(above: Program Participants in Nuclear Inspector School 2017)

Dates: June 14-18, 2021

Location: Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, USA

Note: Due to COVID-19 this course may need to be held online for Summer 2021.

Description: This course is an introduction to non-destructive assay (NDA) measurement techniques that are used for nuclear material accountancy by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) or within a State’s System of Accounting and Control (SSAC). The course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of gamma-ray and neutron based detection.

The course will include lectures and a number of hands-on exercises in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s training facility, leveraging the exemplary expertise and resources that are also used to instruct IAEA inspectors in NDA principles each year. This course will allow students a unique opportunity to perform NDA measurements using a variety of NDA instruments such as sodium iodide systems, high-purity germanium detectors, and several types of neutron-based detectors – on a variety of nuclear materials. The training will focus on the quantitative measurements of mass and isotopic composition on uranium and plutonium items. Read more about the work of Nuclear Inspectors here.

No tuition costs are associated with the course, participation is optional.

This is a highly competitive program, and preference will be given to attendees of the NSSC LANL Keepin Nonproliferation Science Summer Program . 

To apply or for more info:  Email Charlotte Carr (charlottecarr@berkeley.edu). Please briefly detail your academic and research background in the email.

(above: Program Participants in Nuclear Inspector School 2018)