Brookhaven Develops Science-Based Solutions
RADTEC: DETECTOR TEST FACILITY
At the nation’s ports, airports, and border crossings, security is increasingly focused on the possibility that terrorists may illegally transport radioactive material into the country, for use as part of a conventional nuclear weapon or a “radiological dispersal device,” which is more commonly called a dirty bomb. In response, state-of-the-art radiation detectors are being installed at key locations in an effort to intercept these materials before they can be used in an attack.
In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Energy is drawing upon Brookhaven’s expertise before field deployment of such radiation-detection equipment. “How we can help is by testing these instruments at RADTEC under controlled conditions that represent what is encountered in the field,” explains Czajkowski.
RADTEC, or Brookhaven’s Radiation Detector Testing and Evaluation
Facility, is where off-the-shelf homeland-security technology developed by
the government or industry can be assembled, operated, tested, and
compared. Open for use by government and industrial technology developers, RADTEC defines the strengths and weaknesses of different types of
detectors, and enables the comparison of detectors based on performance
and ease of use. Analysis of RADTEC test results can be used to help
develop the most comprehensive protection system using detectors in and
around the New York metropolitan area.