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Monthly Archives: December 2014

PNL Using Neutrons to Save Lives

December 30th, 2014 | Filed under: News

One of the greatest threats to ground troops today is improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Methods used for detecting these devices are low-tech, dangerous, and time-consuming, often relying on visual identification or explosives-sniffing dogs. Therefore the U.S. military is eager to find a reliable technology that can detect these devices from a distance and alert moving troops, before they arrive at the IED location.

Any effective solution must be portable, reliable, durable, and extremely sensitive at a large standoff distance. Neutron-based, explosive-detection technologies have been tried in the past. However, due to relatively weak neutron source strength, detection standoff distances have…read more +