New radiation detectors introduced

Jan. 21, 2013 at 1:41 PM

OAKWOOD, Ohio, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A new line of handheld personal radiation and isotope identification devices has been developed by Thermo Fisher Scientific of Ohio.

The RadEye GN+ radiation detector and the RIIDEye GiN+ isotope identification devices integrate gamma and neutron scintillator detection technology to enable detection of nuclear and radioactive materials -- as well as leakages -- in all environments.

Thermo Fisher Scientific said the scintillator technology used in its products was commercialized by RMD Inc., part of Dynasil Corp. of America. It's the first dual-mode gamma and neutron scintillation detector suited for homeland security and defense use.

"CLYC (scintillator) technology was developed to simultaneously detect potentially harmful gamma ray sources and neutron-emitting elements while eliminating the need to use scarce Helium-3 gas as their detection medium," said Dynasil Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Sulick.

The RadEye GN+ is an improved version of the company's RadEye GN personal radiation detector and provides enhanced gamma ray sensitivities. The RIIDEye GiN+ improves the company's earlier isotope Identification device by boosting real-time gamma detection and identification capabilities and adding enhanced neutron detection.

"The ability of the RadEye GN+ to measure both types of radiation from any source with a single detector not only provides significant cost benefits; it, like the RIIDEye GiN+, also saves time to enable first responders to quickly and more accurately detect a broader range of potential threats. Customers can do more, faster, with less investment," said Jim Neville, vice president of Thermo Fisher's radiation measurement and security instruments business.

"We are pleased to be the first to bring to market the detection capabilities that CLYC brings to these classes of instruments."

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