Detection Limits of NaI Scintillator Detector Based Aerial Source Detection Systems [article]

Sebastian Ritter
<span title="2021-10-19">2021</span> <i > arXiv </i> &nbsp; <span class="release-stage" >pre-print</span>
Aerial source detection systems have the capability to rapidly provide radiological data over a large area of land. Sodium Iodine (NaI) scintillator based aerial radiation detection systems of compact physical sizes have the potential aid nuclear security applications in a cost-effective manner when deployed on aerial vehicle systems. The Minimum Detectable Activity (MDA) of NaI scintillator airborne detectors is qualitatively evaluated as a function of detector-source distance and as a
more &raquo; ... of detector-source relative speed. It is found that the MDA increases exponentially with vehicle height and that MDA increases directly proportionally with the relative speed plus the square root of the relative speed. Furthermore, detection limits of an aerial detection system are evaluated in a case study. MDA is evaluated for the nuclear materials U-238 and Pu-239 as defined by the IAEA Safeguards Glossary Table II and MDA is evaluated for arbitrarily selected isotopes found in Table I.2 of the IAEA document TECDOC-1344.
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