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Quantifying 3-D Positional Uncertainty of Radiological Material from Nuclear Detonation Videos

Daniel T. Schmitt, Robert Slaughter, Gilbert L. Peterson

Nuclear Science and Engineering / Volume 182 / Number 2 / February 2016 / Pages 243-255

Technical Paper /

First Online Publication:January 15, 2016
Updated:February 2, 2016

Multiview geometry theory is applied to atmospheric nuclear tests filmed in the 1950s and 1960s, to estimate the three-dimensional locations of fixed structures and radiological material during the detonation. Results show that using bundle adjustment, points can be estimated with an average uncertainty of 0.68 m with 0.36, 0.28, and 0.37 m of uncertainty in the x-, y-, and z-directions, respectively.

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