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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Detecting Loose Nukes

Jason Hayward, Associate Professor and UCOR FellowEngineering - Nuclear Engineering

Detecting loose nukes is a very difficult problem.  This involves both protecting one's borders-- land, air, and sea-- and having the capability to find a loose nuke in a particular search area.  The Rad IDEAS group ( at UTK works mainly on new technologies to address this challenge.  This includes new scanning systems for ports of entry and wearable, trailer-based, or autonomous systems capable of searching for materials like uranium and plutonium.​

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