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High-energy Laser-accelerated Electron Beans for Long-range Interrogation
Donald Umstadter Publications
  • Nathaniel Cunningham, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Sudeep Banerjee, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Viswanathan Ramanathan, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Nathan D. Powers, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Nathan A. Chandler-Smith, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Randy Vane, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • David Schultz, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Sara Pozzi, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • Shaun Clark, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • James Beene, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Donald Umstadter, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Date of this Version

Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry: 20th International Conference, 2009.


Copyright 2009 American Institute of Physics. Used by permission.


We are studying the use of 0.1 - 1.0 GeV laser-accelerated electron beams as active interrogation probes for long-standoff radiography or nuclear activation of concealed special nuclear material. Use of beams in this energy range is largely unexplored, but such beams could provide notable advantages over lower-energy beams and x-rays. High-energy laser-accelerated electrons exhibit large penetration range through air and solids, and low beam divergence for both direct beams and secondary Bremsstrahlung x-rays. We present laboratory measurements of radiography and activation using the high power Diocles laser system at the University of Nebraska, as well as MCNP and GEANT Monte Carlo simulation results used to aid experiment design and interpretation.

Citation Information
Nathaniel Cunningham, Sudeep Banerjee, Viswanathan Ramanathan, Nathan D. Powers, et al.. "High-energy Laser-accelerated Electron Beans for Long-range Interrogation" (2009)
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