Consolidated Canadian Results to the HEU Round Robin Exercise – Performed under the Auspices of the Nuclear Smuggling International Technical Working Group (ITWG)

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Authors
  1. Larsson, C.L.
  2. Haslip, D.S.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
In the framework of combating the illicit trafficking of nuclear materials and other radioactive substances, the ITWG organised an international inter-laboratory round robin dealing with a thwarted illicit trafficking incident of a high-grade sample of highly enriched uranium (HEU). DRDC Ottawa coordinated Canada’s response to the exercise, which included the participation of seven organisations, including this lab. The exercise involved a thorough forensic examination and analysis by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, nuclear characterisation of the material by six laboratories, and interpretation of the nuclear data for attribution of the materials origin by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Overall, the analysis was successful in identifying the material and providing a reasonable interpretation of the data. This report outlines Canada’s response, the lessons learned, and the way ahead in terms of combating illicit trafficking and nuclear smuggling in Canada. A comparison of Canada’s results to those of the other participating countries is also presented.

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Keywords
Nuclear smuggling;Nuclear forensics;Laboratory analysis;Forensic analysis
Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TM-2004-192 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Nov 2004
Number of Pages
48
DSTKIM No
CA025217
CANDIS No
522801
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Electronic Document(PDF)

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