What is it about?
RadiaBeam has developed an inexpensive, hand-portable 180 keV electron accelerator to replace Co -57 radioisotope sources in enriched Uranium detectors. We used two innovative technologies in our design: a 16 GHz magnetron, and a split accelerating structure design to reduce manufacturing costs.
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Why is it important?
US and International authorities have identified as a priority the replacement of radioactive sources with alternative technologies, due to the risk of accidents and diversion by terrorists for use in Radiological Dispersal Devices. Creating an accelerator with a comparable size and cost is a major step to this goal.
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This page is a summary of: Sub-MeV ultra-compact linac for radioactive isotope sources replacement, non-destructive testing, security and medical applications, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, November 2019, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.nimb.2019.08.029.
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