Washington DC-based Nuclear Solutions, Inc is developing an advanced detection device to detect and localise the presence of portable nuclear weapons and shielded nuclear materials.
‘We are developing a new and unique technology to be integrated into a passive primary portal system that would screen trucks and shipping containers in real time for the presence of nuclear weapons useable materials such as Uranium (U-235) and Plutonium (Pu-239).’ said, Patrick Herda, company CEO.
The radiation emitted from weapons grade Uranium and Plutonium is relatively weak and easy to shield, making identification with conventional radiation detectors unreliable and in some cases not possible at all.
The company is working on funding the prototype construction of a highly sensitive, portable, low cost and ruggedised detection device that responds to minute gravitational gradient anomalies.
These disturbances are produced by high-density nuclear materials such as Uranium and Plutonium. Unlike radiation, the force of gravity cannot be shielded and is a new concept for the detection of shielded nuclear weapons.