G. Spence, D.G. Ford, and W.S. Charlton,
"Advanced Radiation Detection Sensor Development at TAMU,"
Poster presented at the Academic Research Initiative Grantees Conference, Washington, D.C., April 2008.
The growing violence in terrorist attacks has resulted in a
greater awareness of the threat of nuclear and radiological
terrorism. Securing the borders from any attempt to transport a
nuclear or radiological device into the U.S. is a critical need and
requires the application of the vast array of technical
capabilities at U.S. universities. Current detector technology is
inadequate for several important smuggling scenarios including the
interdiction of shielded high -enriched uranium (HEU) being
smuggled in cargo or on a vehicle into the U.S. . This
necessitates the development of advanced detector systems that
fully integrate all available signal information with inverse
analysis simulations to provide revolutionary improvements in the
state of border monitoring technology. Researchers at TAMU are
developing advanced radiation detection sensors and detector
deployment approaches using a coupled system-ofsystems method (Fig.
1). Monte Carlo simulations have been used along with signal
processing coupled to inverse transport algorithms and informed by
social science modules.
Associated Project(s):SHIELD (Smuggled HEU Interdiction through Enhanced anaLysis and Detection): A Framework for Developing Novel Detection Systems Focused on Interdicting Shielded HEU