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26 November 2002 Results of field trials for the PELAN system
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PELAN (Pulsed ELemental Analsys with Neutrons) is a man-portable system for the detection of explosives and chemical warfare agents, weighing 40 kg. It is based on the principle that explosives and other contraband contain various chemical elements such as H, C, N, O, etc. in quantities and ratios that differentiate them from ot her innocuous substances. The pulsed neutrons are produced with a pulsed 14 MeV (d-T) neutron generator. Separate gamma-ray spectra from fast neutron, thermal neutron and activation reactions are accumulated and analyzed to determine elemental content. Data analysis is performed in an automatic manner and a final result of whether a threat is present is returned to the operator. Since 1999, PELAN has undergone several field trials and demonstrations, including in 2001, demonstrations in Belgium andin the US of its ability to identify chemical warfare agents. We will review the results of these tests and also discuss the modifications made to the system.
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Phillip C. Womble, George Vourvopoulos, Jonathon Paschal, Ivan Novikov, and Alexander Barzilov "Results of field trials for the PELAN system", Proc. SPIE 4786, Penetrating Radiation Systems and Applications IV, (26 November 2002); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.450506
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