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Title:Automated isotope identification algorithm using artificial neural networks
Author(s):Kamuda, Mark M
Advisor(s):Sullivan, Clair J
Contributor(s):Huff, Kathryn
Department / Program:Nuclear, Plasma, & Rad Engr
Discipline:Nuclear, Plasma, Radiolgc Engr
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.S.
Genre:Thesis
Subject(s):automated isotope identification
artificial neural networks
Abstract:There is a need to develop an algorithm that can determine the relative activities of a mixture of many isotopes in a low-resolution gamma-ray spectrum. While techniques for this task exist, they require a human operator and are too slow to use on very large datasets of spectra. Pattern recognition algorithms such as neural networks are prime candidates for automated isotope identification using low-resolution gamma-ray spectra. While algorithms based on feature extraction such as peak finding or ROI algorithms work well for well calibrated high resolution detectors, for low-resolution detectors it may be more beneficial to use algorithms that incorporate more abstract features of the spectrum. This is especially true when analyzing a mixture of isotopes where peak overlap and Compton continuum effects occlude features of interest. To solve this, an artificial neural network (ANN) was trained to predict the presence and relative activities of isotopes from a mixture of many isotopes. The ANN is trained with simulated gamma-ray spectra, allowing easy expansion of the library of target isotopes. In this thesis, an algorithm based on an ANN is presented and evaluated against a series of measured spectra.
Issue Date:2017-04-25
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/97440
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Mark Kamuda
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-08-10
Date Deposited:2017-05


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