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Title: Site Characterization of the Source Physics Experiment Phase II Location Using Seismic Reflection Data

An objective of the Source Physics Experiment (SPE) is to identify low-yield nuclear explosions from a regional distance. Low-yield nuclear explosions can often be difficult to discriminate among the clutter of natural and man-made explosive events (e.g., earthquakes and mine blasts). The SPE is broken into three phases. Phase I has provided the first of the physics-based data to test the empirical models that have been used to discriminate nuclear events. The Phase I series of tests were placed within a highly fractured granite body. The evolution of the project has led to development of Phase II, to be placed within the opposite end member of geology, an alluvium environment, thereby increasing the database of waveforms to build upon in the discrimination models. Both the granite and alluvium sites have hosted nearby nuclear tests, which provide comparisons for the chemical test data. Phase III of the SPE is yet to be determined.
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  1. Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO (United States)
  2. NSTec
  3. National Security Technologies, LLC. (NSTec), Mercury, NV (United States)
  4. Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV (United States)
  5. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Conference: American Geophysical Union 2013, San Francisco, California, 9-13 December 2013
Research Org:
Nevada Test Site/National Security Technologies, LLC (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (NA-20)
Country of Publication:
United States
Source Physics Experiment; SPE; Site Characterization; Seismic