August 3-12, 2015 – Los Alamos and Albuquerque, NM
The WATCHMAN research program was recently featured in The Economist. The WATCHMAN collaboration is led by UC Davis and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and includes a number of NSSC students and faculty working with scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to demonstrate the feasibility of remote monitoring of nuclear reactors for nonproliferation using only gadolinium-doped water as a target.
NSSC Nuclear Physics Focus Area Lead and Department of Nuclear Engineering faculty member, Eric Norman and his team led a successful investigation into the verification of a Manhattan project-era plutonium sample found in storage at the campus Hazardous Material Facility. His team included NSSC specialists, Keenan J. Thomas and Kristine Telhami. The team published their work ArXiv, an online repository of scientific papers [arXiv:1412.7590v2 [nucl-ex]]. Their work was also featured by the Scientific American and various other scientific organizations.
Photo: Side view of a speck of plutonium created by the Manhattan Project. Created by a team led by Nobel-winning chemist Glenn Seaborg, it was the first sample big enough to be measured and weighed.