Gamma-ray and neutron detection measurements for the Sensitive Mobile Radiation Detection (SMRD) project

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Authors
  1. Waller, D.
  2. Jones, A.
  3. Watson, I.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa Research Centre, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
In 2015, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) staff requested Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) assistance with the Sensitive Mobile Radiation Detector (SMRD) procurement project. The SMRD systems are mounted on vehicles or aircraft to provide long-range detection and identification of sources of gamma radiation, and long-range detection of neutron sources. DRDC supported CANSOFCOM by determining the relevant performance criteria for the SMRD systems and performing experiments to test these criteria with a candidate SMRD system. We conducted a number of experiments with gamma-ray and neutron emitting radio-isotopes to determine whether commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) radiation detection and identification systems were likely to meet the proposed SMRD requirements. The experiments showed that the gamma radiation detection and identification criteria we had originally proposed were appropriate, but the neutron detection criteria were too restrictive. As a result, we recommended relaxing the neutron detection criteria compared to our original proposal. Our criteria were used by CANSOFCOM in the SMRD procurement project.

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Keywords
Radiation detection;mobile radiation detector;CBRN;RN;radiological nuclear;sensitive mobile radiation detection
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-R272 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Nov 2016
Number of Pages
44
DSTKIM No
CA044531
CANDIS No
805079
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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