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International Workshop on Nuclear Forensics Strengthens Global Security

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Securing nuclear materials takes a global effort and coordination between technical and policy experts. To support effective nuclear security worldwide, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Nonproliferation and International Security (NIS) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) co-sponsored the second International Workshop on Nuclear Forensics Methodologies at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., Oct. 28 through Nov. 8, 2013. 

Nuclear forensics helps law enforcement investigations of incidents in which nuclear or other radioactive material is found outside of regulatory control. Nuclear forensics experts seek to uncover the process history and origin of nuclear and other radioactive material.

Workshop participants engaged in hands-on laboratory exercises and attended interactive demonstrations of fundamental concepts of nuclear forensic methodologies. Participants also worked in teams during a mock nuclear smuggling event and forensic investigation. As the workshop progressed, instructors covered more complex nuclear forensics concepts, such as advanced physical measurements, analysis and interpretation.

Experts from Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Pacific Northwest national laboratories collaborated with representatives from the IAEA, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, the United Kingdom Atomic Weapons Establishment, the European Commission’s Joint Research Center Institute for Transuranium Elements, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to develop and present the workshop curriculum. This year’s 26 participants came from Algeria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

International Workshop on Nuclear Forensics Strengthens Global SecurityPhoto Credit: Dean Calma / IAEA

International Workshop on Nuclear Forensics Strengthens Global SecurityPhoto Credit: Dean Calma / IAEA

NNSA BlInternational Workshop on Nuclear Forensics Strengthens Global SecurityPhoto Credit: Dean Calma / IAEA

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm ET