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NSSPI is at the forefront of innovative research on all aspects of nuclear safeguards, security, and nonproliferation.  The following is a list of some of our major research accomplishments.
  • Became the first university research team to mount and record radiation data from a crane used in port operations.  More information >>
  • Designed the Self-Interrogation Neutron Resonance Densitometry (SINRD) detector for nuclear safeguards measurements with Los Alamos National Laboratory for testing by the IAEA.  More Information >>
  • Developed the SHIELD framework to interdict HEU at borders.  More Information >>
  • Made the first quantitative measurement of Pu in used nuclear fuel with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  More Information >>
  • Developed capability for bench-scale PUREX reprocessing of plutonium for nuclear forensics applications More Information >>
  • Developed the PRAETOR tool and a latency method for proliferation risk analysis. More Information >>
  • Performed nuclear forensics analysis on Weapons-grade Plutonium Sample Employing PUREX Combined with ICPMS and Gamma Spectrometry
  • Devised a safeguards system concept for pebble-fueled high temperature gas-cooled reactors.   More Information >>
  • Developed a new technique for analyzing Pu K x-rays for nuclear forensics applications using a bent-crystal spectrometer.   More Information >>
  • Performed proliferation resistance / safeguards analysis of the Fast Breeder Reactor fuel cycle. More Information >>
  • Developed a portable gamma radiation portal monitor specifically designed for the scanning of livestock.   More Information >>
  • Devised a methodology for determining which states will go nuclear
  • Performed innovative N-terrorism pathways analysis to boost the efficacy of defense. More Information >>
  • Developed dynamic agent-based modeling using the Bayesian framework for addressing intelligent adaptive nuclear nonproliferation analysis. More Information >>
  • Produced 54 M.S. and 20 Ph.D. degrees in NSSPI-centered research since its inception in 2006, with many other graduate students supported in other areas and disciplines.   See the list >>
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