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Revolutionary Nuclear Radiation Detector Hits the Market
A handheld radiation camera developed by University of Michigan engineering researchers offers nuclear plant operators a faster way to find potentially dangerous hot spots and leaky fuel rods. The Polaris-H detector lays a gamma-ray map over an image of a room, pinpointing and identifying radiation sources with unprecedented precision. At least five U.S. nuclear power plants are using versions of the camera, which is now available commercially through the U-M spinoff company H3D. “This technology enables people to ‘see’ radiation,” said Zhong He, a professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences at U-M and Chairman of H3D. “This should enable the early detection of leaks by locating abnormal radiation, a much better understanding of radiation sources to protect workers, and it could be a tool for the cleanup effort of nuclear waste and fallout, such as in Fukushima in Japan.” Radiation safety professionals have called...