Berkeley Lab

Nuclear Security Technologies

The Nuclear Securities Technology Group (NSTG) is actively involved in developing radiation detectors and radiation detection methodologies to improve nuclear security.   In particular we are involved in

  • Modeling and experimentally understanding the capabilities and limitations of systems that actively induce and measure radiological signatures;
  • Developing predictive models of radioactive background distributions; and
  • Developing and assessing capabilities that allow disparate data types to be leveraged in the context of radiological detection problems.

The three primary projects on which NSTG is working are:

Airborne Radiological Enhanced-sensor System (ARES) Advanced Technology Demonstration for TAR (DNDO DHS)

Optimized Planning Tool for Urban Search (OPTUS) venture for NA22 (NNSA,DOE) and the associated RadTrip

Berkeley Nuclear Data Cloud (BNDC)

Additional interests and projects include applications of Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence (NRF) for nuclear safeguards and nuclear security needs, developing detector systems to facilitate characterizing a LOASSIS-developed photon source that could potentially improve the performance of many proposed NRF systems, extending the BNDC technological framework to applications beyond distributed radiation sensing, and advancing hybrid Monte Carlo/deterministic simulation methods to accelerate and improve radiation transport modeling of large-scale and complex environments.