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MIT receives grant to develop new methods for detecting shielded nuclear materials

Source : MIT Edu
Oct 17, 2013

A research collaboration led by MIT has received a five-year $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office of the Department of Homeland Security to study new approaches to the detection of shielded nuclear material. 

 

The approach proposed by MIT involves a new method for producing monoenergetic gamma rays which can penetrate materials and can clearly differentiate between ordinary materials and special nuclear materials (SNM) such as uranium, while reducing the radiation dose by a factor of 20 relative to previous approaches. The new system will combine a unique radiation source with new concepts in detectors and new approaches to inference and data analysis algorithms that can clearly delineate between potential threats and benign materials using both statistical inferences and physics-based simulations. 


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