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Effects of interest


  • Gamma spectrometry [r]: Methods in nuclear chemistry and radiation analysis that measure the characteristics of quanta of gamma rays from a source; the analysis is not direct on the gammas, but typically on an effect caused by them, such as the rates and energy distribution of specific gamma quanta impacting on a scintillating material and producing light to be measured [e]

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Other related topics

  • Nuclear fuel cycle [r]: The progression of nuclear fuel through a series of differing stages, also called the nuclear fuel chain. [e]
  • Nuclear weapon [r]: A weapon that produces extremely powerful explosions from principles involving subatomic particle reactions, rather than the chemical reactions among atoms that power conventional explosives [e]
  • Nuclear fuel cycle [r]: The progression of nuclear fuel through a series of differing stages, also called the nuclear fuel chain. [e]
  • Release other than attack [r]: A NATO-originated term for the accidental dispersion of radioactive, biological or chemical contaminants, resulting from causes other than attacks by NBC weapons, excluding friendly attacks on adversary NBC weapons or adversary facilities containing NBC weapons. [e]
  • Decontamination [r]: The efforts to safeguard property and people that have been exposed to chemical, nuclear, or biological agents. [e]
  • Acute radiation syndrome [r]: Disease or death caused by whole-body irradiation, over a short period of time, with a significant quantity of penetrating radiation [e]

Other MASINT disciplines

  • Electro-optical MASINT [r]: A subdiscipline of measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT), which has similarities to but complements imagery intelligence (IMINT); it does not form images, but validates them and produces information on phenomena that emit, absorb, or reflect electromagnetic energy in the infrared, visible light, or ultraviolet spectra, where the value is knowledge of the type of energy detected [e]
  • Geophysical MASINT [r]: A branch of measurement and signature intelligence that involves phenomena transmitted through the earth (ground, water, atmosphere) and manmade structures including emitted or reflected sounds, pressure waves, vibrations, and magnetic field or ionosphere disturbances. [e]
  • Materials MASINT [r]: A discipline involving the measurement of signatures from the collection, processing, and analysis of gas, liquid, or solid samples; it complements technical intelligence: a technical intelligence analyst would work with a captured example of the weapon, or at least pieces of it, to come to that understanding of the propellant, while an analyst of this technique would infer the propellant through analysis of the exhaust [e]
  • Radar MASINT [r]: The use of radar signals to obtain information beyond imaging of a target or its simple position, such as motion, reflectivity and surface characteristics, etc.; this technical information may be combined with imaging radar or traditional tracking radar [e]
  • Radiofrequency MASINT [r]: Collection and processing of intelligence information derived from unintentional electromagnetic radiation from targets of interest [e]
    • Electromagnetic pulse [r]: An intense burst of electromagnetic (EM) energy caused by an abrupt, rapid acceleration of charged particles, usually electrons. [e]