Potential National Security Applications of Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence Methods

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The objective of this report is to document the initial investigation into the possible research issues related to the development of NRF-based national security applications. The report discusses several potential applications ranging from measuring uranium enrichment in UF6 canisters to characterization of gas samples. While these applications are varied, there are only a few research issues that need to be addressed to understand the limitation of NRF in solving these problems. These research issues range from source and detector development to measuring small samples. The next effort is to determine how best to answer the research issues, followed by a ... continued below

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Warren, Glen A.; Peplowski, Patrick N. & Caggiano, Joseph A. June 9, 2009.

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The objective of this report is to document the initial investigation into the possible research issues related to the development of NRF-based national security applications. The report discusses several potential applications ranging from measuring uranium enrichment in UF6 canisters to characterization of gas samples. While these applications are varied, there are only a few research issues that need to be addressed to understand the limitation of NRF in solving these problems. These research issues range from source and detector development to measuring small samples. The next effort is to determine how best to answer the research issues, followed by a prioritization of those questions to ensure that the most important are addressed. These issues will be addressed through either analytical calculations, computer simulations, analysis of previous data or collection of new measurements. It will also be beneficial to conduct a thorough examination of a couple of the more promising applications in order to develop concrete examples of how NRF may be applied in specific situations. The goals are to develop an understanding of whether the application of NRF is limited by technology or physics in addressing national security applications, to gain a motivation to explore those possible applications, and to develop a research roadmap so that those possibilities may be made reality.

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  • Report No.: PNNL-18474
  • Grant Number: AC05-76RL01830
  • DOI: 10.2172/982971 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 982971
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1013502

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Warren, Glen A.; Peplowski, Patrick N. & Caggiano, Joseph A. Potential National Security Applications of Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence Methods, report, June 9, 2009; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1013502/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.