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Research and Development on Humanitarian Landmine Detection System by Use of a Compact D-D Fusion Neutron Source

K. Yoshikawa, K. Masuda, T. Takamatsu, E. Hotta, K. Yamauchi, S. Shiroya, T. Misawa, Y. Takahashi, M. Ohnishi, H. Osawa

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 52 / Number 4 / November 2007 / Pages 1092-1095

Technical Paper / Nonelectric Applications

Current results are described on the research and development of the advanced humanitarian landmine detection system by using a compact discharge-type fusion neutron source called IECF (Inertial-Electrostatic Confinement fusion) devices. With a 50 mm-thick water-jacketed IEC device (IEC20C) of 200 mm inner diameter can have produced 107 neutrons/s stably in CW mode for 80 kV and 80 mA. Ample 10.8 MeV -rays produced through (n,) reaction with nitrogen atoms in the melamine (C3H6N6) powder (explosive simulant) are clearly measured by a BGO-NaI-combined scintillation sensor with distinct difference in case of with/without melamine, indicating identification of the buried landmines feasible.

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