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HPEM vulnerability of radiation meters used in security relevant scenarios

: Adami, Christian; Berky, Wolfram; Jöster, Michael; Pusch, Thorsten; Suhrke, Michael


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-; IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society:
IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, EMC 2015. Vol.2 : Joint conference with EMC Europe; Dresden, Germany, 16 - 22 August 2015
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4799-6615-8 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-4799-6617-2
ISBN: 978-1-4799-6616-5
International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) <2015, Dresden>
International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC Europe) <2015, Dresden>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer INT ()
HPM; IEMI; TEM waveguide; immunity testing; radiation detector; rf

The correct functioning of detectors for ionizing radiation can be crucial for protecting their respective operators, e.g. first responders tasked with relief efforts in a disaster scenario. Device reliability is essential as well when striving to prevent illicit radionuclide trafficking. In order to assess the vulnerability of radiation detectors against Intentional Electromagnetic Interference (IEMI) by means of High Power Microwaves (HPM), we submitted a selection of portable devices to pulsed rf waves in an open TEM waveguide. Test frequencies ranged from 260 MHz to 3.4 GHz. On all detectors, artificial radiation readings could be induced, sometimes exceeding background values by almost three orders of magnitude.