Accession Number : ADA302309

Title :   Bubble Dosimeter Suitability for Nuclear Arms Control.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS MD

Personal Author(s) : Rich, Jeremy C. ; Harper, Mark J. ; Nelson, Martin E.

PDF Url : ADA302309

Report Date : 01 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 122

Abstract : The objective of this project was to investigate the feasibility of using the bubble dosimeter as an alternative to the present methods used to verify nuclear arms treaties. Because of the draw-downs of nuclear forces associated with the end of the draw-downs of nuclear forces associated with the end of the cold-war, demand has increased for an unobtrusive technology that could be used in the field by inspectors to aid in determining whether the nuclear weapons inspected meet the guidelines of the treaties. The Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA) sponsored the project, to determine whether the bubble dosimeter could fulfill this need. Although the bubble dosimeter is a rugged device, ideally suited for field work, three problems must be tadkled and overcome before use of the dosimeter can be considered feasible. This project focussed upon evaluating and solving the problems of temperature dependence, bubble growth rate and accurate statistical analysis of the data. Extensive theoretical and experimental work was undertaken to design new detectors that would have a response which remained constant with temperature. Furthermore, extensive experimentation was conducted at USNA's Neutron Generator Facility, with the purpose of evaluating the neutron detection characteristics of the bubble dosimeter. (AN)

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR WEAPONS, *DOSIMETERS, *NEUTRON DETECTORS, NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION, OPTIMIZATION, ACCURACY, NUCLEATION, IONIZATION CHAMBERS, CHARGED PARTICLES, SENSITIVITY, TEMPERATURE GRADIENTS, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, BUBBLES, SIGNATURES, ARMS CONTROL, CALIBRATION, ELASTIC SCATTERING, TREATIES, OPTICAL DETECTORS, NUCLEAR WARHEADS, PROPANE, VAPORIZATION, NEUTRON IRRADIATION, FISSION NEUTRONS, NEUTRON SCATTERING, GAMMA RAY SCATTERING.

Subject Categories : Nuclear Instrumentation
      Nuclear Weapons

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