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Applications of Nuclear Analytical Methods to Homeland Security


Material Measurement Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division

RO# Location
50.64.61.B5550 Gaithersburg, MD

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.


Name E-mail Phone
Downing, Robert Gregory 301.975.3782


Events in the world make the detection and characterization of radioactive materials important in forensic studies to Federal, state, and local governments, and to the Nation as a whole. In its mission to develop and apply radiation techniques in analytical chemistry, the Nuclear Methods Team has established expertise in the sensitive and accurate measurements of ultratrace quantities of radioactive material. We have assembled among the best, above ground, low-level neutron and gamma spectrometry systems in the world. Opportunities exist to further optimize and apply low-level gamma, neutron, and alpha measurement methods, as well as to develop and implement methods based on neutron-induced reactions, to improve the rapid and accurate detection of ultratrace quantities of illicit nuclear materials.


Delayed Neutron Activation Analysis (DNAA); Fissionable materials; Homeland security; Nuclear forensics; Plutonium; Uranium; Environmental radionuclides; Low-level gamma-ray measurement;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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