2 January 2018

New ways to detect nuclear misbehavior

Katlyn Turner

Katlyn Turner is a postdoctoral fellow at the Project on Managing the Atom and the International Security Program at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She...


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 latest issue of our digital Journal.