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Title: Nuclear Forensics: Scientific Analysis Supporting Law Enforcement and Nuclear Security Investigations

In Nuclear Forensic Science, analytical chemists join forces with nuclear physicists, material scientists, radiochemists, and traditional forensic scientists, as well as experts in nuclear security, nuclear safeguards, law enforcement, and policy development, in an effort to deter nuclear smuggling. Nuclear forensic science, or “nuclear forensics,” aims to answer questions about nuclear material found outside of regulatory control, questions such as ‘where did this material come from?’ and ‘what is the intended use of the material?’ In this Feature, we provide a general overview of nuclear forensics, selecting examples of key “nuclear forensic signatures” which have allowed investigators to determine the identity of unknown nuclear material in real investigations.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [1]
  1. Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Kirrawee DC, NSW (Australia)
  2. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
LLNL-JRNL-684102
Journal ID: ISSN 0003-2700
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-07NA27344
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Analytical Chemistry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 88; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 0003-2700
Publisher:
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
98 NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, SAFEGUARDS AND PHYSICAL PROTECTION; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 07 ISOTOPES AND RADIATION SOURCES; 38 RADIATION CHEMISTRY, RADIOCHEMISTRY, AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY
OSTI Identifier:
1240964

Keegan, Elizabeth, Kristo, Michael J., Toole, Kaitlyn, Kips, Ruth, and Young, Emma. Nuclear Forensics: Scientific Analysis Supporting Law Enforcement and Nuclear Security Investigations. United States: N. p., Web. doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.5b02915.
Keegan, Elizabeth, Kristo, Michael J., Toole, Kaitlyn, Kips, Ruth, & Young, Emma. Nuclear Forensics: Scientific Analysis Supporting Law Enforcement and Nuclear Security Investigations. United States. doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.5b02915.
Keegan, Elizabeth, Kristo, Michael J., Toole, Kaitlyn, Kips, Ruth, and Young, Emma. 2015. "Nuclear Forensics: Scientific Analysis Supporting Law Enforcement and Nuclear Security Investigations". United States. doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.5b02915. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1240964.
@article{osti_1240964,
title = {Nuclear Forensics: Scientific Analysis Supporting Law Enforcement and Nuclear Security Investigations},
author = {Keegan, Elizabeth and Kristo, Michael J. and Toole, Kaitlyn and Kips, Ruth and Young, Emma},
abstractNote = {In Nuclear Forensic Science, analytical chemists join forces with nuclear physicists, material scientists, radiochemists, and traditional forensic scientists, as well as experts in nuclear security, nuclear safeguards, law enforcement, and policy development, in an effort to deter nuclear smuggling. Nuclear forensic science, or “nuclear forensics,” aims to answer questions about nuclear material found outside of regulatory control, questions such as ‘where did this material come from?’ and ‘what is the intended use of the material?’ In this Feature, we provide a general overview of nuclear forensics, selecting examples of key “nuclear forensic signatures” which have allowed investigators to determine the identity of unknown nuclear material in real investigations.},
doi = {10.1021/acs.analchem.5b02915},
journal = {Analytical Chemistry},
number = 3,
volume = 88,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {12}
}