We perform a proof-of-principle experiment for a nondestructive method for detecting the elemental and isotopic composition of materials concealed by heavy shields such as iron plates with a thicl<ness of several centimeters. This method uses nuclear resonance fluorescence (NRF) triggered by an energy-tunable laser-Compton scattering (LCS) γ-ray source. One-dimensional mapping of a lead blocl< hidden behind 1.5-cm-thicl< iron plates is obtained by measuring an NRF γ-ray of a lead isotope 208Pb. We observe a 5512-l<eV γ-ray from 208Pb excited by the quasi-monochromatic LCS γ-rays with energies up to 5.7 MeV. The edge position of the lead block is consistent with the exact position within the uncertainty.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)