Dr. Jonathan Mueller presents an invited seminar to the Purdue School of Nuclear Engineering

Dr. Jonathan Mueller, the RADIANS postdoctoral research fellow, gave an invited seminar to the Purdue School of Nuclear Engineering on February 10, 2016.  His seminar focused on his analysis of the measurements of subcritical assemblies of highly multiplying special nuclear material (SNM) he conducted during the measurement campaign at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) Device Assembly Facility (DAF) in Summer 2015.  Dr. Mueller described how his measurements and analyses enable novel approaches to verification of nuclear disarmament.  Purdue is a partner institution in the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC).

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Dr. Jonathan Mueller presents an invited seminar to the NCA&T Physics department

Dr. Jonathan Mueller, the RADIANS postdoctoral research fellow, gave an invited seminar to the North Carolina A&T State University Department of Physics on January 20, 2016.  He discussed his work on novel techniques to measure the neutron multiplication of special nuclear material (SNM) using fast organic scintillators, and he focused on his recent measurements of SNM at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) Device Assembly Facility (DAF) in Summer 2015.  NCA&T is a partner institution in the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC), and they will collaborate with NC State University (NCSU) to conduct experiments at DAF in Summer 2016.

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RADIANS conducts subcritical experiments at Nevada Test Site

This week (June 29 – July 2) RADIANS conducted the first-ever university-led experiments at the Device Assembly Facility (DAF) in the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS – formerly Nevada Test Site).
The experiments were supported by the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC), led by NC State University.
CNEC students and faculty conducted neutron and gamma measurements of Category I weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium.  The data collected will be used by the Consortium to advance research in detection, identification, and characterization of special nuclear material (SNM).  It will also be used to develop new Consortium courses on the analysis of SNM.
The CNEC university participants included:
The experiments were made possible by Los Alamos National Laboratory staff: Jesson Hutchinson, Donnette Lewis, Kenny Valdez, Leonard Trujillo, Mark Smith-Nelson, Mark Mitchell, Clemente Garcia, and Jeff Favorite.