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|Authors:||MAYER Klaus; GLASER Alex|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||Whenever nuclear material is found out of regulatory control, questions on the origin of the material, on its intended use, and on the hazard associated with the material need to be answered. Analytical and interpretational methodologies have been developed in order to exploit measurable material properties for gaining information on the history of the nuclear material. This area of research is referred to as nuclear forensic science or, in short, nuclear forensics. This chapter reviews the origins, types, and state-of-the-art of nuclear forensics, discusses the potential roles of nuclear forensics in supporting nuclear security, and examines what nuclear forensics can realistically achieve. It also charts a path forward, pointing at potential applications of nuclear forensic methodologies in other areas.|
|JRC Directorate:||Nuclear Safety and Security|
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