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Because they are small and flexible, scintillating glass optical fibers can be fabricated into detector devices of various sizes.

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Document Title: Fiber Optic Sensors
Category: Economic Development and Technology Commercialization
Media Type: Photos
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Background: Plutonium Measurement and Analysis System (PUMA) is a unique radiation sensor comprised of lightweight, flexible glass fibers. The system provides portable, real-time measurements of neutrons and gamma rays. The sensor is both more flexible and rugged than rigid gas tube sensor technology. The fibers transmit light to indicate various levels of radiation and can be embedded in a variety of materials or wrapped around objects of various shapes to analyze contents. The technology is adaptable to a wide range of applications, from environmental restoration and nonproliferation to cancer treatment. PUMA has been licensed to Canberra Industries of Meriden, Connecticut. PUMA won 1999 R&D 100 and Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Awards.
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