Global leaders in radiation detection and identification, Symetrica, presented a white paper outlining ground-breaking new research into the application of 3He-Free Neutron Detection Technology to meet a range of Homeland Security challenges.

Symetrica’s research addressed the increasing difficulties and costs associated with sourcing 3He for radiation detection. This has led to the development of a range of neutron detector systems that meet Homeland Security’s increasingly diverse requirements. The scalable solutions range from large area detectors in portals detecting the presence of a neutron source in cargo containers passing through at 25km/hr, to lightweight handheld and wearable flat panel equipment.

The products, which utilise a thin 6LiF:ZnS(Ag) screen which serves as a mixture of conversion material and scintillator, were unveiled in a presentation at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) in Indian Wells, California. Symetrica representative Melissa Schear, Research and Development, discussed material controls and their accountability and alternative neutron detectors, outlining the new technology as well as the results of independent evaluations of its effectiveness in a variety of applications.

Dr Geraint Dermody, Business Development Manager commented, “We work tirelessly to enhance the operational effectiveness of key security teams through the provision of smarter nuclear security technology, which has broad deployment potential across civil, first response and military operations.We are pleased to have been given the opportunity to present our latest and very timely findings at an important INMM meeting and had a productive session with the aim of advancing Homeland Security efforts. We received many positive comments on our Verifinder detection capabilities and user interface.”

He added: “We attended several other thought-provoking discussions at the conference, which engaged the audience on the importance of new generation neutron detectors. Highlights included Fraunhofer’s talk on mobile applications and the ID of hidden radioactive sources and detailed discussions on nuclear safeguards and new detection technologies.”

To see our full white paper please contact Melissa Schear, Research and Development at Symetrica: