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ABSTRACT: A 5 year task is 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) device and 3 dual sensors made of BGO and NaI. With 10<sup>7</sup> D-D neutrons/s stably produced in steady-state mode, H-2.2 MeV, N-5.3, 10.8 MeV, gamma rays from (n, gamma) reaction with nitrogen atoms in the explosives are measured for two kinds of explosives (TNT, RDX), under the conditions of three different buried depths, and soil moistures. Final detection probabilities for arid soil are found to be 100 % in the present tests, i.e., depths not exceeding 15 cm, moisture content of 18.5 % or less, and 20-minute measurements. The neutron backscattering method is found also excellent.
IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science 07/2009; · 1.22 Impact Factor