Now in its second edition, Nuclear Forensic Analysis provides a multidisciplinary reference for forensic scientists, analytical and nuclear chemists, and nuclear physicists in one convenient source. The authors focus particularly on the chemical, physical, and nuclear aspects associated with the production or interrogation of a radioactive sample. They consolidate fundamental principles of nuclear forensic analysis, all pertinent protocols and procedures, computer modeling development, interpretational insights, and attribution considerations. The principles and techniques detailed are then demonstrated and discussed in their applications to real-world investigations and casework conducted over the past several years.
Highlights of the Second Edition include:
- A new section on sample analysis considerations and interpretation following a post-detonation nuclear forensic collection
- New case studies, including the most wide-ranging and multidisciplinary nuclear forensic investigation conducted by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to date
- Expanded treatments of radiologic dispersal devices (RDDs) and statistical analysis methodologies
The material is presented with minimal mathematical formality, using consistent terminology with limited jargon, making it a reliable, accessible reference. The broad-based coverage provides important insight into the multifaceted changes facing this recently developed science.
Introduction. Physical Basis of Nuclear Forensic Science. Engineering Issues. Chemistry and Nuclear Forensic Science. Principles of Nuclear Explosive Devices and Debris Analysis. Chronometry. Techniques for Small Signatures. Collateral Forensic Indicators. Sample Matrices and Collection. Radiochemical Procedures. Inorganic/Isotopic Sample Preparation. Organic Sample Preparation. Extraordinary Sample Issues. Field Collection Kits. NDA Field Radioactivity Detection. Laboratory Analyses. Inferred Production Estimates. Materials Profiling. Source and Route Attribution. Forensic Investigation of a Highly Enriched Uranium Sample Interdicted in Bulgaria. Counterforensic Investigation of US Enrichment Plants. Nuclear Smuggling Hoax: D- Counterweight. Nuclear Smuggling Hoax: Sc Metal. Fatal "Cold Fusion" Explosion. Questioned Sample from the US Drug Enforcement Agency. Radioactive Pillow Shipment. Afghanistan Scam Specimens. Index.