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Title: Nuclear forensics of a non-traditional sample: Neptunium

Recent nuclear forensics cases have focused primarily on plutonium (Pu) and uranium (U) materials. By definition however, nuclear forensics can apply to any diverted nuclear material. This includes neptunium (Np), an internationally safeguarded material like Pu and U, that could offer a nuclear security concern if significant quantities were found outside of regulatory control. This case study couples scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with quantitative analysis using newly developed specialized software, to evaluate a non-traditional nuclear forensic sample of Np. Here, the results of the morphological analyses were compared with another Np sample of known pedigree, as well as other traditional actinide materials in order to determine potential processing and point-of-origin.
Authors:
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1255279
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-16-21702
Journal ID: ISSN 2059-8521; TRN: US1601735
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
MRS Advances
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: MRS Advances; Journal ID: ISSN 2059-8521
Publisher:
Materials Research Society (MRS)
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 98 NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, SAFEGUARDS, AND PHYSICAL PROTECTION scanning electron microscopy; neptunium; morphology; nuclear forensics