T.K. Bhardwaj, J. Allred, K. Jones, P. Mendoza, R. Du, C. Folden, S.S. Chirayath,
"Nuclear forensics program at Texas A&M University,"
248th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, August 10-14, 2014.
Nuclear proliferation is a growing concern worldwide due
to the increased availability of nuclear materials, knowledge of
sensitive technologies, and the possibility of diverting nuclear
materials such as uranium and plutonium away from peaceful uses.
Due to the increased risk of nuclear threats, nuclear forensics
capabilities are being developed at Texas A&M University with
sponsorship from the Department of Homeland Security.
Our objective is to determine the differences in fission
products and actinides characteristics for uranium samples
irradiated in different type of nuclear reactors. This paper
presents the experimental part of the research. The final goal of
these experiments is to analyze trace elements and isotopes present
in the residual matrix produced by each and every step of
industrial PUREX process. This talk will discuss the latest work in
Associated Project(s):Plutonium Fingerprinting for Forensics (PuFF) Project