New Nuclear Forensics: Nuclear Material Analysis for Security Purposes by Vitaly FedchenkoNew Nuclear Forensics: Nuclear Material Analysis for Security Purposes by Vitaly Fedchenko

New Nuclear Forensics: Nuclear Material Analysis for Security Purposes

EditorVitaly Fedchenko

Hardcover | September 13, 2015

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Nuclear material changes its form and properties as it moves through the nuclear fuel cycle, from one facility to another. Each step of the fuel cycle or each use of the material will inevitably leave its mark. The science of determining the history of a sample of nuclear material through thestudy of these characteristics is known as nuclear forensics. While nuclear forensic analysis has normally been associated with investigations and prosecutions in the context of trafficking of nuclear materials or nuclear terrorism, it had wider applications in in national security contexts, such asnuclear non-proliferation, disarmament, and arms control. The New Nuclear Forensics is the first book to give a definitive guide to this broader definition of nuclear forensic analysis. This book describes the various methods used in nuclear forensics, giving first a broad introduction to the process followed by details of relevant measurement techniquesand procedures. In each case, the advantages and limitations are outlined. To put these methods in context, The New Nuclear Forensics also recounts the history of the discipline and describes the diverse contemporary applications of nuclear forensics.
Vitaly Fedchenko is a Senior Researcher at SIPRI, where his research focuses on nuclear security issues and the political, technological, and educational dimensions of nuclear arms control and non-proliferation. Previously, he worked at the Center for Policy Studies in Russia (PIR Center) and the Institute for Applied International Res...
Title:New Nuclear Forensics: Nuclear Material Analysis for Security PurposesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:September 13, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198736649

ISBN - 13:9780198736646


Table of Contents

1. Vitaly Fedchenko: Introduction: Analysis of Nuclear Materials for Security PurposesPart I. Nuclear Forensic Methods2. Vitaly Fedchenko: The Process of Nuclear Forensic AnalysisSophie Grape: Appendix 2A: Basic Facts and Definitions Pertinent to Measurements3. Klaus Mayer, Maria Wallenius, Zsolt Varga, Magnus Hedberg, and Nicole Erdmann: Destructive Forensic Analysis: Inorganic Mass Spectrometry4. Sophie Grape: Non-destructive Forensic Analysis: Gamma Spectroscopy5. Klaus Mayer, Maria Wallenius, and Zsolt Varga: Sample Characteristics and Nuclear Forensic Signatures6. Lars-Erik de Geer: Radionuclides and Signatures Relevant for Post-explosion EnvironmentsPart II. Nuclear Forensics in Practice7. Vitaly Fedchenko: The Origins of Nuclear Forensic AnalysisLars-Erik de Geer: Appendix 7A: Analysis of Nuclear Weapons Debris in Sweden8. Vitaly Fedchenko: Applications of Nuclear Forensic Analysis