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Nuclear Radiation Sensors

Airborne Nuclear Effluent Detector (137)


Problem: Need flight-qualified instrument to support nuclear explosion monitoring activities from measurements of trace, airborne radionuclides.

Project Activity Scope (from Technical Overview Chart): Devices through Integrated Systems


PNNL Solution:

  • Determined suitable filter media
  • Developed advanced filter transport mechanism and radionuclide detector to meet airborne, mil-spec criteria
  • Developed software for real-time user interface and display of results
  • Installed, demonstrated, and supported operation of airborne system

Capabilities Employed to Meet Client Needs: High resolution gamma spectroscopy using intrinsic germanium diode, analog and digital electronics; computer system integration; software development; mechanical hardware design; system integration; system test and evaluation; system delivery, installation, and performance demonstration on Navy Research Laboratory P-3 Orion aircraft and PNNL Grumman G-1 aircraft.

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