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Forensic scientists investigate and profile samples of nuclear and radioactive material seized in trafficking cases. Characteristics of known materials, such as uranium oxide samples shown here, are used for comparison studies.


Seminar - Open to the Public

Nuclear Forensics and Its Role in Security Policy

Thu., Nov. 20, 2008 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Nuclear forensic analysis is currently discussed as a potentially important new tool to prevent nuclear terrorism by enabling investigators to attribute nuclear materials to their production facility and thus deterring potential state actors from transferring such materials to terrorists. In the seminar, an introduction into the technical possibilities and limitations of pre- and post-attack nuclear forensics will be given, based entirely on open source analysis. This will be followed by a discussion about the roles that nuclear attribution can — or cannot — play in security policy.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.