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Remote Laboratory for Radiation Detection and Physical Security Education
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A remote laboratory for radiation detection and physical security was developed and implemented to provide students and professionals with education and training in nuclear security. Beginning with a proof-of-concept remote laboratory for radiation detection previously developed at Texas A&M University, additional radiation detection experiments were developed in conjunction with experiments for training in the use of physical protection systems. The radiation detection experiments include alpha spectroscopy, Compton scattering, Geiger-Müller (GM) dead time determination, gamma attenuation, high-purity germanium gamma spectroscopy, uranium enrichment quantification, the inverse square law, and scintillation detectors. A series of physical security experiments involves the use of sensors for surveillance and security applications, including using light sensors for material reflectivity, ultrasonic sensors for velocity determination, and infrared sensors for remote object measurements. The culmination of the remote laboratory curriculum is a greater understanding of how nuclear facilities secure their nuclear material. The remote laboratory has been, and will continue to be, used in an undergraduate radiation detection course. Future work for the remote laboratory can include additional radiation detection experiments, particularly in neutron detection, as well as improving the functionality by incorporating educational videos into the LabVIEW Virtual Instrument (VI) for each experiment.
Galindo, Anthony Rene (2021). Remote Laboratory for Radiation Detection and Physical Security Education. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from