Detection of explosives and illicit drugs using neutrons

B. Király, T. Sanami, R. Dóczi, J. Csikai

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A procedure developed for the determination of the flux perturbation factor required for the thermal neutron activation analysis of bulky samples of unknown composition has been extended for epithermal neutrons using hydrogenous and graphite moderators. Measurements on the diffusion and backscattering of thermal neutrons in soil components were carried out for the development of novel nuclear methods in order to speed up the humanitarian demining process. Results obtained for the diffusion length were checked by MCNP-4C calculations. In addition, the effect of the weight and density of the explosives on the observation of the anomaly in the reflected thermal neutrons was examined by using different dummy landmines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-456
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2004
Event5th Topical Meeting on Industrial Radiation and Radioisotope (IRRMA-V) - Bologna, Italy
Duration: Jun 9 2002Jun 14 2002



  • Neutron absorption
  • Neutron dosimetry
  • Neutron moderation and diffusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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