Camera images radioactive particles

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency http://www.jaxa.jp (JAXA; Tokyo, Japan) has created a prototype "Super-wide angle Compton camera" capable of creating images of gamma ray-emitting radioactive particles.

Apr 9th, 2012
Camera images radioactive particles
Camera images radioactive particles

TheJapan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA; Tokyo, Japan) has created a prototype "Super-wide angle Compton camera" capable of creating images of gamma ray-emitting radioactive particles.

It is expected to be able to create visual images of radioactive particles that have collected at great altitudes, such as on roofs, where it is difficult to conduct measurements with existing equipment.

The camera is based on the gamma ray-observing sensor technology that will be aboard the ASTRO-H X-ray observation satellite when it is launched in 2014.

Taking advantage of its wide vision (180-degree) capability as well as its ability to distinguish gamma rays from nuclides, it can capture images of Cesium 137 (Cs-137) and Cesium 134 (Cs-134) that have widely dispersed on the ground.

On February 11, 2012, JAXA, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) conducted a field test of the equipment in Fukushima Prefecture.

The new camera was successful in capturing images of the dispersed cesium over a broader area and to a higher degree of accuracy than existing gamma cameras.

-- by Dave Wilson, Senior Editor,Vision Systems Design

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