Global Patent Index - EP 1071948 A2

EP 1071948 A2 2001-01-31 - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING, LOCATING, AND ANALYZING CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS USING SUBATOMIC PARTICLE ACTIVATION (ATOMETRY)

Title (en)

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING, LOCATING, AND ANALYZING CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS USING SUBATOMIC PARTICLE ACTIVATION (ATOMETRY)

Title (de)

VERFAHREN UND VORRICHTUNG ZUM NACHWEIS, LOKALISIEREN UND ANALYSIEREN CHEMISCHER SUBSTANZEN UNTER VERWENDUNG SUBATOMÄRER TEILCHENAKTIVIERUNG

Title (fr)

PROCEDE ET DISPOSITIF PERMETTANT DE DETECTER, DE LOCALISER ET D'ANALYSER DES COMPOSES CHIMIQUES PAR ACTIVATION DE PARTICULES SUBATOMIQUES

Publication

EP 1071948 A2 (EN)

Application

EP 99933468 A

Priority

  • US 9903491 W
  • US 7503798 P

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO9949311A2] An apparatus and method for detecting, locating, and analyzing chemical compounds located within a test subject using subatomic particle activation. An excitation source excites a target to simultaneously produce beams each consisting of certain subatomic species, for example fast neutrons and alpha particles. The test subject (and chemical compounds contained therein) is irradiated by the fast neutrons, thereby stimulating the emission of prompt gamma rays. Gamma and alpha detectors are positioned relative to the test subject and target(s) so as to detect the emitted prompt gamma rays and alpha particles in substantial coincidence, and the known physical relationship between the beams is used to spatially locate the activated chemical compound. Energy spectra derived from the gamma detectors are filtered to eliminate all non-relevant spectral artifacts, thereby 1) permitting the creation of a plurality of parallel coincidence channels; 2) reducing the subsequent signal processing required; and 3) increasing the overall accuracy and efficiency of the chemical compound identification and analysis processes. A multi-beam/multi-target embodiment is also disclosed for more accurate spatial location. A method for calibrating and evaluating the efficacy of the system under varying test parameters is further disclosed.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

G01N 33/00

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

G01N 23/221 (2006.01); G01N 23/222 (2006.01); G01V 5/08 (2006.01); G01V 5/14 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

G01N 23/222 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 9949311A3

Designated contracting state (EPC)

AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE

EPO simple patent family

WO 9949311 A2 19990930; WO 9949311 A3 20000120; AU 4951699 A 19991018; CA 2321063 A1 19990930; EP 1071948 A2 20010131; JP 2002507746 A 20020312

INPADOC legal status


2009-02-25 [18D] DEEMED TO BE WITHDRAWN

- Effective date: 20080902

2005-03-09 [17Q] FIRST EXAMINATION REPORT

- Effective date: 20050120

2001-01-31 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 20000914

2001-01-31 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A2

- Designated State(s): AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE