Cart (Loading....) | Create Account
Close category search window

Point source detection and characterization for vehicle radiation portal monitors

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$31 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

4 Author(s)
Runkle, R.C. ; Radiat. Detection & Nucl. Sci. Group, Pacific Northwest Nat. Lab., Richland, WA ; Mercier, T.M. ; Anderson, K.K. ; Carlson, D.K.

Many international border crossings presently screen cargo for illicit nuclear material using radiation portal monitors (RPMs) that measure the gamma ray and/or neutron flux emitted by vehicles. The fact that many target sources have a point-like geometry can be exploited to detect subthreshold sources and filter out benign sources that frequently possess a distributed geometry. This report describes a two-step process, which has the potential to complement other alarm algorithms, for detecting and characterizing point sources. The first step applies a matched filter whereas step two uses a weighted nonlinear least squares method. In a base-case simulation, matched filtering detected a 250-cps source injected onto a white-noise background at a 95% detection probability and a 0.003 false alarm probability. For the same simulation, the maximum likelihood estimation technique performed well at source strengths of 250 and 400 cps. These simulations provided a best-case feasibility study for this technique, which will be extended to experimental data that possess false point-source signatures resulting from background shielding caused by vehicle design and cargo distribution

Published in:

Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:52 ,  Issue: 6 )

Date of Publication:

Dec. 2005

Need Help?

IEEE Advancing Technology for Humanity About IEEE Xplore | Contact | Help | Terms of Use | Nondiscrimination Policy | Site Map | Privacy & Opting Out of Cookies

A not-for-profit organization, IEEE is the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology.
© Copyright 2014 IEEE - All rights reserved. Use of this web site signifies your agreement to the terms and conditions.