Radiation source localisation and type determination using the Point versus Area of Contamination Kit (PACK) system

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Authors
  1. Drouin, P.-L.
  2. Hassaine, F.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa Research Centre, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
The problem of the detection of radiation has been for the most part resolved several decades ago with now proven technologies. However, the detection of radioactive material is only one aspect of the problem military forces or public safety agencies have to face when confronted with such a hazard. The subsequent and equally critical phases or aspects after the initial detection are the identification of the material, the localisation of the source, and as the latter can be a point source or an extended source, the characterisation of the source type. The PACK project proposed to address these issues, apart from the material identification or classification, based on the integration of commercial off the shelf sensors, and algorithms developed specifically for these tasks. The concept of employment for PACK assumes that the system is mounted on a land reconnaissance vehicle, with the data acquisition and processing being performed in real-time, with no operator required. The results will be displayed on a monitor, based on user-defined thresholds for warnings and alarms. This report is the final publication for the PACK project and therefore summarises all the project’s developments. It also provides a performance analysis for the latest algorithms, as these had been continuously evolving until the last phase of the project. The various algorithms are used for the calculation of the system’s geospatial data, the source localisation algorithm when in presence of a point so

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Keywords
Radiation Detection;Sensors;Global Positionning System (GPS);Navigation
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2019-R082 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Jul 2019
Number of Pages
25
DSTKIM No
CA049710
CANDIS No
810527
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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