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An associated particle imaging system for soil-carbon measurements

  • Author(s): Ayllon Unzueta, M
  • Brodie, E
  • Brown, C
  • Castanha, C
  • Gary, C
  • Hicks Pries, C
  • Larsen, W
  • Ludewigt, B
  • Rosenstrom, A
  • Persaud, A
  • et al.

© 2019 SPIE. We present first results from experimental data showing the capabilities of an Associated Particle Imaging system to measure carbon in soil and other elements. Specifically, we present results from a pre-mixed soil sample containing pure sand (SiO2) and 4 % carbon by weight. Because the main isotopes of all those three elements emit characteristic high-energy gamma rays following inelastic neutron scattering, it is possible to measure their distribution with our instrument. A 3D resolution of several centimeters in all dimensions has been demonstrated.

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