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A new system designed to better detect radiological threats by being more precise in distinguishing their radiation signature from natural backgrounds –– is being trialed at customs organizations across Europe. 

The Modular Detection System for Special Nuclear Material (MODES_SNM) eases the operational burden associated with the expensive process of investigating the many “everyday” sources of benign radiation such as cat litter, fertilizer, ceramic tiles and even Brazil nuts.

The MODES_SNM system - the first of its type in the world to combine fast and thermal neutron detection - is the result of a pan-European R&D effort – funded by the European Commission under its FP7 framework program – that developed and integrated technologies originating in fundamental science research conducted at places like CERN, the European Laboratory for Nuclear Research near Geneva. It has already undergone rigorous tests at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and the Port of Rotterdam, and is now being tested by the Irish tax and customs administration. 

As part of the recent tests the system has been used to verify that parked containers do not contain threats such as uranium, plutonium, or radiological components for "dirty bombs”. 

Read more: ADS Group Website

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