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dc.contributor.advisorSmith, Craig F.
dc.contributor.advisorPollman, Anthony G.
dc.contributor.authorChiaverotti, Dominic J.
dc.date16-Jun
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-02T19:34:39Z
dc.date.available2016-08-02T19:34:39Z
dc.date.issued2016-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/49430
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractCentrifugal tensioned metastable fluid detectors (CTMFDs) promise a compact, easy to use, highly sensitive, robust, discriminatory, mobile sensor platform that could detect the presence of special nuclear materials in real time. CTMFDs could help in the detection of fast neutrons or alpha particles that are telltale signs of nuclear material, while remaining blind to gamma radiation that could otherwise interfere with the desired measurement. CTMFDs have a simple, easy-to-use equipment string that costs on the order of hundreds of dollars compared with traditional detectors with similar capabilities, which cost on the order of thousands of dollars. This study involved laboratory testing comparing the CTMFD's capabilities of actinide spectroscopy and neutron detection against other detection systems with similar capabilities. The CTMFD was found to have a comparable neutron detection efficiency, and was found to be much more effective at discriminating between highly diluted actinide solutions using alpha particle spectroscopy. Employment of the proper CTMFD setup could involve use at military checkpoints, or aiding in determining origins of a nuclear weapon in a post-detonation analysis scenario.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/centrifugaltensi1094549430
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleCentrifugal tensioned metastable fluid detectors for trace radiation sources: experimental verification and military employmenten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPhysicsen_US
dc.subject.authorTMFDen_US
dc.subject.authorneutron radiationen_US
dc.subject.authoralpha radiationen_US
dc.subject.authorgamma radiationen_US
dc.subject.authormetastable fluidsen_US
dc.subject.authordetection efficiencyen_US
dc.subject.authorneutron detectionen_US
dc.description.serviceCaptain, United States Marine Corpsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Applied Physicsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineApplied Physicsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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