities, regulating the trade. Dried, sliced Pollack and File fishes were subjected to radiation dose of 4 kGy for elimination of coliforms and for improvement in quality standards during storage. Bones separated served as sample source for ESR based detection method of the radiation treatment. Bones with hard crystalline matrix served as trap for free radicals and facilitated evolution of an ESR based detection method. It showed a linear dose response curve at ?=2.0037, whereas, those from non-irradiated fish fillets failed to show any ESR signal. Re-irradiation helped in calculation of dose delivered to dried fishes. Sachets -containing tomato soup ingredients, including sugars exposed to 0.25 to 2 kGy gamma radiation doses for hygienization and quarantine purposes were used in the experiments. In-pack sugar crystals served as free radicals trap for ESR based detection method for radiation hygienized tomato soup powder. Similarly, it was observed that radiation hygienization of sugar bearing sweet-meats, like Peda (an evaporated milk preparation), Petha (a sugar syrup soaked vegetable preparation) and dry fruits like raisins could be detected using ESR. Suitable methodology was developed to detect radiation specific signals in minute amount of samples Thus, free radicals generated in fish bones and in sugar crystals of soups and sweet-meats were found to be specific to radiation dose and were fairly stable for analytical applications

  2. Development of Remote Control Laboratory for Radiation Detection via Internet

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    The role of experiments in science education is essential for understanding the natural phenomena and principle related to a subject. Therefore, the remote control experiment via Internet is one of key solution for distance learners in science education. The remote experiments are also necessary for the time-consuming experiment which takes several days, collaborative experiment between distance learners, expensive laboratory equipment which is not usually available to students, experimental procedure which is dangerous, etc. In this study, we have developed a general method for a remote control laboratory system using internet and interface techniques. It is possible for students to learn the nuclear physics to control the real instruments and conduct physics experimentation with internet techniques. We proposed the remote control radiation measurement system as a sample application. This system could be useful for the monitoring near a nuclear power plants in order to improve the environment data credibility to the public

  3. Standardized Radiation Shield Design Methods: 2005 HZETRN

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    Wilson, John W.; Tripathi, Ram K.; Badavi, Francis F.; Cucinotta, Francis A.

    2006-01-01

    Research committed by the Langley Research Center through 1995 resulting in the HZETRN code provides the current basis for shield design methods according to NASA STD-3000 (2005). With this new prominence, the database, basic numerical procedures, and algorithms are being re-examined with new methods of verification and validation being implemented to capture a well defined algorithm for engineering design processes to be used in this early development phase of the Bush initiative. This process provides the methodology to transform the 1995 HZETRN research code into the 2005 HZETRN engineering code to be available for these early design processes. In this paper, we will review the basic derivations including new corrections to the codes to insure improved numerical stability and provide benchmarks for code verification.

  4. Abnormality degree detection method using negative potential field group detectors

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    Zhang, Hongli; Liu, Shulin; Li, Dong; Shi, Kunju; Wang, Bo; Cui, Jiqiang

    2015-09-01

    Online monitoring methods have been widely used in many major devices, however the normal and abnormal states of equipment are estimated mainly based on the monitoring results whether monitored parameters exceed the setting thresholds. Using these monitoring methods may cause serious false positive or false negative results. In order to precisely monitor the state of equipment, the problem of abnormality degree detection without fault sample is studied with a new detection method called negative potential field group detectors(NPFG-detectors). This method achieves the quantitative expression of abnormality degree and provides the better detection results compared with other methods. In the process of Iris data set simulation, the new algorithm obtains the successful results in abnormal detection. The detection rates for 3 types of Iris data set respectively reach 100%, 91.6%, and 95.24% with 50% training samples. The problem of Bearing abnormality degree detection via an abnormality degree curve is successfully solved.

  5. Development and Establishment of Detection Method of Irradiated Foods

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    The present project was related to the development and establishment of the detection techniques for the safety management of gamma-irradiated food and particularly conducted for the establishment of standard detection method for gamma-irradiated dried spices and raw materials, dried meat and fish powder for processed foods, bean paste powder, red pepper paste powder, soy sauce powder, and starch for flavoring ingredients described in 3, 6, 7 section of Korean Food Standard. Since the approvement of gamma-irradiated food items will be enlarged due to the international tendency for gamma-irradiated food, it was concluded that the establishment of detailed detection methods for each food group is not efficient for the enactment and enforcement of related regulations. For this reason, in order to establish the standard detection method, a detection system for gamma-irradiated food suitable for domestic operation was studied using comparative analysis of domestic and foreign research data classified by items and methods and European Standard as a reference. According to the comparative analyses of domestic and foreign research data and regulations of detection for gamma-irradiated food, it was concluded to be desirable that the optimal detection method should be decided after principal detection tests such as physical, chemical, and biological detection methods are established as standard methods and that the specific descriptions such as pre-treatment of raw materials, test methods, and the evaluation of results should be separately prescribed

  6. Method to detect steam generator tube leakage

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    It is important for plant operation to detect minor leakages from the steam generator tube at an early stage, thus, leakage detection has been performed using a condenser air ejector gas monitor and a steam generator blow down monitor, etc. In this study highly-sensitive main steam line monitors have been developed in order to identify leakages in the steam generator more quickly and accurately. The performance of the monitors was verified and the demonstration test at the actual plant was conducted for their intended application to the plants. (author)

  7. Lanthanum halide nanoparticle scintillators for nuclear radiation detection

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    Guss, Paul; Guise, Ronald [Remote Sensing Laboratory, P.O. Box 98521, M/S RSL-48, Las Vegas, Nevada 89193 (United States); Yuan Ding [National Security Technologies, LLC, Los Alamos Operations, P.O. Box 809, M/S LAO/C320, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544 (United States); Mukhopadhyay, Sanjoy [Remote Sensing Laboratory-Andrews, Building 1783, Arnold Avenue Andrews AFB, Maryland 20762 (United States); O' Brien, Robert; Lowe, Daniel [University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154 (United States); Kang Zhitao; Menkara, Hisham [Georgia Tech Research Institute, 925 Dalney St., Atlanta, Georgia 30332 (United States); Nagarkar, Vivek V. [RMD, Inc., 44 Hunt Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472 (United States)

    2013-02-14

    Nanoparticles with sizes <10 nm were fabricated and characterized for their nanocomposite radiation detector properties. This work investigated the properties of several nanostructured radiation scintillators, in order to determine the viability of using scintillators employing nanostructured lanthanum trifluoride. Preliminary results of this investigation are consistent with the idea that these materials have an intrinsic response to nuclear radiation that may be correlated to the energy of the incident radiation.

  8. X-spectrographic method for plutonium detection. Application to contamination measurements in humans

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    After reviewing the radio-toxicology of plutonium 239 and conventional detection methods using its ?-radiation, the author considers the measurement of the X emission spectrum of plutonium 239 using a proportional counter filled with argon under pressure. This preliminary work leads to the third part of this research involving the detailed study of the possibilities of applying thin alkali halide crystal scintillators to the detection of soft plutonium X-rays; there follows a systematic study of all the parameters liable to render the detection as sensitive as possible: movement due to the photomultiplier itself and its accessory electronic equipment, nature and size of the crystal scintillator as well as its mode of preparation, shielding against external parasitic radiation. Examples of some applications to the measurement of contamination in humans give an idea of the sensitivity of this method. (author)

  9. Tailoring Adjuvant Radiation Therapy by Intraoperative Imaging to Detect Residual Cancer.

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    Whitley, Melodi J; Weissleder, Ralph; Kirsch, David G

    2015-10-01

    For many solid cancers, radiation therapy is offered as an adjuvant to surgical resection to lower rates of local recurrence and improve survival. However, a subset of patients treated with surgery alone will not have a local recurrence. Currently, there is no way to accurately determine which patients have microscopic residual disease in the tumor bed after surgery and therefore are most likely to benefit from adjuvant radiation therapy. To address this problem, a number of technologies have been developed to try to improve margin assessment of resected tissue and to detect residual cancer in the tumor bed. Moreover, some of these approaches have been translated from the preclinical arena into clinical trials. Here, we review different types of intraoperative molecular imaging systems for cancer. Optical imaging techniques like epi-illumination, fluorescence molecular tomography and optoacoustic imaging can be coupled with exogenous fluorescent imaging probes that accumulate in tumors passively via the enhanced permeability and retention effect or are targeted to tumor tissues based on affinity or enzyme activity. In these approaches, detection of fluorescence in the tumor bed may indicate residual disease. Protease activated probes have generated great interest because of their potential for leading to high tumor to normal contrast. Recently, the first Phase I clinical trial to assess the safety and activation of a protease activated probe was conducted. Spectroscopic methods like radiofrequency spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy, which are based on energy absorption and scattering, respectively, have also been tested in humans and are able to distinguish between normal and tumors tissues intraoperatively. Most recently, multimodal contrast agents have been developed that target tumors and contain both fluorescent dyes and magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents, allowing for preoperative planning and intraoperative margin assessment with a single contrast agent. Further clinical testing of these various intraoperative imaging approaches may lead to more accurate methods for margin assessment and the intraoperative detection of microscopic residual disease, which could guide further resection and the use of adjuvant radiation therapy. PMID:26384279

  10. Method of Detecting Coliform Bacteria from Reflected Light

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    Vincent, Robert K. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    The present invention relates to a method of detecting coliform bacteria in water from reflected light, and also includes devices for the measurement, calculation and transmission of data relating to that method.

  11. A diffractometer method of detection of rheumatoid factor

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    Dudnikov, A.

    2003-10-01

    An optical method of detection of rheumatoid factor in blood serum is demonstrated. The method employs the diffraction of light from a grating on a polystyrene plate formed as a result of biochemical reaction between rheumatoid factor and stained antibodies.

  12. Methods for calculating radiation attenuation in shields

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    In recent years the development of high-speed digital computers of large capacity has revolutionized the field of reactor shield design. For compact special-purpose reactor shields, Monte-Carlo codes in two- and three dimensional geometries are now available for the proper treatment of both the neutron and gamma- ray problems. Furthermore, techniques are being developed for the theoretical optimization of minimum-weight shield configurations for this type of reactor system. In the design of land-based power reactors, on the other hand, there is a strong incentive to reduce the capital cost of the plant, and economic considerations are also relevant to reactors designed for merchant ship propulsion. In this context simple methods are needed which are economic in their data input and computing time requirements and which, at the same time, are sufficiently accurate for design work. In general the computing time required for Monte-Carlo calculations in complex geometry is excessive for routine design calculations and the capacity of the present codes is inadequate for the proper treatment of large reactor shield systems in three dimensions. In these circumstances a wide range of simpler techniques are currently being employed for design calculations. The methods of calculation for neutrons in reactor shields fall naturally into four categories: Multigroup diffusion theory; Multigroup diffusion with removal sources; Transport codes; and Monte Carlo methods. In spite of the numerous Monte- Carlo techniques which are available for penetration and back scattering, serious problems are still encountered in practice with the scattering of gamma rays from walls of buildings which contain critical facilities and also concrete-lined discharge shafts containing irradiated fuel elements. The considerable volume of data in the unclassified literature on the solution of problems of this type in civil defence work appears not to have been evaluated for reactor shield design. In general there are three types of duct geometry to be considered in reactor design: single ducts penetrating through a bulk shield; multiple duct systems; and large gas-filled voids. The streaming of neutrons and gamma rays in systems of this type can only be properly tackled by the two- and three-dimensional Monte-Carlo codes discussed above for neutrons, most of which can also handle gamma-ray problems

  13. QT interval detection and verification methods.

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    Jurák, Pavel; Halámek, Josef; Somers, V. K.; Eisenberger, M.; Frá?a, P.; Nykodým, J.; Leinveber, P.; Kára, T.

    Athens : National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 2004, s. 443-447. ISBN 960-254-643-3. [IMEKO TC-04: /13./ Measurements for Research, and Industry Applications. Athens (GR), 29.09.2004-01.10.2004] R&D Projects: GA ?R GA102/02/1339 Keywords : QT interval detection * ECG data Subject RIV: FA - Cardiovascular Diseases incl. Cardiotharic Surgery

  14. Calibration method of radiation monitoring system at TQNPC

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    The calibration methods and calibration device for standard monitor of radioactive particulate, iodine, noble gas and so on are not yet set up at home. On consideration of the present situation of the radiation monitoring system at the Third Qinshan Nuclear Power Co. Ltd., we have studied the calibration method of these radiation monitoring instruments used for measuring the waste liquid, particulate, iodine and noble gas produced during the operation of nuclear reactor. Through the check against these instruments during the No. 202 and No. 103 overhaul, we got initially the method of the calibration and obtained the transfer coefficient of calibration when secondary solid sources are used for calibration. Through the testing and calibration, the credibility of the radiation monitoring system is enhanced. And at the same time, the problems existing in the calibration are discussed. (authors)

  15. Handbook of engineering control methods for occupational radiation protection

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    Sources of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation are widely used in industrial, medical, military, and other applications. In the workplace, the task of assuring the safety of workers exposed to radiation sources is generally assigned to the safety professional, industrial hygienist, or an engineer in some other discipline. Rarely do employers outside the nuclear industry have the luxury of a staff health physicist in the workplace. Consultants may be called in to provide initial assessments of the hazards and to assist with complex problems, but the day-to-day problem solving is usually a function of the safety professional or other professional with the responsibility for safety. The primary purpose of this book is to provide a practical reference for safety professionals that addresses the application of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation protection standards and the quantitative methods for evaluating and designing engineering controls to meet those standards. Although the emphasis of this book is on control methods, it is necessary to understand the physical nature of the radiation exposure, its units of measure, and its biological effects in order to apply the appropriate control methods. Consequently, a brief treatment of these topics precedes the discussion of control methods for each type of radiation exposure

  16. Radiative return method as a tool in hadronic physics

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    Czyz, H.; Grzelinska, A.; Nowak-Kubat, E.

    2005-01-01

    A short review of both theoretical and experimental aspects of the radiative return method is presented. It is emphasised that the method gives not only possibility of the independent from the scan method measurement of the hadronic cross section, but also can provide information concerning details of the hadronic interactions. New developments in the PHOKHARA event generator are also reviewed. The 3 pion and kaon pair production is implemented within the version 5.0 of the ...

  17. PRECISE, AUTOMATIC AND FAST METHOD FOR VANISHING POINT DETECTION

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    Kalantari, Mahzad; Jung, Franck; Guédon, Jeanpierre

    2009-01-01

    A new approach for vanishing point detection is described. This method is based on the theorem of Thales. The main contribution of this paper is the automatic and simultaneous detection of all vanishing points of the image that consists in detecting circles in a complex cloud of points. This extraction is performed without any prior knowledge of the internal calibration. An analysis of the error propagation is done in order to give quantitative elements on the precision of the detected vanish...

  18. Development of disease prevention method using radiation irradiated pathogenic microorganisms, cells and animals

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    Enhancement of the abilities of specific and non-specific disease prevention through the regulation of cytokine production has been paid attention in clinical and veterinary fields. Bovine monocytes isolated from the peripheral blood were exposed to X-ray at 0.1-10 Gy and cultured in the conditions with and without LPS stimulation to investigate the radiation effects at a low level on the expression of cytokine mRNA. The expressions of IL-1 and TNF? were significantly increased in the bovine peripheral monocytes by the exposure to X-ray. If it become possible to control the induction of IL-1 and TNF? by low level X-ray, the radiation would be used as a new biophylaxis method. Then, an investigation was made on the radiation effects on pathogenic plasmid such as capsule plasmid of Bacillus anthracis. A system able to detect a one-base change in base sequence was designed using capE gene, which has been known to mediate the positive regulation of capsule expression. Not only phenotypic changes but also little changes in the phenotype caused by gene mutation became detectable. Thus, it became possible by this detection method to make analysis of radiation induced gene mutation in a plasmid and its frequency. (M.N.)

  19. High Density Nano-Electrode Array for Radiation Detection

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    Mano Misra

    2010-05-07

    Bulk single crystals of Cd1-xZnxTe (x=0.04 to x=0.2) compound semiconductor is used for room temperature radiation detection. The production of large volume of Cd1-xZnxTe with low defect density is expensive. As a result there is a growing research interest in the production of nanostructured compound semiconductors such as Cd1-xZnxTe in an electrochemical route. In this investigation, Cd1-xZnxTe ternary compound semiconductor, referred as CZT, was electrodeposited in the form of nanowires onto a TiO2 nanotubular template from propylene carbonate as the non-aqueous electrolyte, using a pulse-reverse electrodeposition process at 130 ºC. The template acted as a support in growing ordered nanowire of CZT which acts as a one dimensional conductor. Cyclic Voltammogram (CV) studies were conducted in determining the potentials for the growth of nanowires of uniform stoichiometry. The morphologies and composition of CZT were characterized by using SEM, TEM and XRD. The STEM mapping carried out on the nanowires showed the uniform distribution of Cd, Zn and Te elements. TEM image showed that the nanowires were polycrystalline in nature. The Mott-Schottky analysis carried on the nanowires showed that the nanowires were a p-type semiconductor. The carrier density, band gap and resistivity of the Cd0.9Zn0.1Te nanowires were 4.29x1013 cm-3, 1.56 eV and 2.76x1011?-cm respectively. The high resistivity was attributed to the presence of deep defect states such as cadmium vacancies or Te antisites which were created by the anodic cycle of the pulse-reverse electrodeposition process. Stacks of series connected CZT nanowire arrays were tested with different bias potentials. The background current was in the order of tens of picoamperes. When exposed to radiation source Amerecium-241 (60 KeV, 4 ?Ci), the stacked CZT nanowires arrays showed sensing behavior. The sensitivity of the nanowire arrays increased as the number of stacks increased. The preliminary results indicate that the CZT nanowire arrays can be used as a potential X-ray and low energy gamma ray detector material at room temperature with a much low bias potential (0.7 – 4V) as against 300 – 500 V applied in the commercial bulk detector materials.

  20. High Density Nano-Electrode Array for Radiation Detection

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    Bulk single crystals of Cd1-xZnxTe (x=0.04 to x=0.2) compound semiconductor is used for room temperature radiation detection. The production of large volume of Cd1-xZnxTe with low defect density is expensive. As a result there is a growing research interest in the production of nanostructured compound semiconductors such as Cd1-xZnxTe in an electrochemical route. In this investigation, Cd1-xZnxTe ternary compound semiconductor, referred as CZT, was electrodeposited in the form of nanowires onto a TiO2 nanotubular template from propylene carbonate as the non-aqueous electrolyte, using a pulse-reverse electrodeposition process at 130 C. The template acted as a support in growing ordered nanowire of CZT which acts as a one dimensional conductor. Cyclic Voltammogram (CV) studies were conducted in determining the potentials for the growth of nanowires of uniform stoichiometry. The morphologies and composition of CZT were characterized by using SEM, TEM and XRD. The STEM mapping carried out on the nanowires showed the uniform distribution of Cd, Zn and Te elements. TEM image showed that the nanowires were polycrystalline in nature. The Mott-Schottky analysis carried on the nanowires showed that the nanowires were a p-type semiconductor. The carrier density, band gap and resistivity of the Cd0.9Zn0.1Te nanowires were 4.29 x 1013 cm-3, 1.56 eV and 2.76 x 1011 (Omega)-cm respectively. The high resistivity was attributed to the presence of deep defect states such as cadmium vacancies or Te antisites which were created by the anodic cycle of the pulse-reverse electrodeposition process. Stacks of series connected CZT nanowire arrays were tested with different bias potentials. The background current was in the order of tens of picoamperes. When exposed to radiation source Amerecium-241 (60 KeV, 4 (micro)Ci), the stacked CZT nanowires arrays showed sensing behavior. The sensitivity of the nanowire arrays increased as the number of stacks increased. The preliminary results indicate that the CZT nanowire arrays can be used as a potential X-ray and low energy gamma ray detector material at room temperature with a much low bias potential (0.7-4V) as against 300-500 V applied in the commercial bulk detector materials.

  1. GaN heterostructures for biosensing and radiation detection

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    Howgate, John D.

    2012-12-11

    In this thesis I show the results from our investigation of the interface between gallium nitride wide bandgap semiconductor heterostructures and (bio)molecular systems on their surfaces for biosensing, bioelectronics, and photoelectric applications, with a large emphasis on the processes arising from high energy ionizing irradiation, including heterostructure photoelectric gain mechanisms. Wide bandgap semiconductors, such as gallium nitride, have received increasing attention as potential components in advanced organic/inorganic hybrid systems. Working to further this topic, we determine a new semiconductor alignment required for low energy photo-induced charge transfer ionization of alkyl chains well below the energy normally required for molecular cleavage, show original results of the influence of binding methods on enzyme functionality in conjunction with a novel electrochemical and environmental control system and demonstrate new possibilities to significantly improve upon pH measurements through the use of high sensitivity devices. Furthermore, based on the extension of this work to support future studies of radiation effects on cell systems, we present a detailed characterization of new simultaneous chemical sensing and ionizing radiation dosimetry using single devices. We found that their pH sensitivity was retained during X-ray irradiation and that the fundamental characteristics can be used to separate the irradiation signal from the pH response without compromising operational stability. These data provide clear indications of the separate response mechanism tied to the presence of a two-dimensional electron gas channel. Here, we found new results exhibiting exceptionally high gains and independence of the well-known persistent photoconductivity for soft X-rays and high energy particles in the ultralow dose-rate regime. This material system provides the capability for high sensitivity and resolution real time monitoring, which is competitive with and complements state-of-the-art detectors. Thus, is extremely promising for future applications ranging from advanced organic/inorganic hybrid systems to medical imaging.

  2. GaN heterostructures for biosensing and radiation detection

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    In this thesis I show the results from our investigation of the interface between gallium nitride wide bandgap semiconductor heterostructures and (bio)molecular systems on their surfaces for biosensing, bioelectronics, and photoelectric applications, with a large emphasis on the processes arising from high energy ionizing irradiation, including heterostructure photoelectric gain mechanisms. Wide bandgap semiconductors, such as gallium nitride, have received increasing attention as potential components in advanced organic/inorganic hybrid systems. Working to further this topic, we determine a new semiconductor alignment required for low energy photo-induced charge transfer ionization of alkyl chains well below the energy normally required for molecular cleavage, show original results of the influence of binding methods on enzyme functionality in conjunction with a novel electrochemical and environmental control system and demonstrate new possibilities to significantly improve upon pH measurements through the use of high sensitivity devices. Furthermore, based on the extension of this work to support future studies of radiation effects on cell systems, we present a detailed characterization of new simultaneous chemical sensing and ionizing radiation dosimetry using single devices. We found that their pH sensitivity was retained during X-ray irradiation and that the fundamental characteristics can be used to separate the irradiation signal from the pH response without compromising operational stability. These data provide clear indications of the separate response mechanism tied to the presence of a two-dimensional electron gas channel. Here, we found new results exhibiting exceptionally high gains and independence of the well-known persistent photoconductivity for soft X-rays and high energy particles in the ultralow dose-rate regime. This material system provides the capability for high sensitivity and resolution real time monitoring, which is competitive with and complements state-of-the-art detectors. Thus, is extremely promising for future applications ranging from advanced organic/inorganic hybrid systems to medical imaging.

  3. A simple and efficient eye detection method in color images

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    Sidibe, Dro Desire; Montesinos, Philippe; Janaqi, Stefan

    2006-01-01

    In this paper we propose a simple and efficient eye detection method for face detection tasks in color images. The algorithm first detects face regions in the image using a skin color model in the normalized RGB color space. Then, eye candidates are extracted within these regions. Finally, using the anthrophological characteristics of human eyes, the pairs of eye regions are selected. The proposed method is simple and fast, since it needs no template matching step for face verification. It is...

  4. Rain-Induced Increase in Background Radiation Detected by Radiation Portal Monitors

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    Hausladen, Paul [ORNL; Blessinger, Christopher S [ORNL; Guzzardo, Tyler [ORNL; Livesay, Jake [ORNL

    2012-07-01

    A complete understanding of both the steady state and transient background measured by Radiation Portal Monitors (RPMs) is essential to predictable system performance, as well as maximization of detection sensitivity. To facilitate this understanding, a test bed for the study of natural background in RPMs has been established at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This work was performed in support of the Second Line of Defense Program's mission to detect the illicit movement of nuclear material. In the present work, transient increases in gamma ray counting rates in RPMs due to rain are investigated. The increase in background activity associated with rain, which has been well documented in the field of environmental radioactivity, originates from the atmospheric deposition of two radioactive daughters of radon-222, namely lead-214 and bismuth-214 (henceforth {sup 222}Rn, {sup 214}Pb and {sup 214}Bi). In this study, rainfall rates recorded by a co-located weather station are compared with RPM count rates and High Purity Germanium spectra. The data verifies these radionuclides are responsible for the dominant transient natural background fluctuations in RPMs. Effects on system performance and potential mitigation strategies are discussed.

  5. Anomaly-based Network Intrusion Detection Methods

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    Pavel Nevlud

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with detection of network anomalies. Network anomalies include everything that is quite different from the normal operation. For detection of anomalies were used machine learning systems. Machine learning can be considered as a support or a limited type of artificial intelligence. A machine learning system usually starts with some knowledge and a corresponding knowledge organization so that it can interpret, analyse, and test the knowledge acquired. There are several machine learning techniques available. We tested Decision tree learning and Bayesian networks. The open source data-mining framework WEKA was the tool we used for testing the classify, cluster, association algorithms and for visualization of our results. The WEKA is a collection of machine learning algorithms for data mining tasks.

  6. Meshless method for radiation heat transfer in graded index medium

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    Liu, L.H. [School of Energy Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, 92 West Dazhi Street, Harbin 150001 (China)

    2006-01-15

    Because ray goes along a curved path determined by the Fermat principle, curved ray tracing is very difficult and complex in graded index media. To avoid the difficult and complex computation of curved ray trajectories, a meshless local Petrov-Galerkin approach based on discrete-ordinate equations is developed to solve the radiative transfer problem in multi-dimensional absorbing-emitting-scattering semitransparent graded index media. A moving least square approximation is used to construct the shape function. Two particular test problems in radiative transfer are taken as examples to verify this meshless approach. The predicted temperature distributions and the dimensionless radiative heat fluxes are determined by the proposed method and compared with the other benchmark approximate solutions. The results show that the meshless local Petrov-Galerkin approach based on discrete-ordinate equations has a good accuracy in solving the radiative transfer problems in absorbing-emitting-scattering semitransparent graded index media. (author)

  7. Novel Methods To Detect Membrane Proteins

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    Membrane proteins are critical to numerous biological functions and are the target of nearly all pharmaceuticals. Cloned membrane proteins are often difficult to detect due to the lack of effective antibodies. Moreover, currently available expression vectors lack the signal sequences, tags, and multiple cloning sites to clone membrane proteins and express them on the cell surface. This invention is the first of its kind to contain all of these elements to facilitate biochemical studies on membrane proteins.

  8. Studies in damage detection using flexibility method

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    Andersen, Jan Terje

    2012-01-01

    Structural health monitoring (SHM) is a way of implementing a system that can monitor, and provide data to help engineers secure the integrity of different structures like civil infrastructure, bridges, offshore structures and aerospace structures. The main purpose of SHM is to detect damages in structures before they become so large that they threaten the integrity and the functionality of the structure. After natural disasters like hurricanes and tsunamis, there is always an uncertainty in ...

  9. Alternative Detection Methods for Highest Energy Neutrinos

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    Nahnhauer, Rolf

    2004-01-01

    Several experimental techniques are currently under development, to measure the expected tiny fluxes of highest energy neutrinos above 10**18 eV. Projects in different stages of realisation are discussed here, which are based on optical and radio as well as acoustic detectors. For the detection of neutrino events in this energy range a combination of different detector concepts in one experiment seems to be most promising.

  10. Blind Methods for Detecting Image Fakery.

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    Mahdian, Babak; Saic, Stanislav

    2010-01-01

    Ro?. 25, ?. 4 (2010), s. 18-24. ISSN 0885-8985 R&D Projects: GA ?R GA102/08/0470 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : Image forensics * Image Fakery * Forgery detection * Authentication Subject RIV: BD - Theory of Information Impact factor: 0.179, year: 2010 http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2010/ZOI/saic-0343316.pdf

  11. A method of detecting radio transients

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    Fridman, P A

    2010-01-01

    Radio transients are sporadic signals and their detection requires that the backends of radio telescopes be equipped with the appropriate hardware and software to undertake this. Observational programs to detect transients can be dedicated or they can piggy-back on observations made by other programs. It is the single-dish single-transient (non-periodical) mode which is considered in this paper. Because neither the width of a transient nor the time of its arrival is known, a sequential analysis in the form of a cumulative sum (cusum) algorithm is proposed here. Computer simulations and real observation data processing are included to demonstrate the performance of the cusum. The use of the Hough transform is here proposed for the purpose of non-coherent de-dispersion. It is possible that the detected transients could be radio frequency interferences (RFI) and a procedure is proposed here which can distinguish between celestial signals and man-made RFI. This procedure is based on an analysis of the statistical...

  12. Assessment and comparison of methods for solar ultraviolet radiation measurements

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    In the study, the different methods to measure the solar ultraviolet radiation are compared. The methods included are spectroradiometric, erythemally weighted broadband and multi-channel measurements. The comparison of the different methods is based on a literature review and assessments of optical characteristics of the spectroradiometer Optronic 742 of the Finnish Centre for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (STUK) and of the erythemally weighted Robertson-Berger type broadband radiometers Solar Light models 500 and 501 of the Finnish Meteorological Institute and STUK. An introduction to the sources of error in solar UV measurements, to methods for radiometric characterization of UV radiometers together with methods for error reduction are presented. Reviews on experiences from world-wide UV monitoring efforts and instrumentation as well as on the results from international UV radiometer intercomparisons are also presented. (62 refs.)

  13. Assessment and comparison of methods for solar ultraviolet radiation measurements

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    Leszczynski, K.

    1995-06-01

    In the study, the different methods to measure the solar ultraviolet radiation are compared. The methods included are spectroradiometric, erythemally weighted broadband and multi-channel measurements. The comparison of the different methods is based on a literature review and assessments of optical characteristics of the spectroradiometer Optronic 742 of the Finnish Centre for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (STUK) and of the erythemally weighted Robertson-Berger type broadband radiometers Solar Light models 500 and 501 of the Finnish Meteorological Institute and STUK. An introduction to the sources of error in solar UV measurements, to methods for radiometric characterization of UV radiometers together with methods for error reduction are presented. Reviews on experiences from world-wide UV monitoring efforts and instrumentation as well as on the results from international UV radiometer intercomparisons are also presented. (62 refs.).

  14. HPLC ‘Multi-Analyte’ Detection Method

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    The application of multi-analyte methods for pesticides carrying chromophoric structures by HPLC is described. Details are given on the materials and methods used. Recorded UV spectra of active substances are presented for allowing the verification of purity and the confirmation of substances eluting from the HPLC column. (author)

  15. Robust Automatic Facial Expression Detection Method

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    Yan OuYang

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Recently, the recognition of occluded facial expressions attract more and more people’s attention. Sparse representation based classification (SRC method gives good performance on face recognition (FR and facial expression recognition (FER, well-known for its robustness to occlusion. Histograms of Oriented Gradient (HOG descriptors are very efficient to represent the shape information of different facial expressions and robust to various illumination. Since, this paper proposes a novel method by using HOG descriptors conjunction with SRC framework for FER. Experiment results show that the proposed method gives better performance than the existing state-of-the-art methods. Furthermore, the proposed method is not only robust to assigned occlusions, but also to random occlusions.

  16. The Harmonic Current Detection Method Based on Improved SVSLMS Algorithm

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Harmonic current detection method plays a very important role in the harmonic compensation effect. This paper presents an improved Sigmoid Variable Step-size Least Mean Square (SVSLMS harmonic current detecting method based on the analysis of the steady-state error generated by traditional SVSLMS, This method re-define and select the feedback error coefficient, By using a frequency-selective filter for filtering the original feedback error, to reduce the effects of harmonics on detection performance, further improve the response speed and steady precision. Simulation results verify the effectiveness and practicality of this method.

  17. Radiative heat transfer by the Monte Carlo method

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    Hartnett †, James P; Cho, Young I; Greene, George A; Taniguchi, Hiroshi; Yang, Wen-Jei; Kudo, Kazuhiko

    1995-01-01

    This book presents the basic principles and applications of radiative heat transfer used in energy, space, and geo-environmental engineering, and can serve as a reference book for engineers and scientists in researchand development. A PC disk containing software for numerical analyses by the Monte Carlo method is included to provide hands-on practice in analyzing actual radiative heat transfer problems.Advances in Heat Transfer is designed to fill the information gap between regularly scheduled journals and university level textbooks by providing in-depth review articles over a broader scope than journals or texts usually allow.Key Features* Offers solution methods for integro-differential formulation to help avoid difficulties* Includes a computer disk for numerical analyses by PC* Discusses energy absorption by gas and scattering effects by particles* Treats non-gray radiative gases* Provides example problems for direct applications in energy, space, and geo-environmental engineering

  18. Method for early detection of infectious mononucleosis

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    Willard, K.E.

    1982-08-10

    Early detection of infectious mononucleosis is carried out using a sample of human blood by isolating and identifying the presence of Inmono proteins in the sample from a two-dimensional protein map with the proteins being characterized by having isoelectric banding as measured in urea of about -16 to -17 with respect to certain isoelectric point standards and molecular mass of about 70 to 75 K daltons as measured in the presence of sodium dodecylsulfate containing polyacrylamide gels, the presence of the Inmono proteins being correlated with the existence of infectious mononucleosis.

  19. Gold Cleaning Methods for Electrochemical Detection Applications

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    Fischer, Lee MacKenzie; Tenje, Maria; Heiskanen, Arto; Masuda, Noriyuki; Castillo, Jaime; Bentien, Anders; Emnéus, Jenny; Jakobsen, Mogens Havsteen; Boisen, Anja

    2009-01-01

    This work investigates methods for obtaining reliably clean gold film surfaces. Nine gold cleaning methods are investigated here: UV ozone photoreactor; potassium hydroxide-hydrogen peroxide; potassium hydroxide potential sweep; sulfuric acid hydrogen peroxide; sulfuric acid potential cycling; hydrochloric acid potential cycling; dimethylamine borane reducing agent solutions at 25 and 65 degrees C; and a dilute form of Aqua Regia. Peak-current potential-differences obtained from cyclic voltammet...

  20. Developing a wireless sensing method for the measurement of gamma radiation dose based on the polymerization of acrylamide

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    A wireless sensing method for the measurement of gamma radiation dose has been developed based on the fact that gamma rays can initiate the polymerization of acrylamide, which causes an increase in solution viscosity that can be detected with a wireless magnetoelastic sensor. The magnetoelastic sensor is able to wirelessly detect the resonance frequency shifts of a magnetoelastic foil in response to changes in solution viscosity. There is a linear relationship between the resonance frequency shift and gamma radiation dose in the range of 0–50 Gy (under optimal conditions) with a detection limit of 0.25 Gy. This method has the advantage of providing real-time, continuous measurement in situ. The method has been used successfully to determine the gamma radiation dose in real exposure scenarios, with satisfactory results.

  1. Simple method of determining induced 32P activity following burning of sulfur tablets by measuring Cherenkov radiation

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    A method is described allowing the detemination of induced beta activity of phosphorus-32 using Cherenkov radiation, following the burning of sulfur tablets in the measuring vesels. A mixture of phosphoric acid and sodium phosphate solutions was used as the medium for the production of Cherenkov radiation. The losses of activity during sulfur tablet burning, the detection efficiency and the minimum detectable activity for which the minimum determinable dose was estimated, were determined. The results obtained by measurement with Cherenkov radiation are compared with other techniques of phosphorus-32 detection. The method was tested at VUPL Bratislava on detectors irradited using a 252Cf fast neutron source. From Caswell's data, the fluence-to-kerma conversin factor was determined for a neutron spectrum calculated by the Monte Carlo method. Tissue kerma was estimated from the neutron fluence corresponding to the appropriate values of saturated activity per 1 sulfur-32 nucleus. (author)

  2. Polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography detection method

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    Everett, M J; Sathyam, U S; Colston, B W; DaSilva, L B; Fried, D; Ragadio, J N; Featherstone, J D B

    1999-05-12

    This study demonstrates the potential of polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) for non-invasive in vivo detection and characterization of early, incipient caries lesions. PS-OCT generates cross-sectional images of biological tissue while measuring the effect of the tissue on the polarization state of incident light. Clear discrimination between regions of normal and demineralized enamel is first shown in PS-OCT images of bovine enamel blocks containing well-characterized artificial lesions. High-resolution, cross-sectional images of extracted human teeth are then generated that clearly discriminate between the normal and carious regions on both the smooth and occlusal surfaces. Regions of the teeth that appeared to be demineralized in the PS-OCT images were verified using histological thin sections examined under polarized light microscopy. The PS-OCT system discriminates between normal and carious regions by measuring the polarization state of the back-scattered 1310 nm light, which is affected by the state of demineralization of the enamel. Demineralization of enamel increases the scattereing coefficient, thus depolarizing the incident light. This study shows that PS-OCT has great potential for the detection, characterization, and monitoring of incipient caries lesions.

  3. Knowledge representation methods for early failure detection

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    To supervise technical processes like nuclear power plants, it is very important to detect failure modes in an early stage. In the nuclear research center at Karlsruhe an expert system is developed, embedded in a computer network of autonomous computers, which are used for intelligent prepocessing. Events, process data and actual parameter values are stored in slots of special frames in the knowledge base of the expert system. Both rule based and fact based knowledge representations are employed to generate cause consequence chains of failure states. By on-line surveillance of the reactor process, the slots of the frames are dynamically actualized. Immediately after the evaluation, the inference engine starts in the special domain experts (triggered by metarules from a manager) and detects the correspondend failures or anomaly state. Matching the members of the chain and regarding a catalogue of instructions and messages, what is to do by the operator, future failure states can be estimated and propagation can be prohibited. That means qualitative failure prediction based on cause consequence in the static part of the knowledge base. Also, a time series of physical data can be used to predict on analytical way future process state and to continue such a theoretical propagation with matching the cause consuquence chain

  4. Method and apparatus for failed fuel detection

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    Object: To diffusibly charge from the bottom gases into a fuel assembly immersed in a cooling liquid to thereby detect presence of fuel breakage quickly and with high accuracy according to density of impurities adhered to the gases. Structure: A recirculating pump is started to actuate a jet pump within a reactor for circulation of cooling liquid through the core bottom, fuel assembly and gas-and-liquid separator, and a gas charging means is actuated to charge air or the like into the circulating cooling liquid through an air intake pipe, said air being formed into air bubbles, to adsorb gaseous impurities adhered to the broken part of fuel rods and gaseous impurities contained in the cooling liquid to be recovered into a gas storage and a gas collector, after which said impurities are introduced into an impurity analyser through a sampling pipe or the like to detect presence of breakage of the fuel rod according to density of the impurities. (Kamimura, M.)

  5. Central position detection method for fuel assembly and device therefor

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    The present invention provides a method for detecting a central position of a fuel assembly by an image processing technique without influenced by a deviation of the central position of the fuel assembly depending on the accuracy for the stoppage of an underwater vehicle and rattling of fuels in a fuel basket. Namely, a characteristic amount comparing method and a linear detecting method are utilized by image processing techniques. Images are taken by a camera disposed at a predetermined position, and common characteristically shaped portions of each of the top portions of fuel assemblies are detected based on the photographed images. The central position at the top of the fuel assembly is detected based on the characteristic. In a case of a BWR fuel assembly, a channel fastener screw portion and a handle at the top of the fuel constitute the characteristic portions. The longitudinal component of the handle is detected by the linear method, and the aperture like circular portion of the channel fastener screw portion is detected by the characteristic amount comparing method. In a case of a PWR type fuel assembly, two positioning pin holes at a fuel top corner portion are detected using the characteristic amount comparing method. The central position of the fuel assembly is detected based on each of the results. (I.S.)

  6. Exploring the boundaries of caries detection : Two advanced methods evaluated

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    Ástvaldsdóttir, Álfheiður

    2010-01-01

    p>Background: Caries detection methods require thorough validation. This should include studies which clarify what characteristics of the caries lesions are being measured, the limitations of the method and comparison of performance with conventional caries detection methods. The outcome of validation tests has important clinical implications, such as interpretation of the data at the cut-off points used by the clinician to differentiate between lesions requiring invasive an...

  7. Detection methods for irradiated foods - review of current developments

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    The identification of irradiated foods is important for authorities, consumers, traders and the food industry. It is difficult to determine whether unlabelled foods have been irradiated or not. It is recommended that irradiated foods should be clearly labelled as such, but there is nevertheless a need for reliable methods to detect irradiated foods. This article reviews some detection methods, especially electron spin resonance, and luminescence, although other physical, chemical and biological methods are also discussed

  8. The Harmonic Current Detection Method Based on Improved SVSLMS Algorithm

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    Li, Sheng-Qing; ZENG Huan-yue; HE Zheng-ping

    2013-01-01

    Harmonic current detection method plays a very important role in the harmonic compensation effect. This paper presents an improved Sigmoid Variable Step-size Least Mean Square (SVSLMS) harmonic current detecting method based on the analysis of the steady-state error generated by traditional SVSLMS, This method re-define and select the feedback error coefficient, By using a frequency-selective filter for filtering the original feedback error, to reduce the effects of harmonics on detecti...

  9. Study on Thermal Conductivity Gas Sensor Constant Temperature Detection Method

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    Xi-bo Ding; Xiao-yan Guo; Yue-chao Chen; Xue Sun; Zhao-xia Li

    2013-01-01

    The thermal conductivity gas sensor can detect gas concentration that measure the thermal conductivity coefficient of the measured gas different from the background gas.This paper analyzes the theory of thermal conductivity gas sensor and method of measurement,proposes thermal conductivity gas sensor constant temperature detection method,and experimentally validate the feasibility of ambient temperature compensation. Experimental results show that the method effectively reduces the effect of ...

  10. Method for producing bonded nonwoven fabrics using ionizing radiation

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    A method is described for producing a resin-bonded nonwoven fabric. The preparation involves forming a fibrous web annealing it and compressing it to provide fiber to fiber contact. A polymerizable binder is applied to the fibrous web which is then treated by ionizing radiation to produce the material. 9 figures, 3 drawing

  11. Measures of lifetime detriment from radiation exposures: Principles and methods

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    This report presents the work initiated at the 'Workshop on the comparison of methods for deriving life long risk indices for the effects of ionizing radiations', organized by CEPN in Fontenay-aux-Roses (France), on August 7-11, 1989. It has been written in collaboration by participants during the following years

  12. Emittance measurements of FEL accelerators using optical transition radiation methods

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    Measurements of the emittance of the Boeing FEL accelerator operating at 107 Mev, were performed using optical transition radiation (OTR). The results of the three measurement methods: measurement of beam spot size as a function of magnetic quadrupole focusing strength, two screen beam spot measurements, and beam spot-divergence measurements using a OTR interferometer are compared and shown to be in excellent agreement

  13. Methods and procedures for internal radiation dosimetry at ORNL

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    Procedures, methods, materials, records, and reports used for accomplishing the personnel, internal radiation monitoring program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are described for the purpose of documenting what is done now for future reference. This document does not include procedures for nuclear accident dosimetry except insofar as routine techniques may apply also to nuclear accident dosimetry capability

  14. A Novel Diagnostics of Ultrashort Electron Bunches Based on Detection of Coherent Radiation from Bunched Electron Beam in an Undulator

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    Saldin, Evgeny L; Yurkov, Mikhail V

    2004-01-01

    We propose a new method for measurements of the longitudinal profile of 100 femtosecond electron bunches for X-ray Free Electron Lasers (XFELs). The method is based on detection of coherent undulator radiation produced by modulated electron beam. Seed optical quantum laser is used to produce exact optical replica of ultrashort electron bunches. The replica is generated in apparatus which consists of an input undulator (energy modulator), and output undulator (radiator) separated by a dispersion section. The radiation in the output undulator is excited by the electron bunch modulated at the optical wavelength and rapidly reaches a hundred-MW-level power. We then use the now-standard method of ultrashort laser pulse-shape measurement, a tandem combination of autocorrelator and spectrum (FROG -- frequency resolved optical gating) providing real-time single-shot measurements of the electron bunch structure. The big advantage of proposed technique is that it can be used to determine the slice energy spread and emi...

  15. Rapid radiometric method for detection of Salmonella in foods

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    A radiometric method for the detection of Salmonella in foods has been developed which is based on Salmonella poly H agglutinating serum preventing Salmonella from producing 14CO2 from [14C] dulcitol. The method will detect the presence or absence of Salmonella in a product within 30 h compared to 4 to 5 days by routine culture methods. The method has been evaluated against a routine culture method using 58 samples of food. The overall agreement was 91%. Five samples negative for Salmonella by the routine method were positive by the radiometric method. These may have been false positives. However, the routine method may have failed to detect Salmonella due to the presence of large numbers of lactose-fermenting bacteria which hindered isolation of Salmonella colonies on the selective agar plates

  16. Gravitational waves: Classification, Methods of detection, Sensitivities, and Sources

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    Kuroda, Kazuaki; Pan, Wei-Ping

    2015-01-01

    After giving a brief introduction and presenting a complete classification of gravitational waves (GWs) according to their frequencies, we review and summarize the detection methods, the sensitivities, and the sources. We notice that real-time detections are possible above 300 pHz. Below 300 pHz, the detections are possible on GW imprints or indirectly. We are on the verge of detection. The progress in this field will be promising and thriving. We will see improvement of a few orders to several orders of magnitude in the GW detection sensitivities over all frequency bands in the next hundred years.

  17. Analytic methods for biochemical indicators of radiation injury

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    Since the development of biochemical indicators of radiation injury has been hampered often by the lack of simple and rapid methods of determination, techniques for the measurement of 30 urinary compounds are presented. These methods have been in part taken from the literature, in part they have been modified or developed by us. They represent a compromise between speed and simplicity of execution and specificity of assay. (author)

  18. Methods for measuring RF radiation properties of small antennas

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    Icheln, Clemens

    2001-01-01

    In this work significant improvements for measurements of the radio-frequency (RF) radiation properties of small antennas have been proposed and investigated. The main focus is on electrically small antennas as used in mobile communications systems. The methods proposed and evaluated in this thesis allow the minimisation of the dimensions of measurement chambers, and the methods also allow pattern measurements with a minimised error from the RF feed cable and thus lower measurement uncertaint...

  19. Gold Cleaning Methods for Electrochemical Detection Applications

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    Fischer, Lee MacKenzie; Tenje, Maria

    2009-01-01

    This work investigates methods for obtaining reliably clean gold film surfaces. Nine gold cleaning methods are investigated here: UV ozone photoreactor; potassium hydroxide-hydrogen peroxide; potassium hydroxide potential sweep; sulfuric acid hydrogen peroxide; sulfuric acid potential cycling; hydrochloric acid potential cycling; dimethylamine borane reducing agent solutions at 25 and 65 degrees C; and a dilute form of Aqua Regia. Peak-current potential-differences obtained from cyclic voltammetry and charge transfer resistance obtained from electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, as well as X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy are used to characterize surface cleanliness. A low peak-current potential-difference and charge transfer resistance indicates a cleaner surface, as does a higher percentage of elemental gold on the electrode surface. The potassium hydroxide potential sweep method is found to leave the gold surface the cleanest overall.

  20. Method for detection of dental caries and periodontal disease using optical imaging

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    Nathel, H.; Kinney, J.H.; Otis, L.L.

    1996-10-29

    A method is disclosed for detecting the presence of active and inactive caries in teeth and diagnosing periodontal disease uses non-ionizing radiation with techniques for reducing interference from scattered light. A beam of non-ionizing radiation is divided into sample and reference beams. The region to be examined is illuminated by the sample beam, and reflected or transmitted radiation from the sample is recombined with the reference beam to form an interference pattern on a detector. The length of the reference beam path is adjustable, allowing the operator to select the reflected or transmitted sample photons that recombine with the reference photons. Thus radiation scattered by the dental or periodontal tissue can be prevented from obscuring the interference pattern. A series of interference patterns may be generated and interpreted to locate dental caries and periodontal tissue interfaces. 7 figs.

  1. Method for detection of dental caries and periodontal disease using optical imaging

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    Nathel, Howard (Albany, CA); Kinney, John H. (Danville, CA); Otis, Linda L. (San Francisco, CA)

    1996-01-01

    A method for detecting the presence of active and inactive caries in teeth and diagnosing periodontal disease uses non-ionizing radiation with techniques for reducing interference from scattered light. A beam of non-ionizing radiation is divided into sample and reference beams. The region to be examined is illuminated by the sample beam, and reflected or transmitted radiation from the sample is recombined with the reference beam to form an interference pattern on a detector. The length of the reference beam path is adjustable, allowing the operator to select the reflected or transmitted sample photons that recombine with the reference photons. Thus radiation scattered by the dental or periodontal tissue can be prevented from obscuring the interference pattern. A series of interference patterns may be generated and interpreted to locate dental caries and periodontal tissue interfaces.

  2. Detection device of dangerous radiation for the living beings

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    This invention is about a portable device able to measure dose rates or doses of gamma, ultraviolet and X radiation or charged particles. This device is composed of a radiation detector, a calculator of the accumulate dose and a memory to store the data. This device has a credit card format

  3. Detection of embedded radiation sources using temporal variation of gamma spectral data.

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    Shokair, Isaac R.

    2011-09-01

    Conventional full spectrum gamma spectroscopic analysis has the objective of quantitative identification of all the isotopes present in a measurement. For low energy resolution detectors, when photopeaks alone are not sufficient for complete isotopic identification, such analysis requires template spectra for all the isotopes present in the measurement. When many isotopes are present it is difficult to make the correct identification and this process often requires many trial solutions by highly skilled spectroscopists. This report investigates the potential of a new analysis method which uses spatial/temporal information from multiple low energy resolution measurements to test the hypothesis of the presence of a target spectrum of interest in these measurements without the need to identify all the other isotopes present. This method is referred to as targeted principal component analysis (TPCA). For radiation portal monitor applications, multiple measurements of gamma spectra are taken at equally spaced time increments as a vehicle passes through the portal and the TPCA method is directly applicable to this type of measurement. In this report we describe the method and investigate its application to the problem of detection of a radioactive localized source that is embedded in a distributed source in the presence of an ambient background. Examples using simulated spectral measurements indicate that this method works very well and has the potential for automated analysis for RPM applications. This method is also expected to work well for isotopic detection in the presence of spectrally and spatially varying backgrounds as a result of vehicle-induced background suppression. Further work is needed to include effects of shielding, to understand detection limits, setting of thresholds, and to estimate false positive probability.

  4. Detection of irradiated spices with a microbiological method - DEFT/APC method

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    The decontamination of spices that are to be used as ingredients in processed foods is necessary in order to prevent the introduction of spoilage microorganisms and more rarely disease causing organisms. Spices can be contaminated with bacteria and moulds in concentration from 103 to 108 microorganisms per gram so that, even when used in small amounts, they can contaminate food with large numbers of microorganisms. The most effective means of decontaminating spices is irradiation treatment with an absorbed radiation dose from 5 to 10 kGy. Several countries are commercially using radiation processing of spices. A microbiological screening method based on the use of the direct epifluorescent filter technique (DEFT) and the conventional aerobic plate count (APC) has been established for the detection of irradiated spices. The DEFT count enumerates the total number of contaminating microorganisms, irrespective of viability, in an untreated or treated spice sample. This paper reports recent investigations on the possibility that the inclusion of a mesophilic aerobic spore count will enable irradiated spices to be distinguished from ethylene oxide (EtO) or heat treated spices. (author)

  5. Detection of irradiated spices with a microbiological method - DEFT/APC method

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    Hammerton, K.M.; Banos, C. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Lucas Heights, NSW (Australia)

    1996-12-31

    The decontamination of spices that are to be used as ingredients in processed foods is necessary in order to prevent the introduction of spoilage microorganisms and more rarely disease causing organisms. Spices can be contaminated with bacteria and moulds in concentration from 10{sup 3} to 10{sup 8} microorganisms per gram so that, even when used in small amounts, they can contaminate food with large numbers of microorganisms. The most effective means of decontaminating spices is irradiation treatment with an absorbed radiation dose from 5 to 10 kGy. Several countries are commercially using radiation processing of spices. A microbiological screening method based on the use of the direct epifluorescent filter technique (DEFT) and the conventional aerobic plate count (APC) has been established for the detection of irradiated spices. The DEFT count enumerates the total number of contaminating microorganisms, irrespective of viability, in an untreated or treated spice sample. This paper reports recent investigations on the possibility that the inclusion of a mesophilic aerobic spore count will enable irradiated spices to be distinguished from ethylene oxide (EtO) or heat treated spices. (author).

  6. A numerical method of detecting singularity

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    Laporte, M.; Vignes, J.

    1978-01-01

    A numerical method is reported which determines a value C for the degree of conditioning of a matrix. This value is C = 0 for a singular matrix and has progressively larger values for matrices which are increasingly well-conditioned. This value is C sub = C max sub max (C defined by the precision of the computer) when the matrix is perfectly well conditioned.

  7. A novel method for determining target detection thresholds

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    Grossman, S.

    2015-05-01

    Target detection is the act of isolating objects of interest from the surrounding clutter, generally using some form of test to include objects in the found class. However, the method of determining the threshold is overlooked relying on manual determination either through empirical observation or guesswork. The question remains: how does an analyst identify the detection threshold that will produce the optimum results? This work proposes the concept of a target detection sweet spot where the missed detection probability curve crosses the false detection curve; this represents the point at which missed detects are traded for false detects in order to effect positive or negative changes in the detection probability. ROC curves are used to characterize detection probabilities and false alarm rates based on empirically derived data. It identifies the relationship between the empirically derived results and the first moment statistic of the histogram of the pixel target value data and then proposes a new method of applying the histogram results in an automated fashion to predict the target detection sweet spot at which to begin automated target detection.

  8. Validation of 32P Cherenkov radiation measurement method of urine samples for life science workers

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    In various research fields, phosphorus has been used by using behavior characteristics as the form of radiolabelled compound in natural environment and human body. Cherenkov counting method using LSC is also well known for beta emitting radionuclides with high energy. In particular, 32P is emitting beta particles with above 263 keV which is threshold energy for Cherenkov radiation effect. Using this physical characteristic, 32P measurement by Cherenkov radiation will be a good method for radiobioassay. The advantages of Cherenkov radiation counting for 32P are to remove interferences of low energy beta and gamma emitters and reduce the expenses in counting sample preparation. Also, chemical quenching effect can be excluded because Cherenkov radiation is produced by physical phenomenon. In case of indirect measurement, minimum detectable activity (MDA) of counting samples can be improved by increasing sample volume without scintillation cocktail. Pretreatment conditions were also discussed considering the characteristics of urine samples. And real urine samples collected from workers using 32P source in the field of life sciences were measured following the practical procedure established in this study. In this study, 32P Cherenkov radiation measurement for radiation workers in the field of life science was conducted. To evaluate 32P activity of urine sample, Cherenkov radiation counting method was applied to real cases. The accuracy of measurement results were validated by using various methods. And measurement conditions for 32P counting of urine samples were also discussed to establish standardized procedures. The measurement of most samples collected from workers was below MDA. Each one case of two workers was above MDA. The 2 workers did waste management in common. The overall results did not show significant level but some cases were a little high compared with background level which is needed to evaluate dose conservatively. In the future, detailed dose assessment using 32P measurement results and monitoring programs for workers of other research field should be performed

  9. Validation of {sup 32}P Cherenkov radiation measurement method of urine samples for life science workers

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    Yoon, Seokwon; Park, Minjeong; Park, Seyoung; Yoo, Jaeryong; Ha, Wiho [Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Science, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Hanki [Korean Association for Radiation Application, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    In various research fields, phosphorus has been used by using behavior characteristics as the form of radiolabelled compound in natural environment and human body. Cherenkov counting method using LSC is also well known for beta emitting radionuclides with high energy. In particular, {sup 32}P is emitting beta particles with above 263 keV which is threshold energy for Cherenkov radiation effect. Using this physical characteristic, {sup 32}P measurement by Cherenkov radiation will be a good method for radiobioassay. The advantages of Cherenkov radiation counting for {sup 32}P are to remove interferences of low energy beta and gamma emitters and reduce the expenses in counting sample preparation. Also, chemical quenching effect can be excluded because Cherenkov radiation is produced by physical phenomenon. In case of indirect measurement, minimum detectable activity (MDA) of counting samples can be improved by increasing sample volume without scintillation cocktail. Pretreatment conditions were also discussed considering the characteristics of urine samples. And real urine samples collected from workers using {sup 32}P source in the field of life sciences were measured following the practical procedure established in this study. In this study, {sup 32}P Cherenkov radiation measurement for radiation workers in the field of life science was conducted. To evaluate {sup 32}P activity of urine sample, Cherenkov radiation counting method was applied to real cases. The accuracy of measurement results were validated by using various methods. And measurement conditions for {sup 32}P counting of urine samples were also discussed to establish standardized procedures. The measurement of most samples collected from workers was below MDA. Each one case of two workers was above MDA. The 2 workers did waste management in common. The overall results did not show significant level but some cases were a little high compared with background level which is needed to evaluate dose conservatively. In the future, detailed dose assessment using {sup 32}P measurement results and monitoring programs for workers of other research field should be performed.

  10. Compilation of the computing methods in radiation shielding

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    In order to update the KAERI radiation shielding technology, the calculational shielding methods were surveyed throughly. Computer codes and data libraries for radiation shielding calculation were collected and some model calculations were carried out with them. So far the following materials were ensured for our future use: 23 shielding codes, 7 data libraries, 7 data processing codes and 11 peripheral shielding codes. All of these were compiled again for the CYBER-73 computer system, and will be widely used in shielding analysis of accelerators, shipping casks as well as nuclear power plant. (author)

  11. Inertial confinement fusion method producing line source radiation fluence

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    An inertial confinement fusion method in which target pellets are imploded in sequence by laser light beams or other energy beams at an implosion site which is variable between pellet implosions along a line in a certain zone. The effect of the variability in position of the implosion site along a line is to distribute the radiation fluence in surrounding reactor components as a line source of radiation would do, thereby permitting the utilization of cylindrical geometry in the design of the reactor and internal components. (author)

  12. A rapid and simple screening test to detect the radiation treatment of fat-containing foods

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    In recent years several international efforts have been made to develop analytical detection methods for the radiation treatment of foods. A number of methods has indeed been developed. Particularly, for fat-containing foods several methods are already in an advanced stage. In addition to the sophisticated techniques such as gas chromatography/mass spectrometry which require relatively expensive equipment and/or extended sample preparation time, it would be desirable to have quick and simple screening tests, which immediately on-the-spot give some indication whether a food product has been irradiated or not. A solution to this problem for lipid-containing foods has been put forward by Furuta and co-workers (1991, 1992), who estimated the amount of carbon monoxide originating from the lipid fraction in poultry meat after irradiation. The carbon monoxide was expelled from the frozen meat by quick microwave heating and in the head space of the sample, the formed carbon monoxide was determined by gas chromatography. In order to speed up time of analysis, we have used an electrochemical CO sensor, as also is being used to estimate CO in ambient air in workplaces, to determine the CO content in the vapor expelled from the irradiated samples. This CO test is very simple, cheap and easy to perform. It takes only a few minutes to screen food samples for evidence of their having been radiation processed. If doubts concerning the radiation treatment of a sample arise, the more sophisticated - and expensive -methods for analyzing lipid-containing foods can be applied. Certainly the test is limited to food products which contain a certain amount of fat. A preliminary test with lean shrimps showed practically no difference between irradiated (2.5 and 5 kGy) and non-irradiated samples. By relating CO production to the fat content, possibly a better parameter for classification can be obtained. (orig./vhe)

  13. Development of Sensor Technology and Its Application for Nuclear Radiation Detection

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    Radiation is energy in the form of waves or moving subatomic particles. Radiation can be ionizing or nonionizing radiation, depending on its effect on atomic matter. Because radiation cannot be seen, felt, tasted, heard or smelled, even at lethal levels, radiations detection devices must be used to alert those exposed to radiation. The measurement of radioactivity in the environment is a regulatory requirement around sites where significant amounts of radioactive materials are used or stored. Recently, advent in microelectronics and material technology has enabled to produce small sensor or microsensor, sensitive, accurate, and integrated in a chip or substrate. Development of radiation sensor technology using thin/thick film and micromachining technique was described in this paper. Indonesian capabilities in radiation sensor research and development and opportunities for commercialization also given. (author)

  14. The Development of Sensor Technology and Application to Detect Nuclear Radiation

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    Radiation is energy in the form of waves or moving subatomic particles. Radiation can be ionizing or non-ionizing radiation, depending on its effect on atomic matter. Because radiation cannot be seen, felt, tasted, heard or smelled, even at lethal levels, radiations detection devices must be used to alert those exposed to radiation. The measurement of radioactivity in the environment is a regulatory requirement around sites where significant amounts of radioactive materials are used or stored. Recently, advent in microelectronics and material technology has enabled to produce small sensor or microsensor, sensitive, accurate, and integrated in a chip or substrate. Development of radiation sensor technology using thin/thick film and micromachining technique was described in this paper. Indonesian capabilities in radiation sensor research and development and opportunities for commercialization also given. (author)

  15. Subspace Methods in Linear DS - CDMA Detection.

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    Brno : IEEE, 2011 - (Dufek, I.), s. 167-170 ISBN 978-1-61284-325-4. [21th International Conference Radioelektronika 2011. Brno (CZ), 19.04.2011-20.04.2011] R&D Projects: GA ?R GA102/09/1795 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20670512 Keywords : spread spectrum * multiuser detectors * subspace methods Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  16. X-ray spectral determination by detection of radiation scattered at different angles

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    A precise knowledge of the spectral content of an X-ray beam is of fundamental importance in areas such as X-ray fluorescence analysis by absolute methods, radiodiagnosis, radiotherapy, computed tomography, etc. A simple practical method was developed to determine X-ray spectra emitted by X-ray tubes. It is based on the scattering of the beam on a solid target and detection of this radiation at different angles. This methodology can easily be adapted to the successive attenuation of the beam procedure. Numerical parameter values of a proposed analytical function for the energy spectrum are found measuring the radiation intensity with a suitable detector (ionization chamber or plastic scintillation detector) and equating it with the convolution integral of the proposed spectrum with the incoherent scattering function. This procedure of spectra determination is enclosed in the same group of those generically referred as successive modifications of the irradiation set up used in absolute methods of X-ray fluorescence analysis. (Author)

  17. Detection of ultraviolet radiation using tissue equivalent radiochromic gel materials

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    Ferrous Xylenol-orange Gelatin gel (FXG) is known to be sensitive to ionising radiation such as ? and X-rays. The effect of ionising radiation is to produce an increase in the absorption over a wide region of the visible spectrum, which is proportional to the absorbed dose. This study demonstrates that FXG gel is sensitive to ultraviolet radiation and therefore it could functions as UV detector. Short exposure to UV radiation produces linear increase in absorption measured at 550nm, however high doses of UV cause the ion indicator colour to fad away in a manner proportional to the incident UV energy. Light absorbance increase at the rate of 1.1% per minute of irradiation was monitored. The exposure level at which the detector has linear response is comparable to the natural summer UV radiation. Evaluating the UV ability to pass through tissue equivalent gel materials shows that most of the UV gets absorbed in the first 5mm of the gel materials, which demonstrate the damaging effects of this radiation type on human skin and eyes. It was concluded that FXG gel dosimeter has the potential to offer a simple, passive ultraviolet radiation detector with sensitivity suitable to measure and visualises the natural sunlight UV exposure directly by watching the materials colour changes.

  18. Detection of ultraviolet radiation using tissue equivalent radiochromic gel materials

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    Bero, M. A.; Abukassem, I.

    2009-05-01

    Ferrous Xylenol-orange Gelatin gel (FXG) is known to be sensitive to ionising radiation such as ? and X-rays. The effect of ionising radiation is to produce an increase in the absorption over a wide region of the visible spectrum, which is proportional to the absorbed dose. This study demonstrates that FXG gel is sensitive to ultraviolet radiation and therefore it could functions as UV detector. Short exposure to UV radiation produces linear increase in absorption measured at 550nm, however high doses of UV cause the ion indicator colour to fad away in a manner proportional to the incident UV energy. Light absorbance increase at the rate of 1.1% per minute of irradiation was monitored. The exposure level at which the detector has linear response is comparable to the natural summer UV radiation. Evaluating the UV ability to pass through tissue equivalent gel materials shows that most of the UV gets absorbed in the first 5mm of the gel materials, which demonstrate the damaging effects of this radiation type on human skin and eyes. It was concluded that FXG gel dosimeter has the potential to offer a simple, passive ultraviolet radiation detector with sensitivity suitable to measure and visualises the natural sunlight UV exposure directly by watching the materials colour changes.

  19. Alternative statistical methods for cytogenetic radiation biological dosimetry

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    Fornalski, Krzysztof Wojciech

    2014-01-01

    The paper presents alternative statistical methods for biological dosimetry, such as the Bayesian and Monte Carlo method. The classical Gaussian and robust Bayesian fit algorithms for the linear, linear-quadratic as well as saturated and critical calibration curves are described. The Bayesian model selection algorithm for those curves is also presented. In addition, five methods of dose estimation for a mixed neutron and gamma irradiation field were described: two classical methods, two Bayesian methods and one Monte Carlo method. Bayesian methods were also enhanced and generalized for situations with many types of mixed radiation. All algorithms were presented in easy-to-use form, which can be applied to any computational programming language. The presented algorithm is universal, although it was originally dedicated to cytogenetic biological dosimetry of victims of a nuclear reactor accident.

  20. Ionizing radiation detection meter systems usability evaluation. Technical memorandum

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    In support of the Canadian Forces Nuclear Detection, Identification and Dosimetry project a usability trial of three Ionizing Radiation Detection Meter Systems (IRDMS) was conducted 18-22 June 2001 at Connaught Ranges. The systems evaluated: System 1: ANPDR 77 Operational System with PDR 77 Alpha/Beta probes and GPS (Global Positioning System) Training System; System 2: ADM 300C Operational System with ABP 100 Alpha/Beta probes and GPS Training System, and System 3: RAM R200 Operational System with PA 100M and RG12 Alpha/Beta probes and GPS Training System. Twelve military personnel (Private to Captain) determined compliance with the bid evaluation criteria. The counter-balanced study, based on a Latin square design, was divided into two assessment phases, an operational phase and a training system phase, which rotated three groups (of four participants each) concurrently through each IRDMS. Groups were trained in set-up, maintenance and operation of each bid IRDMS prior to evaluation. The operational evaluation consisted of a test/maintenance stand, an indoor/outdoor operational stand, and an indoor,/outdoor training system stand. Participants rated the utility and usability of each system, by measuring case of use/maintenance under a range of relevant operational and clothing conditions, compatibility with soldier tasks, compatibility with clothing, compatibility with equipment and operational environments, and case of learning (including an assessment of initial and refresher training implications). A 7-point Likert-like acceptability rating scale, which covered a range from completely unacceptable (1) to completely acceptable (7), was used to evaluate the measures. The combined weighted mean scores were 584.3 for System 1 (70o/b), 682.0 for System 2 (81 %) and 756.9 for System 3 (90%) out of a total possible score of 840. Participants reported mean scores for System 1 between barely unacceptable and borderline for both indoor and outdoor operations. System 2 was better, whereby 11 of the 15 questions resulted in mean scores within the borderline to barely acceptable range. System 3 rated reasonably to completely acceptable on all questions, with the exception of prevention of contact with contaminated surfaces which scored barely acceptable. Under set-up and maintenance criteria little difference was found between the 3 systems, although System I rated consistently lower than System 2 which rated consistently lower than System 3. System 1 consistently rated barely acceptable to reasonably acceptable, and System 2 barely acceptable to completely acceptable. System 3 was also consistent, whereby 15 of the 16 criteria ranged between reasonably acceptable to completely acceptable. In the training system ratings, System 1 ranged from borderline to barely acceptable, System 2 ranged from barely acceptable to reasonably acceptable and System 3 ranged from reasonably acceptable to completely acceptable. Focus group discussions indicated that System 1, with an extremely small display and function buttons was too complex, with the potential for creating performance error. Another key problem was that participants could not comfortably operate System 1 and System 2 with the extension probe for 20 minutes, a realistic requirement in an operational setting. System 3 was found to be comfortable and balanced. Although some minor changes were suggested in focus group discussions System 3 was found to be the most acceptable system operationally, with an acceptable training system. (author)

  1. Synovial fluid hydroxyapatite crystals: detection thresholds of two methods.

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    Cunningham, T.; Uebelhart, D.; Very, J M; Fallet, G H; Vischer, T. L.

    1989-01-01

    A method of synovial fluid preparation giving optimal hydroxyapatite detection as well as definitions of the threshold masses of hydroxyapatite in viscous synovial fluid detectable by x ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive analysis is reported. Use of an equal volume of 100% hydrazine with the synovial fluid optimised detection of hydroxyapatite. By x ray diffraction the threshold mass of hydroxyapatite was 500 micrograms and by scanning electron microscopy ...

  2. The microdosimetric variance-covariance method used for beam quality characterization in radiation protection and radiation therapy

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    Lillhök, Jan Erik

    2007-01-01

    Radiation quality is described by the RBE (relative biological effectiveness) that varies with the ionizing ability of the radiation. Microdosimetric quantities describe distributions of energy imparted to small volumes and can be related to RBE. This has made microdosimetry a powerful tool for radiation quality determinations in both radiation protection and radiation therapy. The variance-covariance method determines the dose-average of the distributions and has traditionally been used with...

  3. Self-constructed detectors for environmental radiation sources. Instruments for detecting and measuring electric and magnetic fields as well as radioactive radiation

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    The book presents experiments for detecting and measuring radiation sources. This includes detectors for electric and magnetic fields, radioactive radiation and even cosmic radiation, all of which can be detected by simple (electronic) circuits. Apart from the practical experiments, also basic physical knowledge is provided. The book comprises the following chapters: 1. Introduction; 2. Electrostatic fields in the environment; 3. Magnetostatic fields; 4. Electrodynamic fields; 5. Magnetodynamic fields; 6. Electromagnetic radiation in the environment; 7. Radioactive radiation in the environment; 8. Cosmic radiation; 9. PC interface; 10. Professional radiation measurement; 11. Risk potential.

  4. A violet emission in ZnS:Mn,Eu: Luminescence and applications for radiation detection

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    Ma, Lun; Chen, Wei, E-mail: weichen@uta.edu [Department of Physics and the SAVANT Center, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas 76019-0059 (United States); Jiang, Ke [Center for Biofrontiers Institute, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918 (United States); Liu, Xiao-tang [Department of Physics and the SAVANT Center, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas 76019-0059 (United States); Department of Applied Chemistry, College of Science, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642 (China)

    2014-03-14

    We prepared manganese and europium co-doped zinc sulfide (ZnS:Mn,Eu) phosphors and used them for radiation detection. In addition to the red fluorescence at 583?nm due to the d-d transition of Mn ions, an intense violet emission at 420?nm is newly observed in ZnS:Mn,Eu phosphors. The emission is related to Eu{sup 2+} doping but only appears at certain Eu{sup 2+} concentrations. It is found that the intensity of the 420?nm violet fluorescence is X-ray does-dependent, while the red fluorescence of 583?nm is not. The ratio of fluorescence intensities at 420?nm and 583?nm has been monitored as a function of X-ray doses that exposed upon the ZnS:Mn,Eu phosphors. Empirical formulas are provided to estimate the doses of applied X-ray irradiation. Finally, possible mechanisms of X-ray irradiation induced fluorescence quenching are discussed. The intense 420?nm emission not only provides a violet light for solid state lighting but also offers a very sensitive method for radiation detection.

  5. Detection of radiation treatment of meat by novel techniques of DNA comet assay

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    Treatment of food to ionizing radiation is being progressively used in many countries to inactivate food pathogens, to eradicate pests and to extend shelf life; thereby contributing to safer and more plentiful food supply. Food control agencies throughout the world need some reliable, simple and rapid methods for detection of irradiated foods to ensure free choice of consumer and to enforce labeling. The DNA comet assay offers great potential as a rapid tool to screen irradiated and unirradiated samples of several kinds of foods. In the present study, frozen beef has been investigated for detection of irradiation treatment. The samples were subjected to radiation doses of 0,4,5 and 7.0 kGy and were stored in freezer before analysis. The cells were extracted into cold PBS solutions, embedded into the agarose gel on microscope slides, lysed and electrophoressed at a voltage of 2v/cm for 2 min. The fragmented DNA as a result of irradiation treatment was stretched in the gel producing the dose dependent comets. These comets were visible using a simple transmission microscope after silver staining. The controlled and irradiated samples of meat were clearly distinguishable on the basis of the stained patterns of DNA in form of round or conical intact cells for unirradiated samples or in form of comets for irradiated samples. It is therefore, concluded that 'DNA Comet Assay' offers a potential to screen unirradiated and irradiated meat samples. (author)

  6. Alpha radiation detection using silicon memory chips - preliminary studies

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    Alpha radiation dosage is an important occupational health factor in the mining of uranium and mineral sands. Alpha radiation induced errors in the data of silicon based memory chips provide the foundation for a new type of sensor, with the potential for affordable and prompt measurement of personal alpha doses. With particular reference to Dynamic Random Access Memories (DRAM) this paper introduces the operating principle of a memory based radiation sensor, which is the error mechanism in silicon integrated circuits. 14 refs., 3 figs

  7. Radiation detector having a multiplicity of individual detecting elements

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    Whetten, Nathan R. (Burnt Hills, NY); Kelley, John E. (Albany, NY)

    1985-01-01

    A radiation detector has a plurality of detector collection element arrays immersed in a radiation-to-electron conversion medium. Each array contains a multiplicity of coplanar detector elements radially disposed with respect to one of a plurality of positions which at least one radiation source can assume. Each detector collector array is utilized only when a source is operative at the associated source position, negating the necessity for a multi-element detector to be moved with respect to an object to be examined. A novel housing provides the required containment of a high-pressure gas conversion medium.

  8. Development of damage evaluation method considering radiation induced stress relaxation

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    Full text: When stainless steel components have been in service in light water reactors (LWRs) for a long period, irradiation assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC), irradiation creep and dimensional changes by swelling are occurred. It is difficult to predict precisely initiation of IASCC based on the present knowledge, because IASCC is caused by acting intricately multiple radiation damage phenomena. These damage phenomena are radiation hardening (RH), radiation induced segregation (RIS), swelling and radiation induced stress relaxation (RISR). Regarding to the dose dependence of these phenomena, RH and RIS increase with increasing of dose, swelling increase rapidly over a certain threshold dose level. On the other hand, residual stress near welding portion decrease with increasing of dose by RISR. It is concluded from analyses of damage examples of IASCC that degradation of materials under irradiation and applied stress over a certain tensile stress level are important on the IASCC initiation. If we can develop the new evaluation method for materials damage considering these change with the passage of time, prevention of rupture of structural materials is possible not only by development of new materials but also by a new design method. The change of materials degradation phenomena with the passage of time and the concept of new materials damage evaluation method is shown. Embrittlement by RH and degradation of corrosion resistance by RIS increase with time lag with increasing of dose (operation time of reactor). Residual stress by welding, however, decrease by RISR with increasing of dose. Furthermore, new stress increase over a certain dose by swelling. Though the effect of RISR on damage evaluation is not considered in the present design method, proper damage evaluation is possible by considering the effect of RISR on damage phenomena. In this study, we derived the dependence of dose and irradiation temperature on RH, RIS, RISR, swelling and corrosion characteristics of ion-irradiated materials using ion accelerators radiation with and without bending displacement constraint. For example, the dependence of dose on RH of irradiated materials with and without bending displacement constraint at 330 deg. C is shown. Blue data show the data irradiated neutron at 250 to 340 deg. C. The RH with bending displacement constraint is found to be smaller until about 50dpa than that without bending displacement constraint. Therefore, considering the effect of bending displacement constraint on damage phenomena, new evaluation method for materials damage is possible to apply to the structural design of components. By investigation of both literature and experimental data using the ion accelerators radiation, the characteristics of radiation rate dependence for each damage phenomena were also modelled. Furthermore, integrated model was developed for prediction of macroscopic materials damage phenomena by the integration of elementary models. (author)

  9. Approaches to the evaluation of outbreak detection methods

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    Dailey Lynne

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background An increasing number of methods are being developed for the early detection of infectious disease outbreaks which could be naturally occurring or as a result of bioterrorism; however, no standardised framework for examining the usefulness of various outbreak detection methods exists. To promote comparability between studies, it is essential that standardised methods are developed for the evaluation of outbreak detection methods. Methods This analysis aims to review approaches used to evaluate outbreak detection methods and provide a conceptual framework upon which recommendations for standardised evaluation methods can be based. We reviewed the recently published literature for reports which evaluated methods for the detection of infectious disease outbreaks in public health surveillance data. Evaluation methods identified in the recent literature were categorised according to the presence of common features to provide a conceptual basis within which to understand current approaches to evaluation. Results There was considerable variation in the approaches used for the evaluation of methods for the detection of outbreaks in public health surveillance data, and appeared to be no single approach of choice. Four main approaches were used to evaluate performance, and these were labelled the Descriptive, Derived, Epidemiological and Simulation approaches. Based on the approaches identified, we propose a basic framework for evaluation and recommend the use of multiple approaches to evaluation to enable a comprehensive and contextualised description of outbreak detection performance. Conclusion The varied nature of performance evaluation demonstrated in this review supports the need for further development of evaluation methods to improve comparability between studies. Our findings indicate that no single approach can fulfil all evaluation requirements. We propose that the cornerstone approaches to evaluation identified provide key contributions to support internal and external validity and comparability of study findings, and suggest these be incorporated into future recommendations for performance assessment.

  10. Comparative analysis of methods for detecting interacting loci

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    Yuan Xiguo

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Interactions among genetic loci are believed to play an important role in disease risk. While many methods have been proposed for detecting such interactions, their relative performance remains largely unclear, mainly because different data sources, detection performance criteria, and experimental protocols were used in the papers introducing these methods and in subsequent studies. Moreover, there have been very few studies strictly focused on comparison of existing methods. Given the importance of detecting gene-gene and gene-environment interactions, a rigorous, comprehensive comparison of performance and limitations of available interaction detection methods is warranted. Results We report a comparison of eight representative methods, of which seven were specifically designed to detect interactions among single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs, with the last a popular main-effect testing method used as a baseline for performance evaluation. The selected methods, multifactor dimensionality reduction (MDR, full interaction model (FIM, information gain (IG, Bayesian epistasis association mapping (BEAM, SNP harvester (SH, maximum entropy conditional probability modeling (MECPM, logistic regression with an interaction term (LRIT, and logistic regression (LR were compared on a large number of simulated data sets, each, consistent with complex disease models, embedding multiple sets of interacting SNPs, under different interaction models. The assessment criteria included several relevant detection power measures, family-wise type I error rate, and computational complexity. There are several important results from this study. First, while some SNPs in interactions with strong effects are successfully detected, most of the methods miss many interacting SNPs at an acceptable rate of false positives. In this study, the best-performing method was MECPM. Second, the statistical significance assessment criteria, used by some of the methods to control the type I error rate, are quite conservative, thereby limiting their power and making it difficult to fairly compare them. Third, as expected, power varies for different models and as a function of penetrance, minor allele frequency, linkage disequilibrium and marginal effects. Fourth, the analytical relationships between power and these factors are derived, aiding in the interpretation of the study results. Fifth, for these methods the magnitude of the main effect influences the power of the tests. Sixth, most methods can detect some ground-truth SNPs but have modest power to detect the whole set of interacting SNPs. Conclusion This comparison study provides new insights into the strengths and limitations of current methods for detecting interacting loci. This study, along with freely available simulation tools we provide, should help support development of improved methods. The simulation tools are available at: http://code.google.com/p/simulation-tool-bmc-ms9169818735220977/downloads/list.

  11. High speed infrared radiation thermometer, system, and method

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    Markham, James R. (Middlefield, CT)

    2002-01-01

    The high-speed radiation thermometer has an infrared measurement wavelength band that is matched to the infrared wavelength band of near-blackbody emittance of ceramic components and ceramic thermal barrier coatings used in turbine engines. It is comprised of a long wavelength infrared detector, a signal amplifier, an analog-to-digital converter, an optical system to collect radiation from the target, an optical filter, and an integral reference signal to maintain a calibrated response. A megahertz range electronic data acquisition system is connected to the radiation detector to operate on raw data obtained. Because the thermometer operates optimally at 8 to 12 .mu.m, where emittance is near-blackbody for ceramics, interferences to measurements performed in turbine engines are minimized. The method and apparatus are optimized to enable mapping of surface temperatures on fast moving ceramic elements, and the thermometer can provide microsecond response, with inherent self-diagnostic and calibration-correction features.

  12. Non-Destructive Detection and Separation of Radiation Damaged Cells in Miniaturized, Inexpensive Device Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — There is a clear and well-identified need for rapid, efficient, non-destructive detection and isolation of radiation damaged cells. Available commercial...

  13. Soybean allergen detection methods--a comparison study

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    Pedersen, M. HØjgaard; Holzhauser, T.

    2008-01-01

    Soybean containing products are widely consumed, thus reliable methods for detection of soy in foods are needed in order to make appropriate risk assessment studies to adequately protect soy allergic patients. Six methods were compared using eight food products with a declared content of soy: a direct sandwich ELISA based on polyclonal rabbit antibody (ab) to raw soy flakes, a commercial and an in-house competitive ELISA both based on ab to denatured, 'renatured' soy protein, an enzyme-allergosorbent test (EAST) inhibition based on two sera from soy allergic patients, histamine release (HR) using basophils passively sensitized with patient serum and a PCR method detecting soy DNA. Eight food products were selected as model foods to test the performance of the methods. There was an overall good agreement between the methods in terms of ranks of soy content but not the quantity. The sandwich ELISA aimed at native soy proteins had the lowest detection limit of 0.05 ppm, but only identified soy in 5/8 products, and generally in lower amounts compared to other methods. The competitive ELISA had a higher detection limit of 21 ppm, but seemed more successful in detecting processed soy. Only HR, EAST inhibition and PCR detected soy in all eight products. In spite of a general good correlation in terms of ranks of soy content, more than a single method may be necessary to confirm the presence of soy in foods Udgivelsesdato: 2008/12

  14. Hand-held, mechanically cooled, radiation detection system for gamma-ray spectroscopy

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    Burks, Morgan Thomas; Eckels, Joel Del

    2010-06-08

    In one embodiment, a radiation detection system is provided including a radiation detector and a first enclosure encapsulating the radiation detector, the first enclosure including a low-emissivity infra-red (IR) reflective coating used to thermally isolate the radiation detector. Additionally, a second enclosure encapsulating the first enclosure is included, the first enclosure being suspension mounted to the second enclosure. Further, a cooler capable of cooling the radiation detector is included. Still yet, a first cooling interface positioned on the second enclosure is included for coupling the cooler and the first enclosure. Furthermore, a second cooling interface positioned on the second enclosure and capable of coupling the first enclosure to a cooler separate from the radiation detection system is included. Other embodiments are also presented.

  15. Method for failed element detection in a reactor fuel element

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    A method for detecting failed elements in water-cooled nuclear power plants is described. In the light of existing technical knowldege it has the advantage that all failed roots of a fuel element can be detected at the same time with simple means. (orig./PW)

  16. Current status of cytogenetic procedures to detect and quantify previous exposures to radiation

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    The estimation of the magnitude of a dose of ionizing radiation to which an individual has been exposed (or of the plausibility of an alleged exposure) form chromosomal aberration frequencies determined in peripheral blood lymphocyte cultures is a well-established methodology, having first been employed over 25 years ago. The cytogenetics working group has reviewed the accumulated data and the possible applicability of the technique to the determination of radiation doses to which American veterans might have been exposed as participants in nuclear weapons tests in the continental U.S.A. or the Pacific Atolls during the late 1940s and 1950s or as members of the Occupation Forces entering Hiroshima or Nagasaki shortly after the nuclear detonations there. The working group believes that with prompt peripheral blood sampling, external doses to individuals of the order of about 10 rad can accurately be detected and measured. It also believes that exposures of populations to doses of the order of maximum permissible occupational exposures can also be detected. Large exposures of populations can also be detected even several decades after their exposure, but only in the case of populations, and of large doses. The working group does not believe that cytogenetic measurements can detect internal doses from fallout radionuclides in individuals unless these are very large. The working group has approached the problem of detection of small doses sampled decades after the exposure of individuals by using a Bayesian statistical approach. Only a preliminary evaluation of this approach was possible, but it is clear that it could provide a formal statement of the likelihood that any given observation of a particular number of chromosomal aberrations in a sample of any particular number of lymphocytes actually indicates an exposure to any given dose of radiation. It is also clear that aberration frequencies would have to be quite high before much confidence could be given to either exposure or dose estimation by this method, given the approximately 3 decades of elapsed time between the exposures and any future blood sampling

  17. CMOS compatible micro-scintillators for wireless multi-species radiation detection and tracking

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    Waguespack, Randy; Wilson, Chester G.

    2010-04-01

    This paper reports on an integrated system of wirelessly linked radiation detectors that are sensitive to alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron radiation. The detectors use glass and quartz doped with 10B nanoparticles to detect impinging radiation producing varying optical pulses which exit the material. The varying optical pulses are differentiated by onchip pulse height spectroscopy. Signal discrimination is done with on-chip CMOS circuitry using a 0.35 ?m process and a photodiode or photo-multiplier (PM) tube. On-chip CMOS interfacing is key to the production of small integrated radiation detection packages that are cheaper, more reliable, and easier to produce than assembled devices that use commercial off-the-shelf parts. CMOS packages are designed for low power consumption with maximum battery life; this lends itself to creating small, hard to detect radiation sensor packages that are easy to integrate with wireless sensor nodes. The network would use a mesh configuration and transmit real time radiation information from each node to a local hub. As a radiation source enters the coverage area, the data from sensors in the immediate area is transmitted and compared to find the location of the source. Pinpointing the source is achieved by comparing data received from each node. Radiation testing was done using 241Am, 90Sr, and 60Co sources for alpha, beta, and gamma particles. Initial results show that quartz and glass scintillators doped with boron are able to detect each form of radiation. The quartz scintillator is also able to detect neutron radiation particles, which being neutral, are undetected with traditional solid state radiation detectors.

  18. Development of radiation hardened pixel sensors for charged particle detection

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    Koziel, M

    2014-01-01

    CMOS Pixel Sensors are being developed since a few years to equip vertex detectors for future high-energy physics experiments with the crucial advantages of a low material budget and low production costs. The features simultaneously required are a short readout time, high granularity and high tolerance to radiation. This thesis mainly focuses on the radiation tolerance studies. To achieve the targeted readout time (tens of microseconds), the sensor pixel readout was organized in parallel columns restricting in addition the readout to pixels that had collected the signal charge. The pixels became then more complex, and consequently more sensitive to radiation. Different in-pixel architectures were studied and it was concluded that the tolerance to ionizing radiation was limited to 300 krad with the 0.35- ?m fabrication process currently used, while the targeted value was several Mrad. Improving this situation calls for implementation of the sensors in processes with a smaller feature size which naturally imp...

  19. Solving Inverse Detection Problems Using Passive Radiation Signatures

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    Favorite, Jeffrey A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Armstrong, Jerawan C. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Vaquer, Pablo A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2012-08-15

    The ability to reconstruct an unknown radioactive object based on its passive gamma-ray and neutron signatures is very important in homeland security applications. Often in the analysis of unknown radioactive objects, for simplicity or speed or because there is no other information, they are modeled as spherically symmetric regardless of their actual geometry. In these presentation we discuss the accuracy and implications of this approximation for decay gamma rays and for neutron-induced gamma rays. We discuss an extension of spherical raytracing (for uncollided fluxes) that allows it to be used when the exterior shielding is flat or cylindrical. We revisit some early results in boundary perturbation theory, showing that the Roussopolos estimate is the correct one to use when the quantity of interest is the flux or leakage on the boundary. We apply boundary perturbation theory to problems in which spherically symmetric systems are perturbed in asymmetric nonspherical ways. We apply mesh adaptive direct search (MADS) algorithms to object reconstructions. We present a benchmark test set that may be used to quantitatively evaluate inverse detection methods.

  20. Detector and quantifier of ionizing x-radiation by indirect method

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    The work presents the development of a device able to detect and quantify ionizing radiations. The transduction principle proposed for the design of the detector consists on using the properties of the fluorescent screens able to respond to the incident radiation with a proportional brightness. Though the method is well-known, it proved necessary to optimize the design of the detectors in order to get a greater efficiency in the relationship radiation/brightness; to that purpose, different models were tried out, varying its geometry and the optoelectronic device. The resultant signal was processed and presented in a visualization system. It is important to highlight that the project is in development and the results we obtained are preliminary

  1. Detector and quantifier of ionizing x-radiation by indirect method

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    Pablo, Aramayo; Roberto, Cruz; Luis, Rocha; Rotger Viviana I; Olivera, Juan Manuel [Departamento de BioingenierIa, FACET, UNT SIPROSA PO Box 327, Zip Code (4000), Tucuman (Argentina)

    2007-11-15

    The work presents the development of a device able to detect and quantify ionizing radiations. The transduction principle proposed for the design of the detector consists on using the properties of the fluorescent screens able to respond to the incident radiation with a proportional brightness. Though the method is well-known, it proved necessary to optimize the design of the detectors in order to get a greater efficiency in the relationship radiation/brightness; to that purpose, different models were tried out, varying its geometry and the optoelectronic device. The resultant signal was processed and presented in a visualization system. It is important to highlight that the project is in development and the results we obtained are preliminary.

  2. Natural Terrestrial electromagnetic fields of extremely low frequencies and detection of periodic gravitational radiation

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    Grunskaya, L. V.; VINOGRADOV, D. V.

    1999-01-01

    The present research is connected with nontraditional ways of detecting periodic gravitational radiation. Some records of extremely low frequency variations of electromagnetic fields of Earth with extracting periodicities are realized corresponding to the source of gravitational radiation of geophysical and astrophysical origin.

  3. Tests for detecting degradation of gelatin: comparison of five methods.

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    Pickett, M. J.; Greenwood, J. R.; Harvey, S. M.

    1991-01-01

    Five methods for detecting degradation of gelatin by bacteria were compared. These were liquefaction in nutrient broth, hydrolysis in nutrient agar, hydrolysis of charcoal gelatin strips, degradation of the gelatin on strips of photographic film, and alkalinization of gelatin agar. Degradation of photographic film is a rapid and convenient method but, like hydrolysis of gelatin in broth and in agar, may fail to detect weakly positive strains of bacteria. Alkalinization of gelatin in an agar m...

  4. Enhanced Boundary Detection Method Based on Canny Theory

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    J. Juan Zhao; Jin Wang; Wei Wei; Xiao Min Chang; Bo Pei

    2013-01-01

    With the quick development of computer image detection technique, image boundary inspect method has become the field of image processing and computer vision research focus, digital image boundary inspection is image segmentation, image recognition, image analysis for instance area shape extracting the important foundation. Based on Canny operator manually select the threshold improperly, which result in edge detection has some ineffective shortcomings. In this study, the method is presented a...

  5. An Automatic Eye Detection Method for Gray Intensity Facial Images

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    M Hassaballah; Kenji Murakami; Shun Ido

    2011-01-01

    Eyes are the most salient and stable features in the human face, and hence automatic extraction or detection of eyes is often considered as the most important step in many applications, such as face identification and recognition. This paper presents a method for eye detection of still grayscale images. The method is based on two facts: eye regions exhibit unpredictable local intensity, therefore entropy in eye regions is high and the center of eye (iris) is too dark circle (low intensity) co...

  6. A numerical solution method for acoustic radiation from axisymmetric bodies

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    Caruthers, John E.; Raviprakash, G. K.

    1995-01-01

    A new and very efficient numerical method for solving equations of the Helmholtz type is specialized for problems having axisymmetric geometry. It is then demonstrated by application to the classical problem of acoustic radiation from a vibrating piston set in a stationary infinite plane. The method utilizes 'Green's Function Discretization', to obtain an accurate resolution of the waves using only 2-3 points per wave. Locally valid free space Green's functions, used in the discretization step, are obtained by quadrature. Results are computed for a range of grid spacing/piston radius ratios at a frequency parameter, omega R/c(sub 0), of 2 pi. In this case, the minimum required grid resolution appears to be fixed by the need to resolve a step boundary condition at the piston edge rather than by the length scale imposed by the wave length of the acoustic radiation. It is also demonstrated that a local near-field radiation boundary procedure allows the domain to be truncated very near the radiating source with little effect on the solution.

  7. Radiation-induced biomarkers for the detection and assessment of absorbed radiation doses

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    Rana Sudha

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Radiation incident involving living organisms is an uncommon but a very serious situation. The first step in medical management including triage is high-throughput assessment of the radiation dose received. Radiation exposure levels can be assessed from viability of cells, cellular organelles such as chromosome and different intermediate metabolites. Oxidative damages by ionizing radiation result in carcinogenesis, lowering of the immune response and, ultimately, damage to the hematopoietic system, gastrointestinal system and central nervous system. Biodosimetry is based on the measurement of the radiation-induced changes, which can correlate them with the absorbed dose. Radiation biomarkers such as chromosome aberration are most widely used. Serum enzymes such as serum amylase and diamine oxidase are the most promising biodosimeters. The level of gene expression and protein are also good biomarkers of radiation.

  8. Maximum likelihood estimates of mean and variance of occupation radiation doses subjected to minimum detection levels.

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    Datta, D; Singh, Sanjay; Johnson, B E; Kushwaha, H S

    2008-01-01

    Data collection and its analysis in the field of nuclear safety is an important task in the sense that it powers the improvement of safety as well as reliability of the plant. Thus, occupational exposure data analysis is presented to measure the safety or reliability of radiation protection of a given facility. It also is required as a basic input in making decisions on radiation protection regulations and recommendations. A common practice in radiation protection is to record a zero for observation below minimum detection limit (MDL) doses, which leads to an underestimation of true doses and overestimation of the dose-response relationship. Exposure data (both external and internal) are collected by monitoring each individual and this kind of monitoring generally is graded as low-level monitoring. So, in such low-level monitoring, the occurrence of exposure below MDL invites statistical complications for estimating mean and variance because the data are generally censored, i.e observations below MDL are marked. In Type I censoring, the point of censoring (e.g. the detection limit) is 'fixed' a priori for all observations and the number of the censored observations varies. In Type II censoring, the number of censored observations is fixed a priori, and the point of censoring vary. The methodology generally followed in estimating mean and variance with these censored data was the replacement of missing dose by half the MDL. In this paper, authors have used the maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) approach for the estimation of mean and standard deviation. A computer code BDLCENSOR has been developed in which all these MLE-based advanced algorithms are implemented. In addition to the MLE-based method, an expectation maximisation algorithm has also been implemented. The code is written using Visual BASIC 6.0. The paper describes the details of the algorithms adopted for handling such censored data to estimate bias free mean and standard deviation. PMID:18083720

  9. Detection of irradiated foods by the DEFT/APC method

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    Irradiation technology is used to prevent the spoilage losses and to improve the hygienic quality of foods. Appropriate techniques for the detection of irradiated foods are needed to guarantee the proper consumer information and to facilitate the trade of irradiated foods. The characteristics of the microbial population of irradiated foods have been used for developing detection methods for irradiated foods. This microbiological method is based on the comparison of an aerobic plate count (APC) with a count obtained with the direct epifluorescent filter technique (DEFT) for the detection of irradiation of foodstuffs.

  10. Comparison between optical and X-ray cluster detection methods

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    Basilakos, S; Georgakakis, A; Georgantopoulos, I; Gaga, T; Kolokotronis, V G; Stewart, G C

    2003-01-01

    In this work we present combined optical and X-ray cluster detection methods in an area near the North Galactic Pole area, previously covered by the SDSS and 2dF optical surveys. The same area has been covered by shallow ($\\sim 1.8$ deg$^{2}$) XMM-{\\em Newton} observations. The optical cluster detection procedure is based on merging two independent selection methods - a smoothing+percolation technique, and a Matched Filter Algorithm. The X-ray cluster detection is based on a wavelet-based algorithm, incorporated in the SAS v.5.2 package. The final optical sample counts 9 candidate clusters with richness of more than 20 galaxies, corresponding roughly to APM richness class. Three, of our optically detected clusters are also detected in our X-ray survey.

  11. Using Imaging Methods to Interrogate Radiation-Induced Cell Signaling

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    Shankaran, Harish; Weber, Thomas J.; Freiin von Neubeck, Claere H.; Sowa, Marianne B.

    2012-04-01

    There is increasing emphasis on the use of systems biology approaches to define radiation induced responses in cells and tissues. Such approaches frequently rely on global screening using various high throughput 'omics' platforms. Although these methods are ideal for obtaining an unbiased overview of cellular responses, they often cannot reflect the inherent heterogeneity of the system or provide detailed spatial information. Additionally, performing such studies with multiple sampling time points can be prohibitively expensive. Imaging provides a complementary method with high spatial and temporal resolution capable of following the dynamics of signaling processes. In this review, we utilize specific examples to illustrate how imaging approaches have furthered our understanding of radiation induced cellular signaling. Particular emphasis is placed on protein co-localization, and oscillatory and transient signaling dynamics.

  12. Efficient Eye Blink Detection Method for disabled-helping domain

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present a real time method based on some video and image processing algorithms for eye blink detection. The motivation of this research is the need of disabling who cannot control the calls with human mobile interaction directly without the need of hands. A Haar Cascade Classifier is applied for face and eye detection for getting eye and facial axis information. In addition, the same classifier is used based on Haar- like features to find out the relationship between the eyes and the facial axis for positioning the eyes. An efficient eye tracking method is proposed which uses the position of detected face. Finally, an eye blinking detection based on eyelids state (close or open is used for controlling android mobile phones. The method is used with and without smoothing filter to show the improvement of detection accuracy. The application is used in real time for studying the effect of light and distance between the eyes and the mobile device in order to evaluate the accuracy detection and overall accuracy of the system. Test results show that our proposed method provides a 98% overall accuracy and 100% detection accuracy for a distance of 35 cm and an artificial light.

  13. Detection of irradiated cheese and exotic fruits by a simple routine control method

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    The results demonstrate very clearly that Florisil chromatography is a suitable routine method to detect irradiation treatment in Camembert, mango seeds and avocado flesh. Inspite of excluding 1-14:1 as marker for irradiation treatment on account of fat attendant flavour compounds in fruits, an unequivocal revelation of irradiated samples was possible because the most important radiation-induced hydrocarbons 1,7-26:2 and 8-14:1 (arising from oleic acid) could be clearly detected in both fruits. In addition, high amounts of 1-16:1 from stearic acid are present in irradiated mango and 6,9-17:2 from linoleic acid in avocado. (orig.)

  14. Marine radioactivity monitoring program and analysis-detection methods in the nuclear emergency situation

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    Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant accident resulted in great amount of radioactive substances released into the marine environment, triggered the concern and reflection about the marine radiation safety. In this paper, based on the Fukushima NPP accident emergency monitoring, the characteristics at different stages of marine nuclear accidental situation monitoring and the current monitoring programs and analysis-detection methods were introduced. Comparison with the associated international real-time monitoring technology for marine radioactivity was made and recommendations on the development of national marine radioactivity detection technology in nuclear accidental situation were discussed. (authors)

  15. Nanotechnology-Based Systems for Nuclear Radiation and Chemical Detection

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    This main objectives of this effort are the development and prototyping of a small, sensitive, and low-cost multi-channel nanoparticle scintillation microdevice with integrated waveguides for alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron detection. This research effort has integrated experiments and simulation to determine the combination of process-specific materials for the achievement optimum detection conditions

  16. Computer methods in radiation protection as viewed by a user

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    Stevenson, G R

    1980-01-01

    Five elements in computer methods as applied to radiation protection are identified and discussed: the user, from the person who never touches a keyboard to the person who has never made a fluence measurement; the problem, analytical, iterative or Monte Carlo; the objective, for multiple engineering runs, for single in-depth studies or for program development; the interface, or how to get the data in and the answer out; the solution, or is this really the right answer?. (0 refs).

  17. Radiation process control, study and acceptance of dosimetric methods

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    The methods of primary dosimetric standardization and the calibration of dosimetric monitors suitable for radiation process control were outlined in the form of a logical pattern in which they are in current use on industrial scale in Yugoslavia. The reliability of the process control of industrial sterilization of medical supplies for the last four years was discussed. The preparatory works for the intermittent use of electron beams in cable industry were described. (author)

  18. Support system and method for detecting neurodegenerative disorder

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    Kempfner, Jacob Technical University of Denmark,

    The present invention relates to a system and a method for detection of abnormal motor activity during REM sleep, and further to systems and method for assisting in detecting neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's. One embodiment relates to a method for detection of abnormal motor activity during REM sleep comprising the steps of: performing polysomnographic recordings of a sleeping subject, thereby obtaining one or more electromyography (EMG) derivations, preferably surface EMG recordings, and one or more EEG derivations, and/or one or more electrooculargraphy (EOG) derivations, detecting one or more REM sleep stages, preferably based on the one or more EEG and/or EOG derivations, determining the level of muscle activity during the one or more REM sleep stages based on the one or more EMG derivations, wherein a subject having an increased level of muscle activity during REM sleep compared to one or more normal subjects has abnormal motor activity during REM sleep.

  19. Radiative transfer with Monte Carlo predictor-corrector methods

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    In this paper we explore the time discretization error introduced into the Implicit Monte Carlo (IMC) method and contrast IMC with the Carter-Forest (CF) method which should be more accurate. The IMC method is the current standard even though it makes two approximations to solve the linear Radiative Transfer (RT) equations while the CF method solves them exactly. When the opacity and ? are functions of temperature, both IMC and CF must approximate the values of the opacity and ? as constant during a time step, adding a source of error to both methods. To determine the effect of the approximations in the IMC and CF methods, a detailed analysis was conducted to quantify the accumulated effect of each assumption. The residual analysis demonstrates the existence of a bias in the IMC method based on the value of alpha, and the truncation analysis shows that a significant source of truncation error in both the IMC and CF method originates with the constant opacity approximation over a time step in a non-linear problem. A predictor-corrector method is demonstrated that changes the CF method to be second order accurate in 0D while the IMC method will remain first order accurate. (authors)

  20. Detection of nuclear radiations; Detectores de radiaciones nucleares

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    Tanarro Sanz, A.

    1959-07-01

    A summary of the lectures about the ordinary detectors of nuclear radiations given by the author in the Courses of Introduction to Nuclear Engineering held at the JEN up to the date of publication is given. Those lectures are considered to be a necessary introduction to Nuclear Instrumentation and Applied electronics to Nuclear Engineering so it has been intent to underline those characteristics of radiation detectors that must be taken in consideration in choosing or designing the electronic equipment associated to them in order to take advantage of each detector possibilities. (Author) 8 refs.

  1. Detection of nuclear radiations; Deteccion de Radiaciones nucleares

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    Tanarro Sanz, A.

    1967-07-01

    A summary of the lectures about the ordinary detectors of nuclear radiations explained by the author in the courses of Nuclear Engineering held at the J.E.N. up to the date of publication is given. Those lectures are considered to be a necessary introduction to Nuclear Instrumentation and Applied Electronics to Nuclear Engineering so it has been intended to underline those characteristics of radiation detectors that must be taken in consideration in choosing or designing the electronic equipment associated to them in order to take advantage of each detector possibilities. (Author)

  2. Thermoluminescence analysis for detection of irradiated food - luminescence characteristics of minerals for different types of radiation and radiation doses

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    Federal Research Centre for Nutrition, Institute of Nutritional Physiology, Haid-und-Neu-Straße 9, 76131 Karlsruhe (Germany) Thermoluminescence analysis is used to detect radiation processing of foods which are contaminated with sand or dust. Silicate minerals are isolated, their radiation-induced luminescence is measured and compared to the thermoluminescence from a second measurement after exposure to a dexned radiation dose (normalization). In the present study, the mineral mixture *sand+ and its main components feldspar and quartz were investigated for their thermoluminescence behaviour using different types of radiation, in order to determine adequate radiation sources for the purpose of normalization. The material was irradiated with types of ionizing radiation commonly used for commercial food irradiation, i.e. accelerated electrons with beam energies of 5 MeV as well as 10 MeV, and 60 Co--rays. After thermoluminescence measurements, samples were re-irradiated using either accelerated electrons with beam energies of 2 MeV, 5 MeV or 10 MeV, or 60 Co--rays, 90 Sr--rays or ultraviolet rays (200}280 nm). Evaluation of the xrst and corresponding second glow curve revealed that their shapes depend on the type of minerals in the mixture. The second radiation treatment (normalization) is satisfactory when accelerated electrons (2, 5 and 10 MeV) as well as 60 Co--rays and 90 Sr--rays are employed. Normalization with ultraviolet rays, however, has only a limited range of use

  3. Detection method for genetically modified papaya using duplex PCR.

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    Yamaguchi, Akihiro; Shimizu, Kaori; Mishima, Takashi; Aoki, Nobutaro; Hattori, Hideki; Sato, Hidetaka; Ueda, Nobuo; Watanabe, Takahiro; Hino, Akihiro; Akiyama, Hiroshi; Maitani, Tamio

    2006-08-01

    A simple and rapid method for the identification of genetically modified (GM) papaya, derived from Line 55-1, was developed by modifying the Japanese official PCR method. Genomic DNA was directly extracted from the fresh fruit without the lyophilization step, using a commercial silica-based kit. To develop a duplex PCR method which simultaneously detects the GM papaya-specific gene and the intrinsic papain gene, the papain 2-5'/3' (amplicon size; 184 bp) primer pair for the detection of the papain gene was newly designed within the region of the products (211 bp) amplified using the papain 1-5'/-3' primer pair adopted in the Japanese official PCR method. To detect the GM papaya-specific gene, the primer pair Nos C-5'/CaM N-3' described in the Japanese official method was used. The DNA sequences of the GM papaya gene and the intrinsic papain gene were co-amplified using the PCR method in a single tube. The developed duplex PCR method allows the simultaneous detection of the products by means of agarose gel electrophoresis or microchip electrophoresis. The proposed method for GM papaya identification is simple and rapid. PMID:16984033

  4. The method of active remote detection of nuclear ammunition

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    Method for active nondestructive detection of nuclear ammunition on mobile or remote objects with application of powerful pulse neutron generator of intermediate energy as a mean for control of in international agreements observance relative to nuclear arms reduction is proposed. Numerical modelling of the proposed method is carried out. 10 refs., 1 fig., 2 tabs

  5. Electret ionization chamber: a new method for detection and dosimetry of thermal neutrons

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    An electret ionization chamber with boron coated walls is presented as a new method for detecting thermal neutrons. The efficiency of electret ionization chambers with different wall materials for the external electrode was inferred from the results. Detection of slow neutrons with discrimination against the detection of ?-rays and energetic neutrons was shown to depend on the selection of these materials. The charge stability over a long period of time and the charge decay owing to natural radiation were also studied. Numerical analysis was developed by the use of a micro-computer PC-XT. Both the experimental and numerical results show that the sensitivity of the electret ionization chamber for detection of thermal neutrons is comparable with that of the BF3 ionization chamber and that new technologies for deposition of the boron layer will produce higher efficiency detectors. (author). 102 refs, 32 fig, 10 tabs

  6. InP based semioconductor stuctures for radiation detection.

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    Procházková, Olga; Grym, Jan; Pekárek, Ladislav; Zavadil, Ji?í; Ž?ánský, Karel

    Fayetteville : University of Arkansas , 2007. s. a213088--. [Semiconducting & Insulating Materials Conference - SIMC /14./. 15.05.2007-20.05.2007, Fayetteville] R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GA102/06/0153 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20670512 Keywords : semiconductor technology * rare earth compounds * radiation detectors Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  7. Radiation risks and work-up strategies of detected lesions

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    Groups of women who received extremely high doses of radiation (100 to over 1000 rads) to the breast have shown as excess number breast cancers when compared with comparable groups on nonexposed women. These high-dose groups include Japanese survivors of the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, women treated with radiation therapy in 1920s for benign breast conditions such as post partum mastitis or received multiple chest fluoroscopies after tuberculosis treated with artificial pneumothorax therapy. Not known is whether very low doses of radiation can also be carcinogenic. The low doses used in mammography techniques are all far below one rad. Mean breast dose for a two-view exposure is 0.1 rad and even using a grid, it is still less than 0.2 rad. It is slightly higher for Xeromammography, which is in fact in decreasing use in the USA. Only a minority of examinations, perhaps 20%, are still conducted on Xeromammography. The dose is about 0.5 rad for the Xeron negative mode technique and 0.25 rad for the new Xerox liquid toner system. In any event, all these doses are extremely low and several orders of magnitude lower than the doses at which radiation carcinogenesis has been demonstrated. (author). 7 refs., 1 fig., 3 tabs

  8. Detection of Saharan Dust with Ground-based Radiation Measurements

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    Becker, Ralf; Behrens, Klaus; Feister, Uwe; Görsdorf, Ulrich; Baum, Winfried

    2013-04-01

    The evaluation of the radiation data of the network of the German Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst, DWD) and especially of the data of different broadband and spectral instruments of the Lindenberg Meteorological Observatory (MOL-RAO) on August 19th/20th 2012 show signals which are a result of a Saharan dust event. The origin is proved by analysing the backward trajectories of the GME weather forecast model. The dust event is characterised by means of ground based measurements of broadband and spectral irradiation, derived aerosol properties and ceilometer backscatter profiles. In this contribution as a start the daily course of global, diffuse and direct radiation at normal incidence of the Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN) station at Lindenberg (?=52°12' N; ?=12°07' E; h=126 m) is discussed. Synoptical observations by Lindenberg weather station as well as satellite observations indicate a cloudfree sky for the whole day. In the afternoon hours a remarkable reduction of the direct component and a simultaneous increase of the diffuse component of radiation were recorded, meanwhile global radiation remains almost undisturbed. Spectral measurements of direct radiation with a Precision Filterradiometer (PFR) are used to derive spectral aerosol optical depth (AOD) as well as Angstroem turbidity parameters ? and ?. Both quantities undergo a large change within 3 hours, which is in good agreement to the changes in the broadband measurements. The results are interpreted as a shifting of particle fraction for the benefit of large particles. Atmospheric aerosol transported from North Africa and Spain to Central Europe led to changes in global and diffuse spectral irradiance in the UV region. Model output values from an RTM to simulate its optical effect by absorption and scattering are in line with measured components of solar UV irradiance. The advection of dust-contaminated air over parts of Germany can be monitored using data of ceilometer network. A maximum layer depth of 2.5 km is observed. Calculations of broadband-AOD (Gueymard, 1998) for selected sites of the radiation network make up a view on dust advection on Aug 20, 2012.

  9. a Semiautomatic Anomalous Change Detection Method for Monitoring Aims

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    Artese, G.; Achilli, V.; Fabris, M.; Perrelli, M.

    2012-08-01

    In the framework of the development of a web site devoted to the documentation and monitoring of the cultural heritage (above all monumental buildings), a semiautomatic method for anomalous change detection has been set up. The method uses the grouping of the image difference values, to detect both small and diffused changes. Three tests are described to evaluate the performances of the method. The results show that good performances are obtained in case of cloudy days, while the presence of shadows requires the interpretation of an operator to distinguish true and false changes.

  10. Active fault detection: A comparison of probabilistic methods

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    Škach, Jan; Pun?ochá?, Ivo

    2015-11-01

    The paper deals with probabilistic methods for designing the active fault detectors that improve the quality of detection using an auxiliary input signal. Two probabilistic methods that assume a similar stochastic model of a monitored system are considered and compared with a special attention to various difficulties associated with active fault detector designs. The active fault detector design based on a general detection cost function is compared with the model sequence selection error minimization design in terms of assumptions and theoretical properties. Practical aspects of both methods are also considered and demonstrated through a numerical example.

  11. Detection of radiation induced lung injury in rats using dynamic hyperpolarized 129Xe magnetic resonance spectroscopy

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    Purpose: Radiation induced lung injury (RILI) is a common side effect for patients undergoing thoracic radiation therapy (RT). RILI can lead to temporary or permanent loss of lung function and in extreme cases, death. Combining functional lung imaging information with conventional radiation treatment plans may lead to more desirable treatment plans that reduce lung toxicity and improve the quality of life for lung cancer survivors. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the lung following inhalation of hyperpolarized129Xe may provide a useful nonionizing approach for probing changes in lung function and structure associated with RILI before, during, or after RT (early and late time-points). Methods: In this study, dynamic129Xe MR spectroscopy was used to measure whole-lung gas transfer time constants for lung tissue and red blood cells (RBC), respectively (TTr-tissue and TTr-RBC) in groups of rats at two weeks and six weeks following 14 Gy whole-lung exposure to radiation from a 60Co source. A separate group of six healthy age-matched rats served as a control group. Results: TTr-tissue values at two weeks post-irradiation (51.6 ± 6.8 ms) were found to be significantly elevated (p < 0.05) with respect to the healthy control group (37.2 ± 4.8 ms). TTr-RBC did not show any significant changes between groups. TTr-tissue was strongly correlated with TTr-RBC in the control group (r = 0.9601 p < 0.05) and uncorrelated in the irradiated groups. Measurements of arterial partial pressure of oxygen obtained by arterial blood sampling were found to be significantly decreased (p < 0.05) in the two-week group (54.2 ± 12.3 mm?Hg) compared to those from a representative control group (85.0 ± 10.0 mm?Hg). Histology of a separate group of similarly irradiated animals confirmed the presence of inflammation due to radiation exposure with alveolar wall thicknesses that were significantly different (p < 0.05). At six weeks post-irradiation, TTr-tissue returned to values (35.6 ± 9.6 ms) that were not significantly different from baseline. Conclusions: Whole-lung tissue transfer time constants for129Xe (TTr-tissue) can be used to detect the early phase of RILI in a rat model involving 14 Gy thoracic 60Co exposure as early as two weeks post-irradiation. This knowledge combined with more sophisticated models of gas exchange and imaging techniques, may allow functional lung avoidance radiation therapy planning to be achievable, providing more beneficial treatment plans and improved quality of life for recovering lung cancer patients

  12. Technical specifications manual for the MARK-1 pulsed ionizing radiation detection system

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    The MARK-1 detection system was developed by the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory for the US Department of Energy Office of Arms Control and Nonproliferation. The completely portable system was designed for the detection and analysis of intense photon emissions from pulsed ionizing radiation sources. This manual presents the technical design specifications for the MARK-1 detection system and was written primarily to assist the support or service technician in the service, calibration, and repair of the system. The manual presents the general detection system theory, the MARK-1 component design specifications, the acquisition and control software, the data processing sequence, and the system calibration procedure. A second manual entitled: Volume 2: Operations Manual for the MARK-1 Pulsed Ionizing Radiation Detection System (USDOE Report WINCO-1108, September 1992) provides a general operational description of the MARK-1 detection system. The Operations Manual was written primarily to assist the field operator in system operations and analysis of the data

  13. Technical specifications manual for the MARK-1 pulsed ionizing radiation detection system. Volume 1

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    Lawrence, R.S.; Harker, Y.D.; Jones, J.L.; Hoggan, J.M.

    1993-03-01

    The MARK-1 detection system was developed by the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory for the US Department of Energy Office of Arms Control and Nonproliferation. The completely portable system was designed for the detection and analysis of intense photon emissions from pulsed ionizing radiation sources. This manual presents the technical design specifications for the MARK-1 detection system and was written primarily to assist the support or service technician in the service, calibration, and repair of the system. The manual presents the general detection system theory, the MARK-1 component design specifications, the acquisition and control software, the data processing sequence, and the system calibration procedure. A second manual entitled: Volume 2: Operations Manual for the MARK-1 Pulsed Ionizing Radiation Detection System (USDOE Report WINCO-1108, September 1992) provides a general operational description of the MARK-1 detection system. The Operations Manual was written primarily to assist the field operator in system operations and analysis of the data.

  14. Method of detecting genetic deletions identified with chromosomal abnormalities

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    Gray, Joe W; Pinkel, Daniel; Tkachuk, Douglas

    2013-11-26

    Methods and compositions for staining based upon nucleic acid sequence that employ nucleic acid probes are provided. Said methods produce staining patterns that can be tailored for specific cytogenetic analyzes. Said probes are appropriate for in situ hybridization and stain both interphase and metaphase chromosomal material with reliable signals. The nucleic acids probes are typically of a complexity greater tha 50 kb, the complexity depending upon the cytogenetic application. Methods and reagents are provided for the detection of genetic rearrangements. Probes and test kits are provided for use in detecting genetic rearrangements, particlularly for use in tumor cytogenetics, in the detection of disease related loci, specifically cancer, such as chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) and for biological dosimetry. Methods and reagents are described for cytogenetic research, for the differentiation of cytogenetically similar ut genetically different diseases, and for many prognostic and diagnostic applications.

  15. Vision-Based Road Detection by Monte Carlo Method

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    W. Yanqing

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel vision-based road detection method is proposed in this study to realize visual guiding navigation for Autonomous Land Vehicles (ALV. The captured image was first segmented into road region and non-road region by using Otsu thresholding algorithm. Subsequently, the extracted Canny edges located in deep position of road region and non-road region would be removed by filtering so that the recognition of road boundary could not be affected by mussy edges existed in the image. In order to improve the performance of road detection, the dynamics of ALV and the Monte Carlo Method was taken into account to associate the possible road boundary in different image frames. The method proposed in this study is robust against strong shadows, surface dilapidation and illumination variations. The real world experiment on road detection has demonstrated that the proposed method is feasible and valid.

  16. Radiation Resistance of Biological Reagents for In Situ Life Detection

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    Carr, Christopher E.; Rowedder, Holli; Vafadari, Cyrus; Lui, Clarissa S.; Cascio, Ethan; Zuber, Maria T.; Ruvkun, Gary

    2012-01-01

    Life on Mars, if it exists, may share a common ancestry with life on Earth derived from meteoritic transfer of microbes between the planets. One means to test this hypothesis is to isolate, detect, and sequence nucleic acids in situ on Mars, then search for similarities to known common features of life on Earth. Such an instrument would require biological and chemical components, such as polymerase and fluorescent dye molecules. We show that reagents necessary for detection and sequencing of ...

  17. Detection probe for measuring and evaluating natural gamma radiation, especially in logging

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    The detection probe consists of two detection units arranged one after the othe. One is surrounded with less permeable shielding, the other with more permeable shielding. The probe is continuously moved along the logging bore-hole. The two signals from the detection units with different shieldings are related by an evaluation block and graphically recorded. The advantage of the probe is that it objectively determines the course of gamma radiation while excluding random effects. (M.S.)

  18. Research on radiation characteristic of plasma antenna through FDTD method.

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    Zhou, Jianming; Fang, Jingjing; Lu, Qiuyuan; Liu, Fan

    2014-01-01

    The radiation characteristic of plasma antenna is investigated by using the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) approach in this paper. Through using FDTD method, we study the propagation of electromagnetic wave in free space in stretched coordinate. And the iterative equations of Maxwell equation are derived. In order to validate the correctness of this method, we simulate the process of electromagnetic wave propagating in free space. Results show that electromagnetic wave spreads out around the signal source and can be absorbed by the perfectly matched layer (PML). Otherwise, we study the propagation of electromagnetic wave in plasma by using the Boltzmann-Maxwell theory. In order to verify this theory, the whole process of electromagnetic wave propagating in plasma under one-dimension case is simulated. Results show that Boltzmann-Maxwell theory can be used to explain the phenomenon of electromagnetic wave propagating in plasma. Finally, the two-dimensional simulation model of plasma antenna is established under the cylindrical coordinate. And the near-field and far-field radiation pattern of plasma antenna are obtained. The experiments show that the variation of electron density can introduce the change of radiation characteristic. PMID:25114961

  19. A Prognostic Method for Fault Detection in Wind Turbine Drivetrains

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    Nejada, Amir R.; Odgaard, Peter Fogh

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, a prognostic method is presented for fault detection in gears and bearings in wind turbine drivetrains. This method is based on angular velocity measurements from the gearbox input shaft and the output to the generator, using two additional angular velocity sensors on the intermediate shafts inside the gearbox. An angular velocity error function is defined and compared in the faulty and fault-free conditions in frequency domain. Faults can be detected from the change in the energy level of the frequency spectrum of an error function. The method is demonstrated by detecting bearing faults in three locations: the high-speed shaft stage, the planetary stage and the intermediate-speed shaft stage. Simulations of the faulty and fault-free cases are performed on a gearbox model implemented in multibody dynamic simulation software. The global loads on the gearbox are obtained from a dynamometer test bench and applied to the numerical gearbox model. The method is exemplified using a 750 kW wind turbine gearbox. The case study results show that defects in the high- and intermediate-speed bearings can be detected using this method. It is shown that this procedure is relatively simple, yet accurate enough for early fault detection in wind turbine gearboxes.

  20. New method for detecting slime production by coagulase negative staphylococci.

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    Freeman, D. J.; Falkiner, F R; Keane, C T

    1989-01-01

    An alternative method for detecting the production of slime by coagulase negative staphylococci was compared with the routinely used Christensen method on 124 isolates of coagulase negative staphylococci from carriage sites, blood cultures, and infected peritoneal dialysis fluids. The alternative method requires the use of a specially prepared solid medium--brain heart infusion broth, supplemented with 5% sucrose, and Congo red stain. Of the 124 tests, there was complete agreement between met...