Novel detection technologies designed specifically for
safeguards and security applications can provide breakthrough
solutions for critical nuclear problems. NSSPI researchers
have identified interesting new detection approaches which may
offer significant performance improvements for certain applications
in the safeguards and security arena. Preliminary
investigations have shown that acoustic dissipation may be useful
for detecting the presence and character of high-density materials
(shielding and/or SNM). In addition, properly characterizing
detection thresholds between background radiation and
heavily-shielded sources could yield a cost-effective detection
system targeting smuggled HEU and plutonium. This project
will support computational and laboratory experiments to confirm
the potential of these novel technologies for detecting and
measuring special nuclear material, radioactive sources, and/or
their related shielding materials.
- C. Gariazzo,
"Developing a Transparent Bilateral System for Accounting and Tracking Special Nuclear Material,"
53rd Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, Orlando, Florida, 15-19 July 2012.
- C.A. Gariazzo, S.S. Chirayath,
"Advancing a Systems Optimization Tool for Monitoring Special Nuclear Material,"
Proceedings of the INMM 52nd Annual Meeting, Palm Desert, CA, July 17-21, 2011. See Document
- C. Gariazzo, S. Chirayath,
"Developing a Systems Optimization Tool for Monitoring Special Nuclear Material,"
33rd ESARDA Annual Meeting: Symposium on Safeguards and Nuclear Material Management, May 16–20, 2011, Budapest, Hungary. See Document
- C. Gariazzo, C. Marianno, D. Cui, X. Cheng, and L. Shao,
"A Flexible, Si-Based Neutron Detector for Safeguards Applications,"
Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting for the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, Baltimore, Maryland, July 11-15, 2010. See Document
- C. Gariazzo and S. Chirayath,
"Using MCNP as a Vulnerability Assessment Tool on the TAMU Safeguards Laboratory,"
Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials and Management, Baltimore, MD, USA, July 11-15, 2010.
Proposed Si-based Neutron Detector Design