The Applied Nuclear Physics program recently hosted three Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Fellows. Nicole Eikmeier, a graduate student at Purdue University, Ryan Gallagher, a graduate student at Ohio State University, and Russell Kunes, an undergraduate from Harvard University, worked on ongoing research with ANP scientists and researchers in accordance with the mission of the summer program, as outlined below:
“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.” Internships will primarily focus on projects related to Advanced Technology Demonstration programs, or are otherwise in the areas of: Materials Research and Supporting Technology, Advanced Analytics, Nuclear Forensics, Program Management, Radiation Detection, and Shielded Special Nuclear Material (SNM) Detection.”
Nicole Eikmeier worked on the Airborne Radiological Enhanced-sensor System (ARES) project with ANP’s Brian Quiter and Tenzing Joshi.
Nicole’s research focused on exploring and applying Maximum Likelihood-Expectation Maximization (MLEM) and Maximum A Posterior (MAP) image reconstruction algorithms to ARES datasets. Her work will be used in quantitative analysis of the radiological mapping and localization capabilities of the ARES detector system.
Ryan Gallagher worked on the Mobile Urban Radiation Search (MURS) project with ANP’s Ren Cooper and Joey Curtis.
Ryan’s research focused on simulation and analysis of the prototype MURS system. He specifically worked on assessing the localization performance of the baseline design and developing tools to assess alternative designs.
Russell Kunes worked on the Radiological Multi-sensor Analysis Platform (RadMAP) project with ANP’s Mark Bandstra and Ren Cooper, and was also mentored by Tenzing Joshi. Russell’s research focused on analyzing data from the RadMAP Singapore campaign container port data set.
He investigated spectral anomalies in the data set and searched for correlations to contextual sensors, such as visual camera images.