RICHLAND -- Thirty scientists and engineers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland have contributed information to write a new book, Radiation Detection and Interdiction at U.S. Borders.
The book features a wide range of technical information on radiation detection and interdiction methods for nuclear and other radiological threats at borders, such as dirty bombs.
Given the potential of radiological threats entering the United States, the basics of radiation detection are introduced in the book, along with the deployment strategy used to optimize the effectiveness of the available technology.
The approach taken by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Energy national lab in Richland in deploying equipment and establishing operational procedures to effectively catch nuclear and other radiological threats is described.
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The importance of human factors for the success of catching threats is presented, along with the capabilities of some of the technologies currently under development for potential future improvements.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Radiation Portal Monitor Project provided some of the money for the book.
The project was led by Dick Kouzes, Joe McDonald, Denis Strachan and Sonya Bowyer, all PNNL scientists or engineers.
The book is available from Oxford University Press.