NSPECT Portable Imaging Neutron Spectrometer
The NSPECT Portable Imaging Neutron Spectrometer is a dual-species, neutron/gamma-ray imaging spectrometer that can identify and locate radioactive and special nuclear materials (SNM).
NSPECT employs techniques used by the NASA Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, a space mission in which UNH scientists studied radiation emanating from black holes, solar flares, gamma ray bursts, pulsars, and interstellar radioactive materials.
Fissile materials, specifically uranium and plutonium, emit neutrons and gamma rays via spontaneous or induced fission. Co-located neutron and gamma-ray emissions are a sure sign of fissile material, requiring very few spatially correlated events for a significant detection.
NSPECT detects neutrons and gamma rays from all sources in its field of view, constructs images of the emission pattern, and reports spectra of both species.
Remote Detection, Location and Identification of Radioactive and Fissionable Materials.
- Dirty bombs (RDDs)
- Nuclear device import, assembly, transport and interdiction
Domestic and Civilian Applications
- Routine surveillance and monitoring
- Industrial accidents (e.g., Nuclear Power Plants)
- Transportation incidents (Medical and research-grade isotopes)
- Other civilian accidents (Medical)
- US Application No. 12/313,237 (pending)
- US Patent No. 8,437,149 (issued)
- US Application No. 61/409,779 (pending)