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A Matrix-Inversion Method for Gamma-Source Mapping From Gamma-Count Data

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Ian Adsley, Richard K. Bull

Nuvia Limited, Didcot, Oxon., UK

Claire Burgess

Imperial College London, London, UK

Paper No. ICEM2013-96017, pp. V002T03A004; 4 pages
  • ASME 2013 15th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management
  • Volume 2: Facility Decontamination and Decommissioning; Environmental Remediation; Environmental Management/Public Involvement/Crosscutting Issues/Global Partnering
  • Brussels, Belgium, September 8–12, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division, Environmental Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5602-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


In a previous paper (1) it was proposed that a simple matrix inversion method could be used to extract source distributions from gamma-count maps, using simple models to calculate the response matrix. The method was tested using numerically generated count maps.

In the present work a 100 kBq Co60 source has been placed on a gridded surface and the count rate measured using a NaI scintillation detector. The resulting map of gamma counts was used as input to the matrix inversion procedure and the source position recovered. A multisource array was simulated by superposition of several single-source count maps and the source distribution was again recovered using matrix inversion. The measurements were performed for several detector heights. The effects of uncertainties in source-detector distances on the matrix-inversion method are also examined.

The results from this work give confidence in the application of the method to practical applications, such as the segregation of highly active objects amongst fuel-element debris.

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