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Title: The Future of Nuclear Archaeology: Reducing Legacy Risks of Weapons Fissile Material

This report describes the value proposition for a "nuclear archeological" technical capability and applications program, targeted at resolving uncertainties regarding fissile materials production and use. At its heart, this proposition is that we can never be sure that all fissile material is adequately secure without a clear idea of what "all" means, and that uncertainty in this matter carries risk. We argue that this proposition is as valid today, under emerging state and possible non-state nuclear threats, as it was in an immediate post-Cold-War context, and describe how nuclear archeological methods can be used to verify fissile materials declarations, or estimate and characterize historical fissile materials production independently of declarations.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1290416
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-97363
Journal ID: ISSN 0892-9882
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Science and Global Security; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 1
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
Fissile material, plutonium, Highly Enriched Uranium, Nuclear Weapons