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Bristol researchers with Kromek radiation detectors at Chernobyl

29/04/2019

Kromek radiation detectors at Chernobyl

Thirty-three years have passed since the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (26 April 1986).

Last week Professor Tom Scott from the School of Physics at Bristol University led a group to the region to conduct surveys of numerous interest areas, including Buriakivika village.

The team carried out a series of radiation mapping surveys using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with Kromek Sigma scintillation detectors. The radiation surveys included the first ever UAV to map both gamma and neutrons (using a drone equipped with a D3S gamma neutron detector) as well as the first ever fixed-wing (aeroplane style) UAV-based radiation mapping survey. This has led to radioactive hotspots being identified that were previously unknown to local authorities.

Read the full report here.

You can see the Kromek radiation mapping drone in more details here

Below is some footage taken from the drone as it flew over Buriakivka.

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