Imperial team develops devices to detect nuclear materials used in dirty bombs

Imperial physicists Dr Antonin Vacheret and Dr Sakari Ihantola have developed two devices for detecting nuclear materials.

The devices, currently being commercialised, are designed to make border security checks more effective, and also have application in environmental assessments.

Radiological material falling into the wrong hands is a constant security concern for governments around the world. Border agencies must scan incoming vehicles and freight for radioactive material, which is a challenging task as huge volumes of both move across borders each day.

I visited Dr Antonin Vacheret’s lab to find out more about the threats of radiological materials, and how his devices make detection more efficient.

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Source: Imperial College London