General Seminars

Nuclear Forensics: Science Applied to Law Enforcement and Nuclear Security

by David Kenneth Smith (IAEA, Vienna)

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 from to (Europe/Bucharest)
at Marius Petrașcu Seminar Room
Nuclear forensics involves the examination of nuclear or other radioactive material, or of evidence that is contaminated with radionuclides, in the context of legal proceedings under international or national law related to nuclear security. As a part of a nuclear security infrastructure, nuclear forensics can assist States to ensure the security of nuclear and other radioactive material for which they are responsible. Because States are increasingly implementing nuclear forensic capabilities to respond to incidents of nuclear and other radioactive material out of regulatory control, ensuring the highest confidence in findings from an examination is essential. The International Atomic Energy Agency, working with its international partners, promotes shared research to validate nuclear forensics methods and interpretation. Additionally, law enforcement insists that collection and handing of exhibits and evidence must legally defensible requiring robust and consistent technical procedures. Innovation, to include next generation analytical instrumentation and the ‘science of signatures’ to link people, places, materials and events, allows nuclear forensics to counter the continuing and very real threat from nuclear and other radioactive materials out of regulatory control.