Fundamentals of Non-Destructive Assay for International Safeguards
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Description: This course is an introduction to non-destructive assay (NDA) measurement techniques that may be used for nuclear material accountancy by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) or within a State’s System of Accounting and Control (SSAC). The course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of gamma-ray detection and provide an introduction to neutron detection. The course will explore the application of NDA measurements techniques typically used for international safeguards. Students will also receive a refresher on the nuclear fuel cycle and learn about the basics of nuclear material accountancy, including IAEA sampling plans and material balance evaluations.
The course will comprise general safeguards presentations and detailed training on specific NDA measurement techniques. A number of hands on laboratory exercises will be featured using Los Alamos National Laboratory’s training facility and leveraging the exemplary expertise and resources that are also used to instruct IAEA inspectors in NDA principles each year. This course will allow participants a unique opportunity to perform NDA measurements using assay systems—such as sodium iodide systems, high-purity germanium detectors, and a variety of neutron-based detectors—on a variety of relevant nuclear materials. The course will conclude with discussion of good practices and the appropriate application of NDA measurements to meet a State’s international safeguards needs.
Who Should Apply: Preference will be given to individuals who have responsibilities within an SSAC. The course will be taught in English, so candidates should be proficient in written and spoken English. Individuals should also have a basic understanding of the physics of nuclear radiation.
How to Apply: To apply for this course, please visit https://nonproliferationportal.com. The application link, as well as other course information, is located at the bottom of the homepage. Please note that you do not need to register for access to the nonproliferation portal in order to complete and submit the application. Applicants will be selected and notified of their acceptance to the course by email in the early May timeframe.
Tuition: U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration’s International Nuclear Safeguards Engagement Program will sponsor the cost for travel and participation in the course for certain countries. There are no tuition fees and all course materials and local transportation will be provided.