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  1. 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...

  2. Radiation detection device and a radiation detection method

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    A radiation detection device is described including at least one scintillator in the path of radiation emissions from a distributed radiation source; a plurality of photodetectors for viewing each scintillator; a signal processing means, a storage means, and a data processing means that are interconnected with one another and connected to said photodetectors; and display means connected to the data processing means to locate a plurality of radiation sources in said distributed radiation source and to provide an image of the distributed radiation sources. The storage means includes radiation emission response data and location data from a plurality of known locations for use by the data processing means to derive a more accurate image by comparison of radiation responses from known locations with radiation responses from unknown locations. (auth)

  3. 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

  4. Rubella virus detection by ELISA method in exposed radiation workers

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    Objective: A rapid diagnosis method was developed to detect Rubella virus infection in radiation workers. Methods: Modified ELISA method was used to detect the level of lgG and lgM antibodies in 514 in Jinan district. Results: 90.47% of 514 cases was shown to be resistant against Rubella virus; 6.42% were sensitive type; 0.78% belonged to be reinfected. Conclusion: Detection of Rubella virus in exposed radiation workers was imperative, and vaccine against Rubella virus was also needed to eliminate the infection risk. (authors)

  5. Apparatuses for large area radiation detection and related method

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    Akers, Douglas W; Drigert, Mark W

    2015-04-28

    Apparatuses and a related method relating to radiation detection are disclosed. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first scintillator and a second scintillator adjacent to the first scintillator, with each of the first scintillator and second scintillator being structured to generate a light pulse responsive to interacting with incident radiation. The first scintillator is further structured to experience full energy deposition of a first low-energy radiation, and permit a second higher-energy radiation to pass therethrough and interact with the second scintillator. The apparatus further includes a plurality of light-to-electrical converters operably coupled to the second scintillator and configured to convert light pulses generated by the first scintillator and the second scintillator into electrical signals. The first scintillator and the second scintillator exhibit at least one mutually different characteristic for an electronic system to determine whether a given light pulse is generated by the first scintillator or the second scintillator.

  6. Method for radiation detection signal processing [electronic resource

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    The invention relates to a method for radiation detection signal processing, and more particularly to a method capable of using a periodic signal to control the time of charging/discharging to a capacitor of an integrator. The method can be used for detecting the energy of incident photon of Gamma ray during the happening of an event while reducing dead time, and thereby, the count rate is increased. As the periodic signal is used as the signal for controlling the time of charging/discharging to a capacitor, the charging/discharging time of the integrator is no longer being controlled by the triggering time of the event, and thus, the present method is advantageous in that: the control method and circuit architecture are comparatively simpler since the charging/discharging time of the integrator no longer required to be controlled precisely, and thus the integration error due to insufficient resolution in delay element can be avoided.

  7. 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.

  8. A modified proportional source method used for measuring the dead time of a radiation detecting system

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    This paper describes a method of measuring the dead time of a radiation detecting system using two radiation sources with the same spectrum and structure but different intensity. It can be used to precisely determine the dead time independent from counting rates, and the approximate values of the relative intensities of the sources can be obtained

  9. Diagnostics of CO2 laser ablation of biotissues by autodyne detection method of backscattered radiation

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    Ulyanov, Valerii A.; Dmitriev, A. K.; Kortunov, V. N.; Panchenko, Vladislav Y.; Poutivski, Iouri Y.

    1999-09-01

    CO2 laser-tissue interaction was investigated by the autodyne detection method of backscattered radiation. Doppler spectra obtained in the course of pulse ablation of various pig tissues in vitro are presented. The interrelation between these spectra and some properties of biotissues was established. The possibility of the instants of time determination of the laser radiation passage through the demarcation line of biotissues is demonstrated.

  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. 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.

  12. 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.

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

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    Bell, Z.W.

    2000-01-04

    A sensor is disclosed 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 of detection of transition radiation by wire chambers operating in self-quenching streamer mode

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    A method for detecting X-ray transition radiation against the background of the signal from relativistic charged particles is suggested that is based on the use of peculiarities of the development of self-queenching streamer mode. The self-qunching streamer discharge in the Xe+ isobutane mixture is experimentally registered. The effect of separation of signals from the relativistic particle and from soft X-ray, is obtained

  15. PTTL method applied to UV radiation detection during refractive surgery using excimer laser

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    The method of photo-transferred thermoluminescence (PTTL), using CaSO4:Dy pellets produced at IPEN as sensitive material, was used to detect the spread laser radiation inside the surgery room during refractive surgical procedures using ArF excimer lasers. The purpose of this work was to study the viability of performing the ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure detection of patients and the hospital's surgical staff during a refractive surgery. The CaSO4:Dy pellets were positioned at different distances from the laser source inside the surgery room: patient's (?0.15 m), surgeon's (?0.5 m) and nurse's (?1.0 m) foreheads, lateral (?1.5 m) and back (?4.0 m) walls. The measurements of PTTL were carried out at two different conditions: five surgeries, each one taking ?10 min, and during a period of 4 h (cumulative), when several operations were performed. The detectors positioned as far as 4.0 m from the UV laser source were sensitised, making the UVR detection feasible at large source-detector distances. The absorbed energy was detected in the range from 40 ?J to 30 mJ during a surgery. This result indicates that the method studied can be used to detect the spread UVR. (authors)

  16. Electron detection using synchrotron radiation

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    The author presents calculations for the detection of photons from synchrotron radiation, and discusses how it can be incorporated into existing electron detection schemes. The detection of electrons by synchrotron radiation has been proposed and used by S. Aronson and L. Pondrom, and preliminary calculations on this method have been presented by S. Aronson. In this paper, the author considers in more detail the method of using the synchrotron radiation emitted by accelerated electrons in magnetic fields in a practical detector. One scheme would utilize the detection of the photons in a gas of Xe, much in the same way as photons from transition radiation are detected. In fact the energy of the detected gamma rays are very close for the two methods and thus it is expected that we could make use of in fact the identical detectors

  17. Evaluation of phase sensitive detection method and Si avalanche photodiode for radiation thermometry

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    We report the evaluation of Si avalanche photodiodes (APDs) for use in radiation thermometry as an alternative to Si photodiodes. We compared their performance when operated under phase sensitive detection (PSD), where the signal is modulated, and direct detection (DD) methods. A Si APD was compared with a Si photodiode with reference black body temperatures of 275 to 600°C, in terms of the mean output voltage and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), measured at different APD gain values. We found that using both PSD and DD methods, the high internal gain of the Si APD achieved a lower minimum detection temperature in order to satisfy a specific minimum output voltage of the detector-preamplifier combination employed. The use of PSD over DD for the Si APD allowed for improved performance of the thermometer, with a lower minimum measurable temperature, as well as improvement in the SNR. For instance we found that at 350°C, the Si APD biased at 150 V using PSD can provide ? 88 times enhancement in the system SNR over that of a Si photodiode using DD. A corresponding temperature error of ±0.05°C was achieved using the APD with PSD compared to an error of ±2.75°C measured using the Si photodiode with DD.

  18. Level crossing analysis of cosmic microwave background radiation: a method for detecting cosmic strings

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    In this paper we study the footprint of cosmic string as the topological defects in the very early universe on the cosmic microwave background radiation. We develop the method of level crossing analysis in the context of the well-known Kaiser-Stebbins phenomenon for exploring the signature of cosmic strings. We simulate a Gaussian map by using the best fit parameter given by WMAP-7 and then superimpose cosmic strings effects on it as an incoherent and active fluctuations. In order to investigate the capability of our method to detect the cosmic strings for the various values of tension, G?, a simulated pure Gaussian map is compared with that of including cosmic strings. Based on the level crossing analysis, the superimposed cosmic string with G??>4 × 10?9 in the simulated map without instrumental noise and the resolution R = 1' could be detected. In the presence of anticipated instrumental noise the lower bound increases just up to G??>5.8 × 10?9

  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. 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)

  1. Radiation interaction and detection principles

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    Part I of this presentation describes the interactions of different types of ionizing radiation with matter and the principal physical processes for energy loss. Part II discusses these phenomena as the basis for various methods of detecting and measuring ionizing radiation

  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. A method to detect ultra high energy electrons using earth's magnetic field as a radiator

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    Stephens, S. A.; Balasubrahmanyan, V. K.

    1983-01-01

    It is pointed out that the detection of electrons with energies exceeding a few TeV, which lose energy rapidly through synchrotron and inverse Compton processes, would provide valuable information on the distribution of sources and on the propagation of cosmic rays in the solar neighborhood. However, it would not be possible to measure the energy spectrum beyond a few TeV with any of the existing experimental techniques. The present investigation is, therefore concerned with the possibility of detecting electrons with energies exceeding a few TeV on the basis of the photons emitted through synchrotron radiation in the earth's magnetic field. Attention is given to the synchrotron radiation of electrons in the earth's magnetic field, detector response and energy estimation, and the characteristics of an ideal detector, capable of detecting photons with energies equal to or greater than 20 keV.

  4. Resonance detection of Moessbauer radiation

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    The resonance detection method as compared with the usual method of registering Moessbauer spectra has a number of advantages, one of which is the increase of resolution of the Moessbauer spectrum. The method is based on the modulation of a secondary radiation of a converter tuned in the resonance with the Moessbauer gamma-quantum source. The resonance detection method with account of supression, secondary radiation outgoing from the converter is investigated. The converter represents a substrate enriched by the Moessbauer isotope placed either inside the gas counter, or coupled with any other detecting device. Analytical expressions for Moessbauer spectrum parameters: effect, area and width of the spectral line are derived. It is shown that the joint application of usual and resonance detection methods for registering the Moessbauer spectrum allows one to determine parameters of the source, converter and the investigated absorber

  5. 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.

  6. Development of techniques using DNA analysis method for detection/analysis of radiation-induced mutation. Development of an useful probe/primer and improvement of detection efficacy

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    Previously, it was demonstrated that detection of centromere became easy and reliable through fluorescent staining by FISH method using a probe of the sequence preserved in ?-satelite DNA. Since it was, however, found inappropriate to detect dicentrics based on the relative amount of DNA probe on each chromosome. A prove which allows homogeneous detection of ?-satelite DNA for each chromosome was constructed. A presumed sequence specific to kinetochore, CENP-B box was amplified by PCR method and the product DNA was used as a probe. However, the variation in amounts of probe DNA among chromosomes was decreased by only about 20%. Then, a program for image processing of the results obtained from FISH using ?-satelite DNA was constructed to use as a marker for centromere. When compared with detection of abnormal chromosomes stained by the conventional method, calculation efficacy for only detection of centromere was improved by the use of this program. Calculation to discriminate the normal or not was still complicated and the detection efficacy was little improved. Chromosomal abnormalities in lymphocytes were used to detect the effects of radiation. In this method, it is needed to shift the phase of cells into metaphase. The mutation induced by radiation might be often repaired during shifting. To exclude this possibility, DNA extraction was conducted at a low temperature and immediately after exposure to 137Cs, and a rapid genome detection method was esta rapid genome detection method was established using the genome DNA. As the model genomes, the following three were used: 1) long chain repeated sequences widely dispersed over chromosome, 2) cluster genes, 3) single copy genes. The effects of radiation were detectable at 1-2 Gy for the long repeated sequences and at 7 Gy for the cluster genes, respectively, whereas no significant effects were observed at any Gy tested for the single copy genes. Amplification was marked in the cells exposed at 1-10 Gy (peak at 4 Gy), suggesting that these regions had very highly ordered structures. (M.N.)

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

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    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 etect 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.

  8. 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)

  9. 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)

  10. Photostimulated luminescence of corrugated fiberboard as an additional screening method for detecting radiated foods

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    In this study, PSL of non-irradiated and irradiated corrugated fiberboards (CFs) was investigated to evaluate the possibility that CFs can be used as alternative specimens for the screening detection method of food irradiation. The irradiation at a dose of only 0.15 kGy increased PSL signals of the CF over 1 order of magnitude. The PSL signals increased with increasing in gamma irradiation dose and became almost saturated at a dose of 5 kGy. The core of CFs showed PSL signals sufficient for distinguishing irradiated from non-irradiated at least 6 months after irradiation even though the CF was exposed to light and the environmental temperature increased to 50 °C. These results suggest that the PSL property of the core of CFs is useful for detecting irradiation. However, the large variation of PSL signals among CFs made it difficult to set a well-defined “positive” threshold limit to distinguish irradiated from non-irradiated completely. All of the non-irradiated CFs showed PSL signals above 103 counts, which is much higher than that detected for foods. It is apparent that the threshold limit of EN 13751 is not applicable to detecting irradiated CFs. More detailed collaborative research with large number of samples is needed to establish new threshold limits involving “intermediate” classification. - Highlights: ? Corrugated fiberboards (CF) as a packaging material were gamma-irradiated. ? The photostimulated luminescence (PSL) signals of irradicence (PSL) signals of irradiated CF were measured. ? The PSL signals were sufficient for detecting irradiation. ? The signals were well retained for 6 months after irradiation upon exposure to light. ? The environmental temperature at 50 °C had little effects on the signal retention.

  11. 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.)

  12. 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

  13. 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)

  14. 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

  15. Detection and identification of radiation induced hydrocarbons in meets with the use of gas chromatography as one of methods for the detection of irradiated food

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    Results of the determination of the content of radiation induced hydrocarbons in meat samples (chicken, pork, beef) as well as proportion between the concentration of individual hydrocarbons in relation to the content of fatty acids in a given product are presented. The measurements have been done with the use of a Perkin Elmer model 8700 gas chromatograph equipped with a FID detector. The present study is a preliminary work on the implementation of a routine method for the detection of irradiation in foods that contain fats. (author)

  16. Measuring element for detection and dose measurement of gamma radiation and neutrons and manufacturing method for the measuring element

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    The measuring element consists of a bubble-free glass composed on the basis of metaphosphate material. The detection of the ?-radiation takes place through the photoluminescence of the element, and detection of the neutrons by means of resulting ? particles producing Cerenkov radiation in the radioluminescence material, that can be measured. For this purpose in addition to Ag the glass contains As as a second excitable element. (DG)

  17. Method for detecting water equivalent of snow using secondary cosmic gamma radiation

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    Condreva, K.J.

    1997-01-14

    Water equivalent of accumulated snow determination by measurement of secondary background cosmic radiation attenuation by the snowpack. By measuring the attenuation of 3-10 MeV secondary gamma radiation it is possible to determine the water equivalent of snowpack. The apparatus is designed to operate remotely to determine the water equivalent of snow in areas which are difficult or hazardous to access during winter, accumulate the data as a function of time and transmit, by means of an associated telemetry system, the accumulated data back to a central data collection point for analysis. The electronic circuitry is designed so that a battery pack can be used to supply power. 4 figs.

  18. Positronium annihilation detection using Cherenkov radiation

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    Belosevic, Ivana

    2013-01-01

    In this project different methods for the detection of the positronium annihilation were tested. Testing was done only with cosmic rays because there was no positron source available at the time. Cosmic rays were detected using Cherenkov radiation in quartz crystal to which photomultiplier tubes were attached. The results showed that it should be possible to use Cherenkov radiation for positronium annihilation detection but there are still some improvements that should be made.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.)

  1. Detection methods for irradiated food

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    The plenary lecture gives a brief historical review of the development of methods for the detection of food irradiation and defines the demands on such methods. The methods described in detail are as follows: 1) Physical methods: As examples of luminescence methods, thermoluminescence and chermoluminescence are mentioned; ESR spectroscopy is discussed in detail by means of individual examples (crustaceans, frutis and vegetables, spieces and herbs, nuts). 2) Chemical methods: Examples given for these are methods that make use of alterations in lipids through radiation (formation of long-chain hydrocarbons, formation of 2-alkyl butanones), respectively radiation-induced alterations in the DNA. 3) Microbiological methods. An extensive bibliography is appended. (VHE)

  2. 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

  3. Theory of a laser-plasma method for detecting terahertz radiation

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    A theory is developed for calculating the spectrum and the shape of a terahertz wave packet from the temporal profile of the energy of the second harmonic of the laser field generated during nonlinear interaction of laser and terahertz pulses in an optical-breakdown plasma. The spectral and temporal characteristics of the second-harmonic envelope and a terahertz pulse are shown to coincide only for short laser pulses. For long laser pulses, the second-harmonic spectral line shifts to the red and its temporal profile is determined by the time integral of the electric field of terahertz radiation.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

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

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    Stenotic atherosclerotic lesions of the coronary arteries are detected by injecting a number of particulate signal sources such as positron-emitting particles (e.g. gallium 68) into the blood of a subject to determine the velocity of blood flow through the coronary vessels. The particles are tracked in three dimensions whenever they appear in the region of the heart by means of high-resolution high-speed gamma detectors that surround the chest. These recordings of particle position as a function of time are analyzed, and the velocity of blood as it flows through the coronary artery is measured by timing the transit of the particle. From the accumulated data of multiple particle transits through the coronary circulation, a three-dimensional representation of the lumen of the coronary arterial system is constructed

  7. Assessment of pulse height selection methods for several spectrum shapes in radiation detection

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    The minimum pulse height selection method developed more than forty years ago to process the information provided by detectors with an energy spectrum responding to a Landau distribution is extended in this work to consider other information processing criteria such as the maximum pulse height and the pulse height closest to the mode. The latter is a selection method whereby the mode is calculated for a distribution and then, a pulse closest to it is selected from a given set and stored. We analyze the combined resolution of a set of identical sampling detectors in terms of the number of detectors and the shape of the characteristic pulse height distribution from a single detector. To make this treatment as general as possible, five analytical forms are tested as symmetric and asymmetric pulse height distributions, applying to each of them the three selection methods mentioned above. We also compare these results with the average of the pulse heights in each case. For these evaluations, analytical calculations and Monte Carlo simulations were carried out. It was thus possible to select the most appropriate selection method based on the shape parameters of a distribution

  8. Measurement and detection of radiation

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    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...

  9. 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

  10. 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)

  11. Electronics for radiation detection

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    2011-01-01

    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.

  12. Etching method employing radiation

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    This invention provides a method for etching a silicon oxide, carbide, nitride, or oxynitride surface using an electron or ion beam in the presence of a xenon or krypton fluoride. No additional steps are required after exposure to radiation

  13. 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

  14. Environmental radiation and detection

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    Environmental radiation permeates space, air, soil and water around us. It has been naturally present since the birth of earth about 4.65 billion years ago in a massive supernova explosion creating the heavy elements on earth and the other rocky planets Mars, Venus and Mercury. Consequently, life has evolved in the ashes and remnants of this explosion which are gravitationally grabbed in space by the sun into our solar system in an environment which has significant levels of ionizing radiation. Any untoward happening in the peaceful application of radioisotopes in industry, nuclear power production, medical field, agriculture use satellite crash or in transportation of radioactive materials in India may affect concerned occupational workers and limited population. We are constantly exposed to small amounts of radiation from the environment as we carry out our normal daily activities. Environmental radiation comes from the sky, the earth, and the air we breathe and can be categorized as natural or artificial. (author)

  15. 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)

  16. 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

  17. 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)

  18. Cherenkov radiation used in detection of some beta emitters

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    The prerequisites of the formation of Cherenkov radiation in the passage of beta radiation through a medium are described and the possibility of detecting some beta emitters in an aqueous medium by a liquid scintillation spectrometer is shown. The advantages and disadvantages of the detection method are presented and its parameters (detection efficiency, background, selectivity) are compared with those of commonly used methods. (author)

  19. Optimal Filter for Radiation Detection

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    Many Radiological Detection Systems detect Poison distributed data from a sensor. These systems process and analyze the data in order to detect intensity changes of the monitored radiation field. In some cases, when the changes are lower than the noise level, a Low Pass Filter (LPF) is applied to the noisy data. The filter smoothes the signal and enables the system to detect small changes of the field. Applying such a filter increases the response time, causing a delay between the event and the response. In some safety systems this delay can cause a small fault to become a serious accident. For example, in case of an increasing radiation field in an emergency shut-down system that detects neutron flux in a nuclear reactor [1], every passing second is crucial in deciding whether the increased power is real or just noise when the emergency shut-down must be operated immediately in order to prevent a serious accident

  20. Evaluating the radiation detection of the RbGd 2Br 7:Ce scintillator by Monte Carlo methods

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    Liaparinos, Panagiotis; Kandarakis, Ioannis; Cavouras, Dionisis; Delis, Harry; Panayiotakis, George

    2006-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the radiation detection efficiency of the recently introduced RbGd 2Br 7:Ce (RGB) scintillator material by a custom developed Monte Carlo simulation code. Considering its fast principal decay constant (45 ns) and its high light yield (56 000 photons/MeV), RbGd 2Br 7:Ce appears to be a quite promising scintillator for applications in nuclear medical imaging systems. In this work, gamma-ray interactions, within the scintillator mass were studied. In addition, the effect of K-characteristic fluorescence radiation emission, re-absorption or escape, as well as the effect of scattering events on the spatial distribution of absorbed energy was examined. Various scintillator crystal thicknesses (5-25 mm), used in positron emission imaging, were considered to be irradiated by 511 keV photons. Similar simulations were performed on the well known Lu 2SiO 5:Ce (LSO) scintillator for comparison purposes. Simulation results allowed the determination of the quantum detection efficiency as well as the fraction of the energy absorbed due to the K-characteristic radiation. Results were obtained as a function of scintillator crystal thickness. The Lu 2SiO 5:Ce scintillator material showed to exhibit better radiation absorption properties in comparison with RbGd 2Br 7:Ce. However, RGB showed to be less affected by the production of K-characteristic radiation. Taking into account its very short decay time and its high light yield, this material could be considered to be employed in positron imaging (PET) detectors.

  1. Radiation Detection for Homeland Security Applications

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    Ely, James

    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.

  2. Method for detecting solidification in a mixed phase container

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    A method for detecting solidification in a mixed phase container having volume comprising: A. disposing a radiation source and a radiation detector such that radiation from said radiation source will pass through a radiation path through at least a portion of the volume of said container to reach said radiation detector. B. detecting solidification in said radiation path by nothing a decrease in the amount of radiation reaching said radiation detector

  3. A method for the quantitative determination of synchrotron radiation X-ray spectra for absolute XRF trace element detection

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    In the X-ray energy range the principal calculability of the synchrotron radiation flux-density and polarisation spectra is limited in practice by the fact that the essential parameters of vertical electron beam cross-section and -divergence are not well known due to instabilities that can occur at higher stored currents. This difficulty in calculating absolute X-ray spectra from first principles can be overcome by a semi-empirical method. By a polarisation measurement over a large energy range, effective electron beam parameters can be defined that lead to reliable calculated X-ray flux-density and polarisation spectra. With these data experimental scattering spectra could be verified extremely well on an absolute scale over an energy range of 2 keV to 35 keV. This is a necessary premise for the development of a method of absolute mass determination from XRF spectra with synchrotron radiation excitation. (orig.)

  4. A method for detection of hydroxyl radicals in the vicinity of biomolecules using radiation-induced fluorescence of coumarin

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    A novel method is described to quantitate radiation-induced hydroxyl radicals in the vicinity of biomolecules in aqueous solutions. Coumarin-3-carboxylic acid (CCA) is a non-fluorescent molecule that, upon interaction with radiation in aqueous solution, produces fluorescent products. CCA was derivatized to its succinimidyl ester (SECCA) and coupled to free primary amines of albumin, avidin, histone-H1, polylysine, and an oligonucleotide. When SECCA-biomolecule conjugates were irradiated, the relationship between induced fluorescence and dose was linear in the dose range examined (0.01-10 Gy). The data indicate that the induction of fluorescence on SECCA-biomolecule conjugates records specifically the presence of the hydroxyl radical in the immediate vicinity of the irradiated biomolecule. The method is rapid and sensitive, uses standard instrumentation, and the sample remains available for further studies. (Author)

  5. Post-factum detection of radiation treatment in processed food by analysis of radiation-induced hydrocarbons. Pt. 1. Applying the method L 06.00-37 defined in Para. 35 LMBG (German Act on Food Irradiation) to processed food

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    The German official method L 06.00-37 (Para. 35 German Act on Food Irradiation) is used for the identification of irradiated fat-containing food by GC-analysis of radiation-induced hydrocarbons. Simple modifications in sample preparation allow a distinctive improvement in detection possibilities and detection limits as well. The applicability of the modified method for the detection of irradiated ingredients in model-like processed food is shown. An identification of only 3% (irradiated fat to total fat ratio) irradiated ingredient (1,5 kGy) in processed food was possible. Additionally, the kind of irradiated ingredient could be identified by the pattern of radiation induced hydrocarbons. Their concentrations are corresponding with the fatty acid composition of the irradiated compound. (orig.)

  6. 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.)

  7. Optical fiber-applied radiation detection system

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    A technique to measure radiation by using plastic scintillation fibers doped radiation fluorescent (scintillator) to plastic optical fiber for a radiation sensor, was developed. The technique contains some superiority such as high flexibility due to using fibers, relatively easy large area due to detecting portion of whole of fibers, and no electromagnetic noise effect due to optical radiation detection and signal transmission. Measurable to wide range of and continuous radiation distribution along optical fiber cable at a testing portion using scintillation fiber and flight time method, the optical fiber-applied radiation sensing system can effectively monitor space radiation dose or apparatus operation condition monitoring. And, a portable type scintillation optical fiber body surface pollution monitor can measure pollution concentration of radioactive materials attached onto body surface by arranging scintillation fiber processed to a plate with small size and flexibility around a man to be tested. Here were described on outline and fundamental properties of various application products using these plastic scintillation fiber. (G.K.)

  8. Nanocomposite materials for radiation detection

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    Sahi, Sunil

    2013-03-01

    Colloidal quantum dots (CdTe, CdSe, and ZnO) have attracted tremendous interest in wide range of application from biological imaging, biosensing, solar cells to optoelectronic devices. However very few published reports on the radiation detection based on colloidal quantum dots. Quantum dots based nanocomposite materials could be a promising material for radiation detection because of their short luminescence life time and high quantum efficiencies as a consequence of quantum size confinement. However stopping power of most quantum dots is low and their scintillation luminescence is very weak. The combination of high stopping power of inorganic scintillator (CeF3LaF3: Ce, YAG:Ce) and high efficiency of quantum dot could potentially lead to a new class of scintillator. We have studied the nanocomposite of inorganic scintillator and quantum dot based on energy transfer principle and investigate the scintillation properties of nanocomposite scintillator.

  9. 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)

  10. 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)

  11. Detecting radiation with your smartphone

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    2014-01-01

    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...

  12. Detection system for transmission radiation

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    The detector system, for transmitted radiation, uses a piezo-electric semi-conductor material. A converter is used to transmit ultrasonic waves through a specified material. The latter is typically a single crystal of cadmium sulphide. The detected signals are used in computerised tomography. The equipment comprises two metal films attached to the surfaces of the single crystal, the films being in contact with a pair of buffer elements of molten silicon oxide. The electronic circuit includes an amplifier, integrator circuit, an analogue to numeric converter, a logarithmic circuit and a computing circuit. (G.C.)

  13. Radiation detection by using superheated droplets

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    The superheated emulsion, a radiation detector consisting of superheated droplets dispersed in a gel or a solid matrix, has been in use for some time now. It was initially designed to detect neutrons but also has been modified to detect energetic photons and heavy ions. It has been primarily used as a neutron dosimeter, but has also been used to obtain the energy spectrum for neutrons from Am-Be. The general features of the superheated emulsion detector along with newer analytic methods to obtain more precise results using it as an active device will be presented

  14. Hot point detection method

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    Highlights: ? A method is derived exploiting SPND detector information for hot spot identification. ? The method uses sensitivity coefficients by GPT method to obtain hot point estimates. ? The effect of a detection device system degradation may be taken into account. - Abstract: A method is described by which the information obtained on-line through a system of neutron measuring devices such as self-powered neutron detectors (SPNDs, also called collectrons) inserted in the core of a nuclear power reactor (in particular, a PWR) allows the on-line detection of a possible hot spot during plant operation. The method is based on the generalized perturbation method (GPT) techniques, for the calculation of the sensitivity coefficients of the integral quantities measured with the collectrons with respect to parameters representative of the hot spot, and on the use of statistical inference techniques, taking into account the errors associated with the measurements. The methodology allows to assess the effect on the quality of the hot point detection system following possible failures of the measuring devices during the core life cycle. Such an assessment may be useful for defining an adequate protection strategy in terms of quality, number and distribution of the collectrons.

  15. 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)

  16. Semiconductor materials and radiation detection.

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    Owens, Alan

    2006-03-01

    While Si and Ge have become detection standards for X-ray and gamma-ray spectroscopy in the laboratory, their use for an increasing range of applications is becoming marginalized by one or more of their physical limitations; namely the need for ancillary cooling systems or bulky cryogenics, their modest stopping powers and radiation intolerance. Wide band-gap compounds offer the ability to operate in a range of chemical, thermal and radiation environments while still maintaining sub-keV spectral resolution at X-ray wavelengths. In addition, these materials encompass such a wide range of physical properties that it is technically feasible to engineer materials to specific applications. However, while compound materials are used routinely in the optical and infrared wave bands, their development at hard X- and gamma-ray wavelengths has been plagued by material and fabrication problems. In this paper an overview of suitable materials is presented and the current progress in producing X- and gamma-ray radiation detectors is reviewed. PMID:16495614

  17. Covariance spectroscopy applied to nuclear radiation detection

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    Trainham, R.; Tinsley, J.; Keegan, R.; Quam, W.

    2011-09-01

    Covariance spectroscopy is a method of processing second order moments of data to obtain information that is usually absent from average spectra. In nuclear radiation detection it represents a generalization of nuclear coincidence techniques. Correlations and fluctuations in data encode valuable information about radiation sources, transport media, and detection systems. Gaining access to the extra information can help to untangle complicated spectra, uncover overlapping peaks, accelerate source identification, and even sense directionality. Correlations existing at the source level are particularly valuable since many radioactive isotopes emit correlated gammas and neutrons. Correlations also arise from interactions within detector systems, and from scattering in the environment. In particular, correlations from Compton scattering and pair production within a detector array can be usefully exploited in scenarios where direct measurement of source correlations would be unfeasible. We present a covariance analysis of a few experimental data sets to illustrate the utility of the concept.

  18. Three-dimensional, position-sensitive radiation detection

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    He, Zhong; Zhang, Feng

    2010-04-06

    Disclosed herein is a method of determining a characteristic of radiation detected by a radiation detector via a multiple-pixel event having a plurality of radiation interactions. The method includes determining a cathode-to-anode signal ratio for a selected interaction of the plurality of radiation interactions based on electron drift time data for the selected interaction, and determining the radiation characteristic for the multiple-pixel event based on both the cathode-to-anode signal ratio and the electron drift time data. In some embodiments, the method further includes determining a correction factor for the radiation characteristic based on an interaction depth of the plurality of radiation interactions, a lateral distance between the selected interaction and a further interaction of the plurality of radiation interactions, and the lateral positioning of the plurality of radiation interactions.

  19. 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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    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 LuSiO5 (LSO), LuAlO3 (LuAP), Gd2SiO5 (GSO) and the YAlO3 (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 rtion 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

  20. 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 markercally. 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.

  1. 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 b 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)

  2. Radiation Detection at Borders for Homeland Security

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    Kouzes, Richard

    2004-05-01

    Countries around the world are deploying radiation detection instrumentation to interdict the illegal shipment of radioactive material crossing international borders at land, rail, air, and sea ports of entry. These efforts include deployments in the US and a number of European and Asian countries by governments and international agencies. Items 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. Some cargo contains naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) that triggers "nuisance" alarms in RPMs at these border crossings. Individuals treated with medical radiopharmaceuticals also produce nuisance alarms and can produce cross-talk between adjacent lanes of a multi-lane deployment. The operational impact of nuisance alarms can be significant at border crossings. Methods have been developed for reducing this impact without negatively affecting the requirements for interdiction of radioactive materials of interest. Plastic scintillator material is commonly used in RPMs for the detection of gamma rays from radioactive material, primarily due to the efficiency per unit cost compared to other detection materials. The resolution and lack of full-energy peaks in the plastic scintillator material prohibits detailed spectroscopy. However, the limited spectroscopic information from plastic scintillator can be exploited to provide some discrimination. Energy-based algorithms used in RPMs can effectively exploit the crude energy information available from a plastic scintillator to distinguish some NORM. Whenever NORM cargo limits the level of the alarm threshold, energy-based algorithms produce significantly better detection probabilities for small SNM sources than gross-count algorithms. This presentation discusses experience with RPMs for interdiction of radioactive materials at borders.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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 treatmening 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.''

  6. Methods of cadmium detection

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    A variety of analytical methodologies of varying complexity and applicability pertinent to the determination of cadmium in organic and inorganic environmental matrices are discussed in this chapter: flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS), flame atomic absorption spectrometry with solvent extraction (SEFAAS), electrothermal (graphite furnace) atomic absorption spectrometry (EAAS), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICPAES), anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV), instrumental neutron activitation analysis (INAA), inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS), and spark source mass spectrometry (SSMS). Factors such as sampling, sample storage, and the role of laboratory-ware and reagents and the analyst as sources of contamination are of underlying importance to all analytical methods; in addition, sample decomposition and/or analyte concentration are essential steps for all techniques with the exception of INAA and perhaps SSMS and ICPMS. In selecting a particular technique, consideration of the following technical and operational characteristics can be useful: multielement capability: detection limit; sample preparation requirements and hence analytical throughout; spectral, physical, and chemical interferences; precision and accuracy; and operational expertise and cost, with weighting and judgmental factors at the discretion of the analyst and establishment. Detection limits on a sample basis range from 0.05 and 0.5 ?g/g for ASV and EAAge from 0.05 and 0.5 ?g/g for ASV and EAAS, respectively, to 100 ?g/g for ICPAES, permitting most of the techniques to be applicable to the measurements of the cadmium in solid aquatic materials with the exception of freshwater fish

  7. Radiation dosimetry instrumentation and methods

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    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.

  8. Atomic bomb radiation dosimetry with ESR method

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    The availability of electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy was evaluated in estimating radiation doses in atomic bomb (A-bomb) victims. Teeth, shell button of clothes, and part of the surface of the femur were collected as materials from 7 A-bomb victims. Radiation-induced ESR signals increased in proportional to radiation doses of gamma-rays. A background signal was detected at g value near to the target signal, which was largely different according to the materials. Measurement limits were various. The ESR method allowed small doses of gamma-rays to be estimated with errors of +- 50 % when materials had small background. This method can be used repeatedly because captured electrons are not released by vibration of microwaves. It permits the measurement of living materials which are unmeasurable by thermoluminescence dosimeter, and the estimation of radiation doses even when shielding factors are unknown. (Namekawa, K.)

  9. Main Achievements 2003-2004 - Interdisciplinary Research - Radiation detection methods for health, earth and environmental sciences - Thermoluminescence (TL) detectors

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    The IFJ has over 35 years of experience in the development, production and application of new types of thermoluminescence (TL) detectors, particularly LiF:Mg,Ti and LiF:Mg,Cu,P. Over 600,000 LiF detectors produced at the IFJ PAN are routinely applied in dosimetry services and hospitals in 30 countries. The current research in the field of thermoluminescence concentrates in space dosimetry and novel 2-dimensional detectors for medical applications. The space project (named Matroshka), organized by the European Space Agency, is one of the most ambitious dosimetry experiments in space. In February 2004 an anatomical model of the human body (a humanoid phantom), equipped with over 3500 dedicated thermoluminescent detectors (TLD), developed and produced at IFJ and tested at the Chiba heavy ion accelerator in Japan, was installed outside the International Space Station (ISS) to determine the cosmic radiation doses absorbed in human organs, which would be experienced by astronauts in open space. The phantom will remain in space for one year, after which the detectors will be returned to the IFJ for analysis

  10. 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.

  11. Physics and engineering of radiation detection

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    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.

  12. Detection methods for irradiated food

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    The detection methods for irradiated food are presented. There is no general method applicable to all foods and thus a range of tests based on physical, chemical, microbiological and biological alterations in food are being developed. The suitable detection method can help to disseminate the application of irradiation technique in the food industry. (author)

  13. 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.

  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. Nonlinear Multiantenna Detection Methods

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    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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. Method of detecting fuel failure

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    Purpose: To rapidly detect fuel failure after occurrence thereof in a simple constitution. Method: In a method of detecting fuel failure in the reactor core of FBR type reactors, there have been known a delayed neutron detection method, a cover gas ?-ray detection method, a precipitator method, etc. However, these methods are poor in the S/N ratio or cause time delay from the fuel failure to detection. According to the present invention, fuel failure is detected by the direct measurement of liquid sodium as the coolants while eliminating the interference of 2.25 MeV and 2.74 MeV of Na-24 radioactivated under neutron irradiation. That is, if there is no fission products due to fuel failure, a great amount of compton scattering ?-rays are present at the region lower than 2.75 MeV, but ?-rays are scarcely present at the level higher than 2.75 MeV. On the contrary, if fission products are present due to fuel failure, a great amount of ?-rays due to fission products are present at the level higher than 2.75 MeV. Accordingly, it is possible to detect the absence or presence of fuel failures by measuring only the ?-rays at the level higher than 2.8 MeV. (Kamimura, M.)

  19. Detection system built from commercial integrated circuits for real-time measurement of radiation dose and quality using the variance method

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    A small, specialised amplifier using commercial integrated circuits (ICs) was developed to measure radiation dose and quality in real time using a microdosimetric ion chamber and the variance method. The charges from a microdosimetric ion chamber, operated in the current mode, were repeatedly collected for a fixed period of time for 20 cycles of 100 integrations, and processed by this specialised amplifier to produce signal pulse heights between 0 and 10 V. These signals were recorded by a multi-channel analyser coupled to a computer. FORTRAN programs were written to calculate the dose and dose variance. The dose variance produced in the ion chamber is a microdosimetric measure of radiation quality. Benchmark measurements of different brands of ICs were conducted. Results demonstrate that this specialised amplifier is capable of distinguishing differences of radiation quality in various high-dose-rate radiation fields including X rays, gamma rays and mixed neutron-gamma radiation from the research reactor at Texas A and M Univ. (authors)

  20. 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

  1. Composite scintillators for detection of ionizing radiation

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    Dai, Sheng (Knoxville, TN) [Knoxville, TN; Stephan, Andrew Curtis (Knoxville, TN) [Knoxville, TN; Brown, Suree S. (Knoxville, TN) [Knoxville, TN; Wallace, Steven A. (Knoxville, TN) [Knoxville, TN; Rondinone, Adam J [Knoxville, TN

    2010-12-28

    Applicant's present invention is a composite scintillator having enhanced transparency for detecting ionizing radiation comprising a material having optical transparency wherein said material comprises nano-sized objects having a size in at least one dimension that is less than the wavelength of light emitted by the composite scintillator wherein the composite scintillator is designed to have selected properties suitable for a particular application.

  2. Injury detection method for heat transfer pipe

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    The present invention greatly improves a performance of detecting injuries of heat transfer pipes for a heat exchanger, a steam generator or the like in a nuclear power plant. That is, outside of the heat transfer pipes is filled with radiation source uniformly. Then, injury detection probes are inserted and moved in the heat transfer pipes for detecting radiation dose. Presence or absence of failures of the heat transfer pipes is judged by the change of the radiation dose detected by the injury detection probes. Radiation dose which permeates to the inner surface of the heat transfer pipe is increased at a failed portion, such as crackings and pitting corrosions of the heat transfer pipes. Therefore, if the injury detection probe capable of detecting the radiation dose is moved in the heat transfer pipes, presence or absence of failures of the heat transfer pipes can be judged by the change of the detected radiation dose. (I.S.)

  3. Measuring element for the detection and determination of radiation doses of gamma radiation and neutrons

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    A measuring element detects and proves both gamma and neutron radiation. The element includes a photoluminescent material which stores gamma radiation and particles of arsenic and phosphorus embedded in the photoluminescent material for detecting neutron radiation. (U.S.)

  4. Review of leak detection methods

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    The development of the leak-tightness concept and the industrial sectors mainly concerned are reviewed, after which the various methods of leak detection are outlined briefly. The extent to which gases such as ammonia, freon, sulfur hexafluoride and helium are used, generally involving the use of specific detectors, leads to considerations on the principles of leak detection by tracer gas. Practical applications are discussed with regard to criteria of choice, sensitivity required and cost price. Finally the possibilities of using detection methods for industrial purposes are pointed out. They imply that equipment called on to fulfil tightness criteria can be designed to account for certain factors necessary for successful application of the detection methods chosen

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Waveshifters and Scintillators for Ionizing Radiation Detection

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    B.Baumgaugh; J.Bishop; D.Karmgard; J.Marchant; M.McKenna; R.Ruchti; M.Vigneault; L.Hernandez; C.Hurlbut

    2007-12-11

    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. Spatial Multiresolution Cluster Detection Method

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    2012-01-01

    A novel multi-resolution cluster detection (MCD) method is proposed to identify irregularly shaped clusters in space. Multi-scale test statistic on a single cell is derived based on likelihood ratio statistic for Bernoulli sequence, Poisson sequence and Normal sequence. A neighborhood variability measure is defined to select the optimal test threshold. The MCD method is compared with single scale testing methods controlling for false discovery rate and the spatial scan stati...

  9. Method of designing radiation shielding

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    In a case where a plurality of radiation generators, such as charged particle accelerators are disposed in adjacent with each other, since the maximum intensity of radiation rays does not corresponded to the maximum radiation dose on a radiation dose measuring plane, automatic calculation can not be conducted. Then, in the present invention, a great number of measuring points are set on the radiation measuring plane which is divided depending on the radiation shielding members having different shielding effects. For each of the measuring points, the radiation shielding members are indicated on an infinite plane, radiation doses leaked from a radiation generating sources are calculated and they are summed up to calculate the leaked radiation dose at each of the measuring points. The calculation can be conducted by a computer programming, and since all of the radiation generation sources contribute to the summed-up leaked radiation dose at each of the measuring points, the radiation shielding members can be designed depending on the maximum dose. Then, the radiation shielding member can be designed to the minimum size to minimize the radiation generator, thereby enabling to reduce the cost. (N.H.)

  10. Multichannel Digital Emulator of Radiation Detection Systems

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    A digital system for emulating in real time signals from generic setups for radiation detection is presented. The instrument is not a pulse generator of recorded shapes but a synthesizer of random pulses compliant to programmable statistics for energy and occurrence time. Completely programmable procedures for emulation of noise, disturbances and reference level variation can be implemented. The instrument has been realized and fully tested. (authors)

  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. Space Radiation Transport Methods Development

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    Wilson, J. W.; Tripathi, R. K.; Qualls, G. D.; Cucinotta, F. A.; Prael, R. E.; Norbury, J. W.; Heinbockel, J. H.; Tweed, J.

    2002-01-01

    Improved spacecraft shield design requires early entry of radiation constraints into the design process to maximize performance and minimize costs. As a result, we have been investigating high-speed computational procedures to allow shield analysis from the preliminary design concepts to the final design. In particular, we will discuss the progress towards a full three-dimensional and computationally efficient deterministic code for which the current HZETRN evaluates the lowest order asymptotic term. HZETRN is the first deterministic solution to the Boltzmann equation allowing field mapping within the International Space Station (ISS) in tens of minutes using standard Finite Element Method (FEM) geometry common to engineering design practice enabling development of integrated multidisciplinary design optimization methods. A single ray trace in ISS FEM geometry requires 14 milliseconds and severely limits application of Monte Carlo methods to such engineering models. A potential means of improving the Monte Carlo efficiency in coupling to spacecraft geometry is given in terms of reconfigurable computing and could be utilized in the final design as verification of the deterministic method optimized design.

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

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    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.

  14. Adaptable radiation monitoring system and method

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    Archer, Daniel E. (Livermore, CA); Beauchamp, Brock R. (San Ramon, CA); Mauger, G. Joseph (Livermore, CA); Nelson, Karl E. (Livermore, CA); Mercer, Michael B. (Manteca, CA); Pletcher, David C. (Sacramento, CA); Riot, Vincent J. (Berkeley, CA); Schek, James L. (Tracy, CA); Knapp, David A. (Livermore, CA)

    2006-06-20

    A portable radioactive-material detection system capable of detecting radioactive sources moving at high speeds. The system has at least one radiation detector capable of detecting gamma-radiation and coupled to an MCA capable of collecting spectral data in very small time bins of less than about 150 msec. A computer processor is connected to the MCA for determining from the spectral data if a triggering event has occurred. Spectral data is stored on a data storage device, and a power source supplies power to the detection system. Various configurations of the detection system may be adaptably arranged for various radiation detection scenarios. In a preferred embodiment, the computer processor operates as a server which receives spectral data from other networked detection systems, and communicates the collected data to a central data reporting system.

  15. Detection methods for irradiated foods

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    In connection with the ongoing world application of irradiation as a technology in Food industry for increasing food safety, it became a need for methods of identification of irradiation. It was required to control international trade of irradiated foods, because of the certain that legally imposed food laws are not violated; supervise correct labeling; avoid multiple irradiation. Physical, chemical and biological methods for detection of irradiated foods as well principle that are based, are introducing in this summary

  16. 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)

  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. Bubble Radiation Detection: Current and Future Capability

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    Despite a number of noteworthy achievements in other fields, superheated droplet detectors (SDDs) and bubble chambers (BCs) have not been used for nuclear nonproliferation and arms control. This report examines these two radiation-detection technologies in detail and answers the question of how they can be or should be ''adapted'' for use in national security applications. These technologies involve closely related approaches to radiation detection in which an energetic charged particle deposits sufficient energy to initiate the process of bubble nucleation in a superheated fluid. These detectors offer complete gamma-ray insensitivity when used to detect neutrons. They also provide controllable neutron-energy thresholds and excellent position resolution. SDDs are extraordinarily simple and inexpensive. BCs offer the promise of very high efficiency (?75%). A notable drawback for both technologies is temperature sensitivity. As a result of this problem, the temperature must be controlled whenever high accuracy is required, or harsh environmental conditions are encountered. The primary findings of this work are listed and briefly summarized below: (1) SDDs are ready to function as electronics-free neutron detectors on demand for arms-control applications. The elimination of electronics at the weapon's location greatly eases the negotiability of radiation-detection technologies in general. (2) As a result of their high efficiency and sharp energy threshold, current BCs are almost ready for use in the development of a next-generation active assay system. Development of an instrument based on appropriately safe materials is warranted. (3) Both kinds of bubble detectors are ready for use whenever very high gamma-ray fields must be confronted. Spent fuel MPC and A is a good example where this need presents itself. (4) Both kinds of bubble detectors have the potential to function as low-cost replacements for conventional neutron detectors such as 3He tubes. For SDDs, this requires finding some way to get boron into the detector. For BCs, this requires finding operating conditions permitting a high duty cycle

  19. Detecting solar chameleons through radiation pressure

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    Baum, Sebastian

    2014-01-01

    Light scalar fields can drive accelerated expansion of the universe. Hence, scalars are obvious dark energy candidates. To make these models compatible with test of General Relativity in the solar system and fifth force searches on earth, one needs to screen them. One possibility is the chameleon mechanism, which renders an effective mass depending on the local energy density. If chameleons exist, they can be produced in the sun and detected on earth through their radiation pressure. We calculate the solar chameleon spectrum and the sensitivity of an experiment to be carried out at CAST, CERN, utilizing a radiation pressure sensor currently under development at INFN, Trieste. We show that such an experiment will be sensitive to a wide range of model parameters and signifies a pioneering effort searching for chameleons in unprobed paramterspace.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  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. 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

  4. Detection of X-rays by radiation immobilization of enzymes

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    A possibility of X-ray detection by using radiation immobilized enzymes is studied. Emulsions of enzyme aqueous solution and of vinyl pyrrolydone and acrolein copolymers were X-ray irradiated. Primary chemical processes under X-ray radiation effect proceeded with high radiation-chemical yields. X-ray detection presupposed existence of secondary processes in which coloured compounds were formed

  5. Infrared radiation detection with a YBCO microbridge

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    Since the discovery of high-Tc superconductors, many researchers have studied the possibility of using them in optical devices, such as infrared radiation sensors (IRSs) and optically triggered switching devices with high-speed response. When a superconductive microbridge is irradiated with a certain light, two types of response can be observed: bolometric and nonbolometric. The bolometric response is proportional to dR/dT, the derivative of resistance with respect to temperature. Therefore, it reaches a maximum at the edge of the superconductive transition region. In this work a thin-film YBCO microbridge was fabricated for infrared radiation detection. The YBCO was deposited by rf-magnetron sputtering on a polished, MgO (100) single-crystal substrate. Ion-beam etching had to be done in increments to avoid heating the film to a temperature where its Tc was significantly lowered. The devices responded well, even to weak infrared radiation. Their typical noise-equivalent power and response values were 3.5 x 109/Hz and 19 V/W, respectively. At temperatures lower than the superconductive transition point, a nonbolometric photo response was confirmed, which was attributed to vortex motion. In this paper, the authors describe the bolometric behavior of the IRS device at the edge of the superconductive transition region and the nonbolometric behavior at lower temperatures and its temperature dependence. The two types of behavior are comparedce. The two types of behavior are compared and the origin of the nonbolometric response is discussed

  6. Radiation and thermal characteristics of L5178Y-sensitive cells and usefulness of eosin staining method to detect heat-induced cell death

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    Nishioka, Yasuji (Hiroshima Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1990-08-01

    Radiosensitivity, thermosensitivity, drug sensitivity and their combined effects were investigated in mouse L5178Y-wild cells (LY-W) and L5178Y-sensitive cells (LY-S). The following results were obtained: LY-S were more radiosensitive than LY-W but were similar in their thermosensitivity. Thermotolerance induction was similar but the decay was faster in LY-W which had a shorter doubling time. The radiosensitizing effect of heating was similar in both cell lines. The thermal enhancement ratio was higher for a longer duration of heating at 42degC than for a shorter duration at 44degC, both of which exhibited a similar level of survival when applied alone. The eosin staining method was useful to detect heat-induced interphase death and thermal sensitizing effects of drugs. In LY-W, interphase death was the main mode of hyperthermic cell killing and was independent of the hyperthermic temperature, whereas in LY-S, the percentage of interphase death increased with the hyperthermic temperature. Procaine and bleomycin sensitized both cells to heat. Survival estimated by the eosin staining method shifted towards that obtained by colony forming method in heated LY-S after procaine. Sensitization to heat by procaine suggests that interphase death after hyperthermia is probably due to membrane damage. Comparison of the present work with previous ones, further suggests that with an increase in thermosensitivity, there is an increase in heat-induced interphase death. (author) 67 refs.

  7. Two-source method for determining radiation counting dead time

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    This paper examines two approximations used for the two-source method of dead-time determination in radiation counting experiments. One or the other of these two approximations is given in most textbooks that deal with radiation detection. It is shown here that the less-often-quoted approximation is more accurate than the more quoted one. An interpretation for the poorer of the two approximations, however, is also given, which indicates that it may be useful

  8. 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

  9. Explosives detection system and method

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    Reber, Edward L. (Idaho Falls, ID); Jewell, James K. (Idaho Falls, ID); Rohde, Kenneth W. (Idaho Falls, ID); Seabury, Edward H. (Idaho Falls, ID); Blackwood, Larry G. (Idaho Falls, ID); Edwards, Andrew J. (Idaho Falls, ID); Derr, Kurt W. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    2007-12-11

    A method of detecting explosives in a vehicle includes providing a first rack on one side of the vehicle, the rack including a neutron generator and a plurality of gamma ray detectors; providing a second rack on another side of the vehicle, the second rack including a neutron generator and a plurality of gamma ray detectors; providing a control system, remote from the first and second racks, coupled to the neutron generators and gamma ray detectors; using the control system, causing the neutron generators to generate neutrons; and performing gamma ray spectroscopy on spectra read by the gamma ray detectors to look for a signature indicative of presence of an explosive. Various apparatus and other methods are also provided.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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)

  14. Theory of the detection of background gravitational radiation

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    We discuss the detection of stochastic background gravitational radiation with resonant mechanical antennas. Using a pair of antennas of the precisely same frequency, one obtains a low detection threshold for energy density of the radiation, when outputs from the phase-sensitive detectors following each antenna are directly correlated. (author)

  15. Detection of radiation in radiographic apparatus

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    An apparatus for examining bodies by means of penetrating radiation such as x- or ?-radiation is described. The radiation is directed toward the body in a sectoral-shaped swath and the radiation emergent from the body is collected by detector devices. Each device comprises a scintillator crystal which is arranged to respond to the receipt of the radiation by emitting visible light. The devices are irradiated simultaneously and then interrogated in sequence so that the light emitted by respective ones of the devices, which is in each case indicative of the amount of radiation incident thereon, can be identified as to its origin. 8 claims, 5 drawing figures

  16. Detection of food irradiation with luminescence methods

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    Food irradiation is applied as method for the preservation of foods, the prevention of food spoilage and the inhibition of food-borne pathogens. Doses exceeding 10 kGy (10 kJ/kg) are not recommended by the WHO. The different legislation requires methods for the detection and the closimetry of irradiated foods. Among the physical methods based on the radiation-induced changes in inorganic, nonhygroscopic crystalline solids are thermoluminescence (TL), photostimulated luminescence (PSL) and lyoluminescence (LL) measurement. The luminescence methods were tested on natural minerals. Pure quartz, feldspars, calcite, aragonite and dolomite of known origin were irradiated, read out and analyzed to determine the influence of luminescence-activators and deactivators. Carbonate minerals show an orange-red TL easily detectable by blue-sensitive photomultiplier tubes. TIL-inactive carbonate samples may be identified by a lyoluminescence method using the reaction of trapped irradiation-generated charge carriers with the solvent during crystal-lattice breakup. The fine-ground mineral is dissolved in an alkaline complexing agent/chemiluminescence sensitizer/chemiluminescence catalyst (EDTA/luminol/hemin) reagent mixture. The TL and PSL of quartz is too weak to contribute a significant part for the corresponding signals in polymineral dust. Alkali and soda feldspar show intense TL and PSL. The temperature maxima in the TL glow curves allow a clear distinction. PSL does not give this clear distinction. PSL does not give this additional information, it suffers from bleaching by ambient light and requires light-protection. Grain disinfestated with low irradiation doses (500 Gy) may not identified by both TL and PSL measurement. The natural TL of feldspar particles may be overlap with the irradiation-induced TL of other minerals. As a routine method, irradiated spices are identified with TL measurement. The dust particles have to be enriched by heavy-liquid flotation and centrifugation. The PSL method allows a clear identification of irradiated spices. The detection of irradiated seafood (mollusks and crustaceans) with TL is only possible for calcitic shells. The EDTA-luminol lyoluminescence is applicable for both calcitic and aragonitic shells, calcitic, amorphous and partially hydroxyapatitic crustacean molts, and poultry bones. The application of chemical methods is much more susceptible to errors.The high-performance liquid chromatography-determination of ortho- and metatyrosine in low-fat poultry and shrimp meat did not allow any positive identification of irradiated samples. (author)

  17. Shot Boundary Detection Method for News Video

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    Ming Jiang

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available It is very important to detect shot boundary accurately and quickly in a large number of news video data. Therefore, we proposed a new method with dual-detection model. The method is divided into two stages, i.e. pre-detection and re-detection. In the pre-detection stage, the uneven blocked differences based on the feature of human vision are presented and used in adaptive binary search to detect shot boundaries. In the re-detection round, Speeded Up Robust Features (SURF method is applied to exclude false detections. The experimental results show that this method can detect abrupt boundaries of news video quickly and accurately.

  18. An image analysis technique for detection of radiation-induced DNA fragmentation after CHEF electrophoresis

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    CHEF-electrophoresis was used as a technique to detect radiation-induced DNA breakage with special emphasis to biological relevant X-ray doses (0-10 Gy). Fluorescence detection of DNA-fragments using a sensitive image analysis system was directly compared with conventional scintillation counting of 3H-thymidine prelabelled DNA in HeLa S3 cells. It is shown that the image analysis-based fluorescence detection of fragmented DNA after ionizing radiation is as sensitive and reproducible as detection using radioactively prelabelled cells without the putative shortcomings of fluorescence detection methods described earlier (Blocher and Kuhni 1990). Therefore, the image analysis-based detection of radiation-induced DNA fragmentation after CHEF electrophoresis seems to be the most reliable method for applications to non-cycling cells and biopsy material. (Author)

  19. 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 ...

  20. FACE DETECTION USING EIGEN METHOD

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    HASHAAM NAEEM

    2012-01-01

    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 orienta...

  1. 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 daddress 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

  2. Tungsten balls charge method radiation shield system

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    In the outage at nuclear power plant, we try to reduce radiation exposure by installing shields in the work at places of high radiation dose rate. Many of these shields consist of the sheets and plates of heavy metals, and it takes a longer time to install or remove them because heavy loads must be accompanied. At our company, therefore, we have developed a tungsten balls charge method radiation shield system, can reduce the exposure and workload of its installation/removal. We will further promote various advanced techniques including Tungsten balls shielding technique to flexibly meet needs of operating plants. (author)

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Crystallization method employing microwave radiation

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    This invention relates to a method of crystallizing materials from aqueous crystallization media. Zeolite materials, both natural and synthetic, have been demonstrated in the past to have catalytic properties for various types of hydrocarbon conversion. Certain zeolitic materials are ordered, porous crystalline metallosilicates having a definite crystalline structure as determined by X-ray diffraction within which there are a number of smaller cavities which may be interconnected by a number of still smaller channels or pores. These cavities and pores are uniform in size within a specific zeolite material. Since the dimensions of these pores are such as to accept for adsorption molecules of certain dimensions while rejecting those of large dimensions, these materials have come to be known as molecular sieves and are utilized in a variety of ways to take advantage of these properties. (author). 3 tabs

  6. 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.

  7. Detection of nonthermal continuum radiation in Saturn's magnetosphere

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    A detailed analysis of high resolution wideband data from the Voyager 1 and 2 plasma wave receivers has revealed the presence of heretofore undiscovered nonthermal continuum radiation trapped within the Saturnian magnetosphere. The discovery of Saturnian trapped continuum radiation fills a disturbing void in the Saturnian radio spectrum. On the basis of observations at both the Earth and Jupiter it was expected that continuum radiation should be a pervasive signature of planetary magnetospheres in general. Special processing of the Voyager 1 plasma wave data at Saturn has now confirmed the existence of weak emissions that have a spectrum characteristic of trapped continuum radiation. Similar radiation was also detected by Voyager 2; however, in this case it is not certain that Saturn was the only source. Considerable evidence exists which suggests that Saturn may have been immersed in the Jovian tail during the Voyager 2 encounter, so that Jupiter may provide an additional source of the continuum radiation detected by Voyager 2

  8. 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.

  9. 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...

  10. 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

  11. Numerical Methods for Radiation Magnetohydrodynamics in Astrophysics

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    Klein, R I; Stone, J M

    2007-11-20

    We describe numerical methods for solving the equations of radiation magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) for astrophysical fluid flow. Such methods are essential for the investigation of the time-dependent and multidimensional dynamics of a variety of astrophysical systems, although our particular interest is motivated by problems in star formation. Over the past few years, the authors have been members of two parallel code development efforts, and this review reflects that organization. In particular, we discuss numerical methods for MHD as implemented in the Athena code, and numerical methods for radiation hydrodynamics as implemented in the Orion code. We discuss the challenges introduced by the use of adaptive mesh refinement in both codes, as well as the most promising directions for future developments.

  12. 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

  13. Robust statistical methods for automated outlier detection

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    Jee, J. R.

    1987-01-01

    The computational challenge of automating outlier, or blunder point, detection in radio metric data requires the use of nonstandard statistical methods because the outliers have a deleterious effect on standard least squares methods. The particular nonstandard methods most applicable to the task are the robust statistical techniques that have undergone intense development since the 1960s. These new methods are by design more resistant to the effects of outliers than standard methods. Because the topic may be unfamiliar, a brief introduction to the philosophy and methods of robust statistics is presented. Then the application of these methods to the automated outlier detection problem is detailed for some specific examples encountered in practice.

  14. Pavement Crack Detection Using Spectral Clustering Method

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Pavement crack detection plays an important role in pavement maintaining and management, nowadays, which could be performed through remote image analysis. Thus, edges of pavement crack should be extracted in advance; in general, traditional edge detection methods don’t consider phase information and the spatial relationship between the adjacent image areas to extract the edges. To overcome the deficiency of the traditional approaches, this paper proposes a pavement crack detection algorithm based on spectral clustering method. Firstly, a measure of similarity between pairs of pixels is taken into account through orientation energy. Then, spatial relationship is needed to find regions where similarity between pixels in a given region is high and similarity between pixels in different regions is low. After that, crack edge detection is completed with spectral clustering method. The presented method has been run on some real life images of pavement crack, experimental results display that the crack detection method of this paper could obtain ideal result.

  15. Nuclear fuel failure detection method

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    A helium gas is filled in a system of a HTGR type reactor, and if a nuclear fuel is failed, FP caused by the failure is incorporated in the helium gas. Then, when a sample gas is collected from the system of the HTGR type reactor, and visible laser light having a predetermined analyzing wavelength is irradiated while applying a predetermined voltage, the FP in the sample gas generated by the failure of the nuclear fuel is excited, and then ionized through a resonance ionization process. On the other hand, the helium gas is ionized through non-resonance ionization process, and since the ionization potential is greatly higher than that of the FP, it is not ionized by the irradiation of the visible laser light. Since electric current flows, when the voltage is applied to the sample gas, failure of the nuclear fuel can be detected by detecting the current. Since the FP is detected directly, effect of background can be eliminated. (N.H.)

  16. 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.)

  17. Crosslinking by Gamma Radiation Uniform Irradiation Method

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    With crosslinking it is possible to strengthen the physical properties of thermoplastics such as heat resistance and resistance to other decomposing effects. Crosslinking can be achieved either by chemical methods or using high energy ionizing radiation. In this paper, dosimetry and irradiation methods which are used in crosslinking process of 16 mm radius polietilen under- floor heating pipes are explained. Radiation crosslinkable polietilen pipes of 140-160 meter coils in packed form are under nitrogen. Radiation process takes place in tote boxes where in each tote 4 coils of pipes are placed. In each cycle product absorbs 30 kGy of dose and the total number of cycle varies between 4-4.5 depending on the density .In every two cycles the locations of coils are changed in tote boxes in order to achieve more uniform dose distribution. We found that in the dose range of 130 -140 kGy it is possible to achieve 60 % crosslinking level for this type of pipes manufactured by different companies. Normally in our automatic tote box gamma radiation plant the difference between maximum and minimum dose is 40 %. However thanks to this method this ratio is lowered to 13 %. As a result, the maximum dose of 180 kGy is reduced to the range of 150 kGy that caused a reduction in chain scission effect in molecules

  18. Einstein as armchair detective: The case of stimulated radiation

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    2013-01-01

    Einstein was in many ways like a detective on a mystery trail, though in his case he was on the trail of nature's mysteries and not some murder mystery! And like all good detectives he had a style. It consisted of taking facts that he knew were correct and forcing nature into a situation that would contradict this established truth. In this process she would be forced to reveal some new truths. Einstein's 1917 paper on the quantum theory of radiation is a classic example of this style and enabled him to predict the existence of stimulated radiation starting from an analysis of thermodynamic equilibrium between matter and radiation.

  19. 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)

  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. Detection of gravitational radiation by using laser interferometer

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    Methods of experiments aimed at the detection of gravitational radiation by using laser interferometer is reviewed. There are two types of the interferometer; Michelson type with delay lines and Fabry-Perot type with cavities for resonance. In either case very precise and elaborate control system of effective arm length is indispensable. Various noises on the laser interferometer are studied in detail. Theoretical limit to sensitivity for dimensionless amplitude h is determined by laser shot noise in photodetector. For 100 km of beam path length and 1 Watt of laser power, this sensitivity limit is 10-21 Hzsup(-1/2). The results of the experiments so far in several laboratories are presented. The sensitivity of the order of h = 10-18 Hzsup(-1/2) has been obtained. (author)

  2. 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

  3. 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.)

  4. Radionuclide detection and analysis: A comparison of radiation counting and mass spectrometric (ICP/MS) capabilities

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    The detection and determination of radionuclide constituents in environmental and process samples has traditionally been performed through observation of the radionuclide's inherent radiation(s) associated with the decay of these unstable nuclei. For short and medium half-life radionuclides, this approach generally yields excellent quantitative results. However, determination of the more stable nuclei, i.e., radionuclides with longer half-lives, and/or radionuclides which decay through low energy radiation(s) (e.g., I-129 and Tc-99), is often impractical using classical decay counting methods. The authors have investigated the application of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP/MS) to the detection and quantitation of radionuclides. The potential for ICP/MS relative to radiation counting can be clarified by evaluating each technique on the basis of its inherent ability to observe signal counts. In order to do this, a brief and admittedly over-simplified discussion of the parameters related to detection of radionuclides by conventional radiation detection methods must be compared with the detection sensitivity offered by ICP/MS techniques

  5. Spectral methods to detect surface mines

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    Winter, Edwin M.; Schatten Silvious, Miranda

    2008-04-01

    Over the past five years, advances have been made in the spectral detection of surface mines under minefield detection programs at the U. S. Army RDECOM CERDEC Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD). The problem of detecting surface land mines ranges from the relatively simple, the detection of large anti-vehicle mines on bare soil, to the very difficult, the detection of anti-personnel mines in thick vegetation. While spatial and spectral approaches can be applied to the detection of surface mines, spatial-only detection requires many pixels-on-target such that the mine is actually imaged and shape-based features can be exploited. This method is unreliable in vegetated areas because only part of the mine may be exposed, while spectral detection is possible without the mine being resolved. At NVESD, hyperspectral and multi-spectral sensors throughout the reflection and thermal spectral regimes have been applied to the mine detection problem. Data has been collected on mines in forest and desert regions and algorithms have been developed both to detect the mines as anomalies and to detect the mines based on their spectral signature. In addition to the detection of individual mines, algorithms have been developed to exploit the similarities of mines in a minefield to improve their detection probability. In this paper, the types of spectral data collected over the past five years will be summarized along with the advances in algorithm development.

  6. 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.

  7. Improved GLR method to instrument failure detection

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    The generalized likehood radio(GLR) method performs statistical tests on the innovations sequence of a Kalman-Buchy filter state estimator for system failure detection and its identification. However, the major drawback of the convensional GLR is to hypothesize particular failure type in each case. In this paper, a method to solve this drawback is proposed. The improved GLR method is applied to a PWR pressurizer and gives successful results in detection and identification of any failure. Furthmore, some benefit on the processing time per each cycle of failure detection and its identification can be accompanied. (Author)

  8. 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.

  9. 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...

  10. 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.

  11. Integrating Wireless Networking for Radiation Detection

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    Board, Jeremy; Barzilov, Alexander; Womble, Phillip; Paschal, Jon

    2006-10-01

    As wireless networking becomes more available, new applications are being developed for this technology. Our group has been studying the advantages of wireless networks of radiation detectors. With the prevalence of the IEEE 802.11 standard (``WiFi''), we have developed a wireless detector unit which is comprised of a 5 cm x 5 cm NaI(Tl) detector, amplifier and data acquisition electronics, and a WiFi transceiver. A server may communicate with the detector unit using a TCP/IP network connected to a WiFi access point. Special software on the server will perform radioactive isotope determination and estimate dose-rates. We are developing an enhanced version of the software which utilizes the receiver signal strength index (RSSI) to estimate source strengths and to create maps of radiation intensity.

  12. Detectable Signatures of Cosmic Radiative Feedback

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    Schneider, R.; Salvaterra, R; Choudhury, T. Roy; Ferrara, A.; Burigana, C.; Popa, L. A.

    2007-01-01

    We use a semi-analytical model to study the impact of reionization, and the associated radiative feedback, on galaxy formation. Two feedback models have been considered: (i) a standard prescription, according to which star formation is totally suppressed in galaxies with circular velocity below a critical threshold (model CF06) and (ii) a characterization based on the filtering scale (model G00), allowing for a gradual reduction of the gas available for star formation in low...

  13. An Efficient Method of Small Targets Detection in Low SNR

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    In this paper, an efficient method based on nonlinear adaptive filtering is proposed to detect the small IR target of low SNR under the complex background. The morphologic filter can be constructed firstly based on the IR radiation traits of low SNR small targets in the complex background and then a morphological method is used to eliminate the influence of the unbalance background to the image segmentation. Next an algorithm of adaptive threshold segmentation is adopted in order to select the small moving target and the noise points. Finally, on the basis of image sequences, the satisfactory targets detection is accomplished after eliminating wrong point targets. The method presented in this paper can effectively suppress the noise and the air background of the original image, enhance the ability of point target detection in single frame

  14. 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)

  15. Bioluminescent bioreporter integrated circuit detection methods

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    Simpson, Michael L.; Paulus, Michael J.; Sayler, Gary S.; Applegate, Bruce M.; Ripp, Steven A.

    2005-06-14

    Disclosed are monolithic bioelectronic devices comprising a bioreporter and an OASIC. These bioluminescent bioreporter integrated circuit are useful in detecting substances such as pollutants, explosives, and heavy-metals residing in inhospitable areas such as groundwater, industrial process vessels, and battlefields. Also disclosed are methods and apparatus for detection of particular analytes, including ammonia and estrogen compounds.

  16. GC ‘Multi-Analyte’ Detection Method

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    Elaborated methodologies for GC multi-analyte detection are presented, comprising the steps of method development, chromatographic conditions and procedures including the determination of relative retention times and summary results tables. (author)

  17. 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)

  18. Development of radiation detection and measurement system - Development of scintillation radiation sensor

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    Kang, Hee Dong; Kim, Wan [Kyungpook National University, Taegu (Korea); Kim, Do Sung [Taegu University, Taegu (Korea)

    2000-03-01

    We have been fabricated CsI(Tl) scintillation crystals and plastic scintillators for radiation-based measuring equipment. CsI (Tl) single crystals doped with thallium as an activator were grown using the Czochralski method. The crystal structure of grown CsI(Tl) was bcc, and it was confirmed that its lattice constant was 4,568 A. The spectral range of luminescence of CsI(Tl) was 350 {approx} 700 nm independent of thallium concentration, and the fast component of the luminescence was decreased with increasing thallium concentration. The energy resolution of CsI(Tl) scintillator doped with 0.1 mole% thallium was about 9% for 137 Cs {gamma}-rays. The relation formula of {gamma}-ray energy versus energy resolution was ln(FWHM%)=-0.705ln({epsilon})+6.75. The radiation damage of CsI(Tl) increased in proportion to thallium concentration and radiation damage of CsI(Tl) increased in proportion to thallium concentration and radiation dosage, and the irradiated crystals were colored reddish. The radiation induced absorption bands appeared around 355, 425, 520 and 555 nm, and their energy level were about 3.50, 2.88, 2.39 and 2.21 eV. Plastic scintillators were fabricated thermal polymerization method. Those were polymerizing at 120 deg. C, during 72 hours, and annealing at 75 deg. C, during 24 hours. When the concentration of 1st solute was 1.5 wt% and concentration of 2nd solute was 0.01 wt%, the characteristics of scintillation were very excellent. Also 3.0 wt% tetraphenyl lead were loaded to improve the detection efficiency of {gamma}-ray. The range of emission spectrum was 400 {approx} 450nm, and the central peak was 415 nm. The radiation damage was not appear under 1*10{sup 3}Gy, but the color of plastic scintillator was changed to brown, over 1*10{sup 4}Gy exposured. 84 refs., 39 figs. (Author)

  19. Method for detecting coliform organisms

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    Nishioka, K.; Nibley, D. A.; Jeffers, E. L.; Brooks, R. L. (inventors)

    1983-01-01

    A method and apparatus are disclosed for determining the concentration of coliform bacteria in a sample. The sample containing the coliform bacteria is cultured in a liquid growth medium. The cultured bacteria produce hydrogen and the hydrogen is vented to a second cell containing a buffer solution in which the hydrogen dissolves. By measuring the potential change in the buffer solution caused by the hydrogen, as a function of time, the initial concentration of bacteria in the sample is determined. Alternatively, the potential change in the buffer solution can be compared with the potential change in the liquid growth medium to verify that the potential change in the liquid growth medium is produced primarily by the hydrogen gas produced by the coliform bacteria.

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. Method research of detecting high-energy neutron in pulse fission neutron energy spectrum

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    Technical methods of increasing high-energy neutron sensitivity of detecting system and signal-to noise of measurement are discussed. Through optimization of detecting system structure, neutron sensitivity of detecting system is increased. Influence of background radiation, such as scattered neutron and scattered gamma, are calculated. Results indicate, fission high-energy neutron can be measured with low intensities and high-intensity radiation background. (authors)

  3. Simulated performance of a position sensitive radiation detecting system (COCAE)

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    Karafasoulis, K; Seferlis, S; Kaissas, I; Lambropoulos, C; Loukas, D; Poritiriadis, C

    2011-01-01

    Extensive simulations of a portable radiation detecting system have been performed in order to explore important performance parameters. The instrument consists of a stack of ten detecting layers made of pixelated Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) crystals. Its aim is to localize and identify radiation sources, by exploiting the Compton imaging technique. In this paper we present performance parameters based on simulation studies. Specifically the ratio of incompletely absorbed photons, the detector's absolute efficiency as well as its energy and angular resolution are evaluated in a wide range of incident photon energies.

  4. 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...

  5. 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.; Project 8 Collaboration

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    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.

  6. Development of radiation detection and measurement systems

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    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

  7. 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.

  8. Eye blinking-based method for detecting driver drowsiness.

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    Ma'touq, Jumana; Al-Nabulsi, Jamal; Al-Kazwini, Akeel; Baniyassien, Ahmed; Al-Haj Issa, Ghassan; Mohammad, Haitham

    2014-11-01

    Drowsy driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Eye blinking is considered as important evidence of driver drowsiness. In this paper, a portable and low cost device for monitoring a driver's drowsiness is proposed. The proposed system consists of two main parts that detect eye blinking based on IR sensors mounted on eyewear. Depending on the reflected and absorbed IR radiation, this system detects and classifies the eye blinking into normal blinking (NB) or prolonged blinking (PB). The detected prolonged blinking is used to trigger an audio/visual alarm system which draws the driver's attention back. The system was simulated initially by LabVIEW® software. Moreover, the system was bench tested on 15 adult volunteers; eye blinking were detected and classified successfully for all subjects. The results of this research are promising and additional investigation is required to further improve the method. PMID:25340719

  9. 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.)

  10. A microfluidic based optical particle detection method

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    Dou, James; Chen, Lu; Nayyar, Rakesh; Aitchison, Stewart

    2012-03-01

    An optical particle detection and analysis method is presented. This method combines the capillary microfluidics, integrated optics and novel image acquisition and analysis algorithms to form the basis of a portable or handheld cytometer instrument. Experimental results provided shows the testing results are closely matched with conventional flow cytometer data.

  11. Methods for implementing microbeam radiation therapy

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    Dilmanian, F. Avraham; Morris, Gerard M.; Hainfeld, James F.

    2007-03-20

    A method of performing radiation therapy includes delivering a therapeutic dose such as X-ray only to a target (e.g., tumor) with continuous broad beam (or in-effect continuous) using arrays of parallel planes of radiation (microbeams/microplanar beams). Microbeams spare normal tissues, and when interlaced at a tumor, form a broad-beam for tumor ablation. Bidirectional interlaced microbeam radiation therapy (BIMRT) uses two orthogonal arrays with inter-beam spacing equal to beam thickness. Multidirectional interlaced MRT (MIMRT) includes irradiations of arrays from several angles, which interleave at the target. Contrast agents, such as tungsten and gold, are administered to preferentially increase the target dose relative to the dose in normal tissue. Lighter elements, such as iodine and gadolinium, are used as scattering agents in conjunction with non-interleaving geometries of array(s) (e.g., unidirectional or cross-fired (intersecting) to generate a broad beam effect only within the target by preferentially increasing the valley dose within the tumor.

  12. 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)

  13. Detectable Signatures of Cosmic Radiative Feedback

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    Schneider, R; Choudhury, T Roy; Ferrara, A; Burigana, C; Popa, L A

    2007-01-01

    We use a semi-analytical model to study the impact of reionization, and the associated radiative feedback, on galaxy formation. Two feedback models have been considered: (i) a standard prescription, according to which star formation is totally suppressed in galaxies with circular velocity below a critical threshold (model CF06) and (ii) a characterization based on the filtering scale (model G00), allowing for a gradual reduction of the gas available for star formation in low-mass galaxies. In model CF06 reionization starts at z ~ 15-20, is 85% complete by z ~ 10; at the same z, the ionized fraction is 16% in model G00. The models match SDSS constraints on the evolution of the neutral hydrogen fraction at z < 7, but predict different Thomson optical depths, tau_e = 0.1017 (CF06), and 0.0631 (G00); such values are within 1 sigma of the WMAP 3-yr determination. Both models are in remarkable good agreement with additional existing data (evolution of Lyman-limit systems, cosmic star formation history, high-z ga...

  14. Radiation detection technique on the fishery foods

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    When muscles and myofibril are irradiated by gamma ray, Mg-ATPase activity increased with increasing of dose, but EDTA-ATPase decreased. If dose is very large, Ca-ATPase activity increased. The effects of state of protein on these phenomena were investigated. The muscles, myofibril and myosin B of Tilapia nilotica were used as samples. Change of Ca-ATPase, Mg-ATPase and EDTA-ATPase activity of myosin B by gamma-ray irradiation was the same as myofibril and muscles, but myosin B showed high sensitivity and each ATPase activity was changed by low dose. Accordingly, these values were more difficult to apply to detection technique of irradiation than state of muscle and myofibril. Collagen is known to degenerate and coagulate by gamma-ray irradiation. However, amount of hot water soluble collagen was increased with increasing of dose. (S.Y.)

  15. Detecting Urinary Bladder Contractions: Methods and Devices

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    Full Text Available In patients suffering from neurogenic detrusor overactivity, continence can be regained by conditional stimulation of the dorsal genital nerve (DGN; that is applying electrical stimulation to the DGN at the onset of an involuntary contraction. For this scheme to work, a sensor capable of reliably detecting the onset of bladder contractions is needed. This article reviews the methods proposed for or associated with detection of bladder contractions, and their applicability to onset detection is assessed. Fourteen methods are described in this review; bladder pressure, urethral sphincter EMG and anal sphincter EMG are the most promising options for onset detection. For all three modalities, however, further research is needed before clinical application becomes viable.

  16. Method for Rapid Detection of Cyanogenic Bacteria

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    Castric, Kathleen F.; Castric, Peter A.

    1983-01-01

    An agar plate method is described in which the production of hydrogen cyanide by as many as 50 microbial isolates per plate may be detected. Cyanide produced by the organisms reacts with copper(II) ethylacetoacetate and 4,4?-methylenebis-(N,N-dimethylaniline) in a paper disk suspended above the microbial colonies. Cell growth occurs in depressions in the agar surface, which allows separation of colonies and enhances sensitivity of hydrogen cyanide detection.

  17. The problem of the detection threshold in radiation measurement

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    In all cases encountered in practical radiation measurement, the basic problem is to differentiate between the lowest measured value and the zero value (background, natural background radiation, etc.). For this purpose, on the mathematical side, tests based on hypotheses are to be applied. These will show the probability of differentiation between two values having the same random spread. By means of these tests and the corresponding error theory, a uniform treatment of the subject, applicable to all problems relating to measuring technique alike, can be found. Two basic concepts are found in this process, which have to be defined in terms of semantics and nomenclature: Decision threshold and detection threshold, or 'minimum detectable mean value'. At the decision threshold, one has to decide (with a given statistical error probability) whether a measured value is to be attributed to the background radiation, accepting the zero hypothesis, or whether this value differs significantly from the background radiation (error of 1rst kind). The minimum detectable mean value is the value which, with a given decision threshold, can be determined with sufficient significance to be a measured value and thus cannot be mistaken as background radiation (alternative hypothesis, error of 2nd kind). Normally, the two error types are of equal importance. It may happen, however, that one type of error gains more importance, depending on the approach. (orig.)oach. (orig.)

  18. Detection of radiation from a Ti:sapphire laser with a high space - time resolution

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    A high space - time resolution is achieved in detection of radiation from a Ti:sapphire laser by the methods of femtosecond photoelectronics. A time resolution of 2 x 10-13 s is obtained at wavelength of 800 nm in a linear scan regime for a streak speed of 5 x 1010 cm s-1, an input power density of (1 - 5) x 103 W cm-2, and a linear dynamic detection range no more than 10. (letters)

  19. 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 syspracticability 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)

  20. 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

  1. Control of irradiated food: recent developments in analytical detection methods

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    An overview of recent international efforts, i.e. programmes of ''ADMIT'' (FAO/IAEA) and of BCR (EC) towards the development of analytical detection methods for radiation processed food will be given. Some larger collaborative studies have already taken place, e.g. ESR of bones from chicken, pork, beef, frog legs and fish, thermoluminescence of insoluble minerals isolated from herbs and spices, GC analysis of long-chain hydrocarbons derived from the lipid fraction of chicken and other meats, and the microbiological APC/DEFT procedure for spices. These methods could soon be implemented in international standard protocols. (author)

  2. Properties study of ZnO:Ga crystal on pulsed radiation detections

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    In this paper, properties on pulsed radiation detections of ZnO:Ga crystal grew by a magnetron sputtering method were studied. The time response to pulsed laser, pulsed hard X rays and single ? particles, the energy response to pulsed hard X ray, the scintillation efficiency to ? rays, the response to pulsed proton, and the relations of the light intensity varied with the proton energy were measured and analyzed in detail. Results show that the ZnO:Ga crystal has potential applications in the regime of pulse radiation detection .(authors)

  3. Characterization of fiber optic Cerenkov radiation sensor for detecting neutrons

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    Jang, K. W.; Yagi, T.; Pyeon, C. H.; Shin, S. H.; Yoo, W. J.; Misawa, T.; Lee, B.

    2013-09-01

    Cerenkov radiation can be observed easily as a shimmer of blue light from the water in boiling- and pressurized-water reactors, or spent fuel storage pools. In this research, we fabricated the fiber-optic Cerenkov radiation sensor using a Gdfoil, rutile crystal and optical fiber for detecting neutrons. Also, the reference sensor for measuring background gammarays was fabricated with the rutile crystal and optical fiber. The neutron fluxes could be obtained by measuring the signal difference between two sensors. To characterize the fiber-optic Cerenkov radiation sensor, we measured neutron fluxes using a Cf-252 neutron source according to depths of polyethylene. As the results, the counts of fiber-optic Cerenkov radiation sensor were higher than those of reference sensor due to additional interactions between Gd-foil and neutrons. Also, the counts of Cerenkov radiation decreased with increasing polyethylene thickness. It is anticipated that the novel and simple fiber-optic Cerenkov radiation sensor using the Cerenkov effect can be widely used to detect the neutrons in hazardous nuclear facilities.

  4. Detection of radiation pressure acting on 2009 BD

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    2011-01-01

    We report the direct detection of radiation pressure on the asteroid 2009 BD, one of the smallest multi-opposition near-Earth objects currently known, with H ~ 28.4. Under the purely gravitational model of NEODyS the object is currently considered a possible future impactor, with impact solutions starting in 2071. The detection of a radiation-related acceleration allows us to estimate an Area to Mass Ratio (AMR) for the object, that can be converted (under some assumptions) into a range of possible values for its average density. Our result AMR = (2.97 \\pm 0.33) x 10^(-4) m^2 kg^(-1) is compatible with the object being of natural origin, and it is narrow enough to exclude a man-made nature. The possible origin of this object, its future observability, and the importance of radiation pressure in the impact monitoring process, are also discussed.

  5. Radiation detection with distributed sensor networks

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    Mielke, Angela M.; Smith, Mark C.; Brennan, Sean M.; Torney, David C.; Jackson, Diana; Karlin, Josh F.; Maccabe, Arthur B.

    2005-05-01

    Given the heightened awareness and response to threats posed to national security, it is important to evaluate, and if possible, improve current measures being taken to ensure our nation"s safety. With terrorism so prevalent in our thoughts, the possible risk of nuclear attacks remains a major concern. Portal monitors are one type of technology that may be used to combat this risk. Their purpose is to detect nuclear materials and, if found, alert first responders to such a discovery. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is currently working on an alternative to these costly portal monitors through the Distributed Sensor Network (DSN) project. In collaboration with the University of New Mexico (UNM), this project aims to develop distributed networks of heterogeneous sensors with the ability to process data in-situ in order to produce real-time decisions regarding the presence of radioactive material within the network. The focus of the work described in this paper has been the evaluation of current commercial products available for application deployments, as well as the development of a sensor network in simulation to reduce key deployment issues.

  6. Method for decontaminating radiation metal waste

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    This report describes a method for decontaminating radiation metal waste characterized by the following properties: in order to decontaminate radiation metal waste of various shapes produced by facilities involved with radioactive substances, non-complex shapes are decontaminated by electropolishing the materials in a neutral saline solution. Complex shapes are chemically decontaminated by means of an acid solution containing permanganic acid or an alkaline solution and a mineral acid solution. After neutralizing the solutions used for chemical decontamination, the radioactive material is separated and removed. Further, in the decontamination method for radioactive metal waste, a supernatant liquid is reused as the electrolyte in electropolishing decontamination. Permanganic ions (MnO4-) are reduced to manganese dioxide (MnO2) and deposited prior to neutralizing the solution used for chemical decontamination. Once manganese dioxide (MnO2) has been separated and removed, it is re-used as the electrolyte in electropolishing decontamination by means of a process identical to the separation process for radioactive substances. 3 figs

  7. Three Methods of Detection of Hydrazines

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    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. 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

  9. On the evaluation of evapotranspiration by the radiation method

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    In order to evaluate evapotranspiration (ET) by analyzing meteorological data, four methods were investigated i.e. the Radiation method, Pan evaporation method, Penman method and Bowen ratio method. The results are as follows. By investigating the correlation between some factors related to evapotranspiration, it was confirmed that a correlation coefficient between ETpen (by Penman method) and solar radiation (Rs) is almost +1.0 and similarly the one between pan evaporation (Epan) and Rs is almost +1.0. After all, it was confirmed that the Radiation method is a reliable one in order to evaluate evapotranspiration by only using solar radiation

  10. Acoustic methods of detection in gas chromatography.

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    Mah, Christine; Thurbide, Kevin B

    2006-08-01

    A brief review of the use of acoustic detection methods in GC is presented. While a number of methods (some quite similar) have been developed for use as gas-phase sensors in various applications, this article focuses specifically on those techniques that have been used to detect analytes following their separation by GC. Overall, a number of "active" acoustic methods (which measure analytes through their interaction with a controlled external acoustic wave source) were reportedly used as GC detectors. These include ultrasonic, thickness shear mode, surface acoustic wave (SAW), and flexural plate wave methods. Conversely, "passive" acoustic methods (those that produce an acoustic signal through some chemical reaction with the analyte) have also been used as GC detectors. These include photoacoustic and acoustic flame methods of detection. Of the two major classifications, reports of active methods are far more prevalent. In particular, the usage of SAW techniques with GC is an area of research that has seen accelerated growth in recent years. PMID:16970192

  11. 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)

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    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.

  12. Radiation detector based on acoustic methods using piezoelectric PZT elements

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    When energetic ions enter a material, they lose their kinetic energies due to their interactions with the material. This energy is converted into heat, which generates a pressure wave via volume expansion. Consequently, the pressure wave propagates in the material. The pressure wave can be detected when a pressure-sensitive element is suitably arranged. This report deals with the case where acoustic are generated in water by energetic xenon ions; these signals propagate in water, and are detected by a PZT element steeped in water. Consequently, the behavior of the pressure signal is explained qualitatively. Since the experimental details and results were published in Ref.1, this report serves to learn a detector based on acoustic principle. Another type of detection method that the pressure-element is directly irradiated appears elsewhere. The results of this study would promote developing detection techniques for heavily dosed radiation detectors like an oxide layer detector. In addition, this acoustic method may be applicable to radiology. (author)

  13. 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.

  14. A space radiation transport method development

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    Wilson, J. W.; Tripathi, R. K.; Qualls, G. D.; Cucinotta, F. A.; Prael, R. E.; Norbury, J. W.; Heinbockel, J. H.; Tweed, J.

    2004-01-01

    Improved spacecraft shield design requires early entry of radiation constraints into the design process to maximize performance and minimize costs. As a result, we have been investigating high-speed computational procedures to allow shield analysis from the preliminary design concepts to the final design. In particular, we will discuss the progress towards a full three-dimensional and computationally efficient deterministic code for which the current HZETRN evaluates the lowest-order asymptotic term. HZETRN is the first deterministic solution to the Boltzmann equation allowing field mapping within the International Space Station (ISS) in tens of minutes using standard finite element method (FEM) geometry common to engineering design practice enabling development of integrated multidisciplinary design optimization methods. A single ray trace in ISS FEM geometry requires 14 ms and severely limits application of Monte Carlo methods to such engineering models. A potential means of improving the Monte Carlo efficiency in coupling to spacecraft geometry is given in terms of re-configurable computing and could be utilized in the final design as verification of the deterministic method optimized design. Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of COSPAR.

  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. Subclinical thyroid disease after radiation therapy detected by radionuclide scanning

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    Purpose: The actuarial risk for developing benign or malignant thyroid disease following radiation therapy (RT) is controversial, but may be as high as 50% at 20 years. An effective screening modality should be specific but not overly sensitive, a limitation of ultrasound. We questioned whether Technetium-99 m pertechnetate (99mTc TcO4-) scanning could detect clinically significant disease in ostensibly disease-free cancer survivors. Methods and Materials: Eligibility criteria included an interval of at least 5 years after RT to the cervical region, a thyroid gland that was normal to palpation, euthyroid status determined by clinical examination, free T4 and TSH. The 34 patients scanned included 16 children (99mTc TcO4-scanning was 33 years (range, 13.6-58 years), providing a mean interval of 13 years (range, 5.3-26.6years). The mean RT dose to the thyroid was 36.4 Gy (range, 19.5-52.5). Thyroid scanning was performed with a 5 mCi dose of 99mTc TcO4- obtaining flow, immediate and delayed static, and pinhole collimator images. Results: Seven patients (21.6%) had abnormal scans, and the percentage was higher among children (25%) and females (25%) compared to adults (16.7%) and males (16.7%), respectively. Two of 34 patients (5.9%) were pectively. Two of 34 patients (5.9%) were discovered to have a thyroid cancer; histopathologies were papillary and follicular carcinoma. Conclusion: In this population of clinically normal cancer survivors who had been irradiated to the cervical region, subclinical thyroid disease, of potential clinical significance, was detected by 99mTc TcO4- in about 20%. Children may be more commonly affected. Although the cost effectiveness of screening will require a larger sample number, we propose a surveillance schema for this patient population

  17. 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.

  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. Radioactive zones: characteristics and detection methods

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    The paper presents the characteristics of the radioactive zones: geometric and spectrometric characteristics and the specific contaminations. The detection methods are discussed shortly. They present also the parameters that are necessary to be known for the use of helicopters to control radioactive zones. (author)

  20. Improved astigmatic focus error detection method

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    Bernacki, Bruce E.

    1992-03-01

    All easy-to-implement focus- and track-error detection methods presently used in magneto-optical (MO) disk drives using pre-grooved media suffer from a side effect known as feedthrough. Feedthrough is the unwanted focus error signal (FES) produced when the optical head is seeking a new track, and light refracted from the pre-grooved disk produces an erroneous FES. Some focus and track-error detection methods are more resistant to feedthrough, but tend to be complicated and/or difficult to keep in alignment as a result of environmental insults. The astigmatic focus/push-pull tracking method is an elegant, easy-to-align focus- and track-error detection method. Unfortunately, it is also highly susceptible to feedthrough when astigmatism is present, with the worst effects caused by astigmatism oriented such that the tangential and sagittal foci are at 45 deg to the track direction. This disclosure outlines a method to nearly completely eliminate the worst-case form of feedthrough due to astigmatism oriented 45 deg to the track direction. Feedthrough due to other primary aberrations is not improved, but performance is identical to the unimproved astigmatic method.

  1. Identification of oxidation states of ultra-trace elements by radiation detection

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    The determination of the oxidation state of ultra-trace elements in the environment, especially in the case of actinides, is of importance in many ways. Speciation techniques using radiation may comprise methods based on the detection of the nuclear and atomic radiations emitted in radioactive decay or methods using external sources of excitation. In the former instance, information can be obtained from the energy and intensity of radiation, but at present the partition method is still the most commonly used, although its reliability is questionable. Excitation with intense laser beams, as is currently being used for trace element analysis in photoacoustic and thermal lensing spectroscopic techniques, could conceivably be applied under suitable conditions to ultra-trace elements with a sensitivity approaching that of the radiochemical methods

  2. 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)

  3. 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.

  4. X-ray tomography detection methods

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    The improvement in the performance of X-ray tomographs involves the study of more efficient detectors, hence the important effort now being undertaken by various teams in the design of new detection systems. After defining the parameters which make it possible to select a detection method for an X-ray tomograph, the technical and operating characteristics of the following detectors are briefly reviewed: gas ionization chamber, multiwire grid chambers, ionization chamber with a condensed medium (liquid xenon), scintillation detector (with scintillator and photodetector) and semiconductor detectors (CdTe and HgI2) operating at ambient temperature

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Einstein as armchair detective: The case of stimulated radiation

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    Natarajan, Vasant

    2013-01-01

    Einstein was in many ways like a detective on a mystery trail, though in his case he was on the trail of nature's mysteries and not some murder mystery! And like all good detectives he had a style. It consisted of taking facts that he knew were correct and forcing nature into a situation that would contradict this established truth. In this process she would be forced to reveal some new truths. Einstein's 1917 paper on the quantum theory of radiation is a classic example of ...

  8. Preparation of a polysulfone composite for alpha radiation detection

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    A polymer composite for alpha radiation detection was prepared by coating a ZnS(Ag) scintillator over a polysulfone (PSF) base layer. The base layer and active ZnS(Ag) layer were formed by the evaporation of a solvent from the solution films of a binary solution of PSF and methylene chloride (MC), and a ternary scintillator paste of PSF, ZnS(Ag), and dimethylformamide (DMF), respectively. Since the scintillator paste was screen-printed without any extra binder on the surface of a solidified base layer, PSF works as a transparent and mechanical support layer as well as a binder for ZnS(Ag) coating, while maintaining the monolithic feature of the composite. The prepared composite was pliable and flexible enough to be rolled up like paper. The alpha detection of the composite was efficient enough to determine the activity of alpha radiation. (author)

  9. Position sensitive detection of neutrons in high radiation background field.

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    Vavrik, D; Jakubek, J; Pospisil, S; Vacik, J

    2014-01-01

    We present the development of a high-resolution position sensitive device for detection of slow neutrons in the environment of extremely high ? and e(-) radiation background. We make use of a planar silicon pixelated (pixel size: 55 × 55 ?m(2)) spectroscopic Timepix detector adapted for neutron detection utilizing very thin (10)B converter placed onto detector surface. We demonstrate that electromagnetic radiation background can be discriminated from the neutron signal utilizing the fact that each particle type produces characteristic ionization tracks in the pixelated detector. Particular tracks can be distinguished by their 2D shape (in the detector plane) and spectroscopic response using single event analysis. A Cd sheet served as thermal neutron stopper as well as intensive source of gamma rays and energetic electrons. Highly efficient discrimination was successful even at very low neutron to electromagnetic background ratio about 10(-4). PMID:24517756

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Infrared luminescence for real time ionizing radiation detection

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    Radio-luminescence (RL) optical fiber sensors enable a remote, punctual, and real time detection of ionizing radiation. However, the employment of such systems for monitoring extended radiation fields with energies above the Cerenkov threshold is still challenging, since a spurious luminescence, namely, the “stem effect,” is also generated in the passive fiber portion exposed to radiation. Here, we present experimental measurements on Yb-doped silica optical fibers irradiated with photon fields of different energies and sizes. The results demonstrate that the RL of Yb3+, displaying a sharp emission line at about 975?nm, is free from any spectral superposition with the spurious luminescence. This aspect, in addition with the suitable linearity, reproducibility, and sensitivity properties of the Yb-doped fibers, paves the way to their use in applications where an efficient stem effect removal is required

  13. Need for new caries detection methods

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    Young, Douglas A.; Featherstone, John D. B.

    1999-05-01

    Dental caries (tooth decay) continues to be a major problems for adults as well as children, even though great advances have been made in preventive methods in the last 20 years. New methods for the management of caries will work best if lesions can be detected at an early stage and chemical rather than physical intervention can take place, thereby preserving the natural tooth structure and helping the saliva to heal, or remineralize, the areas of early decay. Clinical detection of caries in the US relies on visual examination, tactile with hand held explorer, and conventional radiographs, all of which are inadequate for the occlusal (biting) surfaces of the teeth where most of the decay now occurs. The dentist often has to explore by drilling with a dental bur to confirm early decay in these areas. New method that can determine the extent and degree of subsurface lesions in these surfaces non-destructively are essential for further advances in the clinical management of dental caries. Optical methods, which exploit the differences between sound and carious enamel and dentin, show great promise for the accurate detection of these lesions. Two or three- dimensional images, which include a measure of severity will be needed.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Development of detection methods for irradiated foods

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    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

  17. 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 onal 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)

  18. 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

  19. Multiple-radiation detector: Detection of X-rays containing two energy values

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    A patent is claimed for the invention of a scintillation counter, able to detect radiations containing different energies. The invention can be applied to radiological devices. Two different materials are used: one of the chosen materials detects high energy radiation (green radiation) and the other one low energy radiations (red radiation). Filters are used for selecting such radiations before they reach the photodiodes. The design and the operation characteristics are described

  20. Survey and evaluation of environmental radiation impact from industrial ?-ray defect detecting machine

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    This article first described the defect detecting machine in ways of working principle, relevant standards, environmental impact of radiation, then analysed the radiation affecting range and dose rate of a ?-ray detecting machine to environment radiation with measured data, finally proposes some safety management and radiation protection measurement. (authors)

  1. Detection method for failure of nuclear fuel

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    The present invention concerns a method for accurately and rapidly detecting radioactive fission products released to Na coolants due to failure of fuels in an LMFBR type reactor with no influence of Na, as well as estimating the extent and the position of the failure of the nuclear fuels. Radioactive fission products released to the Na coolants upon failure of the fuels are detected using a resonance sensitizing ionization method. Laser beams to be used in this case are introduced into the LMFBR type reactor using an optical fiber and focused using an optical lens. Alternatively, only radioactive fission products present in a space of not greater than 5mm diameter, more preferably, not greater than 1mm may be ionized to be detected. In addition, two metal plates are disposed in the LMFBR type reactor so that electroconductivity can be measured. The radioactive fission products are ionized between the two metal plates and they may be detected by the change of the electroconductivity. (I.S.)

  2. 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.

  3. Ambiguity Detection Methods in Context Free Grammar

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    Sundus Shaukat; Kashif Ayyub; Wasif Nisar; Mudassar Raza; Tariq Umer

    2014-01-01

    Problem arising in CFG (Context Free Grammar) due to ambiguity can be trace to 1962. Even now there is no general method or procedure introduced to detect ambiguity in CFG. In parser generation and in language design, ambiguity in context free grammar, is a frequent problem as well as in application where it is used for the representation of physical structure. For creating a language it should be necessary that it is unambiguous. Ambiguity has some advantages as well as disadvantages. The ai...

  4. On Analytical Methods in Neuroblastoma Detection

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    Mart Amp Xed Nez-d Amp Xed Az, R.; Balaguer, J.; Amp Xe Nchez Ruiz, L. M. S.; Bello, P.; Castel, V.; G. Perís-Fajarnés

    2013-01-01

    Nonlinear dynamics of cancer recurrence are known to be governed by several factors as initial tumour size, number of metastatic sites, or quantity of drug resistant cells. The precise extent and location of tumours are very important factors so quantitative and consistent methods of evaluation are needed to assess reponse to patient therapy.Whole-body 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (mIBG) scintigraphy is used as primary medical image modality to detect neuroblastoma tumours due to its...

  5. Bremsstrahlung detection and chamber obstruction localisation using scanning radiation detectors

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    The full text of publication follows. Radiation monitors consisting of scintillating plastic coupled to photomultipliers are used for diagnostic purposes. By scanning such a detector or a radiation scatterer, 2 applications are demonstrated: i) Monitoring of vacuum chamber conditioning by monitoring gas Bremsstrahlung from residual gas, and 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 Bremsstrahlung 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 6.5 m parallel to the ESRF storage ring so as to localize regions of beam loss. The location of a scraper and narrow chamber entry and exit points are clearly resolved. (authors)

  6. 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.)

  7. 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.)

  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. Certain methods of prophylaxis of radiation sickness

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    Tyutin, L. A.

    1973-01-01

    Administration of 0.6 g of cystamine hydrochloride to a patient who had undergone radiation treatment prior to each exposure reduces by two to three times the frequency of development of various symptoms of radiation sickness. The prescription of a complex of B vitamins and vitamin C during radiation therapy has a favorble effect on the total condition of the patients, reduces some symptoms of intoxication, but does not have a noticeable influence on the white blood picture.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

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

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    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 informatid to use the crude spectroscopic information available from a plastic detector to discriminate other man-made radiation source from NORM

  14. Practical methods for radiation survey in nuclear installations

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    This study is placed to those who are responsible to perform radiation survey in the nuclear installations, especially the beginners. Therefore, it gives a comprehensive view to all-important aspects related to their work starting from the structure of atoms to the practical steps for radiation survey works. So, it clarify how to perform personal monitoring, methods for monitoring surface contamination, methods for measuring radioactivity of gases and radioactive aerosols in air, monitoring radiation doses, measuring radiation influences in workplaces and finally measuring internal exposure of radiation workers in nuclear installations. Finally, The study shows some cases of breaches of radiation protection rules in some American nuclear installations and describes the final results of these breaches. The aim of this is to assure that any breach or ignore to radiation protection principles may produce bad results, and there is no leniency in implementing environmental radiation protection principles. (author)

  15. Design of a Mobile Radiation Detection System for Seaports

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    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has developed a mobile radiation detection system for the U.S. Customs department. Based on the radiation detection instruments currently in use at many border crossings, the mobile radiation portal monitor (mRPM) consists of two Ludlum 4500-3000 detector panels, a package of sensors and a sensor integration module mounted to a medium duty truck chassis. The sensor package detects the presence of scanning targets (containers) and uses this to control operation of the detectors. The mRPM is designed to scan containerized cargo at seaports. A single mRPM can be driven past grounded or chassis-mounted containers (both sides of the container must be scanned for complete coverage), or a pair of mRPM systems can be parked opposite one another to form a relocatable portal. This rapidly reconfigurable system has proven to be very useful for targeted scanning of containers at multiple seaports. Since seaports are frequently space-constrained and contain few chokepoints, mobile systems that can be easily relocated allow customs operators to effectively scan cargo with minimal interference with the flow of commerce. Operators previously trained in the use of the stationary radiation portal monitors require minimal additional training to use the mRPM systems. The medium duty trucks employed are similar to one-ton crew cab pickup trucks, and a commercial driver's license is not required to operate them. In addition to successful deploymte them. In addition to successful deployments at seaports, the mRPM units have proven useful in other applications, such as preliminary characterization of rail cargo and targeted scanning at special events (political conventions)

  16. 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.

  17. A dual-sided coded-aperture radiation detection system

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    Penny, R. D.; Hood, W. E.; Polichar, R. M.; Cardone, F. H.; Chavez, L. G.; Grubbs, S. G.; Huntley, B. P.; Kuharski, R. A.; Shyffer, R. T.; Fabris, L.; Ziock, K. P.; Labov, S. E.; Nelson, K.

    2011-10-01

    We report the development of a large-area, mobile, coded-aperture radiation imaging system for localizing compact radioactive sources in three dimensions while rejecting distributed background. The 3D Stand-Off Radiation Detection System (SORDS-3D) has been tested at speeds up to 95 km/h and has detected and located sources in the millicurie range at distances of over 100 m. Radiation data are imaged to a geospatially mapped world grid with a nominal 1.25- to 2.5-m pixel pitch at distances out to 120 m on either side of the platform. Source elevation is also extracted. Imaged radiation alarms are superimposed on a side-facing video log that can be played back for direct localization of sources in buildings in urban environments. The system utilizes a 37-element array of 5×5×50 cm 3 cesium-iodide (sodium) detectors. Scintillation light is collected by a pair of photomultiplier tubes placed at either end of each detector, with the detectors achieving an energy resolution of 6.15% FWHM (662 keV) and a position resolution along their length of 5 cm FWHM. The imaging system generates a dual-sided two-dimensional image allowing users to efficiently survey a large area. Imaged radiation data and raw spectra are forwarded to the RadioNuclide Analysis Kit (RNAK), developed by our collaborators, for isotope ID. An intuitive real-time display aids users in performing searches. Detector calibration is dynamically maintained by monitoring the potassium-40 peak and digitally adjusting individual detector gains. We have recently realized improvements, both in isotope identification and in distinguishing compact sources from background, through the installation of optimal-filter reconstruction kernels.

  18. A dual-sided coded-aperture radiation detection system

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    We report the development of a large-area, mobile, coded-aperture radiation imaging system for localizing compact radioactive sources in three dimensions while rejecting distributed background. The 3D Stand-Off Radiation Detection System (SORDS-3D) has been tested at speeds up to 95 km/h and has detected and located sources in the millicurie range at distances of over 100 m. Radiation data are imaged to a geospatially mapped world grid with a nominal 1.25- to 2.5-m pixel pitch at distances out to 120 m on either side of the platform. Source elevation is also extracted. Imaged radiation alarms are superimposed on a side-facing video log that can be played back for direct localization of sources in buildings in urban environments. The system utilizes a 37-element array of 5x5x50 cm3 cesium-iodide (sodium) detectors. Scintillation light is collected by a pair of photomultiplier tubes placed at either end of each detector, with the detectors achieving an energy resolution of 6.15% FWHM (662 keV) and a position resolution along their length of 5 cm FWHM. The imaging system generates a dual-sided two-dimensional image allowing users to efficiently survey a large area. Imaged radiation data and raw spectra are forwarded to the RadioNuclide Analysis Kit (RNAK), developed by our collaborators, for isotope ID. An intuitive real-time display aids users in performing searches. Detector calibration is dynamically maintained by monitoring the potassium-40 peak and digitaonitoring the potassium-40 peak and digitally adjusting individual detector gains. We have recently realized improvements, both in isotope identification and in distinguishing compact sources from background, through the installation of optimal-filter reconstruction kernels.

  19. 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.

  20. Method of detecting fuel rod failure

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    Purpose: To detect the failure of fuel rods in non-destructive manner by operating a nuclear magnetic resonance device. Method: The upper end of a fuel rod selected from a spent fuel assembly is exposed, around which a nuclear magnetic resonance device is disposed to detect the presence or absence of nuclear fission gases in the fuel rod to conduct failure detection of the fuel rod. The nuclear magnetic resonance device comprises a main magnet for applying static magnetic fields, Helmholtz coils and receiving coils disposed therein. In operation, main magnetic coils are connected to a power source, while the Helmholtz coils are connected to an oscillator respectively. Signals, when the fuel rod is disposed to the inside of the receiving coils are sent by way of an amplifier and a phase detector and applied with calculation processing in an electronic computer. In this way, presence or absence of nuclear fission gases in the fuel rod is detected and the amount of the nuclear fission gases can be calculated in the electronic computer. (Kamimura, M.)

  1. Waterborne pathogens: detection methods and challenges.

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    Ramírez-Castillo, Flor Yazmín; Loera-Muro, Abraham; Jacques, Mario; Garneau, Philippe; Avelar-González, Francisco Javier; Harel, Josée; Guerrero-Barrera, Alma Lilián

    2015-01-01

    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. PMID:26011827

  2. 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.

  3. Geiger-mueller radiation detector with means for detecting and indicating the existence of radiation overload

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    When subjected to radiation overload existing geiger-mueller counters may give an erroneously low reading, resulting in possible hazard to personnel. The instant invention discloses simple and inexpensive apparatus to remedy this dangerous shortcoming. Depending on the geometry of the detector tube, two possible failure modes have been identified, and circuitry is disclosed to detect the existence of these respective failure modes. The disclosed apparatus indicates the absence of an overload condition, in addition to signaling, by both visible and audible means, the existence of excessive radiation that might result in erroneously low reading of the geiger-mueller counter

  4. Magnetic calorimeter with a SQUID for detecting weak radiations and recording the ultralow energy release

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    The scheme of a magnetic calorimeter for recording extremely low energy releases is developed. The calorimeter is activated by the method of adiabatic demagnetisation and its response to the energy release is measured with a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). The estimate of the ultimate sensitivity of the calorimeter with the SQUID demonstrates the possibilities of its application for detecting ultralow radiation intensity, recording single X-ray quanta in the proportional regime and other events with ultralow energy releases. The scheme of the calorimeter with the SQUID on matter waves in superfluid 4He is proposed. (radiation detectors)

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

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    Maehara, Y.; Anai, H.; Kusumoto, T.; Sakaguchi, Y.; Sugimachi, K.

    1989-01-01

    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 brea...

  6. 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)

  7. Cave detection with GPR and seismic methods

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    Neducza, B.; Hermann, L.; Pattantyus-Abraham, M.

    2003-04-01

    In the last few years building sites extended extraordinarily on the hilly part of Budapest, where protected caves can be found. New buildings are being built on the unbuilt areas, and existing houses are being enlarged. If we close the swallers we stop the growth of voids and stalagmites. It’s important to know the size, position and depth of natural voids and cavities before building or reconstruction. We used Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and shallow seismic measurements to detect these objects. The presentation shows the physical bases and some typical radar and shallow seismic sections. It illustrates the use of these methods with 4 case histories: 1 GPR measurement above a known cave system on Budapest, 2 3D measurement above an unknown cave in a limestone mine, 3 Searching the continuity of a known cave from the surface, 4 Detecting the continuity of a karstic system, which has underground lakes.

  8. 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)

  9. 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

  10. A combined optimization method for radiation shielding design in mixed radiation field measurements

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    One single shield design was not suitable for all measuring points with different local radiation characters and measurement objects in mixed-radiation field. A new method is needed for quantitative evaluation and automatically optimizing design of radiation shielding to adapt it to various conditions. Based on cost-benefit principle, the authors propose an evaluation method for radiation shielding, and implement a combined optimization method based on genetic algorithm. Experiments show that the evaluation method is consistent with results given by various references and MCNP; in typical condition, influence of noise radiation from optimized design is 44% of the traditional design. The combined optimization method is able to automatically optimize design with certain radiation characters and measuring point parameters that is useful for project design and data analysis. (authors)

  11. Apparatus and method for OSL-based, remote radiation monitoring and spectrometry

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    Smith, Leon Eric (Richland, WA); Miller, Steven D. (Richland, WA); Bowyer, Theodore W. (Oakton, VA)

    2008-05-20

    Compact, OSL-based devices for long-term, unattended radiation detection and spectroscopy are provided. In addition, a method for extracting spectroscopic information from these devices is taught. The devices can comprise OSL pixels and at least one radiation filter surrounding at least a portion of the OSL pixels. The filter can modulate an incident radiation flux. The devices can further comprise a light source and a detector, both proximally located to the OSL pixels, as well as a power source and a wireless communication device, each operably connected to the light source and the detector. Power consumption of the device ranges from ultra-low to zero. The OSL pixels can retain data regarding incident radiation events as trapped charges. The data can be extracted wirelessly or manually. The method for extracting spectroscopic data comprises optically stimulating the exposed OSL pixels, detecting a readout luminescence, and reconstructing an incident-energy spectrum from the luminescence.

  12. 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.)

  13. Method of laser-radiation guiding in plasma

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    Khachatryan, A. G.

    2000-01-01

    The diffraction broadening of the intense laser radiation restricts its efficient use in many applications. Proposed in the present work is a method for laser radiation guiding in a density channel formed in plasma by a relativistic electron beam. The conditions and parameters of the relativistic beam ensuring the guiding by means of the proposed method have been examined.

  14. ?-radiation detected Li diffusion in the fast ionic conductor Li3N

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    The method of ?-radiation detected nuclear magnetic resonance (?-NMR) was applied to 8Li in a 7Li3N single crystal. From NMR signals and spin-lattice relaxation rates the activation enthalpies for two distinct Li+ diffusion processes were deduced. Ultraslow diffusion corresponding to ionic jump rates down to 0.1 s-1 was observed. It could be confirmed that the static electric field gradients at the two inequivalent Li sites have opposite signs. (author)

  15. Systems and methods for detecting and processing

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    Johnson, Michael M. (Livermore, CA); Yoshimura, Ann S. (Tracy, CA)

    2006-03-28

    Embodiments of the present invention provides systems and method for detecting. Sensing modules are provided in communication with one or more detectors. In some embodiments, detectors are provided that are sensitive to chemical, biological, or radiological agents. Embodiments of sensing modules include processing capabilities to analyze, perform computations on, and/or run models to predict or interpret data received from one or more detectors. Embodiments of sensing modules form various network configurations with one another and/or with one or more data aggregation devices. Some embodiments of sensing modules include power management functionalities.

  16. 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)

  17. Method and apparatus for detecting explosives

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    Moore, David Steven (Santa Fe, NM)

    2011-05-10

    A method and apparatus is provided for detecting explosives by thermal imaging. The explosive material is subjected to a high energy wave which can be either a sound wave or an electromagnetic wave which will initiate a chemical reaction in the explosive material which chemical reaction will produce heat. The heat is then sensed by a thermal imaging device which will provide a signal to a computing device which will alert a user of the apparatus to the possibility of an explosive device being present.

  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. 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.

  20. 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

  1. Poly (ether sulfone) as a scintillation material for radiation detection

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    Considerable attention has been drawn to the advantages of using aromatic ring polymers for scintillation materials in radiation detection. Thus, it is important to identify and characterise those with the best potential. Here, we characterise poly (ether sulfone) (PES), which is an amber-coloured transparent resin that possesses sulfur as a main component and has a density of 1.37 g/cm3. PES emits short-wavelength light with a 350-nm maximum. By taking into account its emission spectrum, we demonstrate that its effective refractive index is 1.74. Light yield distributions generated by 137Cs and 207Bi radioactive sources were obtained. PES has a light yield that is 2.21 times that of poly (ethylene terephthalate), and 0.31 times that of poly (ethylene naphthalate). The energy response to 5486 keV alpha particles emitted from 241Am was 546±81 keV electron equivalents (keVee), while the energy resolution was 17.0±0.1%. The energy response to 6118 keV alpha particles emitted from 252Cf was 598±83 keVee, while the energy resolution was 16.0±0.1%. Overall, PES has potential for use as a scintillation material in radiation detection. - Highlights: • PES is characterised as a scintillation material for radiation detection. • PES has an emission maximum at 350 nm. • The effective refractive index for PES is 1.74 based on its emission spectrum. • The light yield of PES is 2.21 that of PET and 0.31 times that of PEN. • The PES response to 5486 (6118) keV alpha particles is 546±81 (598±83) keV electron equivalents

  2. Traumatic brain injury detection using electrophysiological methods.

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    Rapp, Paul E; Keyser, David O; Albano, Alfonso; Hernandez, Rene; Gibson, Douglas B; Zambon, Robert A; Hairston, W David; Hughes, John D; Krystal, Andrew; Nichols, Andrew S

    2015-01-01

    Measuring neuronal activity with electrophysiological methods may be useful in detecting neurological dysfunctions, such as mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). This approach may be particularly valuable for rapid detection in at-risk populations including military service members and athletes. Electrophysiological methods, such as quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG) and recording event-related potentials (ERPs) may be promising; however, the field is nascent and significant controversy exists on the efficacy and accuracy of the approaches as diagnostic tools. For example, the specific measures derived from an electroencephalogram (EEG) that are most suitable as markers of dysfunction have not been clearly established. A study was conducted to summarize and evaluate the statistical rigor of evidence on the overall utility of qEEG as an mTBI detection tool. The analysis evaluated qEEG measures/parameters that may be most suitable as fieldable diagnostic tools, identified other types of EEG measures and analysis methods of promise, recommended specific measures and analysis methods for further development as mTBI detection tools, identified research gaps in the field, and recommended future research and development thrust areas. The qEEG study group formed the following conclusions: (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 non-disclosing. (3) The standard mathematical procedures used in the characterization of mTBI EEGs should be expanded to incorporate newer methods of analysis including non-linear dynamical analysis, complexity measures, analysis of causal interactions, graph theory, and information dynamics. (4) Reports of high specificity in qEEG evaluations of TBI must be interpreted with care. High specificities have been reported in carefully constructed clinical studies in which healthy controls were compared against a carefully selected TBI population. The published literature indicates, however, that similar abnormalities in qEEG measures are observed in other neuropsychiatric disorders. While it may be possible to distinguish a clinical patient from a healthy control participant with this technology, these measures are unlikely to discriminate between, for example, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, or TBI. The specificities observed in these clinical studies may well be lost in real world clinical practice. (5) The absence of specificity does not preclude clinical utility. The possibility of use as a longitudinal measure of treatment response remains. However, efficacy as a longitudinal clinical measure does require acceptable test-retest reliability. To date, very few test-retest reliability studies have been published with qEEG data obtained from TBI patients or from healthy controls. This is a particular concern because high variability is a known characteristic of the injured central nervous system. PMID:25698950

  3. 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

  4. Photocurrent-based detection of terahertz radiation in graphene

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    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

  5. Measuring equipment for position-sensitive detection of ionizing radiation

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    The proportional or Geiger-Mueller counter for X-ray and neutron detection or the surface barrier-layer semiconductor detector has an additional reference electrode parallel to the collector electrode. In order to improve the linearity, the reference electrode gives a signal which has the same rise time independently of the position of the pulse or the exciting radiation. By this means a standardized reference time signal is obtained to be compared with the position-dependent pulse from the highly resistive collector electrode. (DG)

  6. 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.

  7. Radiation detection performance of very high gain avalanche photodiodes

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    Large area silicon avalanche photodiodes (APDs) have been fabricated with maximum avalanche gains exceeding 10 000 and with relatively flat signal-to-noise performance from gains of a few hundred to gains of a few thousand. Gain and noise performance as well as detector speed of response is presented for APDs with active areas of 4 mm2 and 64 mm2. An overview of the performance of these devices as radiation detectors includes pulse height spectra using the APD as a scintillation spectrometer coupled to CsI(Tl) and to plastic scintillator, and also for direct detection of low energy X-rays. ((orig.))

  8. 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

  9. Method of detecting fuel element failure

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    Purpose: To enable to detect fission products surely and in a short time even if fuel failures should be resulted at the lower portion of a fuel assembly. Method: The top end of a fuel assembly mounted within a reactor container is covered with a cap disposed with an air tube and a sampling tube and air is sealed within a cap. In this structure, flow of coolants entering from below the fuel assembly and exciting from above is interrupted, an air layer above the fuel assembly is removed after maintaining the above state for a certain period of time, then the flow of coolants in the fuel assembly is started again. The coolants stayed within the fuel assembly is sampled at a predetermined of time and the absence or presence of failure in the fuel rod is detected based on the measurement for the radioactivity in the sampled coolants. Accordingly, coolants containing dissolved nuclear fission products are successively raised in a piston-like manner upon sampling operation and surely collected in the sampling tube to improve the reliability for the detection of the fuel element failure. (Horiuchi, T.)

  10. Methods and Instruments for Fast Neutron Detection

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    Jordan, David V.; Reeder, Paul L.; Cooper, Matthew W.; McCormick, Kathleen R.; Peurrung, Anthony J.; Warren, Glen A.

    2005-05-01

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory evaluated the performance of a large-area (~0.7 m2) plastic scintillator time-of-flight (TOF) sensor for direct detection of fast neutrons. This type of sensor is a readily area-scalable technology that provides broad-area geometrical coverage at a reasonably low cost. It can yield intrinsic detection efficiencies that compare favorably with moderator-based detection methods. The timing resolution achievable should permit substantially more precise time windowing of return neutron flux than would otherwise be possible with moderated detectors. The energy-deposition threshold imposed on each scintillator contributing to the event-definition trigger in a TOF system can be set to blind the sensor to direct emission from the neutron generator. The primary technical challenge addressed in the project was to understand the capabilities of a neutron TOF sensor in the limit of large scintillator area and small scintillator separation, a size regime in which the neutral particle’s flight path between the two scintillators is not tightly constrained.

  11. Battery control and fault detection method

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    Bishop, W. S.

    1984-07-01

    This is a method for control, fault detection, fault isolation, and state-of-health monitoring of batteries and battery arrays. The method consists of measuring all of the battery, well, or cell group voltages, using statistics to determine a mean voltage and a standard deviation voltage, then comparing all of the measured voltages to the mean voltage. If the measured voltage deviates from the mean voltage by an arbitrary amount (number of standard deviations) corrective action can be implemented or an alarm signal given. The measurements need to be made rapidly enough to eliminate battery or cell voltage changes due to state of charge or temperature changes and, in most cases, require a computerized data collection/reduction system. Absolute high and/or low voltage limits can be included to prevent catastrophic events. The concept can be expanded to include similar temperature, pressure and/or battery current measurements in an array.

  12. Method and system for detecting explosives

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    Reber, Edward L. (Idaho Falls, ID); Jewell, James K. (Idaho Falls, ID); Rohde, Kenneth W. (Idaho Falls, ID); Seabury, Edward H. (Idaho Falls, ID); Blackwood, Larry G. (Idaho Falls, ID); Edwards, Andrew J. (Idaho Falls, ID); Derr, Kurt W. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    2009-03-10

    A method of detecting explosives in a vehicle includes providing a first rack on one side of the vehicle, the rack including a neutron generator and a plurality of gamma ray detectors; providing a second rack on another side of the vehicle, the second rack including a neutron generator and a plurality of gamma ray detectors; providing a control system, remote from the first and second racks, coupled to the neutron generators and gamma ray detectors; using the control system, causing the neutron generators to generate neutrons; and performing gamma ray spectroscopy on spectra read by the gamma ray detectors to look for a signature indicative of presence of an explosive. Various apparatus and other methods are also provided.

  13. 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)

  14. 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.

  15. 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.)

  16. Comparison of discrimination methods for alpha radiation signals using imaging plates

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    The discrimination of different radiation signals is important for quantitative measurements of naturally occurring radionuclides by using the technique of imaging plates (IPs). In this study, four discrimination algorithms previously proposed for discriminating and counting the incident alpha signals were experimentally compared from the view points of linearity response, the discrimination capability of alpha signals from beta signals and the detection uncertainty. The results showed that all the methods had a good linearity response and could discriminate alpha signals from beta signals. In general, a larger region of interest (ROI) has a higher detection efficiency, but the discrimination capability of alpha signals from beta signals is worse. By taking into account both the detection efficiency and the uncertainty of detection, the algorithm using an ROI of 5 x 100 ?m x 100 ?m was considered to be the most appropriate method for quantitative measurements of alpha radiation. (authors)

  17. Poly (ether sulfone) as a scintillation material for radiation detection.

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

    2014-04-01

    Considerable attention has been drawn to the advantages of using aromatic ring polymers for scintillation materials in radiation detection. Thus, it is important to identify and characterise those with the best potential. Here, we characterise poly (ether sulfone) (PES), which is an amber-coloured transparent resin that possesses sulfur as a main component and has a density of 1.37 g/cm(3). PES emits short-wavelength light with a 350-nm maximum. By taking into account its emission spectrum, we demonstrate that its effective refractive index is 1.74. Light yield distributions generated by (137)Cs and (207)Bi radioactive sources were obtained. PES has a light yield that is 2.21 times that of poly (ethylene terephthalate), and 0.31 times that of poly (ethylene naphthalate). The energy response to 5,486 keV alpha particles emitted from (241)Am was 546 ± 81 keV electron equivalents (keVee), while the energy resolution was 17.0 ± 0.1%. The energy response to 6,118 keV alpha particles emitted from (252)Cf was 598 ± 83 keVee, while the energy resolution was 16.0 ± 0.1%. Overall, PES has potential for use as a scintillation material in radiation detection. PMID:24463496

  18. 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.)

  19. 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.

  20. Fluorescence detection methods for microfluidic droplet platforms.

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    Casadevall i Solvas, Xavier; Niu, Xize; Leeper, Katherine; Cho, Soongwon; Chang, Soo-Ik; Edel, Joshua B; deMello, Andrew J

    2011-01-01

    The development of microfluidic platforms for performing chemistry and biology has in large part been driven by a range of potential benefits that accompany system miniaturisation. Advantages include the ability to efficiently process nano- to femoto- liter volumes of sample, facile integration of functional components, an intrinsic predisposition towards large-scale multiplexing, enhanced analytical throughput, improved control and reduced instrumental footprints. In recent years much interest has focussed on the development of droplet-based (or segmented flow) microfluidic systems and their potential as platforms in high-throughput experimentation. Here water-in-oil emulsions are made to spontaneously form in microfluidic channels as a result of capillary instabilities between the two immiscible phases. Importantly, microdroplets of precisely defined volumes and compositions can be generated at frequencies of several kHz. Furthermore, by encapsulating reagents of interest within isolated compartments separated by a continuous immiscible phase, both sample cross-talk and dispersion (diffusion- and Taylor-based) can be eliminated, which leads to minimal cross-contamination and the ability to time analytical processes with great accuracy. Additionally, since there is no contact between the contents of the droplets and the channel walls (which are wetted by the continuous phase) absorption and loss of reagents on the channel walls is prevented. Once droplets of this kind have been generated and processed, it is necessary to extract the required analytical information. In this respect the detection method of choice should be rapid, provide high-sensitivity and low limits of detection, be applicable to a range of molecular species, be non-destructive and be able to be integrated with microfluidic devices in a facile manner. To address this need we have developed a suite of experimental tools and protocols that enable the extraction of large amounts of photophysical information from small-volume environments, and are applicable to the analysis of a wide range of physical, chemical and biological parameters. Herein two examples of these methods are presented and applied to the detection of single cells and the mapping of mixing processes inside picoliter-volume droplets. We report the entire experimental process including microfluidic chip fabrication, the optical setup and the process of droplet generation and detection. PMID:22215381

  1. 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

  2. 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,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.

  3. 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.

  4. Detecting a non-Gaussian stochastic background of gravitational radiation

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    Drasco, S; Drasco, Steve; Flanagan, Eanna E.

    2002-01-01

    We derive a detection method for a stochastic background of gravitational waves produced by events where the ratio of the average time between events to the average duration of an event is large. Such a signal would sound something like popcorn popping. Our derivation is based on the somewhat unrealistic assumption that the duration of an event is smaller than the detector time resolution.

  5. Application of time-to-count measurement in the radiation detection

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    In the form of pulse count for measuring the total amount of nuclear radiation detectors dead time is a major factor of the detection efficiency. In order to reduce measurement error, the measurement system must be carried out to determine resolution or correction of dead time, it is a very complicated task and can not fundamentally solve the problem of dead time. This paper discussed the theoretical basis of the Time-To-Count measuring method, given the estimated calculation of radiation formula R = k/t (k is a constant), and on this basis, a test scheme of Time-To-Count Measurement. Finally, Comparison of traditional method and Time-To-Count measurement measuring method, the results obtained. (authors)

  6. Multigrid Method for Polarized Radiative Transfer.

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    Št?pán, Ji?í

    San Francisco : Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2006 - (Casini, R.; Lites, B.), s. 148-154 ISBN 978-1-58381-292-1. - (ASP Conference Series. 358). [Solar Polarization Workshop /4./. Boulder (US), 19.09.2005-23.09.2005] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10030501 Keywords : polarization * radiative transfer * sun Subject RIV: BN - Astronomy, Celestial Mechanics, Astrophysics

  7. Laser-ultrasound spectroscopy apparatus and method with detection of shear resonances for measuring anisotropy, thickness, and other properties

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    Levesque, Daniel (Terrebonne, CA); Moreau, Andre (St-Bruno-de-Montarville, CA); Dubois, Marc (Montreal, CA); Monchalin, Jean-Pierre (Montreal, CA); Bussiere, Jean (St-Bruno, CA); Lord, Martin (Beloeil, CA); Padioleau, Christian (Montreal, CA)

    2000-01-01

    Apparatus and method for detecting shear resonances includes structure and steps for applying a radiation pulse from a pulsed source of radiation to an object to generate elastic waves therein, optically detecting the elastic waves generated in the object, and analyzing the elastic waves optically detected in the object. These shear resonances, alone or in combination with other information, may be used in the present invention to improve thickness measurement accuracy and to determine geometrical, microstructural, and physical properties of the object. At least one shear resonance in the object is detected with the elastic waves optically detected in the object. Preferably, laser-ultrasound spectroscopy is utilized to detect the shear resonances.

  8. 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)

  9. 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.

  10. Odour detection methods: olfactometry and chemical sensors.

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    Brattoli, Magda; de Gennaro, Gianluigi; de Pinto, Valentina; Loiotile, Annamaria Demarinis; Lovascio, Sara; Penza, Michele

    2011-01-01

    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. PMID:22163901

  11. Method and system for turbomachinery surge detection

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    Faymon, David K.; Mays, Darrell C.; Xiong, Yufei

    2004-11-23

    A method and system for surge detection within a gas turbine engine, comprises: measuring the compressor discharge pressure (CDP) of the gas turbine over a period of time; determining a time derivative (CDP.sub.D ) of the measured (CDP) correcting the CDP.sub.D for altitude, (CDP.sub.DCOR); estimating a short-term average of CDP.sub.DCOR.sup.2 ; estimating a short-term average of CDP.sub.DCOR ; and determining a short-term variance of corrected CDP rate of change (CDP.sub.roc) based upon the short-term average of CDP.sub.DCOR and the short-term average of CDP.sub.DCOR.sup.2. The method and system then compares the short-term variance of corrected CDP rate of change with a pre-determined threshold (CDP.sub.proc) and signals an output when CDP.sub.roc >CDP.sub.proc. The method and system provides a signal of a surge within the gas turbine engine when CDP.sub.roc remains>CDP.sub.proc for pre-determined period of time.

  12. Detection methods for irradiated foods developed in the INCT

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    The task of the Laboratory for Detection of Irradiated food is to develop and implement analytical methods which allow to confirm whether food was or was not irradiated. Owing to the fact that not all the methods are enough reliable when adapted to a given kind of food the complementary methods are usually adapted. The following detection methods have been developed: - the method based on EPR spectrometry: (a) for detection of foods which contains bones, (b) for detection of food contains cellulose, (c) for detection of foods which contain sugars, (d) for detection mushrooms and partially processed food; - thermoluminescence method for detection of food from which silicate minerals are separated; - DNA comet assay for detection of food from which single cells can be isolated; - germination test for detection of irradiated seeds; - gas chromatography of hydrocarbon fraction separated from fats. (author)

  13. Material degradation detection by magnetic method

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    To be able to evaluate the life of nuclear power plant becomes inevitable as the plant operating period extends. So, magnetic methods using Barkhausen noise (BHN) and B-H curve were applied to detect the degradation by fatigue and thermal aging. Low alloy steel (SA 508 cl.2) was fatigued, and duplex stainless steel (SCS 14A) was aged at 400 C. For the degradation by thermal aging, BHN and B-H curve were measured and good correlations between magnetic properties and aging time were obtained. For fatigue, BHN was measured at predetermined loading cycles and, at each predetermined cycle, the effect of stress or strain condition in the measurement was evaluated. The results showed that BHN was affected by the stress or strain condition in the measurement, the cause of which seemed to be the change of internal stress condition, and by identifying the measuring condition, good correlation between BHN and fatigue damage was obtained

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. Using Thermal Radiation in Detection of Negative Obstacles

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    Rankin, Arturo L.; Matthies, Larry H.

    2009-01-01

    A method of automated detection of negative obstacles (potholes, ditches, and the like) ahead of ground vehicles at night involves processing of imagery from thermal-infrared cameras aimed at the terrain ahead of the vehicles. The method is being developed as part of an overall obstacle-avoidance scheme for autonomous and semi-autonomous offroad robotic vehicles. The method could also be applied to help human drivers of cars and trucks avoid negative obstacles -- a development that may entail only modest additional cost inasmuch as some commercially available passenger cars are already equipped with infrared cameras as aids for nighttime operation.

  17. 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

  18. Method and apparatus to monitor a beam of ionizing radiation

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    Blackburn, Brandon W.; Chichester, David L.; Watson, Scott M.; Johnson, James T.; Kinlaw, Mathew T.

    2015-06-02

    Methods and apparatus to capture images of fluorescence generated by ionizing radiation and determine a position of a beam of ionizing radiation generating the fluorescence from the captured images. In one embodiment, the fluorescence is the result of ionization and recombination of nitrogen in air.

  19. Investigation of radiation defects in solids using the EXAFS method

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    The exafs method is proposed as a more informative, universal one to investigate the radiation defects in solids. The successful results as obtained by the author using the synchrotron radiation source are reported for the first time. The measurements were carried out in GaAsP crystals irradiated with 50 MeV electrons

  20. Modern Methods of Real-Time Gamma Radiation Monitoring for General Personal Protection

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    Korostynska, O.; Arshak, K.; Arshak, A.; Vaseashta, Ashok

    Real-time radiation detectors become an essential part of emergency personnel who may have to respond to unknown accidents, incidents or terrorist attacks, which could involve radioactive material. More and more ordinary citizens are interested in personal radiation protection as well. Reasons include lost sources, nuclear industrial accidents, nuclear or radiological terrorism and the possibility of nuclear weapons being used in a war. People want to have the ability to measure it for themselves and they want to be notified when the radiation levels are increased. To meet this demand, considerable research into new sensors is underway, including efforts to enhance the sensor performance through both the material properties and manufacturing technologies. Deep understanding of physical properties of the materials under the influence of radiation exposure is vital for the effective design of dosimeter devices. Detection of radiation is based on the fact that both the electrical and the optical properties of the materials undergo changes upon the exposure to ionizing radiation. It is believed that radiation causes structural defects. The influence of radiation depends on both the dose and the parameters of the films including their thickness: the degradation is more severe for the higher dose and the thinner films. This paper presents overview of modern methods of real-time gamma radiation monitoring for personal protection of radiation workers and general public and suggests further developments in this area.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Goals and methods of radiation risk estimation

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    The primary goal of general radiation protection rules as they are laid down in the recommendations of the ICRP and have been implemented in radiation protection regulations is to limit the risk incurred by professionally radiation exposed persons. This is the purpose of limit values, which in the case of stochastic risks relate to the effective dose. For reasons of practicability this approach necessitates certain simplifications. For example, tissue weighting factors are determined on the basis of averages across both sexes and all age groups. The ICRP gives nominal risk factors which differentiate only between the general population and the working population. Such simplifications are legitimate provided the conservativity principle is observed. For single-case estimates consideration must also be given to the specific exposure scenario in question as well as to the age at the time of exposure and at the time of diagnosis. Such estimates must always be based on organ dose values and specific age and sex dependent organ-related risks, as well as the uncertainty associated with each input parameter and estimated quantity. The generalised approach (based on values of effective dose) and the more specific approach lead to widely varying results, as is demonstrated by the examples presented in this paper. The paper closes with a discussion of the risks associated with X-ray diagnostics. Here too, though widespread, the use of the effective dose is inappropriate. Recent e effective dose is inappropriate. Recent analyses have shown that this results in distorted risk estimates

  4. Radiation portal monitor system and method

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    Morris, Christopher (Los Alamos, NM); Borozdin, Konstantin N. (Los Alamos, NM); Green, J. Andrew (Los Alamos, NM); Hogan, Gary E. (Los Alamos, NM); Makela, Mark F. (Los Alamos, NM); Priedhorsky, William C. (Los Alamos, NM); Saunders, Alexander (Los Alamos, NM); Schultz, Larry J. (Los Alamos, NM); Sossong, Michael J. (Los Alamos, NM)

    2009-12-15

    A portal monitoring system has a cosmic ray charged particle tracker with a plurality of drift cells. The drift cells, which can be for example aluminum drift tubes, can be arranged at least above and below a volume to be scanned to thereby track incoming and outgoing charged particles, such as cosmic ray muons, whilst also detecting gamma rays. The system can selectively detect devices or materials, such as iron, lead, gold and/or tungsten, occupying the volume from multiple scattering of the charged particles passing through the volume and can also detect any radioactive sources occupying the volume from gamma rays emitted therefrom. If necessary, the drift tubes can be sealed to eliminate the need for a gas handling system. The system can be employed to inspect occupied vehicles at border crossings for nuclear threat objects.

  5. Detection method for fission product upon failure of nuclear fuels

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    The present invention provides a detection method for fission products discharged upon failure of nuclear fuels in an FBR type reactor. Heretofor, the fissile products discharged upon failure of nuclear fuels have been detected by radiometric analysis. Although the radiometric analysis is a highly sensitive detection method, it also detects radioactivity contained in the material, so that the back ground is increased. Moreover, nuclides not having radioactivity can not be detected. The detection method according to the present invention detects fissile products such as xenon, krypton, cesium or the like discharged upon failure of nuclear fuels of the FBR type reactor by multi-photon intensifying ionization method. If gaseous fission products are detected by the multi-photon intensifying ionization method, they can be detected at ultrahigh sensitivity without undergoing influences of the background radioactivity. (I.S.)

  6. Sensor And Method For Detecting A Superstrate

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    Arndt, G. Dickey (Inventor); Cari, James R. (Inventor); Ngo, Phong H. (Inventor); Fink, Patrick W. (Inventor); Siekierski, James D. (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    Method and apparatus are provided for determining a superstrate on or near a sensor, e.g., for detecting the presence of an ice superstrate on an airplane wing or a road. In one preferred embodiment, multiple measurement cells are disposed along a transmission line. While the present invention is operable with different types of transmission lines, construction details for a presently preferred coplanar waveguide and a microstrip waveguide are disclosed. A computer simulation is provided as part of the invention for predicting results of a simulated superstrate detector system. The measurement cells may be physically partitioned, nonphysically partitioned with software or firmware, or include a combination of different types of partitions. In one embodiment, a plurality of transmission lines are utilized wherein each transmission line includes a plurality of measurement cells. The plurality of transmission lines may be multiplexed with the signal from each transmission line being applied to the same phase detector. In one embodiment, an inverse problem method is applied to determine the superstrate dielectric for a transmission line with multiple measurement cells.

  7. 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)

  8. 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.

  9. Comparative analysis of different methods of radiation diagnosis of choledocholithiasis

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    The comparative analysis of different methods of radiation diagnosis of choledocholithiasis, i.e. transabdominal ultrasonography, helical computed tomography, magnetic resonance and endoscopic retrograde cholangiography to optimize the indications for their use, depending on the clinical situation was performed

  10. Approaches to the evaluation of outbreak detection methods

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    Dailey Lynne; Hall Robert G; Eagleson Serryn; Watkins Rochelle E; Plant Aileen J

    2006-01-01

    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 approac...

  11. Improving the detecting performances of radiation portal monitors using matched filter algorithm

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    Full text: Introduction: Radiation Portal Monitors (RPM) are used for monitoring transportation of illicit radioactive materials. The application requires detection of radioactive materials while the vehicle is passes through a portal, thus having limited time for monitoring the passing vehicle. The pattern of the RPM detector readings, caused by measuring a moving source versus the background provides an opportunity to employ an algorithm based on matched filter technique for improving the detecting performances. Method: Matched filter is a process used for detecting a known signal in the presence of additive stochastic noise, and thereby maximizing the detected signal to noise ratio (SNR). For RPM's the matched filter is implemented by correlating a known signal, which is distance dependent, with the RPM readings. Convolving those readings, which combine the signal and the noise, with a time-reversed version of the signal, improves the RPM performances. To validate this concept a detection configuration was established according to measuring time limit and Minimal Detectable Activity (MDA) defined by ANSI 42-35 regulation. A mathematical software simulation was performed, followed by an experiment with a scale down configuration in order to confirm the benefits of the suggested algorithm. The experimental setup contained a NaI(Tl) scintillator based radiation detector, a radioactive source located on a moving toy train and a proximity sensor. Results: The detection proximity sensor. Results: The detection performances obtained by both the simulation and the experiment with and without the matched filter algorithm were compared. The software simulation has shown a major improvement of up to six-fold decrease in miss alarm rate. Similar results where obtained by the experiments. Conclusions: The implementation of the matched filter in RPM detection algorithm improves its performances. The method provides either a) a higher detection reliability level, b) the ability to detect lower activity level, c) the need for fewer detectors to achieve the same MDA obtained without the matched filter. The proposed method is almost costless for implementation and requires minor hardware modifications. A future research will evaluate the advantage of the matched filter in cases of a spread source and a source which is not located at the center of the moving vehicle. (author)

  12. Radiation treatment method and apparatus for decontamination of polluted fluid

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    A radiation treatment method and apparatus for the safe disinfection and decontamination of liquid waste, such as sewage are described. Liquid waste is processed by removing some solids from the effluent, irradiating the effluent less some solids, with a gamma radiation field and percolating the disinfected effluent, or discharging the disinfected liquid into sewage conduits or into other bodies of water. The disinfecting chamber is a box constructed of concrete or other compatible material, having a radiation shielding cover, and having an inlet at one end and an exit at the other end. Baffles located in the box produce desired distribution and turbulence of flow. Sources of ionizing radiation, usually gamma radiation, are placed in the chamber in such a manner as to provide a relatively uniform radiation field in the effluent passing through the system. (auth)

  13. Technical improvement and development of automatic detection method for genomic mutation

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    Yamada, Kiyomi; Takai, Setsuo; Togashi, Chikako; Itami, Jun [Research Inst. International Medical Center Japan, Tokyo (Japan)

    1998-02-01

    Aiming at automatic detection of genetic mutation, an investigation was made on sample preparing method for automatic detection and automatization of the preparing process. In this year, the second year of this research project, the chromosomal abnormalities in lymphocyte exposed to radiation were analyzed by highly accurate chromosome staining method to clarify the efficacy of the new staining method regarding dose effects, analyzing power for chromosomal abnormalities, etc. by comparing with the conventional method. Chromatin fibers of several hundred {mu} in length were found detectable by FISH, but the method was unsuitable for observation of the fibers in a nanometer level, suggesting that it is needed to prepare much purified samples through more complete deproteinization. Furthermore, primed in situ (PRINS) labelling method which targetted the repeated sequences in Y chromosome was found available for detecting chromatin fibers. (M.N.)

  14. Radiation detection from phase-locked serial dc SQUID arrays

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    Kaplunenko, V. K.; Mygind, Jesper

    1993-01-01

    We report on synchronous operation of series arrays of inductively coupled superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs). Each array consisted of N=3 or 11 dc SQUIDs with common inductances providing a strong interaction between neighboring cells. Externally shunted (betac[approximately-equal-to]1) trilayer Nb—AlOx—Nb Josephson junctions were used. Coherent radiation was detected in the frequency range f=67–73 GHz while the array voltage was VN=NfPhi0 (Phi0=2.07×10?15 V s). The stability of the coherent state was influenced by the external dc magnetic field. The linewidth depended on the external loading. For small loading it was N times smaller than expected for a single cell. The influence of the inductive coupling mechanism on the operation of discrete Josephson junction circuits and the similarity to the coupling in layered structures of long Josephson junctions is discussed. Journal of Applied Physics is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics.

  15. Differential Transformation Method for Temperature Distribution in a Radiating Fin

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    Rahimi, M.; Hosseini, M. J.

    2011-01-01

    Radiating extended surfaces are widely used to enhance heat transfer between a primary surface and the environment. In this paper, the differential transformation method (DTM) is proposed for solving nonlinear differential equation of temperature distribution in a heat radiating fin. The concept of differential transformation is briefly introduced, and then we employed it to derive solutions of two nonlinear equations. The results obtained by DTM are compared with those derived from the analytical solution to verify the accuracy of the proposed method.

  16. A new solvent suppression method via radiation damping effect

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    Radiation damping effects induced by the dominated solvent in a solution sample can be applied to suppress the solvent signal. The precession pathway and rate back to equilibrium state between solute and solvent spins are different under radiation damping. In this paper, a series of pulse sequences using radiation damping were designed for the solvent suppression in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Compared to the WATERGATE method, the solute signals adjacent to the solvent would not be influenced by using the radiation damping method. The one-dimensional (1D) 1H NMR, two-dimensional (2D) gCOSY, and J-resolved experimental results show the practicability of solvent suppression via radiation damping effects in 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy. (interdisciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology)

  17. Study on Frequency Control Based on WTTP Frequency Detection Method

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    Zhanfeng Ying; Yunyun Chen; Junji Wu

    2013-01-01

    For improving the precision of power system frequency control under the condition of noise and harmonic interference, a new power system frequency control algorithm is proposed based on WTTP frequency detection method, which is a combination of wavelet transform and three-point frequency detection method. Fundamental component can be extracted from distorted signal by wavelet transform under asynchronous sampling, and then three-point frequency detection method is used to detect fundamental c...

  18. Comparison of Methods for Oscillation Detection : case study

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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 to remove the expected signals behavior.

  19. 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.

  20. In-Situ Radiation Detection Demonstration Final Report

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    The Department of Defense (DoD) has hundreds of facilities where radioactive materials have been used or are being used, including firing ranges, low-level radioactive waste disposal areas, and areas where past activities have resulted in environmental contamination. Affected sites range in size from a few acres to square miles. Impact to the DoD comes through military base closure and release to the public. It is important that radioactive contaminants are remediated to levels that result in acceptable risk to the public. Remediation requires characterization studies, e.g., sampling and surveys, to define the affected areas, removal actions, and final confirmatory sampling and surveys. Characterization of surface contamination concentrations has historically been performed using extensive soil sampling programs in conjunction with surface radiation surveys conducted with hand-held radiation monitoring equipment. Sampling is required within the suspect affected area and a large buffer area. Surface soil contaminant characterization using soil sampling and hand held monitoring are costly, time consuming, and result in long delays between submission of samples for analysis and obtaining of final results. This project took an existing, proven radiation survey technology that has had limited exposure and improved its capabilities by documenting correlation factors for various detector/radionuclide geometries that commonly occur in field surveys. With this tool, one can perform characterization and final release surveys much more quickly than is currently possible, and have detection limits that are as good as or better than current technology. This paper will discuss the capabilities of a large area plastic scintillation detector used in conjunction with a global positioning system (GPS) to improve site characterization, remediation, and final clearance surveys of the radioactively contaminated site. Survey results can rapidly identify areas that require remediation as well as guide surgical removal of contaminated soil that is above remediation guidelines. Post-remediation surveys can document that final radiological site conditions are within the remedial action limits

  1. UTILIZATION OF PHOSWICH DETECTORS FOR SIMULTANEOUS, MULTIPLE RADIATION DETECTION

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    A phoswich radiation detector is comprised of a phosphor sandwich in which several different phosphors are viewed by a common photomultiplier. By selecting the appropriate phosphors, this system can be used to simultaneously measure multiple radiation types (alpha, beta, gamma and/or neutron) with a single detector. Differentiation between the signals from the different phosphors is accomplished using digital pulse shape discrimination techniques. This method has been shown to result in accurate discrimination with highly reliable and versatile digital systems. This system also requires minimal component count (i.e. only the detector and a computer for signal processing). A variety of detectors of this type have been built and tested including: (1) a triple phoswich system for alpha/beta/gamma swipe counting, (2) two well-type detectors for measuring low levels of low energy photons in the presence of a high energy background, (3) a large area detector for measuring beta contamination in the presence of a photon background, (4) another large area detector for measuring low energy photons from radioactive elements such as uranium in the presence of a photon background. An annular geometry, triple phoswich system optimized for measuring alpha/beta/gamma radiation in liquid waste processing streams is currently being designed

  2. Fiber-optic radiation sensor for detection of tritium

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    The objective of this study is to develop the radiation sensor, which is composed of a scintillator, an optical fiber bundle and a light measuring device to detect the tritium in real-time. In this study, we have fabricated fiber-optic radiation sensors using inorganic scintillators and plastic optical fiber bundles. Each scintillator interacts with electron or beta ray and generates 455-550 nm wavelength of scintillation photons. An optical fiber bundle is usually made of plastic or glass, which is used to guide the light signal from a scintillating probe to light measuring device. For the purpose of selecting the best scintillator with a high efficiency, fiber-optic sensors manufactured using three kinds of inorganic scintillator such as Gd2O2S:Tb, Y3Al5O12:Ce and CsI:Tl, and they are tested with a metal hydride type of tritium source. In addition, the scintillation photons are measured as a function of distance between a fiber-optic sensor and source. Finally, we have measured the amounts of scintillation photon with different activities of tritium source and compared the measured results with those obtained using a surface activity monitor.

  3. Improvement Methods in NPP's Radiation Emergency Plan: An Administrative Approach

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    The Radiation Emergency Plan (REP) can be divided into a technical and an administrative responses. The domestic NPP's REPs are reviewed from the viewpoint of the administrative response and improvement methods are also suggested in this treatise. The fields of the reviews are the composition of the emergency response organizations, the activation criteria of the organizations, the selection of the staffings and the reasonableness of the REP's volume. In addition, the limitations of the current radiation exercises are reviewed and the improvement method of the exercise is presented. It is expected that the suggested recommendations will be helpful in establishing useful REPs and making practical radiation exercises in Korea

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. Revealing Method for the Intrusion Detection System

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    Burney, S M Aqil

    2010-01-01

    The goal of an Intrusion Detection is inadequate to detect errors and unusual activity on a network or on the hosts belonging to a local network by monitoring network activity. Algorithms for building detection models are broadly classified into two categories, Misuse Detection and Anomaly Detection. The proposed approach should be taken into account, as the security system violations caused by both incompliance with the security policy and attacks on the system resulting in the need to describe models. However, it is based on unified mathematical formalism which is provided for subsequent merger of the models. The above formalism in this paper presents a state machine describing the behavior of a system subject. The set of intrusion description models is used by the evaluation module and determines the likelihood of undesired actions the system is capable of detecting. The number of attacks which are not described by models determining the completeness of detection by the IDS linked to the ability of detecti...

  7. Sensitive Detection of Cold Cesium Molecules by Radiative Feshbach Spectroscopy

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    Chin, Cheng; Kerman, Andrew J.; Vuleti?, Vladan; Chu, Steven

    2002-01-01

    We observe the dynamic formation of $Cs_2$ molecules near Feshbach resonances in a cold sample of atomic cesium using an external probe beam. This method is 300 times more sensitive than previous atomic collision rate methods, and allows us to detect more than 20 weakly-coupled molecular states, with collisional formation cross sections as small as $\\sigma =3\\times 10^{-16}$cm$^2$. We propose a model to describe the atom-molecule coupling, and estimate that more than $2 \\tim...

  8. The DNA/DNA hybridization method used to study radiation damages to DNA of wheat seedlings

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    The DNA/DNA hybridization method used to study radiation- induced damages to DNA has revealed a linear relationship between the dose of irradiation, in vitro, of DNA preparations from wheat seedlings and the relative value of a DNA damage. It was shown that the value of damages to DNA from the in vivo irradiated wheat seedlings is function of radiation dose (1-100 Gy). The applied method permits to detect, 24 h following irradiation, the nonrepaired and erroniously repaired damages to DNA nucleotides

  9. System and method for detecting cells or components thereof

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    Porter, Marc D. (Ames, IA); Lipert, Robert J. (Ames, IA); Doyle, Robert T. (Ames, IA); Grubisha, Desiree S. (Corona, CA); Rahman, Salma (Ames, IA)

    2009-01-06

    A system and method for detecting a detectably labeled cell or component thereof in a sample comprising one or more cells or components thereof, at least one cell or component thereof of which is detectably labeled with at least two detectable labels. In one embodiment, the method comprises: (i) introducing the sample into one or more flow cells of a flow cytometer, (ii) irradiating the sample with one or more light sources that are absorbed by the at least two detectable labels, the absorption of which is to be detected, and (iii) detecting simultaneously the absorption of light by the at least two detectable labels on the detectably labeled cell or component thereof with an array of photomultiplier tubes, which are operably linked to two or more filters that selectively transmit detectable emissions from the at least two detectable labels.

  10. Optical fiber detectors as in-vivo dosimetry method of quality assurance in radiation therapy

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    A new in-vivo dosimetry system has been under development for some time using radio luminescent phosphors. These phosphors are activated, metal ion doped glasses (Ex: Cu1± doped quartz fiber), have excellent optical transparency and offer several potential advantages for radiation dosimetry; including: small size, high sensitivity, linearity of dose response insensitivity to electromagnetic interference. The utility of these phosphors as a detection modality has been limited in real-time dosimetry applications due to the production of Cerenkov radiation in the carrier fiber, which produces a contaminant signal proportional to dose rate as well as the size of the radiation field. One possible method for eliminating this signal is using an electronic gating signal from the accelerator to delay data acquisition during the actual beam pulse, when Cerenkov radiation is produced. Due to the intrinsic properties of our particular scintillator, this method offers the best mechanism for eliminating Cerenkov noise, while retaining the ability to detect individual beam pulses. The dosimeter was tested using an external beam radiotherapy machine that provided pulses of 6 MeV x-rays. Gated detection was used to discriminate the signal collected during the radiation pulses, which included contributions from Cerenkov radiation and native fiber fluorescence, from the signal collected between the radiation pulses, which contained only the long-lived phosphorescence from thly the long-lived phosphorescence from the Cu1± doped fused quartz detector. Gated detection of the phosphorescence provided accurate, real-time dose measurements that were linear with absorbed dose, independent of dose rate and that were accurate for all field sizes studied. (author)

  11. 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.

  12. Results of conservative surgery and radiation for mammographically detected ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

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    Purpose: The role of conservative surgery and radiation for mammographically detected ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is controversial. In particular, there is little data for outcome with radiation in a group of patients comparable to those treated with local excision and surveillance (mammographic calcifications ?2.5cm, negative resection margins, negative post biopsy mammogram). This study reports outcome of conservative surgery and radiation for mammographically detected DCIS with an emphasis on results in patients considered candidates for excision alone. Methods and Materials: >From 1983 to 1992, 110 women with mammographically detected DCIS (77% calcifications ± mass) and no prior history of breast cancer underwent needle localization and biopsy with (55%) or without a re excision and radiation. Final margins of resection were negative in 62%, positive 7%, close 11%, and unknown 20%. The median patient age was 56 years. The most common histologic subtype was comedo (54%), followed by cribriform (22%). The median pathologic tumor size was 8 mm (range 2 mm to 5 cm). Forty-seven percent of patients with calcifications only had a negative post biopsy mammogram prior to radiation. Radiation consisted of treatment to the entire breast (median 50.00 Gy) and a boost to the primary site (97%) for a median total dose of 60.40 Gy. Results: With a median follow-up of 5.3 years, three patients developed a recurrence in the treated breast. The median interval to recurrencreast. The median interval to recurrence was 8.8 years and all were invasive cancers. Two (67%) occurred outside the initial quadrant. The 5- and 10-year actuarial rates of recurrence were 1 and 15%. Cause-specific survival was 100% at 5 and 10 years. Contralateral breast cancer developed in two patients. There were too few failures for statistical significance to be achieved with any of the following factors: patient age, family history, race, mammographic findings, location primary, pathologic size, histologic subtype, re excision, or final margin status. However, young age, positive or close margins, and the presence of a mass without calcifications had a trend for an increased risk of recurrence. There were no recurrences in the subset of 16 patients who would be candidates for surveillance by Lagios' criteria. Conclusion: For selected patients, conservative surgery and radiation for mammographically detected DCIS results in a low risk of recurrence in the treated breast and 100% 5- and 10-year cause-specific survival. Improved mammographic and pathologic evaluation results in better patient selection and reduces the risk of the subsequent appearance of DCIS in the biopsy site. The identification of risk factors for an ipsilateral invasive breast recurrence is evolving

  13. 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...

  14. Large area silicon structures for nuclear radiation detection

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    Nuclear radiation detection requires large area detectors especially when surface contamination measurements must be done. This results from the low limit of alpha contamination acceptance rule: one particle per cm2 per minute (for population). The difficulties in using large area detectors arise from the associated high electronic noise. The noise is function of ?Ir, Cd, where Ir is the reverse current, and Cd, the capacity of the detector. It is possible to discriminate the noise in measuring circuits by cutting low energy response which, however, reduces the low energy efficiency of detection. Modern detector processing includes MOS (planar) technology with gettering techniques; so the reverse current (surface component and bulk generation) can be lower than 200 nA per cm2. Further noise reduction is obtained by a special matching of the input capacity of the preamplifier to detector capacity. The results presented in the paper refer to 2-10 cm2 - area spectrometric silicon detectors and alpha contamination detectors with an area of 2-30 cm2. (Author)

  15. Alterations of mitochondrial DNA: a method for the detection of irradiated beef liver

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    The study of the radio degradation of DNA is one of a number of phenomena being investigated to develop methods for identifying irradiated foods. The specific behaviour under radiation of the mitochondrial DNA from beef liver gives the possibility of detecting if the product has been irradiated or not. An identification method could finally be developed. The appraisal of the mitochondrial supercoiled DNA fraction constitutes an unambiguous detection test for beef liver irradiation. A total of 120 different samples were irradiated at 5 different doses. The dose limit of detection is lower than 2 kGy. No effects due to storage conditions were observed. (Author)

  16. New developments in radiation protection instrumentation via active electronic methods

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    New developments in electronics and radiation detectors are improving on real-time data acquisition of radiation exposure and contamination conditions. Recent developments in low power circuit designs, hybrid and integrated circuits, and microcomputers have all contributed to smaller and lighter radiation detection instruments that are, at the same time, more sensitive and provide more information (e.g., radioisotope identification) than previous devices. New developments in radiation detectors, such as cadmium telluride, gas scintillation proportional counters, and imaging counters (both charged particle and photon) promise higher sensitivities and expanded uses over present instruments. These developments are being applied in such areas as health physics, waste management, environmental monitoring, in vivo measurements, and nuclear safeguards

  17. New developments in radiation protection instrumentation via active electronic methods

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    1981-01-01

    New developments in electronics and radiation detectors are improving on real-time data acquisition of radiation exposure and contamination conditions. Recent developments in low power circuit designs, hybrid and integrated circuits, and microcomputers have all contributed to smaller and lighter radiation detection instruments that are, at the same time, more sensitive and provide more information (e.g., radioisotope identification) than previous devices. New developments in radiation detectors, such as cadmium telluride, gas scintillation proportional counters, and imaging counters (both charged particle and photon) promise higher sensitivities and expanded uses over present instruments. These developments are being applied in such areas as health physics, waste management, environmental monitoring, in vivo measurements, and nuclear safeguards.

  18. Radio frequency detection assembly and method for detecting radio frequencies

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    Cown, Steven H. (Rigby, ID); Derr, Kurt Warren (Idaho Falls, ID)

    2010-03-16

    A radio frequency detection assembly is described and which includes a radio frequency detector which detects a radio frequency emission produced by a radio frequency emitter from a given location which is remote relative to the radio frequency detector; a location assembly electrically coupled with the radio frequency detector and which is operable to estimate the location of the radio frequency emitter from the radio frequency emission which has been received; and a radio frequency transmitter electrically coupled with the radio frequency detector and the location assembly, and which transmits a radio frequency signal which reports the presence of the radio frequency emitter.

  19. Method research on the calculation atmospheric path radiation in foggy weather

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    Gu, Ji-lin; Xu, Wen-hai

    2011-08-01

    Quantitative research of atmospheric path radiation and object reflectance radiation has been paid much attention and the research is significant content for atmospheric correction due to spacecraft remote sensing detection further studied. Because of the calculation for atmospheric path radiation depended on complex programs such as MODTRAN, the programs are very difficult to understand and it will be waste most time to call them. Thus, the model for atmospheric path radiation is set up to obtain the exact value of atmospheric path radiation fleetly and conveniently, which is helpful for actual significance on infrared target tracking, infrared target detecting and infrared target imaging. Based on the theory of atmospheric radiation transmission and atmospheric window, this paper comprehensively considers how to calculate optical depth, slant path and the influence in foggy weather, and establishes complete models and calculation method of atmospheric boundary layer atmospheric path radiation of 3{5?m. Compared the result of this MATLAB program for the models with the result of PcModWin5, relative error is within 5%. It provides theoretical foundation for design and evaluation of infrared systems.

  20. Apparatus and method for locating and quantifying or directing a source of ionizing radiation

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    An apparatus and method for locating or directing a source of ionizing radiation such as X-rays, gamma rays, alpha particles, beta particles, etc. are described. The preferred embodiment detects and locates abnormalities of the body such as ocular melanomas by detecting the emission of radiation from a melanoma which has absorbed a radioactive medium. The apparatus includes an ultrasound probe which emits ultrasonic waves along a first axis and detects a returned portion of the waves. The ultrasound probe is associated with a display which displays the returned portion of the waves in the time domain so that suspected abnormalities can be located. The ultrasound probe is used to guide a directional probe for detecting and quantifying ionizing radiation which is equipped with a focusing collimator having a focal point along a second axis. The two probes are supported so that the first and second axes converge at the focal point of the collimator. A range marker is associated with the ultrasonic detector which indicates the point of convergence of the axes on the ultrasonic display permitting guidance of the radiation detecting probe to the suspected abnormality

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Application of a rapid screening method to detect irradiated meat in Brazil

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    Complete text of publication follows. Based on the enormous potential for food irradiation in Brazil, and to ensure free consumer choice, there is a need to find a convenient and rapid method for detection of irradiated food. Since treatment with ionizing radiation causes DNA fragmentation, the analysis of DNA damage might be promising. In fact, DNA fragmentation measured in single cells by agarose gel electrophoresis - DNA Comet Assay - has shown to offer great potential as a rapid tool to detect whether a wide variety of foodstuffs has been radiation processed. However, more work is needed to exploit the full potential of this promising technique. In this paper, the DNA Comet Assay was used to identify exotic meat (boar, jacare and capybara), irradiated with 60Co gamma-rays. The applied radiation doses were 0, 1.5, 3.0 and 4.5 kGy. Analysis of the DNA migration enable a rapid identification of the radiation treatment

  5. Review on Islanding Detection Methods for Photovoltaic Inverter

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    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.

  6. 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...

  7. 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

  8. Two-Dimensional Change Detection Methods Remote Sensing Applications

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    2012-01-01

    Change detection using remotely sensed images has many applications, such as urban monitoring, land-cover change analysis, and disaster management. This work investigates two-dimensional change detection methods. The existing methods in the literature are grouped into four categories: pixel-based, transformation-based, texture analysis-based, and structure-based. In addition to testing existing methods, four new change detection methods are introduced: fuzzy logic-based, shadow detection-based, local feature-based, and bipartite graph matching-based. The latter two methods form the basis for a

  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. Cationic membrane obtained by radiation grafting method

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    A study has been made for the preparation of ion-containing reverse osmosis membranes by the radiation grafting of aqueous acrylic acid onto low density polyethylene films followed by alkaline treatment to confer ionic character in the prepared membranes. The appropriate reaction conditions were selected under which the graft polymerization was carried out successfully. In this grafting system ammonium ferrous sulphate (Mohr's salt) was used as inhibitor to minimize the homopolymerization of AAc, and a suitable concentration of the inhibitor to be added to the reaction medium was found to be 2.5 wt%. The effect of aqueous monomer concentration on the rate and degree of grafting was studied. The dependence of the grafting rate on the monomer concentration was found to be 0.8 order, i.e. almost first order dependence. It was also found that the irradiation atmosphere (air and nitrogen gas) had no significant effect on the grafting yield at given reaction conditions. The prepared graft copolymer films showed good thermal and chemical stability. Gel determination in the grafted films was also investigated and the results indicated that a crosslinked network structure may be formed. The extent of the gelled part in the graft copolymer increased as the degree of grafting increased. (author)

  11. Statistical methods for polyploid radiation hybrid mapping.

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    Lange, K; Boehnke, M; Cox, D R; Lunetta, K L

    1995-09-01

    Radiation hybrid mapping is a somatic cell technique for ordering genetic loci along a chromosome and estimating physical distances between adjacent loci. This paper presents a model of fragment generation and retention for data involving two or more copies of the chromosome of interest per clone. Such polyploid data can be generated by initially irradiating normal diploid cells or by pooling haploid or diploid clones. The current model assumes that fragments are generated in the ancestral cell of a clone according to an independent Poisson breakage process along each chromosome. Once generated, fragments are independently retained in the clone with a common retention probability. On the basis of this and less restrictive retention models, statistical criteria such as minimum obligate breaks, maximum likelihood ratios, and Bayesian posterior probabilities can be used to decide locus order. Distances can be estimated by maximum likelihood. Likelihood computation is particularly challenging, and computing techniques from the theory of hidden Markov chains prove crucial. Within this context it is possible to incorporate typing errors. The statistical tools discussed here are applied to 14 loci on the short arm of human chromosome 4. PMID:9132268

  12. 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 depacterize 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

  13. Radiation Detection System for Prevention of Illicit Trafficking of Nuclear and Radioactive Materials

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    Fixed radiation portal monitors (RPMs) deployed at border, seaport, airport and key traffic checkpoints have played an important role in preventing the illicit trafficking and transport of nuclear and radioactive materials. However, the RPM is usually large and heavy and can't easily be moved to different locations. These reasons motivate us to develop a mobile radiation detection system. The objective of this paper is to report our experience on developing the mobile radiation detection system for search and detection of nuclear and radioactive materials during road transport. Field tests to characterize the developed detection system were performed at various speeds and distances between the radioactive isotope (RI) transporting car and the measurement car. Results of measurements and detection limits of our system are described in this paper. The mobile radiation detection system developed should contribute to defending public's health and safety and the environment against nuclear and radiological terrorism by detecting nuclear or radioactive material hidden illegally in a vehicle

  14. Sectoring method for cosmic radiation shielding calculation for LEO satellite

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    One of an approximate calculation model (sectoring method) is developed for a cosmic radiation shielding in satellite. Shielding calculation is performed for KITSAT-1 at the assumed SAA (South Atlatic Anomaly) location with AP-8 model radiation spectrum. When sectoring method is applied, calculation error is expected compared with 3-D detailed geometry calculation because of straight knock-on assumption neglecting the deflection of incident proton. However, sectoring method shows good agreements with 3-dimensional detailed Monte Carlo calculation in two TID detector locations

  15. 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

  16. 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)

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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 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.

  17. 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)

  18. Study on the improvement of the accuracy of analyzing method for radiation-induced chromosomal aberration and on development of its automatic assay system, and study on the development of a detecting technique for DNA alteration and image analysis of structural changes

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    The 2-day culture method for peripheral blood lymphocytes and its harvesting system were improved to easily produce high-quality preparations containing a large number of metaphase cells. The yield of cell harvesting became very high by development of a robot system able to automatically harvest the lymphocytes. Further, a high-resolution marking aggregation system for chromosome images and an automatic microscopic apparatus by which mechanical autofocusing and auto-setting of samples are possible were developed. In addition, an automatic detecting system of radiation-induced chromosome aberration was established. In the system, aberrated chromosomes with more than one centromeres were analyzed to estimate the radiation dose and the resolution limit was 0.06 - 0.14 ?. Then, to establish a model system for detection of a mutation, MIC 1 mutant clone was isolated from a chinese hamster cell, AL-J1 expressing human MIC 1 antigen. A study on the way of image display is undertaken by marking the nutated region of MIC 1 mutant. Aiming to observe the surface properties of DNA, chromatin and chromosome, human lymphocyte DNA marked at the centromeres was observed by a new type microscope called as atomic force microscope. (M.N.)

  19. Time-resolved detection of the CF3 photofragment using chirped QCL radiation.

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    Hancock, G; Horrocks, SJ; Ritchie, GA; van Helden, JH; Walker, RJ

    2008-01-01

    This paper demonstrates how a quantum cascade laser (QCL) in its intrapulse mode can provide a simple method for probing the products of a photolysis event. The system studied is the 266 nm photodissociation of CF3I with the CF3 fragments subsequently detected using radiation at approximately 1253 cm(-1) generated by a pulsed QCL. The tuning range provided by the frequency down-chirp of the QCL operated in its intrapulse mode allows a approximately 1 cm(-1) segment of the CF3 nu3 band to be m...

  20. Interpolation methods and their use in radiation protection

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    The presentation summarizes results of using various interpolation methods for getting spatial data from point measurements. These methods were evaluated within the State Office for Nuclear Safety (SONS) Science and Research Project No. 2/2008 'Methods and Measures to Limit Generation and Liquidation of Consequences of Radioactive Matter Misuse by Terrorists'. Several field tests in which the short life-time radioactive matter was released by explosion were realized and the measured data were processed. The essential goal is to find the most realistic method for radiation events assessment. Within the research project, three methods were used: Multilevel B-Spline, Triangulation and Kriging, using freely available SAGA GIS software. The best solution for this sort of radiation events appears to be the Multilevel B-Spline method. It is quick and produces good quality output data comparable with the much slower Kriging method and allows extrapolation in contrast to Triangulation. (author)

  1. 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.

  2. Nuisance Source Population Modeling for Radiation Detection System Analysis

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    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 consiurces 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.

  3. Detection and measurement of ionizing radiation by the Radioactive Waste Management Centre

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    The following topics are dealt with: Basic properties of radionuclides and selection of suitable detectors; radiation characteristics of sealed sources (radiation detection, dose rate measurement, surface contamination measurement, gamma spectroscopy); non-destructive analysis (segment gamma scanner, digital radiography); destructive analysis; radiation monitoring of humans and workplaces; and dosimetric monitoring of workplace surroundings and discharges. (orig.)

  4. 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 filt 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)

  5. Method for non-invasive detection of ocular melanoma

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    Lambrecht, Richard M. (Quogue, NY); Packer, Samuel (Floral Park, NY)

    1984-01-01

    There is described an apparatus and method for diagnosing ocular cancer that is both non-invasive and accurate which comprises two radiation detectors positioned before each of the patient's eyes which will measure the radiation level produced in each eye after the administration of a tumor-localizing radiopharmaceutical such as gallium-67.

  6. Method for detecting software anomalies based on recurrence plot analysis

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    Micha? Mosdorf

    2012-01-01

    Presented paper evaluates method for detecting software anomalies based on recurrence plot analysis of trace log generated by software execution. Described method for detecting software anomalies is based on windowed recurrence quantification analysis for selected measures (e.g. Recurrence rate - RR or Determinism - DET). Initial results show that proposed method is useful in detecting silent software anomalies that do not result in typical crashes (e.g. exceptions).

  7. 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 galuding 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

  8. Research on detection method for electron beam irradiation perishable foods

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    To develop an applicable detection method and a new detection method the measuring method of the absorbed dose in the food system is examined for perishable foods to which the electron beam is irradiated. It was understood that ESR was a useful detection method, and it had ability enough for the detection of the irradiation food containing a lot of sugar. On the other hand, it is necessary to consider the coverage enough since the ESR signal is easily influenced in the preservation environment for the food. (H. Katsuta)

  9. Lanthanum halide nanoparticle scintillators for nuclear radiation detection

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    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.

  10. 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)

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    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.

  11. Method of cleaning radiation-contaminated clothes

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    Purpose: To attain effective cleaning while preventing cross-contamination. Method: Radioactive-contaminated clothes are measured for the dose and divided into high contaminated matters and less contaminated matters. Then, high contaminated matters are washed using a mixed detergent comprising an anionic surfactant (such as polyoxyethylenealkyl ether sodium sulfate or the like) and a chelating agent (such as EDTA, condensate of naphthalene sulfonic acid and formalin), while less contaminated matters are washed only with the non-ionic surfactant. This can prevent cross-contamination to thereby facilitate liquid waste treatment and improve the washing efficiency. Furthermore, since no phosphoric-compounded detergent is not used, generation of scales upon liquid wastes disposal can be prevented. (Sekiya, K.)

  12. 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.)

  13. 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)

  14. Time Resolved Detection of Infrared Synchrotron Radiation at DA?NE

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    Bocci, A.; Marcelli, A.; Pace, E.; Drago, A.; Piccinini, M.; Guidi, M. Cestelli; Sali, D.; Morini, P.; Piotrowski, J.

    2007-01-01

    Synchrotron radiation is characterized by a very wide spectral emission from IR to X-ray wavelengths and a pulsed structure that is a function of the source time structure. In a storage ring, the typical temporal distance between two bunches, whose duration is a few hundreds of picoseconds, is on the nanosecond scale. Therefore, synchrotron radiation sources are a very powerful tools to perform time-resolved experiments that however need extremely fast detectors. Uncooled IR devices optimized for the mid-IR range with sub-nanosecond response time, are now available and can be used for fast detection of intense IR sources such as synchrotron radiation storage rings. We present here different measurements of the pulsed synchrotron radiation emission at DA?NE (Double Annular ?-factory for Nice Experiments), the collider of the Laboratori Nazionali of Frascati (LNF) of the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), performed with very fast uncooled infrared detectors with a time resolution of a few hundreds of picoseconds. We resolved the emission time structure of the electron bunches of the DA?NE collider when it works in a normal condition for high energy physics experiments with both photovoltaic and photoconductive detectors. Such a technology should pave the way to new diagnostic methods in storage rings, monitoring also source instabilities and bunch dynamics.

  15. Time Resolved Detection of Infrared Synchrotron Radiation at DA?NE

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    Synchrotron radiation is characterized by a very wide spectral emission from IR to X-ray wavelengths and a pulsed structure that is a function of the source time structure. In a storage ring, the typical temporal distance between two bunches, whose duration is a few hundreds of picoseconds, is on the nanosecond scale. Therefore, synchrotron radiation sources are a very powerful tools to perform time-resolved experiments that however need extremely fast detectors. Uncooled IR devices optimized for the mid-IR range with sub-nanosecond response time, are now available and can be used for fast detection of intense IR sources such as synchrotron radiation storage rings. We present here different measurements of the pulsed synchrotron radiation emission at DA?NE (Double Annular ?-factory for Nice Experiments), the collider of the Laboratori Nazionali of Frascati (LNF) of the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), performed with very fast uncooled infrared detectors with a time resolution of a few hundreds of picoseconds. We resolved the emission time structure of the electron bunches of the DA?NE collider when it works in a normal condition for high energy physics experiments with both photovoltaic and photoconductive detectors. Such a technology should pave the way to new diagnostic methods in storage rings, monitoring also source instabilities and bunch dynamics

  16. Methods and procedures for external radiation dosimetry at ORNL

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    Procedures, methods, materials, records, and reports used for accomplishing the personnel, external radiation monitoring program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are described for the purpose of documenting what is done now for future reference. This document provides a description of the methods and procedures for external radiation metering, monitoring, dosimetry, and records which are in effect at ORNL July 1, 1981. This document does not include procedures for nuclear accident dosimetry except insofar as routine techniques may apply also to nuclear accident dosimetry capability

  17. Nuclear material detection apparatus and method

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    Jones, James L.; Hoggan, Jerry M.; Harker, Yale D.; Yoon, Woo Y.; Johnson, Larry O.

    2006-11-28

    A device for detecting photonuclear-induced neutrons is described herein. One embodiment of the device may comprise a neutron detector and a detection circuit. The neutron detector may comprise a detector output. The detection circuit may be operatively connected to the detector output and may comprise an amplifier, a low-pass filter, and a high pass filter. The amplifier may comprise an amplifier input and an amplifier output. The amplifier input may be being operatively connected to the detector output. The low-pass filter may comprise a low-pass filter input and a low-pass filter output. The low-pass filter input may be operatively connected to the amplifier output. The high-pass filter may comprise a high-pass filter input and a high-pass filter output. The high-pass filter input may be operatively connected to the amplifier output.

  18. Luminescence characteristics for the detection of radiation treatment of shellfish by using isolated minerals

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    Seven types of shellfish were irradiated by gamma ray at doses of 0, 3 and 6 kGy. Pulse photo-stimulated luminescence (PPSL) and thermoluminescence (TL) methods were employed to detect the radiation treatment. The screening of irradiation was carried out by the PPSL method followed by identification using the TL technique. Most of the irradiated shellfish were screened out correctly and only a few showed photon counts a bit higher than the lower threshold value by much lower than the upper threshold value. The TL method was employed using minerals isolated from all the control and irradiated shellfish samples by density gradient treatment. Three parameters, integrated intensities of first glow curves (TL1), ratios of first to that of second glow curves (TL1/TL2), and the shapes of maxima of first glow curves, were utilized for the identification of gamma ray treatment of shellfish. (author)

  19. 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.

  20. Scoring methods for implicit Monte Carlo radiation transport

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    Analytical and numerical tests were made of a number of possible methods for scoring the energy exchange between radiation and matter in the implicit Monte Carlo (IMC) radiation transport scheme of Fleck and Cummings. The interactions considered were effective absorption, elastic scattering, and Compton scattering. The scoring methods tested were limited to simple combinations of analogue, linear expected value, and exponential expected value scoring. Only two scoring methods were found that produced the same results as a pure analogue method. These are a combination of exponential expected value absorption and deposition and analogue Compton scattering of the particle, with either linear expected value Compton deposition or analogue Compton deposition. In both methods, the collision distance is based on the total scattering cross section

  1. Scoring methods for implicit Monte Carlo radiation transport

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    Edwards, A.L.

    1981-01-01

    Analytical and numerical tests were made of a number of possible methods for scoring the energy exchange between radiation and matter in the implicit Monte Carlo (IMC) radiation transport scheme of Fleck and Cummings. The interactions considered were effective absorption, elastic scattering, and Compton scattering. The scoring methods tested were limited to simple combinations of analogue, linear expected value, and exponential expected value scoring. Only two scoring methods were found that produced the same results as a pure analogue method. These are a combination of exponential expected value absorption and deposition and analogue Compton scattering of the particle, with either linear expected value Compton deposition or analogue Compton deposition. In both methods, the collision distance is based on the total scattering cross section.

  2. 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.).

  3. 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.)

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

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    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 222Rn, 214Pb and 214Bi). 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.

  9. Rain-induced increase in background radiation detected by Radiation Portal Monitors.

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    Livesay, R J; Blessinger, C S; Guzzardo, T F; Hausladen, P A

    2014-11-01

    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 enhance partner country capability to deter, detect, and interdict the illicit movement of special 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 primarily from the wet-deposition of two radioactive daughters of (222)Rn, namely, (214)Pb and (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 verify that these radionuclides are responsible for the largest environmental background fluctuations in RPMs. Analytical expressions for the detector response function in Poly-Vinyl Toluene have been derived. Effects on system performance and potential mitigation strategies are discussed. PMID:25062116

  10. Detection of formaldehyde in textiles by chromotropic acid method

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    Rao Sanath; Shenoy Shruthakirthi; Davis Suraj; Nayak Sudhakar

    2004-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The common causes of textile dermatitis are formaldehyde resins and disperse dyes. There are various methods to detect the presence of formaldehyde in clothing. AIM: To detect the presence of formaldehyde in various types of textiles by the chromotropic acid method and to assess the effect of washing on the formaldehyde content. METHODS: Twenty randomly selected textiles from a local cloth store were tested for formaldehyde by the chromotropic acid method. A purple ring indicated ...

  11. Intra-operative detection: detectors and radiation safety; Detection peroperatoire: sondes et radioprotection

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    Ricard, M. [Institut Gustave Roussy, Service de Physique, 94 - Villejuif (France)

    2000-10-01

    The use of an intraoperative probe improves considerably the conditions of detection by placing the detector closer to the radioactive uptake. In this situation the effects due to the distance between the source and the detector will be reducing and the information provided by the probe can be used by the surgeon to direct it according to the incidence which provides the highest counting rate. The properties of the intraoperative device (design, performances...) must be adapted to the surgical environment. In particular, the detectors must be able to work at room temperature, to be insensitive with the shocks as well as with the electromagnetic field disturbances and to allow the detection of the gamma rays with a good sensitivity. These various constraints are taken into account by using several technologies for the probes manufacturing. In the case of sentinel node detection the manufacturers use CdTe, of CdZnTe or Csl. From the probe's performance point of view, regarding the task related to the location of a radioactive source in a volume, the user must take into account the usual parameters, namely the useful diameter of detection, the shape and the thickness of the collimator, the thickness and the surface of the detector. Regarding protection against radiation some studies have been carried out by several teams to evaluate the risk linked to this activity. The estimates, obtained by calculation as well as by measurement, show that the level of occupational exposure regarding the surgical staff remains below the threshold defined by the regulation rules. Regarding the level of radioactivity contained in the wastes our data show a low amount of radioactivity. (author)

  12. An Attribute-weighted Clustering Intrusion Detection Method

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    Lifang Wang; Shuhai Zhang; Yurong Li; Ruijuan Wu; Yi Yu

    2013-01-01

    Intrusion detection system is automatic system which recognize intrusions of computers or computer network systems. The existing security detection systems have many problems such as wrong detection of intrusions, false intrusions, poor real-time performance. To solve these problems, this paper improves the particle swarm optimization algorithm and presents an attribute-weighted distance calculation method based on information gain ratio. This method for the division of spherical or ellipsoid...

  13. A Malware Variant Detection Method Based on Byte Randomness Test

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    Shuhui Qi; Ming Xu; Ning Zheng

    2013-01-01

    Malware variants, referring to the different members in the same malware family, are generally produced by simply modifying the existing malwares in order to avoid being detected by the traditional signature-based methods. The mass of malware variants has brought great difficulties to detect malicious code. In this paper, a malware variants detection method based on byte randomness tests is proposed. The bytes distribution value of the instruction sequences obtained from randomness tests , na...

  14. 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

  15. Problems in radiation shielding calculations with Monte Carlo methods

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    The Monte Carlo method is a very useful tool for solving a large class of radiation transport problem. In contrast with deterministic method, geometric complexity is a much less significant problem for Monte Carlo calculations. However, the accuracy of Monte Carlo calculations is of course, limited by statistical error of the quantities to be estimated. In this report, we point out some typical problems to solve a large shielding system including radiation streaming. The Monte Carlo coupling technique was developed to settle such a shielding problem accurately. However, the variance of the Monte Carlo results using the coupling technique of which detectors were located outside the radiation streaming, was still not enough. So as to bring on more accurate results for the detectors located outside the streaming and also for a multi-legged-duct streaming problem, a practicable way of ''Prism Scattering technique'' is proposed in the study. (author)

  16. 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.

  17. 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)

  18. Detection method for amount of captured sludge

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    A distortion amount of a rotational vessel due to a centrifugal force is measured, and a weight of sludges captured in the rotational vessel is determined based on the ratio between the distortion amount and a previously formed calibration curve. In a centrifugal type solid/liquid separator having a vertical and open bottom type rotational vessel, the rotational vessel under operation is distorted so as to bulge outwardly. A strain gage is appended to the rotational vessel, and a device comprising a circuit for supplying current to a bridge circuit, a signal amplifying circuit and a signal electric wave generation circuit is provided. The device is integrally attached to a rotational shaft disposed, for example, above a radiation shielding plug, which hardly undergoes influences of radiation rays. A lead wire of the strain gage is laid passing through a hollow shaft. In addition, a circuit for receiving signals and taking outputs is disposed at a not-rotating portion apart from the shaft. Then, the distortion amount of the rotational vessel is measured by the strain gage, which is compared with a previously formed calibration curve for the distortion amount and the amount of the accumulated sludges, so that the amount of the captured sludges can be determined in the operation state. (N.H.)

  19. Radiative detection NMR observations of isomeric nuclear states

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    The nuclear magnetic moment of the T1/2 = 340 ?sec., E = 3.13 MeV isomer in 117Sb was measured to be 0.1200(7), using the technique of radiative detection of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR--PAC). This isomer was produced via the 115In (?,2n)117Sb reaction in a molten indium target. The nuclear spin-lattice relaxation time was determined to be longer than 2.8 msec. at 2400C. From this value an approximate limit on the nuclear quadrupole moment was deduced. These two results, the g-factor and upper limit on the quadrupole moment, together with other work on this state indicate that the most likely shell model configuration is [?d5/2(?h11/2)10+2]25/2+. The NMR--PAC technique was also applied to the T1/2 = 2.53 msec., E = 1.571 MeV, 10- state in 208Bi. The magnetic moment measured is 0.2633(13). Because the configuration is expected to be very pure ?h9/2?i13/2-1, the additivity relation was applied to extract the ?i13/2-1 magnetic moment. By estimating the M1 core polarization and particle-vibrational admixture in this state, the anomalous orgital g-factor of the neutron, delta (g/sub l/) was extracted. This procedure is model dependent and the value of delta (g/sub l/) fand the value of delta (g/sub l/) falls between -0.05 and -0.03. From the observed amplitude of the NMR-PAC resonance, the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation time and the Knight shift, T/sub R/ = 0.480(65) msec. and K = 1.80(23) percent, were deduced. These results are consistent with the systematics of such systems. Diss. Abstr. Int. B

  20. Frequency of micronucleated polychromatic erythrocyte in mouse bone marrow after ?-ray radiation as detected with flow cytometry

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Objective In order to meet the need of rapid diagnosis of biological dosage of individuals exposed to radiation in a large-scale radiation accident,the rate of micronucleated polychromatic erythrocyte(MPE in mouse bone marrow after irradiation was detected by flow cytometry(FCM,so as to develop an automatic method of assessment of the rate of MPE.Methods Forty-eight BALB/c mice were randomly assigned into 4 groups(12 each and received 60Co ?-ray total body irradiation of 0,0.5,1 and 2Gy,respectively.Bone marrow of animals was collected separately at 24h and 48h after irradiation from 6 mice of each group.The rate of MPE in mouse bone marrow was then detected by FCM.As a control,the MPE were also counted under microscope.Results The rate of MPE as detected by both FCM and microscopy showed a significant time-and dose-dependent manner,and a positive correlation was found between the results of the two methods(r=0.987,P < 0.01.The detection efficiency of FCM was as fast as 40 times of that by microscopy.By avoiding subjective mistakes by the examiner in microscopic method,FCM may give a more objective result.Conclusion Compared with the microscopic method,FCM is more convenient,easy to handle,rapid,reliable and objective in detecting the rate of MPE,and it is applicable in the rapid diagnosis of biological dosage of individual exposed to radiation in a large-scale radiation accident.

  1. 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.

  2. Alternative Detection Methods for Highest Energy Neutrinos

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    Nahnhauer, R

    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.

  3. Odour Detection Methods: Olfactometry and Chemical Sensors

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    Sara Lovascio; Annamaria Demarinis Loiotile; Magda Brattoli; Valentina de Pinto; Gianluigi de Gennaro; Michele Penza

    2011-01-01

    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 v...

  4. Endotoxemia: methods of detection and clinical correlates.

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    Hurley, J. C.

    1995-01-01

    As an assay for endotoxin, the Limulus amebocyte lysate assay has several desirable properties: sensitivity, specificity, and potential for adaptation to a quantitative format. Several modifications have been developed to enhance its potential for clinical application. The modifications that allow quantitative measurement of endotoxin and also improve its application to blood samples are described in this review. In fluids other than blood, the detection of endotoxin with the Limulus amebocyt...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Methods for cross-language plagiarism detection

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    Barro?n Ceden?o, Luis Alberto; Gupta, Parth Alokkumar; Rosso, Paolo

    2013-01-01

    Three reasons make plagiarism across languages to be on the rise: (i) speakers of under-resourced languages often consult documentation in a foreign language, (ii) people immersed in a foreign country can still consult material written in their native language, and (iii) people are often interested in writing in a language different to their native one. Most efforts for automatically detecting cross-language plagiarism depend on a preliminary translation, which is not always available. In...

  7. 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

  8. 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...

  9. A method of detecting radio transients

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    Fridman, P. A.

    2010-12-01

    Radio transients are sporadic signals, requiring that the backends of radio telescopes be equipped with the appropriate hardware and software for their detection. Observational programmes for detecting transients can be dedicated to that purpose or can rely upon observations made by other programmes. 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 proposed here 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 properties of the signals.

  10. 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

  11. Radiation transport modeling using extended quadrature method of moments

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    Vikas, V.; Hauck, C. D.; Wang, Z. J.; Fox, R. O.

    2013-08-01

    The radiative transfer equation describes the propagation of radiation through a material medium. While it provides a highly accurate description of the radiation field, the large phase space on which the equation is defined makes it numerically challenging. As a consequence, significant effort has gone into the development of accurate approximation methods. Recently, an extended quadrature method of moments (EQMOM) has been developed to solve univariate population balance equations, which also have a large phase space and thus face similar computational challenges. The distinct advantage of the EQMOM approach over other moment methods is that it generates moment equations that are consistent with a positive phase space density and has a moment inversion algorithm that is fast and efficient. The goal of the current paper is to present the EQMOM method in the context of radiation transport, to discuss advantages and disadvantages, and to demonstrate its performance on a set of standard one-dimensional benchmark problems that encompass optically thin, thick, and transition regimes. Special attention is given in the implementation to the issue of realizability—that is, consistency with a positive phase space density. Numerical results in one dimension are promising and lay the foundation for extending the same framework to multiple dimensions.

  12. 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

  13. Radiation transport modeling using extended quadrature method of moments

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    The radiative transfer equation describes the propagation of radiation through a material medium. While it provides a highly accurate description of the radiation field, the large phase space on which the equation is defined makes it numerically challenging. As a consequence, significant effort has gone into the development of accurate approximation methods. Recently, an extended quadrature method of moments (EQMOM) has been developed to solve univariate population balance equations, which also have a large phase space and thus face similar computational challenges. The distinct advantage of the EQMOM approach over other moment methods is that it generates moment equations that are consistent with a positive phase space density and has a moment inversion algorithm that is fast and efficient. The goal of the current paper is to present the EQMOM method in the context of radiation transport, to discuss advantages and disadvantages, and to demonstrate its performance on a set of standard one-dimensional benchmark problems that encompass optically thin, thick, and transition regimes. Special attention is given in the implementation to the issue of realizability—that is, consistency with a positive phase space density. Numerical results in one dimension are promising and lay the foundation for extending the same framework to multiple dimensions

  14. Optimizing of radiation protection. Quantitative approaches and methods

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    Consideration is made of some of the fundamental ideas and notions, concerned with the quantitative methods of optimizing of radiation protection: modern interpretation of the principle ALARA, definition of the terms 'benefit' and 'harm', the general quantitative measures for evaluation, the socio-economic value of the unit 'collective effective equivalent dose', etc

  15. 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

  16. 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)

  17. 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.

  18. 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...

  19. Improved method for assaying pyrophosphate exchange measuring Cerenkov radiation. [None

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    Hansen, B.S.

    1980-11-15

    The determination of the amount of radioactivity in /sup 32/P-labeled nucleotides adsorbed to charcoal is greatly simplified when the same medium is used for extraction and for counting the secondary Cerenkov radiation. Addition of 4-methylumbelliferone increases the efficiency and decreases quenching caused by charcoal particles. With regard to reproducibility and amount of background the method is comparable to other published methods. Its application in a pyrophosphate exchange assay is described.

  20. Improved method for assaying pyrophosphate exchange measuring Cerenkov radiation

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    The determination of the amount of radioactivity in 32P-labeled nucleotides adsorbed to charcoal is greatly simplified when the same medium is used for extraction and for counting the secondary Cerenkov radiation. Addition of 4-methylumbelliferone increases the efficiency and decreases quenching caused by charcoal particles. With regard to reproducibility and amount of background the method is comparable to other published methods. Its application in a pyrophosphate exchange assay is described

  1. Research on Radiation Characteristic of Plasma Antenna through FDTD Method

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    Jianming Zhou; Jingjing Fang; Qiuyuan Lu; Fan Liu

    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 aroun...

  2. 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

  3. The Mid-term Forecast Method of Solar Radiation Index

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    Hong-Bo, Wang; Jian-Ning, Xiong; Chang-Yin, Zhao

    2015-04-01

    In the orbital determination of low earth orbit satellites, the solar radiation index F10.7 is an important input parameter, which is commonly used to describe the effects on the density of upper atmosphere and orbit perturbation, directly or indirectly caused by solar activities, respectively. So the accuracy of the index F10.7 will affect the precision of orbit prediction. Based on the characteristic of the 27-day short-term oscillation in the solar activity, a method is studied in this paper for the 54-day mid-term forecast of F10.7 by using its historical data of the past 135 days. Thus the method can predict the variation of solar radiation for the future two rotational periods. In comparison with the other widely-used forecast methods, it is shown that: (1) the method is obviously better than the traditional triangle function method; (2) in the short-term forecast (7 days), the method is a little better than that developed by the Space Weather Prediction Center in USA, and the root mean square could be reduced by about 19%; and (3) in the mid-term forecast (27 days), the accuracy of the method is almost equivalent to the 54-order autoregression method which is used widely in our country, but this method requires to input fewer parameters and historical data, and with a stable precision, it is more convenient in the application of orbit determination. Moreover, up to the 54th day the correlation coeffcient between the prediction and the actual index is still greater than 0.92, implying that the method can keep stable in the mid-term forecast. Overall, the advantage of this method is that with fewer historical data of radiation indices, it can make the mid-term prediction of solar radiation as long as 54 days without the need of extra solar observation data, to provide the reasonable and reliable solar radiation indices for the short- and mid-term orbit predictions in space ?ight missions.

  4. 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.)

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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)

  8. 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

  9. Experimental methods of heavy quark detection

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    By comparing how b and c were observed we saw that the heavier quark was more difficult to detect. For various reasons the signal was smaller and the signal-to-noise worse. This trend is expected to continue when searching for the still heavier top quark. In fact many detection techniques which worked well for bottom and charm are not viable for top. For masses less than about 60 GeV/c2 top should be visible at the CERN S anti ppS. For larger masses the higher energy of the Fermilab Tevatron will be necessary. At both machines semileptonic decays are the most promising tag. There are background rejection techniques which should result in a fairly clean signal. As there are many possible background sources it is important to carefully estimate the residual background from the data itself. At e+e- machines top will be copiously produced in Z0 decays if M/sub t/ 0//2. In this case it is possible to estimate its mass and study its decay modes. 40 references, 40 figures

  10. Polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography detection method

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    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 scattering 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Detection of clusters of a rare disease over a large territory: performance of cluster detection methods

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    Demoury Claire; Goujon-Bellec Stéphanie; Guyot-Goubin Aurélie; Hémon Denis; Clavel Jacqueline

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background For many years, the detection of clusters has been of great public health interest. Several detection methods have been developed, the most famous of which is the circular scan method. The present study, which was conducted in the context of a rare disease distributed over a large territory (7675 cases registered over 17 years and located in 1895 units), aimed to evaluate the performance of several of the methods in realistic hot-spot cluster situations. Methods All the me...

  15. 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...

  16. 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.

  17. 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)

  18. 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)

  19. 25 Years of Self-organized Criticality: Numerical Detection Methods

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    McAteer, R. T. James; Aschwanden, Markus J.; Dimitropoulou, Michaila; Georgoulis, Manolis K.; Pruessner, Gunnar; Morales, Laura; Ireland, Jack; Abramenko, Valentyna

    2015-05-01

    The detection and characterization of self-organized criticality (SOC), in both real and simulated data, has undergone many significant revisions over the past 25 years. The explosive advances in the many numerical methods available for detecting, discriminating, and ultimately testing, SOC have played a critical role in developing our understanding of how systems experience and exhibit SOC. In this article, methods of detecting SOC are reviewed; from correlations to complexity to critical quantities. A description of the basic autocorrelation method leads into a detailed analysis of application-oriented methods developed in the last 25 years. In the second half of this manuscript space-based, time-based and spatial-temporal methods are reviewed and the prevalence of power laws in nature is described, with an emphasis on event detection and characterization. The search for numerical methods to clearly and unambiguously detect SOC in data often leads us outside the comfort zone of our own disciplines—the answers to these questions are often obtained by studying the advances made in other fields of study. In addition, numerical detection methods often provide the optimum link between simulations and experiments in scientific research. We seek to explore this boundary where the rubber meets the road, to review this expanding field of research of numerical detection of SOC systems over the past 25 years, and to iterate forwards so as to provide some foresight and guidance into developing breakthroughs in this subject over the next quarter of a century.

  20. 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 son 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)

  1. 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.

  2. Methods for detection of ataxia telangiectasia mutations

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    Gatti, Richard A.

    2005-10-04

    The present invention is directed to a method of screening large, complex, polyexonic eukaryotic genes such as the ATM gene for mutations and polymorphisms by an improved version of single strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) electrophoresis that allows electrophoresis of two or three amplified segments in a single lane. The present invention also is directed to new mutations and polymorphisms in the ATM gene that are useful in performing more accurate screening of human DNA samples for mutations and in distinguishing mutations from polymorphisms, thereby improving the efficiency of automated screening methods.

  3. 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)

  4. Method and apparatus for detecting halogenated hydrocarbons

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    Monagle, Matthew (Los Alamos, NM); Coogan, John J. (Los Alamos, NM)

    1997-01-01

    A halogenated hydrocarbon (HHC) detector is formed from a silent discharge (also called a dielectric barrier discharge) plasma generator. A silent discharge plasma device receives a gas sample that may contain one or more HHCs and produces free radicals and excited electrons for oxidizing the HHCs in the gas sample to produce water, carbon dioxide, and an acid including halogens in the HHCs. A detector is used to sensitively detect the presence of the acid. A conductivity cell detector combines the oxidation products with a solvent where dissociation of the acid increases the conductivity of the solvent. The conductivity cell output signal is then functionally related to the presence of HHCs in the gas sample. Other detectors include electrochemical cells, infrared spectrometers, and negative ion mobility spectrometers.

  5. Detection method of a failed fuel

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    Object: To extract a coolant in a fuel assembly under a given condition thereby increasing detection accuracy of failed fuel. Structure: An external cap of a coolant extracting device is placed on a support at the upper part of a core to cover the top of the fuel assembly by means of an internal cap, and thereafter, air is fed into the external cap through an air feed pipe and warm water is fed into the internal cap through a warm water feed pipe, after which when a temperature of coolant by means of a temperature detector reaches a set value, the coolant is extracted by a coolant extracting pipe through a controller. (Ohara, T.)

  6. Improvement of the ESR detection of irradiated food containing cellulose employing a simple extraction method

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    Fruit may be irradiated at rather low doses, below 1 kGy in combination treatments or for quarantine purposes. To improve the ESR detection sensitivity of irradiated fruit de Jesus et al. (Int. J. Food Sci. Technol. 34 (1999) 173.) proposed extracting the fruit pulp with 80% ethanol and measuring the residue with ESR using low power (0.25 mW) for detection of 'cellulosic' radicals. An improvement in ESR sensitivity using the extraction procedure could be confirmed in this paper for strawberries and papayas. In most cases, a radiation dose of 0.5 kGy could be detected in both fruits even after 2-3 weeks storage. In addition, some herbs and spices were also tested, but only for a few of them the ESR detection of the 'cellulosic' signal was improved by previous alcoholic extraction. As an alternative to ESR measurements, other detection methods like DNA Comet Assay and thermoluminescence were also tested

  7. Solder Joints Detection Method Based on Surface Recovery

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    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Machine vision has been widely used in various industrial productions. However, the study for solder joints detection is not enough. This paper presents a solder joints detection method based on surface recovery. For a single gray-scale image, using shape-from-shading (SFS technology, the surface of the solder joints is recovered. According to the shape distribution, the quality of solder joints is discriminated. In order to improve the accuracy of recovery for real images, hybrid illumination model is introduced and a reflection-component estimation method based on simulated annealing algorithm is designed. Then recovery process of the algorithm is improved. Compared to other detection methods based on two-dimensional images, this method provides more information about explicit physical meaning and make detailed quantitative analysis for solder joints easier. At the same time, even for defect that is difficult to detect, this method also has important research value.

  8. 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)at samples. (author)

  9. 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.

  10. Studies on Microbiological and Biological Methods for Detection of Irradiated FoodStudies on Microbiological and Biological Methods for Detection of Irradiated Food

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    The main aim of this study is to evaluate a microbiological and biological methods used for the detection of irradiated foods in Egypt. The microbiological methods included were shift in microflora load and direct epifluroescent filter technique compared with aerobic plate count (DEFT/APC), while the biological method was DNA comet assay. The selected foods were black, strawberry, fresh-and frozen-de boned chicken. The samples of these foods were exposed to different doses of gamma radiation according to the purpose of irradiation for each food. The results indicated that the characteristics of microbial population of all irradiated samples have been changed. The very lower count of viable bacterial count (APC) and mold and yeasts counts in the samples than the reported normal count as well as the absence of Gram- negative bacteria and Enterobacteriaceae group from these samples could be used as an indication for radiation treatment of these foods. The large difference between microbial counts obtained by DEFT test and that obtained by APC test could also be used for screening radiation treatment of these foods. Photographic and image analysis of DNA comet assay showed that irradiation of these foods caused damage to the food cells DNA (fragmentation) at different levels according to the doses used and kind of foods. This DNA damage can be followed or described by DNA comet assay test. On the basis of comet assay, the discrimination between unirradiated and irradiated food samples was very possible. In general the results showed that DEFT/APC method had the potential to detect irradiated food samples either at zero time of storage or throughout the storage period post- irradiation. DNA comet assay as a rapid, simple and inexpensive screening test approved to be successful for detection of irradiated food samples under investigation. Determination of rough applied irradiation dose is possible if photographic analysis is combined with image analysisThe main aim of this study is to evaluate a microbiological and biological methods used for the detection of irradiated foods in Egypt. The microbiological methods included were shift in microflora load and direct epifluroescent filter technique compared with aerobic plate count (DEFT/APC), while the biological method was DNA comet assay. The selected foods were black, strawberry, fresh-and frozen-de boned chicken. The samples of these foods were exposed to different doses of gamma radiation according to the purpose of irradiation for each food. The results indicated that the characteristics of microbial population of all irradiated samples have been changed. The very lower count of viable bacterial count (APC) and mold and yeasts counts in the samples than the reported normal count as well as the absence of Gram- negative bacteria and Enterobacteriaceae group from these samples could be used as an indication for radiation treatment of these foods. The large difference between microbial counts obtained by DEFT test and that obtained by APC test could also be used for screening radiation treatment of these foods. Photographic and image analysis of DNA comet assay showed that irradiation of these foods caused damage to the food cells DNA (fragmentation) at different levels according to the doses used and kind of foods. This DNA damage can be followed or described by DNA comet assay test. On the basis of comet assay, the discrimination between unirradiated and irradiated food samples was very possible. In general the results showed that DEFT/APC method had the potential to detect irradiated food samples either at zero time of storage or throughout the storage period post- irradiation. DNA comet assay as a rapid, simple and inexpensive screening test approved to be successful for detection of irradiated food samples under investigation. Determination of rough applied irradiation dose is possible if photographic analysis is combined with image analysis

  11. 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 aning (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)

  12. 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.

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

    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...

  14. 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.

  15. Calculation of radiation exposure in diagnostic radiology. Method and surveys

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    A computerized method for evaluating the radiation exposure of the main target organs during various diagnostic radiologic procedures is described. This technique was used for educational purposes: study of exposure variations according to the technical modalities of a given procedure, and study of exposure variations according to various technical protocols (IVU, EGD barium study, etc.). This method was also used for studying exposure of patients during hospitalization in the Rennes Regional Hospital Center (France) in 1982, according to departments (urology, neurology, etc.). This method and results of these three studies are discussed

  16. Nuclear Reactor Abnormality Detection Using Parametric And Nonparametric Method

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    Comparation study between parametric and nonparametric method of nuclear reactor detection had been constructed.The parametric nuclear reactor method had been developed utilizing multivariate time -series model by Upadhaya Cs,and nonparametric nuclear reaction detection method had been developed utilizing artificial neural network by Djoko Hari Nugroho.The analysis showed that two kinds of method had its advantages each. Result of the comparation study would assist the decision maker to choice the most effective method for his to increase its performance

  17. Photodiode radiation hardness, lyman-alpha emitting galaxies and photon detection in liquid argon neutrino detectors

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    Baptista, Brian

    My dissertation is comprised of three projects: 1) studies of Lyman-alpha Emitting galaxies (LAEs), 2) radiation hardness studies of InGaAs photodiodes (PDs), and 3) scintillation photon detection in liquid argon (LAr) neutrino detectors. I began work on the project that has now become WFIRST, developing a science case that would use WFIRST after launch for the observation of LAEs. The radiation hardness of PDs was as an effort to support the WFIRST calibration team. When WFIRST was significantly delayed, I joined an R&D effort that applied my skills to work on photon detection in LAr neutrino detectors. I report results on a broadband selection method developed to detect high equivalent width (EW) LAEs. Using photometry from the CFHT-Legacy Survey Deep 2 and 3 fields, I have spectroscopically confirmed 63 z=2.5-3.5 LAEs using the WIYN/Hydra spectrograph. Using UV continuum-fitting techniques I computed properties such as EWs, internal reddening and star formation rates. 62 of my LAEs show evidence to be normal dust-free LAEs. Second, I present an investigation into the effects of ionizing proton radiation on commercial off-the-shelf InGaAs PDs. I developed a monochromator-based test apparatus that utilized NIST-calibrated reference PDs. I tested the PDs for changes to their dark current, relative responsivity as a function of wavelength, and absolute responsivity. I irradiated the test PDs using 30, 52, and 98 MeV protons at the IU Cyclotron Facility. I found the InGaAs PDs showed increased dark current as the fluence increased with no evidence of broadband response degradation at the fluences expected at an L2 orbit and a 10-year mission lifetime. Finally, I detail my efforts on technology development of both optical detector technologies and waveshifting light guide construction for LAr vacuum UV scintillation light. Cryogenic neutrino detectors use photon detection for both accelerator based science and for SNe neutrino detection and proton decay. I have developed waveshifter doped cast acrylic light guides that convert scintillation light and guide the waveshifted light to SiPMs detectors.

  18. Method for the detection of pregnancy disorders

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    The present invention relates to a method for determining pregnancy disorders by analysing a biological fluid sample. According to the method, an antigen consisting of a specific non-hormonal human-derived placental soluble protein is labelled by a radioactive iodine. The sample and a first antibody compatible with the placental antigen is incubated and the product obtained is applied to a second antibody attached to a solid composition. In the resulted precipitated complex the radioactivity is determined thus establishing the extent of pregnancy disorders. The best results are obtained when the protien to be labelled is present at a concentration of above 0.7 mg/ml. A preferred non-hormonal human-derived placental soluble protein is PP-13. The biological fluid sample is selected from blood, amniotic fluid or urine

  19. Using earth's electromagnetic field radiation to detect ocean currents from space

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    Complete text of publication follows. Study of ocean dynamics is one of important aspects in physical and bio-geochemical oceanography because it helps to understand the mechanisms of large scale changes in ocean circulation. This research based on using of quasistationary areas (QSA) is directed on detection of global ocean currents and other dynamic processes using multi satellite data as images of Earth's electromagnetic field radiation. Method of QSA is based on the statistical treatment of seasonal composites of sea surface temperature and phytoplankton pigments concentration satellite imagery. Correlation analysis of such characteristics, sea surface temperature on the one hand and phytoplankton pigments on the other allows to reveal fundamental processes of ocean hydrology and detect global ocean currents. QSA allows to detect the location of currents and estimate changes of it boundary during time period. Using different parameters of algorithm we can reveal dynamic processes with different time and spatial scale. Another part of the research is to check a hypothesis of global thermohaline circulation. Analysis of absolute gradients of weekly sea surface temperature data allows to detect a global path of heat-and-mass transfer in the ocean. Comparison of biological and physical components of the global ocean is capable to reveal anomalous events, which are impossible to see with standard oceanological methods. Nine years of SeaWiFS satellite data from 1997-200rs of SeaWiFS satellite data from 1997-2005 were used to produce seasonal means and standard deviation estimates of chlorophyll-a concentrations for the global ocean. Seven years of MODIS imagery for 2002-2008 and twenty one years of AVHRR imagery for 1981-2001 were used to produce seasonal means and standard deviations of sea surface temperature for the global ocean. Digital map of ocean currents and oceanic frontal features was generated using QSA method. Correlation of sea surface temperature and chlorophyll concentration was estimated. Special software using IDL language for statistical treatment was developed.

  20. Unfolding probes : A novel method for biomolecular detection

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    Karlsson, Filip

    2013-01-01

    Unfolding probes is a novel detection method for biomolecules, involving an oligonucleotide probe that can be amplified and which thereby gives rise to a strong signal for individual probe - target interactions. The present project focuses on a variant of unfolding probes called 2-fold probes and on optimizing the detection efficiency of synthetic targets. Furthermore, proof of concept experiments were performed for the detection of Her2 mRNA in cells.

  1. A flow cytometric method for isolating mutants sensitive to radiation

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    Current methods for isolating radiation-sensitive mammalian cell mutants are extremely laborious and time consuming. The authors have developed a fundamentally new procedure combining the culture of clonally-derived cell aggregates (spheroids) with viable flow cytometric analysis and sorting. Essentially, each spheroid serves as a three-dimensional colony which can be individually assayed and manipulated. This method has several potential advantages over current procedures: rapid isolation of large numbers of individual clones; automated sensitivity analysis; rapid separation of sensitive clones; and recovery of surviving cells directly from the tested spheroids. This method also eliminates slow-growth clones which are not actually sensitive. The flow method can potentially screen 107 clones in one day, a 1,000-fold improvement. Several of the individual techniques critical to this procedure have been demonstrated: generation of >108 clonar spheroids; flow sorting of spheroids into a uniformly-sized population; continued uniform growth after sorting; decreased spheroid growth after radiation exposure; and recovery of viable cells from irradiated spheroids. Using radiation sensitive and resistant cells, the authors are verifying the seperation of rare sensitive clones from a predominantly resistant background

  2. Design of Wireless Radiation Detection Alarm Based on ZigBee Technology

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    This article introduces the design of wireless radiation detection alarm based on ZigBee technology. The instrument consists of several parts such as G-M tube, voltage regulator module, high voltage module,signal shaping circuit, Single-chip and ZigBee module etc, and successfully implemented the radiation monitoring in related nuclear radiation environment laboratories, And the main characteristics indicators of the instrument also been gived. (authors)

  3. 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...

  4. Analysis of chromosomal aberrations to detect radiation exposure

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    The article draws attention to the problems arising from the use of dicentric chromosomes for quantifying radiation exposures, and discusses potential advantages of using symmetrical translocations rather than dicentric chromosomes. (orig./MG)

  5. Pipeline leak detection method and control device therefor

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    Leaks may be located in a pipeline by introducing into the pipeline an assembly that includes a pipe-sealing packer unit, a control unit, and a radioactive source shielded from the control unit. The control unit includes a gamma ray detector that controls the sealing and unsealing of the pipe by the packer in response to the detection of radiation exceeding a preset threshold - a detection event. The assembly is pushed through the pipeline by a relatively low fluid pressure behind it. The progress of the assembly through the pipeline may be monitored externally by a gamma ray detector

  6. Solving Inverse Detection Problems Using Passive Radiation Signatures

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    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.

  7. Intercomparison of measuring and evaluation methods for environmental radiations

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    This report presents the results of the cooperative research by IPCR and JAERI. In order to investigate the accuracy and characteristics of the measurement and evaluation methods for environmental radiations, developed independently by IPCR and by JAERI, field experiments were performed using the both methods under the same conditions at the same time. The experiments were performed at fixed points on the ground, in a moving car and in a flying helicopter. Discussion was made on the basis of the comparison of the results from the both methods. The exposure rates from the IPCR method agreed within 10% with those from the JAERI method, however the former were systematically higher than the latter. Since the evaluated exposure rate components due to 238U-series, 232Th-series and 40K showed apparent differences between the IPCR method and the JAERI method, further investigation is necessary for the positions and widths of the applied energy bands and the coefficients in the equations to evaluate the components. In measurements in a moving vehicle, the sequential data should be gathered per sufficiently short distance to distinguish the local change of the radiation level when it changes greatly according to the location. The aerial data showed that the exposure rates from terrestrial gamma rays in the region west of the Abe river are apparently higher than those in the Kanto district. (author)

  8. Exact and approximative imaging methods for photoacoustic tomography using an arbitrary detection surface

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    Burgholzer, Peter; Matt, Gebhard J.; Haltmeier, Markus; Paltauf, Günther

    2007-04-01

    Two universal reconstruction methods for photoacoustic (also called optoacoustic or thermoacoustic) computed tomography are derived, applicable to an arbitrarily shaped detection surface. In photoacoustic tomography acoustic pressure waves are induced by illuminating a semitransparent sample with pulsed electromagnetic radiation and are measured on a detection surface outside the sample. The imaging problem consists in reconstructing the initial pressure sources from those measurements. The first solution to this problem is based on the time reversal of the acoustic pressure field with a second order embedded boundary method. The pressure on the arbitrarily shaped detection surface is set to coincide with the measured data in reversed temporal order. In the second approach the reconstruction problem is solved by calculating the far-field approximation, a concept well known in physics, where the generated acoustic wave is approximated by an outgoing spherical wave with the reconstruction point as center. Numerical simulations are used to compare the proposed universal reconstruction methods with existing algorithms.

  9. Exact and approximative imaging methods for photoacoustic tomography using an arbitrary detection surface.

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    Burgholzer, Peter; Matt, Gebhard J; Haltmeier, Markus; Paltauf, Günther

    2007-04-01

    Two universal reconstruction methods for photoacoustic (also called optoacoustic or thermoacoustic) computed tomography are derived, applicable to an arbitrarily shaped detection surface. In photoacoustic tomography acoustic pressure waves are induced by illuminating a semitransparent sample with pulsed electromagnetic radiation and are measured on a detection surface outside the sample. The imaging problem consists in reconstructing the initial pressure sources from those measurements. The first solution to this problem is based on the time reversal of the acoustic pressure field with a second order embedded boundary method. The pressure on the arbitrarily shaped detection surface is set to coincide with the measured data in reversed temporal order. In the second approach the reconstruction problem is solved by calculating the far-field approximation, a concept well known in physics, where the generated acoustic wave is approximated by an outgoing spherical wave with the reconstruction point as center. Numerical simulations are used to compare the proposed universal reconstruction methods with existing algorithms. PMID:17501015

  10. 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.

  11. 78 FR 64030 - Monitoring Criteria and Methods To Calculate Occupational Radiation Doses

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    ...NRC-2013-0234] Monitoring Criteria and...Occupational Radiation Doses AGENCY...determine monitoring criteria and...occupational radiation doses. DATES...methods of monitoring and calculating occupational radiation doses....

  12. Detection of clusters of a rare disease over a large territory: performance of cluster detection methods

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    Demoury Claire

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background For many years, the detection of clusters has been of great public health interest. Several detection methods have been developed, the most famous of which is the circular scan method. The present study, which was conducted in the context of a rare disease distributed over a large territory (7675 cases registered over 17 years and located in 1895 units, aimed to evaluate the performance of several of the methods in realistic hot-spot cluster situations. Methods All the methods considered aim to identify the most likely cluster area, i.e. the zone that maximizes the likelihood ratio function, among a set of cluster candidates. The circular and elliptic scan methods were developed to detect regularly shaped clusters. Four other methods that focus on irregularly shaped clusters were also considered (the flexible scan method, the genetic algorithm method, and the double connected and maximum linkage spatial scan methods. The power of the methods was evaluated via Monte Carlo simulations under 27 alternative scenarios that corresponded to three cluster population sizes (20, 45 and 115 expected cases, three cluster shapes (linear, U-shaped and compact and three relative risk values (1.5, 2.0 and 3.0. Results Three situations emerged from this power study. All the methods failed to detect the smallest clusters with a relative risk lower than 3.0. The power to detect the largest cluster with relative risk of 1.5 was markedly better for all methods, but, at most, half of the true cluster was captured. For other clusters, either large or with the highest relative risk, the standard elliptic scan method appeared to be the best method to detect linear clusters, while the flexible scan method localized the U-shaped clusters more precisely than other methods. Large compact clusters were detected well by all methods, with better results for the circular and elliptic scan methods. Conclusions The elliptic scan method and flexible scan method seemed the most able to detect clusters of a rare disease in a large territory. However, the probability of detecting small clusters with relative risk lower than 3.0 remained low with all the methods tested.

  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. High-efficiency scintillation detector for combined detection of thermal and fast neutrons and gamma radiation

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    Chiles, M.M.; Mihalczo, J.T.; Blakeman, E.D.

    1987-02-27

    A scintillation based radiation detector for the combined detection of thermal neutrons, high-energy neutrons and gamma rays in a single detecting unit. The detector consists of a pair of scintillators sandwiched together and optically coupled to the light sensitive face of a photomultiplier tube. A light tight radiation pervious housing is disposed about the scintillators and a portion of the photomultiplier tube to hold the arrangement in assembly and provides a radiation window adjacent the outer scintillator through which the radiation to be detected enters the detector. The outer scintillator is formed of a material in which scintillations are produced by thermal-neutrons and the inner scintillator is formed of a material in which scintillations are produced by high-energy neutrons and gamma rays. The light pulses produced by events detected in both scintillators are coupled to the photomultiplier tube which produces a current pulse in response to each detected event. These current pulses may be processed in a conventional manner to produce a count rate output indicative of the total detected radiation event count rate. Pulse discrimination techniques may be used to distinguish the different radiations and their energy distribution.

  15. A method for the detection of shallow buried objects

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    T. M. McGee; J. M. Sabatier; C. J. Hickey

    2000-01-01

    Numerous geophysical techniques have successfully contributed to geotechnical engineering and environmental problems of the shallow subsurface. Geophysical surveys are used to: delineate geologic features, measure in-situ engineering properties, and detect hidden cultural features. Most technologies for the detection of shallow buried objects are electromagnetic methods which measure the contrast in ferrous content, electrical conductivity, or dielectric constant between the object and surrou...

  16. Track detection methods of radium measurements

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    The principles of tack formation and processing including the description of etching and etch-track evaluation for the preferably used plastic track detectors are discussed. Measuring methods to determine 226Ra activity based either on the mapping of alpha-decaying elements in the complete U-Ra series by alpha-radiography, or on the measurement of uranium alone by neutron induced fissionography, or on the alpha-decay measurement of 222Rn, the first daughter element of radium, and finally on the measurement of alpha-tracks originating from radium itself, which is separated from its parent nuclides are described in detail. (V.N.)

  17. 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.

  18. Nested methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction cancer detection method

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    Belinsky, Steven A. (Albuquerque, NM); Palmisano, William A. (Edgewood, NM)

    2007-05-08

    A molecular marker-based method for monitoring and detecting cancer in humans. Aberrant methylation of gene promoters is a marker for cancer risk in humans. A two-stage, or "nested" polymerase chain reaction method is disclosed for detecting methylated DNA sequences at sufficiently high levels of sensitivity to permit cancer screening in biological fluid samples, such as sputum, obtained non-invasively. The method is for detecting the aberrant methylation of the p16 gene, O 6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase gene, Death-associated protein kinase gene, RAS-associated family 1 gene, or other gene promoters. The method offers a potentially powerful approach to population-based screening for the detection of lung and other cancers.

  19. Chemical methods for the detection of irradiated food

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    The author presents two methods of chemical analysis for the detection of irradiated food 1 - volatiles radiolytic products formed from lipids (alkanes, alkenes and aldehydes) with LC/GS. coupling 2 - O-tyrosine with HPLC

  20. Concrete deterioration: detection by ultrasonic pulse velocity method

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    Sutan, N.M.; Jaafar, M.S.; Hamdan, S. [Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Sarawak (Malaysia)

    2001-08-01

    Tests were performed to evaluate the feasibility of using Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity Method (UPVM) in detecting defect and determining its depth during the early age concrete. Five reinforced concrete (RC) slabs of grade 30, 40 and 50 specimens at day 3, 7,14 and 28 with a fabricated void at a known location were used. The results obtained were compared to determine the accuracy of the method hence the effectiveness of the method with different strength and as the concrete matures. This method detects defects in specimens during the early age The accuracy varies with concrete strength and as the concrete mature. The test results indicate the method can be used to assess the in-situ properties of concrete or for quality control on site. The method showed better accuracy with stronger concrete detects defects with the accuracy ranging from 55.75-99.62% from day 3-28 (full strength) respectively. (author)