Feasibility of Fast Neutron Analysis (FNA) for Detection of Buried Landmines

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Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN);Bubble Technology Industries, Chalk River ONT (CAN)
Abstract
About 10 years ago, one of the Scientific Authorities (J. E. McFee) published a report that set the direction for the use of neutron interrogation for the detection of buried landmines. He proposed the concept of fusion of data from several detection technologies in order to achieve an acceptable false alarm rate for a practical landmine detector system. Central to this concept was the development of a special sensor based on thermal neutron interrogation to be deployed as a confirmatory sensor for detecting the strong presence of nitrogen, which is an essential ingredient of all explosives. At this time, DND has accomplished this objective. Through a series of contracts, a neutron interrogation sensor - called Minescan - has been developed as the confirmatory sensor of a suite of sensors comprising a unique land-mine detection system, known as the Improved Landmine Detection System (ILDS). The completion of the ILDS has put Canada in a leadership role in terms of peace-time military demining. Other countries are copying the Canadian concept of data fusion and are trying to build similar systems to the ILDS for their own military use.
Keywords
Inelastic neutron scattering;Neutron absorption;Fast neutron analysis;Thermal Neutron Activation (TNA);Improved Landmine Detection System (ILDS)
Report Number
DRDC-SUFFIELD-CR-2004-201;BTI-04-06-30 — Contractor Report (Final)
Date of publication
30 Jun 2004
Number of Pages
79
DSTKIM No
CA025477
CANDIS No
523151
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CD ROM

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