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Title: Delayed Gamma-ray Spectroscopy for Non-Destructive Assay of Nuclear Materials

This project addresses the need for improved non-destructive assay techniques for quantifying the actinide composition of spent nuclear fuel and for the independent verification of declared quantities of special nuclear materials at key stages of the fuel cycle. High-energy delayed gamma-ray spectroscopy following neutron irradiation is a potential technique for directly assaying spent fuel assemblies and achieving the safeguards goal of quantifying nuclear material inventories for spent fuel handling, interim storage, reprocessing facilities, repository sites, and final disposal. Other potential applications include determination of MOX fuel composition, characterization of nuclear waste packages, and challenges in homeland security and arms control verification.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [5]
  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  2. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  3. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
  4. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  5. Idaho Accelerator Center (IAC), Idaho State Univ., Pocatello, ID (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1171332
Report Number(s):
LLNL-TR-662329
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-07NA27344
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Contributing Orgs:
Idaho Accelerator Center (IAC), Idaho State Univ., Pocatello, ID (United States); Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
98 NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, SAFEGUARDS AND PHYSICAL PROTECTION