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Seeking a Neutron Source in Town


Development of a Technology for Seeking a Neutron Source in Compactly Built-up Urban Areas

Tech Area / Field

  • ENV-MIN/Monitoring and Instrumentation/Environment
  • FIR-NSS/Nuclear Safety and Safeguarding/Fission Reactors
  • INS-DET/Detection Devices/Instrumentation

3 Approved without Funding

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Leading Institute
NIIIT (Pulse Techniques), Russia, Moscow

Supporting institutes

  • VNIIEF, Russia, N. Novgorod reg., Sarov


  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA, CA, Livermore

Project summary

The objective of the project is to refine the technology for seeking a neutron source in compactly built-up urban areas on the basis of the survey neutron radiometer prototype developed during execution of ISTC Project no. 2732.

For the project goal to be achieved, it is necessary that the following tasks be performed:

  • refining the technology for measuring the neutron distribution over the territory of an urban locality (spatial scanning), which was developed during execution of ISTC Project no. 2732;
  • updating the software for visualization and analysis of experimental results, which was developed during execution of ISTC Project no. 2732;
  • performing a demonstration of the search for a neutron source in a densely built-up area using the technology developed in the course of project implementation and the survey neutron radiometer prototype.

The project will be implemented by highly skilled specialists of NIIIT and VNIIEF.

Expected results:

The project proposal falls into the Category of Technology Development and Technology Demonstration. It is expected that the main results of project implementation will be as follows:

  • software for seeking a neutron source in urban areas;
  • a technical report with a description of our findings and recommendations for their application.

  • The technology that will be developed can be used in the following technology areas:
  • Nuclear Safety (FIR-NSS);
  • Monitoring and Instrumentation (ENV-MIN);
  • Detection devices (INS-DET).

The scope of cooperation with potential foreign collaborators under the project is expected to consist in exchanging information concerning the project, discussing specifications for the technology being developed with allowance for the specific features of similar problems, and participating in the experiments and discussion of results.

The project implementation meets the ISTC goals and objectives in supporting applied research and technology development for peaceful purposes and promoting integration of Russian scientists into the international scientific community. About 90 scientists and engineers formerly involved in designing equipment for nuclear testing will take part in the project during two years.

The project is aimed at developing technologies for non-proliferation safeguards and nuclear safety and, in addition, for perfection of civilian population protection against possible terrorist attacks.


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