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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 (radideas.utk.edu) 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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