Instrumentation and radiation detection are crucial items for nuclear security. They bridge basic and applied sciences, and developing instruments is an excellent opportunity to combine research with education. NSSC is developing new and improved concepts and technologies in radiation detection that are directly related to aspects relevant for nuclear nonproliferation, forensics, or safeguards, or may be aimed first at outstanding questions in basic research, and are widely applicable to challenges in nuclear security as well.

Focus area lead: Kai Vetter, University of California, Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Radiation detection and instrumentation research is conducted by students and faculty at UC Berkeley and Michigan State University in collaboration with scientists and researchers at NSSC partner national laboratories.