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NSBP member Calvin Howell leads project applying nuclear physics to safe ports

from Maritime Executive

Two teams of physicists at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory in North Carolina have identified new "fingerprints" of nuclear materials, such as uranium and plutonium that can be used in new cargo scanners to accurately and efficiently identify suspicious materials. Using the world's most intense and tunable source of polarized gamma rays, one team is exploiting characteristic ejections of neutrons from targets upon irradiation, while another team is exploring the energy pattern and distribution of the gamma rays that fluoresce after the photon-matter interaction. more


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