Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Committee Member

Shahram Latifi

Number of Pages



A novel and efficient radiation detection algorithm fused together with a new generation detection unit will produce an effective detector to battle field radiation measurement problems and reduce field surveyor work hazards. The SPRT (Sequential Probability Ratio Test) algorithm helps increase reliability and speed of radiation detection; the new generation detector improves the detector's flexibilities, applications, and functions. A prototype system of the New Generation User Adaptable Radiation Detector (New-GUARD) is developed and analyzed to determine the system feasibility of usage, development, and safety for radiation detection. Development stages include the implementation of the Graphical User Interface (GUI), building the ideal hardware components for the detection unit, and the integration of the two to form the complete New-GUARD system. The New-GUARD GUI is created using the Visual Basic .NET programming language along with the .NET Compact Framework and Windows Mobile 6 SDK for all Windows Mobile based devices. The hardware portion is implemented using a microcontroller that sends data out to the GUI via a wireless transmission medium. New-GUARD system performance metrics are provided to show real-time processing capabilities. Lastly, alternative New-GUARD hardware designs as well as a future plan to eliminate human presence entirely from radiation fields are discussed.


Detection; Device; Guard; Portable; Prototyping; Radiation

Controlled Subject

Electrical engineering

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1699.84 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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