RDCH: Nuclear Forensics and the Fuel Cycle
Professor Ken Czerwinski
E-Mail:  czerwin2@unlv.nevada.edu, phone 5-0501
Monday, Wednesday 1030-1145, 1st floor conference room, HRC
Spring 2013

Grading (nominal)

Homework Quiz:  15 % (during class)
Exam:  35 % each (2 during semester, basis for proposal development)
Participation:  15 %


Nuclear Forensic Analysis
By Kenton J. Moody, Ian D. Hutcheon, Patrick M. Grant  

Nuclear forensics and the Fuel Cycle explores topics used to determine sources and attibution from samples and activities related to the utilization of radioelements in nuclear power. The course objectives are to understand and comprehend technical aspects of nuclear forensics, highlight the role of radiochemistry in nuclear forensics, and apply technical aspects of nuclear forensics to the fuel cycle. Forensics technical tools will be discussed in detail. An assessment of capabilities associated with forensics applications to the fuel cycle is included in the course. The course topics include basics of radiochemistry for forensics, role of nuclear applications in forensics, principles of devices, sampling methods, laboratory techniques, application of signatures, and signatures from the fuel cycle.

Outcomes for the course are:

  • Understand, utilize, and apply radiochemistry to nuclear forensics
  • Understand how signatures can arise from applications
  • Understand the basic principles of devices
  • Understand types of signatures available from analysis
  • Comprehend role of sample collect in nuclear forensics
  • Understand differ laboratory methods for nuclear forensics
  • Understand how signatures are used

last update:  Tuesday, 29 January, 2013

  last update: Wednesday 08-Mar-2017