J.C. Dorin, “A Mobile Radiation Detection System Resistant to Export Control”, M.S. Thesis, Nuclear Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (2022).
Radiation detection software is a critical component of detection systems used to identify and ultimately prevent the spread of harmful radiation. Monitoring is critical for a variety of settings which include security, health and safety and early response. Some specialized radiation detection software is difficult to obtain, either because it is expensive or because its export may be subject to the export controls or regulatory and licensing requirements of the United States or other countries. The goal of this project was to create a radiation detection system that can evaluate an environment for potentially high levels of radiation and, if it exists, communicate the geo-spatial position and amount of radiation in the relevant area to the program user. This system, which includes software, a global navigation satellite system (GNSS), and a multichannel analyzer (MCA) with scintillation detector was also created with export control in mind, so that others around the world can also utilize and change the software to their specifications. The software system was field tested on the Texas A&M University campus July 28, 2022. This project successfully assembled a mobile radiation detection software system which will register, map and record geo-synchronized radiation count rate data.