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A methodology is described to identify origin, histogram and the intended use of unknown nuclear material. It can be applied to illicit nuclear material seized by national law enforcement authorities or to samples taken by nuclear material safeguards inspectors in the frame of environmental monitoring for undeclared nuclear activities. Standard nuclear analytical techniques, as used in nuclear fuel characterisation, as well as high precision trace analysis are employed. For interpretation a data bank is required to link results to processes and/or individual plants.

An overview is given of the techniques available at the European Institute of Transuranium Elements that have been employed for the above described purpose. Analytical results of actual samples show the potential and limits of the techniques. The needs of external information for interpreting the results are emphasized. .

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Authors: KOCH L ET AL, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);DOLGOV J, Bochvar Institute, Moscow (RU);WALLENIUS M, Helsinki University (FI)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 19th Annual Symposium on Safeguards and Nuclear Material Management (ESARDA), Montpellier (FR), May 13-15, 1997
Availability: Available from (1) as paper EN 40450 ORA
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