IAEA Copper Seal (Photo credit: International Atomic Energy Agency)
A crucial part of the mission of NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and International Security (NIS) is to support the development of cutting-edge nuclear safeguards technologies, a necessary component of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) ability to verify of countries’ declarations about nuclear material and their related activities . The IAEA works to increase international confidence in compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which President Obama has referred to as, “the cornerstone of the world’s efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.”
Recently, the IAEA organized a workshop on Sealing, Containment and Authentication Technologies, held in Vienna, Austria from November 9-11, 2011. The workshop’s goal was to identify technologies that could be used in nuclear facilities to monitor doors and gates guarding nuclear material and activities, protect cabinets and equipment from unauthorized access, perform remote monitoring and tamper detection, and track container shipments worldwide. A photo of an existing IAEA seal technology is shown here.
The workshop hosted a team of independent and international experts to identify developing and existing commercial products that may be valuable to meet these challenges. DOE national laboratories, with support from NIS and the U.S. Support Program for IAEA Safeguards, participated and provided technology concepts and expert reviewers for the workshop. The review team selected several promising technologies for the IAEA’s consideration for further testing and evaluation.
Through this and other efforts, NIS is applying its unique technical and policy expertise to achieve the President’s vision of reducing nuclear dangers and creating a world without nuclear weapons.