Neutron detection alternatives to 3He for national security applications

Richard T. Kouzes, James H. Ely, Luke E. Erikson, Warnick J. Kernan, Azaree T. Lintereur, Edward R. Siciliano, Daniel L. Stephens, David C. Stromswold, Renee M. Van Ginhoven, Mitchell L. Woodring

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One of the main uses for 3He is in gas proportional counters for neutron detection. Large radiation detection systems deployed for homeland security and proliferation detection applications use such systems. Due to the large increase in use of 3He for homeland security and basic research, the supply has dwindled, and can no longer meet the demand. This has led to the search for an alternative technology to replace the use of 3He-based neutron detectors. In this paper, we review the testing of currently commercially available alternative technologies for neutron detection in large systems used in various national security applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1035-1045
Number of pages11
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 21 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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