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Author Perkins, R. W. ♦ Hensley, W. K. ♦ Abel, K. H. ♦ Bowyer, T. W.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword ARMS CONTROL ♦ ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES ♦ AIR ♦ RADIATION MONITORING ♦ RESIDUES ♦ VERIFICATION ♦ NUCLEAR WEAPONS ♦ NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY ♦ SENSITIVITY ♦ XENON 133 ♦ XENON 135 ♦ RADIATION DETECTION
Abstract The U.S. Department of Energy is funding the development of radioanalytical detection programs with the goal of providing near-real-time analysis technology for airborne radionuclides that provide a signature indicative of nuclear weapons testing. If a test were conducted in or above the earth`s atmosphere, the full spectrum of fission and activation products, together with residues from the device, would be dispersed into the atmosphere. If, however, a nuclear test were conducted underground or underwater, varying conditions could cause the amount of material released to range from a major to a very minor vent. Although the specific nature of the vent would determine the specific chemistry of the materials released, the vent would mostly consist of the noble gas radionuclides and the radioiodines.
ISSN 0003018X
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1995-12-31
Publisher Place United States
Journal Transactions of the American Nuclear Society
Volume Number 73
Technical Publication No. CONF-951006-


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