Gross count multi-spectra analysis of weak activity sources amid elevated background and various shielded conditions
Current methods to detect low activity radiological sources in areas with elevated or changing background may be insufficient for assessing real-time events. Background radiation fluctuates throughout the day, which thwarts the effectiveness of decision thresholds (y*) extrapolated from long background count times. However, decision thresholds calculated from a string of spectral measurements can be used to optimize the decision threshold (y*) at which count rates statistically exceed background. The goal of this project is to apply a frequentist string data analysis tool to real-time gross count ...