Argonne National Lab

Argone National Lab

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Dr. J'Tia Taylor


2015 project descriptions

Remote Sensing (S. Bakhtiari)

The objective of Argonne’s program is developing capabilities to obtain information about nuclear activities through remote sensing. The project is associated with detection of gaseous compounds using millimeter-wave techniques. The student will assist the staff with implementation of a laboratory based spectroscopy system. The work includes system integration, testing and data analysis. It is expected that the student is familiar with standard electronic laboratory equipment. Basic knowledge of Matlab and LabView software is advantageous.


Actinide Sensor Development  (M. Kaminski) 

Argonne is investigating the capability to provide high-throughput analysis of environmental or swipe samples for actinide detection. This project would support efforts of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Safeguards Analytical Laboratory for analysis of field collected samples requiring verification of nuclear content. This project builds from Argonne’s extensive knowledge of aqueous processing systems. The system being developed strengthens the Agency’s safeguards capabilities through rapid sample processing and data validation.


ARG-US Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Remote Area Modular Monitoring  (Yung Y. Liu)

Argonne has developed comprehensive systems for the remote tracking and monitoring of high-risk nuclear material during storage and transportation. Three platforms, ARG-US RFID, CommBox and RAMM are in various stages of development/testing/deployment. Specialty sensors, cameras, cellular and satellite communication protocols and system integration are typical areas of R&D activities. The group works closely with industry partners and other organizations to advance the technology and broadening its applications.


Evaluation of X-Ray Fluorescence for In-field U Detection   (J. Steeb, R. Kahn)

Argonne is investigating X-Ray Fluorescence equipment for use in U detection in field analysis. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) is the emission of characteristic “secondary” (or fluorescent) X-rays from a material that has been excited by bombarding with high-energy X-rays or gamma rays. The project will measure standards using various equipment and then compare data to swipes from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) data.  This project supports the IAEA’s Complimentary Access Working Group (CAWG).


Strategic Engagement for Nonproliferation   (E. Hushbeck, A . Weber)

The Argonne Engagement and Capacity Development Team assesses nonproliferation issues (e.g., export controls, safeguards ) in regions of strategic importance (e.g., Latin America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Middle East) and produces engagement events to build capabilities and alleviate vulnerabilities. Group engagement spans the area of Additional Protocol, Integrated Safety, Technology Deployment, WMD commodity identification and requires adaptability to technical subjects. This work includes support research, engagement planning, curriculum development and other areas as needed.