Reply to post: Re: Not a nuclear scientist here...

Geiger counters are so last summer. Lasers can detect radioactive material too, y'know

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Re: Not a nuclear scientist here...

My primary field is nuclear engineering and you aren't the only one a bit puzzled by this. Theoretically, that alpha particle should be moving at a very good clip so, perhaps, there is sufficient penetration outside any containment to be significant. I really need better numbers to say one way or the other. As to the assertion of radically improving the detection range, that's another wait and see. If you check the article (not paywalled, yay!) they use numerical simulations to make their case. I've enough engineering to know: "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they ain't."

By the way, this principle should also work for beta and fast neutron emitters which is promising right there. Now how the heck you'll distinguish natural sources (ceramics, bricks,...) from smuggled material is left as an exercise for the student.

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