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MODULAR DETECTION SYSTEM FOR SPECIAL NUCLEAR MATERIAL

Objective

"The MODES_SNM project aims to carry out technical research in order to develop a prototype for a mobile, modular detection system for radioactive and Special Nuclear Materials (SNM). To maximize the detection capability for SNM the project will develop new detectors for fast and thermal neutrons, as well as gamma-rays, based on the technology of high pressure scintillation cells using noble gases (as 4-He and Xe) recently developed by ARKTIS. The proof-of-principle of the new detectors has already been recently demonstrated. The project’s goal is to deliver a tested prototype of a modular mobile system capable of passively detecting weak or shielded radioactive sources with accuracy higher than that of currently available systems. The identification of the gamma-ray emitter is also possible by using the spectroscopic analysis performed by high pressure Xe cells whereas the ratio between fast and thermal neutrons will bring information about the eventual shielding around the source. The R&D aims at improve the current detectors (i.e. at designing, constructing and testing robust, safe, and lightweight high pressure cells with an advanced read-out system) so that they can be used as basic components of the modular mobile system. A suitable Information System will be also developed to manage the detectors, integrate and analyze the data, and provide to the user simple information derived by a decision tree utilizing the data from the three types of detectors. The prototype detection system is the major deliverable of the project. The project also includes the qualification of this detection system in laboratory condition to quantify its detection performance and ultimate limits, as well as a demonstration phase in which the detection system will be field-tested by the end-user group established within the project."

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2011-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 250 700
Administrative Contact
Francesca Soramel (Prof.)

Participants (7)

ARKTIS RADIATION DETECTORS AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 645 197
Address
Raffelstrasse 11
8045 Zurich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rico Chandra (Dr.)
NARODOWE CENTRUM BADAN JADROWYCH
Poland
EU contribution
€ 199 476
Address
Ulica Andrzeja Soltana 7
05 400 Otwock
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marek Moszynski (Prof.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 207 300
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andre' Rubbia (Prof.)
COSTRUZIONI APPARECCHIATURE ELETTRONICHE NUCLEARI CAEN SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 458 860
Address
Via Vetraia 11
55049 Viareggio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elisabetta Pescaglini (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'INSUBRIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 291 200
Address
Via Ravasi 2
21100 Varese
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Chiara Cappellini (Dr.)
THE REVENUE COMMISSIONERS
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 136 500
Address
Dublin Castle
2 Dublin
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Doherty (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 222 400
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christos Touramanis (Prof.)