Title: Atomic Detectives at Work: Nuclear Forensic Science
Publisher: European Commission - Joint Research Centre - Institute for Transuranium Elements
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC48837
ISBN: 978-92-79-09115-5
ISSN: 1018-5593
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC48837
DOI: 10.2789/1900
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Illicit incidents involving nuclear or other radioactive materials are reasons for serious concern due to the radiological hazard, the proliferation risk and the threat of nuclear terrorism associated with the material. Since 1993 more than 1300 incidents have been reported to the IAEA Illicit Trafficking Database. Only a small number of cases involve nuclear material (i.e. material containing thorium, uranium or plutonium). However, these cases are attributed particular importance. Efforts focus on prevention, detection of and response to cases of illicit trafficking of nuclear material. Nuclear Forensic Science aims at providing clues on the origin and the intended use of nuclear or other radioactive material involved in illicit incidents. If the place of theft or diversion of the material can be identified, then safeguards and physical protection measures can be improved to prevent future thefts. As a consequence, nuclear forensics is a key element in combating illicit trafficking of nuclear materials. The book can be ordered from: Marktdienste Haberbeck GmbH Industriestraße 17 32791 Lage (Germany) E-mail: marktdienste@haberbeck.de Online shop: http://shop.marktdienst.de Phone: +49 (0) 5232-6009-148 Fax: +49 (0) 5232-684 45 68,15 Euro + postage + VAT
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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