Abstract

An analysis is presented of a method to detect selectively uranyl ion fluorescence from geologic targets. Limitations to the sensitivity which are imposed by system parameters and noise sources are discussed. A ground-based laser system designed and constructed as part of this study is described, and data obtained with this system are presented. Finally the operating criteria of a conceptual airborne system for regional mapping of uranyl fluorescence anomalies are considered.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

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