Keywords: aerial radiological survey, gamma ray detection, nuclear analysis techniques, data collection, aerial measuring systems, radiological emergency, emergency management, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, radioactivity, radiation measurements, emergency preparedness, emergency response
Aerial radiological systems, measurements and analysis
This document describes data collection systems and procedures used by the US Department of Energy Aerial Measuring System (AMS) in response to a radiological emergency. The discussion is split into two parts: (1) those systems used on the fixed-wing aircraft and (2) those systems used on the helicopters. This split is principally caused by the final use of the data from each system. The fixed-wing system is designed to produce data for areas of high radioactivity (areas where the natural background radiation can be ignored). The helicopter systems are used for radiation measurements closer to the natural background levels.