Neutron / Fission Detection Systems


​ORTEC’s neutron/fission detection instruments are simple to use and designed for nuclear search and emergency response. Whether you need to search for elevated sources of radioactivity or to resolve whether an alarm is the result of cosmic background, radiation emitted from an industrial source, or from special nuclear material, with ORTEC’s top of the line detection systems, you can be certain of a correct answer every time.

Mobile, Transportable Detection Systems


​ORTEC’s line of gamma and neutron detection instruments are simple to use and designed for nuclear search and emergency response. Whether you need to search for elevated sources of radioactivity or to resolve whether an alarm is the result of cosmic background, radiation emitted from an industrial source, or from special nuclear material, with ORTEC’s top of the line detection systems, you can be certain of a correct answer every time. The most common approach to the detection of RDD or IND devices is through their gamma-ray signatures.

Nuclear Safeguards


​Nuclear Safeguards are measures to verify that States comply with their international obligations not to use nuclear materials (plutonium, uranium and thorium) for nuclear explosives purposes. Global recognition of the need for such verification is reflected in the requirements of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) for the application of safeguards by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Also, the Treaty Establishing the European Atomic Energy Community (the Euratom Treaty) includes requirements for the application of safeguards by the European Commission. Organizations such as the IAEA and EURATOM and others are tasked with ensuring declared amounts of material are indeed present in the facilities in which they are stored and that such material is not being diverted to other uses. 

ORTEC plays a crucial role in supporting government agencies and industries around the globe in securing and safeguarding nuclear and radioactive materials. Whether potential acts of terrorism, nuclear accidents, or materials control and accountancy, ORTEC has the technologies and solutions to meet the evolving challenges of today and tomorrow.

ORTEC is an industry leader in developing HPGe (High Purity Germanium) and scintillation technology based instrumentation and systems for gamma radiation detection and identification. Combining this technology with advanced neutron detection capability, ORTEC offers a comprehensive suite of solutions to meet today’s challenges in interdiction, material safeguarding and nuclear accident response.

ORTEC specializes in:

  • Spectroscopic HPGe Portal Monitors for fast screening and minimal false alarms at ports of entry.
  • Mobile and transportable radiation detection and identifications systems for land, marine, and air applications with wireless communications.
  • Handheld Radioisotope Identifiers for fast and accurate identification of illicit materials.
  • Weapons Assay for chemical and explosive devices.
  • Isotopic enrichment measurement systems for nuclear safeguards.
Departments of Homeland Security
Emergency Management Teams  
Departments of Defense 
Civil Support Teams 
National Security Organizations 
Police Departments
Bomb Disposal Teams
Nuclear Safeguards Organizations
Emergency Response Teams 
Nuclear Fuel Manufacturers
Customs and Border Control
Nuclear Researchers
Navy, Army and Air Forces                            
US NNSA second line of defense “Megaports” initiative


Hand-Held Radioisotope Identifiers (RIIDS)


​Since 2004, ORTEC Detective Family Hand-Held Radioisotope Identifiers (HHRIIDS or RIIDS) have been in the front line of operations to interdict the illicit trafficking of nuclear materials worldwide, in everyday use by organizations such as:

Chemical Weapons Identification


​Portable Isotopic Neutron Spectroscopy (PINS) Systems have been deployed world-wide; increasingly, being deployed as part of national counter-terrorist efforts. PINS provides a non-contact and non-destructive means of identifying the CHEMICAL contents of "suspect" packages. 


PINS, an R&D 100 award-winning technology, was originally developed to identify the contents of old munitions suspected of containing chemical agents. It is important to note that, while the PINS technique is nuclear, the purpose, that of chemical composition determination, is NON-nuclear.



  • Neutron-based, non-destructive assay system.
  • Senses chemicals inside thick steel containers and quickly determines if the contents are hazardous.

Designed to identify chemicals inside a container without the need for disassembly, contact, physical sampling or breech.


​Applications

Munitions - artillery, mortar, rockets, bombs, land mines
Containers - gas cylinders, storage tanks, bags, briefcases, parcels
Chemicals - chemical war heads, explosives, gases, smoke

Spectroscopic Portal Monitoring Systems


​​Detective-SPM Systems
High Purity Germanium Spectroscopic Radiation Portal Monitors 


The ORTEC Detective-SPM High Purity Germanium Spectroscopic Radiation Portal Monitor developed for primary and secondary radiation screening of trucks, vehicles, containers, trains and air cargo applications, is designed to provide users with a high level of detection and identification of nuclear threats while at the same time minimizing nuisance alarms that are the basis for high overhead cost at Ports of Entry. 

The ORTEC Detective-SPM High Purity Germanium Spectroscopic Radiation Portal Monitor is a reliable and heavily tested solution that detects, identifies, and locates the lowest quantity of special nuclear material in a stream of commerce.