Nuclear Forensic Materials and Methods

  • I. D. Hutcheon
  • P. M. Grant
  • K. J. Moody


A short history and treatment of the various aspects of nuclear forensic analysis is followed by a discussion of the most common chemical procedures, including applications of tracers, radioisotopic generators, and sample chronometry. Analytic methodology discussed includes sample preparation, radiation detection, various forms of microscopy, and mass-spectrometric techniques. The chapter concludes with methods for the production and treatment of special nuclear materials and with a description of several actual case studies conducted at Livermore.


Fission Product Uranium Isotope Enrich Uranium Plutonium Isotope Uranium Metal 
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Atomic mass unit


Automated Mass Spectral Deconvolution and Identification System


Chemical, Biologic, Radiologic, Nuclear


CBRN + Explosives


Charge-coupled detector


Crime-scene investigation


Department of Energy (US)


Depleted uranium (235U < 0.72%)


Energy-dispersive spectrometry (X-ray)


Electromagnetic isotope separation


Electron microprobe analysis


Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy


Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry


Glow-discharge mass spectrometry


di-2-ethylhexyl orthophosphoric acid


High explosives


High-enriched uranium


High-purity germanium


Inductively coupled-plasma mass spectrometry


improvised nuclear device


Isotope-ratio mass spectrometry


Laser ablation ICP-MS


Low-energy photon spectroscopy


Low-enriched uranium


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (US)


Liquid scintillation counting




Multicollector ICP-MS


Nuclear, Chemical, Biologic


Nuclear forensic analysis


National Institute of Standards and Technology (US)


Oak Ridge alloy (nominal 93.5% 235U)


Pu-U extraction


Pressurized-water reactor


Radiologic Assistance Program (US)


Radiologic dispersal device


Scanning electron microscopy


Secondary-ion mass spectrometry


Special nuclear material


Solid-phase microextraction


Tributyl phosphate


Transmission electron microscopy


Thermal-ionization mass spectrometry




Wavelength-dispersive spectrometry (X-ray)


Weapons of mass destruction


X-ray diffraction (spectrometry)


X-ray fluorescence (spectrometry)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. D. Hutcheon
    • 1
  • P. M. Grant
    • 1
  • K. J. Moody
    • 1
  1. 1.Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA

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