If we had the technology to detect nuclear materials remotely it could help deter smuggling and make it easier to monitor international nuclear agreements. Several recent breakthroughs, if followed up with continued research and funding, could deliver on this promise. They include technological advances in x-ray and neutron radiography; a method that measures how plasma breaks down when exposed to a radioactive source; and developments in antineutrino detection. While all require more development and testing, they are important steps as the global need for ways to detect nuclear materials grows. Read this new article in the January/February issue of our digital Journal.
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Issue: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Volume 74 Issue 1
Keywords: Antineutrino, highly enriched uranium, nuclear weapons, plutonium, radiation, radiography