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Nuclear Forensics

NSE has received funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to develop a research focused, interdisciplinary emphasis in nuclear forensic science incorporating the technical areas of radiochemistry, nuclear materials, nuclear fuel cycles, and radiation detection. Nuclear forensics is focused on obtaining, characterizing, and interpreting data resulting from intercepted nuclear or radioactive materials with the objective of providing technical evidence to support attribution in a legal context. The attribution process can help identify nuclear threats, either state or non-state actors, and ultimately help deter the use of nuclear weapons.