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Neutrons for Military and Medical Imaging

September 21st, 2009 | Filed under: News

A huge cannon shell or mortar is supposed to explode on target, not as it leaves its barrel. But if its explosive charge isn’t situated in just the right spot, the weapon could detonate at firing — wounding troops or worse. The problem: Quality control — confirming the correct positioning of a charge after a shell has been manufactured — remains challenging at best. Munitions makers would like to have the equivalent of X-rays to peer inside and confirm a charge is where it belongs.