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SCINTILLA Final Public Event - Save the Date!

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SCINTILLA will hold its final public event on 11&12 December 2014 in Ispra (Italy) at the Joint Research Centre.


Member of the SPN? Interested in the enhanced detection of radioactive sources and nuclear material ? Expert in nuclear detection ?


Come along to discuss SCINTILLA final results, technology developments, testing and benchmarking outcomes as well as future perspectives in terms of R&D in the nuclear security !

Register online now by clicking here. Deadline to submit an abstract: 7 November 2014.


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August 2018

Use Cases

SCINTILLA will cover a broad range of different use cases:

UC1-3 : A mobile / relocatable RPM for containers (UC1), vehicle control (UC2) and for luggage control (UC3)

Current Radiation Portal Monitors suffer from several drawbacks:

  • mostly heavy and fixed devices
  • poor/no identification capability to discriminate threat from natural radiation
  • only based on Helium-3 technology

The project aims at designing and developing a prototype for a new RPM system for vehicles that will:

  • Be at least relocatable and possibly transportable easily
  • Reduce the innocent "nuisance" alarms due to the presence of NORM by signal and information treatment
  • Perform a first level gamma analysis
  • Detect neutrons using an alternative technology to Helium-3

However the three use cases also present significant differences:

  • UC1 "Containers" will deal with the challenge of big volumes that allow for effective shielding and masking of nuclear materials. The acceptable maximum speed can be lower than for the other two cases. UC1 requires high geometric detection efficiency. The size of the final device implies that the basic DIRaSoNuMa technology will be required in large quantities and therefore must be "low cost".
  • UC2 "Vehicles" will focus on smaller vehicles albeit moving more rapidly (stronger challenge of detection speed). This implies high intrinsic efficiency and fast response.
  • UC3 "Luggage" will focus on even smaller objects to be controlled; the small size of objects to be controlled makes it more difficult to mask or shield radioactive sources or nuclear materials. In view of the large numbers of pieces to be inspected, the number of false alarms must be particularly low without compromising the efficiency for DIRaSoNuMa. The signal processing must hence be particularly reliable.

UC4 A mobile / relocatable RPM for people

Current Radiation Portal Monitors used for scanning of people suffer from problems which are quite similar to those used for vehicles.
The project will aim at the design of a new RPM system for people that will:

  • Be mobile
  • Reduce the invasion of privacy by performing a masked threat analysis when medical isotopes are detected
  • Reduce the innocent alarms due to the presence of only medical isotopes
  • Perform a first level gamma analysis
  • Detect neutrons using an alternative technology to Helium-3

UC5 A portable device for usage by police & customs in airports

The project will aim at restricting the major limitations of current portable devices used by law enforcement and designing a new portable device that will:

  • Be portable (backpack-type)
  • Be high sensitivity
  • Improve the gamma spectroscopic capabilities for better identification/discrimination and masked threat discovery
  • Detect neutrons using an alternative technology to Helium-3
  • Have a totally automated data treatment for decision making without requiring expert knowledge from the user.

UC6 A communicating miniature device to be used by first responders for bomb detection

One of the major problems related to the response to an RDD attack (dirty bomb) is the lack of capability of first responders to immediately realise and detect the presence of radiation.
The project aims at the development of a miniaturised wearable device based on CZT or other technology for first responders for early detection of RDD with automatic threat analysis.